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Cannabis at Work: Key topics to consider when updating your substance management policy to include cannabis

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Wednesday , June 23 , 2021 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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May 11, 2021
This event is for members only

*Attending this event counts as 1 CPD hours - please save the confirmation of attendance email for your CPD log. Competency categories: Health, Wellness and Safe Workplace.

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About the Webinar

Learn about why in a legalized market, employers have a responsibility, and a vested interest to educate their employees on cannabis in the workplace. This session will help you:

  • Understand why simply adding the word cannabis to your substance management policy is not enough.
  • Understand how to talk to your employees about cannabis and impairment in the workplace.
  • Understand the difference between urine and oral fluid testing methods from a forensic toxicologist.


About the Speakers

Karina Karassev, COO, RCU - Responsible Cannabis Use

Karina is currently the COO of RCU – Responsible Cannabis Use, a cannabis education company. RCU provides an e-learning course CannEd - which covers cannabis in the context of the workplace made for employees, people managers and HR professionals in all industries. 

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James Wigmore, Wigmore on Cannabis

James has worked as a forensic toxicologist for over 29 years at one of the foremost forensic laboratories in North America - the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, Ontario. He has testified in over 700 criminal cases throughout Canada and in numerous personal injury civil cases and coroner’s inquests. James has published over 70 scientific articles in forensic toxicology which have been cited by institutions such as the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as numerous book chapters and three books including one on the medico-legal aspects of cannabis.

James is also on the expert panel of Health Canada on public information regarding cannabis.

James serves as an advisor to RCU and is featured in RCU’s e-learning course CannEd. 

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Shannon Friesen, Principal and Sr. HR Consultant, ACTivate HR Corp.

Shannon Friesen is a designated CPHR with more than 30 years of experience in her chosen field. She is also a licensed professional investigator in the province of Alberta.

Shannon has extensive experience working with organizations to create high performing workplaces with a strong corporate culture. She has conducted many workplace investigations such as harassment, sexual harassment, bullying and working with Safety teams on incident investigations, including breaches of alcohol and drug policies.

She not only investigates workplace issues but also works with organizations to create, implement and train all employees on respectful workplace policies and alcohol and drug policies to ensure that all employees have a safe place to work, every day.

Shannon’s career has spanned across law firms, government, utilities, and oil and gas. She is currently Principal and Sr. HR Consultant with ACTivate HR Corp., a Workplace Investigation and HR solutions consulting company founded by Shannon and her two business partners.

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