What have manufacturing leaders in BC and abroad learned during the turbulent initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic about leadership, change management, and resilience?
Join us Tuesday, June 23, for the first in a series on safety leadership that will continue this fall. Hear from executives from Great Little Box Company, Freeport Industries, and joining us from Germany, deputy head of the crisis management team at Nestlé Deutschland AG.
In this panel discussion with Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC CEO Lisa McGuire, learn new strategies from our experts for leading your organization through the recovery:
- Find out what steps they recommend in response to COVID-19, and in developing contingency plans for the next 6 to 18 months.
- Learn from their mistakes and discover how missteps—and your response—can help engage employees in the process.
- Walk through the key operational safeguards they have implemented in their facilities to protect worker health and safety.
- Understand the role of leadership in building a resilient culture and the impact that can have on productivity and sustainable performance.
- Learn how the pandemic is reshaping their priorities and their predictions for the lasting impact on business and industry in Canada and around the world.
Nick Reiach, Vice President of Operations, The Great Little Box Company
Nick is VP of Operations for The Great Little Box Company, an Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence certified, award-winning manufacturer and distributor of custom and stock packaging solutions—highly regarded in BC as a best-managed company and top employer.
Nick has played a key role in integrating eight companies into GLBC operations. With a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Ontario, Nick has successfully completed the Lean Sensei Blackbelt certification program. He is a director of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, and a member of TEC and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters networking groups, sharing best practices with a broad network of BC-based manufacturers.
Chris Inkster, President, Freeport Industries
Chris is President of Freeport Industries, a custom manufacturer of modular structures for industrial, residential, and institutional use that employs 50-60 people. Freeport was part of the first Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC safety pooling system (SPS) group, and under his leadership successfully challenged the Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence audit after only 14 months.
The 2019 recipient of the prestigious Ben Hume Leadership Award, Chris is as a director of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC and Vice Chair of the Executive Health and Safety Council of BC. He holds a Bachelor of Management and Diplomas of Technology in Wood Products Manufacturing and Forestry from BCIT, and has 20 years’ experience in a plywood plant, saw-milling/log yards, and modular manufacturing.
Gunnar Toedt, HR Group Manager Operations, Nestlé Deutschland AG
Gunnar is the HR Group Manager Operations at Nestlé Deutschland, one of the largest food companies in Germany; employing nearly 10.000 employees whereof 6.500 are working in Operations in central functions and 13 Factories. In his work, he is also responsible for the Health Management activities in all sites and leading the Safety Team for the Frankfurt Headquarter, which brought him to his role as deputy head of the Covid-19 crisis management team.
Before his current position Gunnar was Factory HR Manager in three Nestlé factories, particularly leading restructuring and change management projects. After a commercial apprenticeship and first operational HR experience he gained a MBA from Robert Smith School of Business at University of Maryland.
Moderator Lisa McGuire, CEO, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
Lisa is the founder and CEO of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, the not-for-profit health and safety association that supports food processors and manufacturers across the province. Under Lisa’s leadership, the organization has more than doubled membership.
Lisa also founded the BC Safety Charter (now an independent society, The Executive Health & Safety Council of BC) which engages senior executives to create a culture of safety and well-being to make our province the safest place to live and work in Canada. She is also currently leading the development of a National Health & Safety Audit Standard and ongoing collaboration to establish a national Health & Safety Professional certification program for manufacturing. Her background includes an Agricultural Science education through the University of Saskatchewan and UBC. Lisa is also a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and a certified Director (ICD.D) through the Institute of Corporate Directors-Rotman, Directors Education Program.