Safety and Wellness Week

Building a Healthy and Safe Campus for All


The Risk Portfolio is hosting the fifth annual Safety and Wellness Week Sept. 16 - 20. The week of events celebrates and revitalizes UCalgary’s strong health and safety culture and coincides with the annual evacuation drills scheduled from Sept. 12 - 24.

Safety and Wellness Week engages students, faculty and staff and includes daily activities to highlight the programs and initiatives driven by Risk’s various teams: Emergency Management, Risk Management and Insurance, Staff Wellness, Environment Health and Safety, Campus Security, and Enterprise Risk Management.

Sept. 12 - 24




UCalgary-wide Evacuation Drills

Various times and locations

Evacuation drills are scheduled to take place from Sept. 12 - 24, 2019. If you work, teach, or study in a building scheduled to be evacuated, plan for a thirty minute disruption to your daily activities and know the evacuation procedure and the assembly point for your building.

Tuesday, Sept. 17


Keynote Speaker and Lunch  Prepare for the *Realistic* Worst

12:10 - 1 p.m. | Main Campus, Legacy Suite, Dining Centre


The range of issues that can affect foreign travelers is becoming increasingly varied, and learning how to prepare for and respond to the vast array of challenges foreign travelers can face is important. From cyber and information security threats, to natural disasters, to the low likelihood / high impact hostile security threats like kidnapping and active assailants, the challenge can be daunting, especially for less experienced travelers and younger people like students. In this session, International SOS’ Canadian Security Director Paul Doucet will introduce a four-point framework for managing risks both at the individual and organization level. It all starts with defining what the *realistic* worst-case scenario is, by threat category and by location.
Registration is now closed.

Risk Shining Stars Event 

3 - 4 p.m. | Main Campus, Senate Room, Hotel Alma

The Shining Star awards recognize employees from all over campus for their outstanding contributions to Risk programs, projects and initiatives. Watch UToday during Safety and Wellness Week to find out who was honoured at this year’s awards.
Invitation only.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Gary MacDougall speaking on Enhancing Employee Safety through Situational Awareness

Keynote Speaker and Lunch — Enhancing Safety Through Situational Awareness

12:10 - 1 p.m. | Main Campus, Senate Room, Hotel Alma

Back by popular demand, Gary McDougal, retired police officer and qualified hostage and crisis negotiator, will discuss how to use awareness and risk assessment to minimize risk and enhance your safety on and off campus. Participants will leave with new tools to help them respond more quickly and confidently in the event of a potential threat.
Lunch provided. Early registration will be offered to those on the waitlist from McDougall’s speaking event last spring.

Registration is now closed.

Health and Safety Tour with André Buret

1 - 2:30 p.m. | School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

André Buret, Interim Vice-President, Research, will join a team from Environment, Health and Safety to look through a health and safety lens at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. 
Invitation only.

Thursday, Sept. 19


Celebrating the Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committee

Noon - 1 p.m. | Main Campus, Legacy Suite, Dining Centre

The Risk portfolio invites members of the Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committee to enjoy a thank you lunch and featured speaker. The Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committee represents areas from all UCalgary campuses to help strengthen our health and safety practices and culture.
Lunch provided. Invitation only.

Health and Safety Tour with Linda Dalgetty

1 - 2:30 p.m. | The Olympic Oval

Linda Dalgetty, Vice President, Finance and Services, will join members of Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committee for a look through a health and safety lens at the Faculty of Kinesiology — specifically, the Olympic Oval. 

Invitation only.