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May 2, 2024

Join us for our Recovery Informed Workplace breakfast session!

Session synopsis: Here’s how construction workplaces are becoming Recovery Informed and empowering workers with substance use and mental health challenges.

Employers recognize a gap between the needs of workers facing substance use and mental health issues and the ability of the healthcare system to address them. The construction industry is rising to the challenge by embracing the concept of Recovery-Friendly- Workplaces – work environments that destigmatize these health issues and support a journey of recovery.

Join us for a special BCCSA free breakfast meeting at Trev Deeley Motorcycles and Conference Centre, located at 1875 Boundary Road in Vancouver (details below) to hear two dynamic guest speakers share their insights into the transformative potential of workplace intervention.

Dr. Paul Farnan shares international initiatives and research insights into the importance of fostering inclusive environments that support the journey of recovery and the many ways in which workplaces can become catalysts for positive change and healing. He also explores the ripple effects of workplace peer support on overall employee and family well-being, productivity, and retention in the construction industry. A 30-year veteran in the field of addiction and occupational medicine, Dr. Farnan is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

Ian Robb, Chairman, Building Trades of Alberta (BTA) highlights the success of the BTA’s unique Building Resiliency Program. The program offers new options for workers and their families to reclaim a positive pathway as it addresses mental health, addiction, and dependency challenges with the support of the workplace. As a passionate advocate for Recovery-Informed Workplaces, Ian highlights ways in which workplaces that support and empower individuals to navigate these challenges inspire loyalty and productivity, while leading to better health and safety outcomes.

Event Details:

Thursday, June 13, 2024


Trev Deeley Conference Centre
1875 Boundary Road
Vancouver, BC

Registration opens at 6:45am

Breakfast buffet served at 7:00am

Session begins at 7:30am