Addiction in the Workplace

September 20, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:30 PMFairmont Palliser, Calgary, Alberta
Area of Interest: Pensions, Benefits, Investments, Networking Format: In Person

Please join us for lunch on Thursday September 20, 2018 at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, 133 – 9 Ave. SW Calgary.

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Addiction in the Workplace


Please join us for lunch on Thursday September 20, 2018 at the            
Fairmont Palliser Hotel, 133 – 9 Ave. SW Calgary.

Preparing for the legalization of cannabis in Canada in October, many organizations are concerned with how to continue to manage substance abuse issues in the workplace.  Commonly, policy and procedure development helps prepare for this change.  However, questions involving clinical treatment and health management arise once substance abuse actually shows up in your workplace.  This presentation will highlight the presence and impairment issues associated with cannabis (along with the most commonly used substance -- alcohol) and move into a discussion of steps to consider for safety-sensitive and decision-critical employees.

This session will be presented by:

Doug Mckibbon, M.Ed., R. Psych., CEAP  
Blue Side Up Consulting & Counselling                         

Doug has worked in Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) for more than 30 years in both internal and external EAP companies in Western Canada and the United States. A registered psychologist (Alberta) since 1993, he works closely with individual employees and workplaces to ensure the resolution of individual mental/behavioural health issues and the organization’s need to manage employee health/safety.  Much of his work focuses on individuals and companies regarding substance abuse and policy development/implementation concerning alcohol and drug abuse/fitness for duty protocols.  Doug also taught addictions counselling at the University of Lethbridge in 2000-2001. 

Previously he worked at United Airlines (2001-2017) where he provided mental health and substance abuse services to all employee work groups and their families.  Most intensively, he provided direct services and supervision for the management of pilot recovery and monitoring as dictated by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Doug is a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (Q-SAP) under U.S. DOT regulations.  He has also been involved with company arbitrations as a Subject Matter Expert concerning the management of substance abuse and mental health issues in the workplace.

Returning to Calgary AB in October 2017 and through his business Blue Side Up Consulting & Counselling, he provides mental health counselling for individuals (with particular skill for substance abuse recovery and workplace issues), independent evaluations concerning substance abuse and fitness/return to work, and workplace consulting/support and training for substance abuse issues, including recovery and monitoring programs.


Tiffanie Doddridge

Director, Absence Management Solutions

Morneau Shepell

Tiffanie Doddridge brings over ten years of experience in health and disability management. Working with organizations in both public and private sectors, Tiffanie has years of experience partnering and collaborating with all stakeholders in unionized organizations (including many multi-unionized environments). She currently leads Morneau Shepell’s western region teams within its Absence Management division as a senior consultant and program director.  Tiffanie has completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Fraser Valley, a Masters in Disability management from University of Northern British Columbia and holds a Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) designation through NIDMAR.

Adam Kelly

Senior Vice President, Absence Management Solutions

Morneau Shepell

Adam has been working with Morneau Shepell for 18 years, currently as the National Practice Leader for its Absence Management Solutions line of business. In that role, Adam and teams have supported over 500 organizations across Canada in their development, management, and measurement of attendance, sick leave, disability and worker’s compensation programs. Working with many of Canada’s leading organizations in both the private and public sectors, Adam has helped organizations achieve a reduction in absenteeism by as much as 40% by reshaping organizational approaches and focusing on supportive programs, coupled with strong administration. With and Honours degree in Economics and International Business, coupled with several industry designations in benefits and disability, Adam brings a unique approach to achieving business results through strong people centred approaches.



Thursday September 20, 2018                    
11:30 am to Noon - Registration and Buffet Lunch                                    
Noon to 1:30 pm - Presentation and Questions         



Fairmont Palliser Hotel                                    
133 9th Avenue SW       
Oval Room








Registration Fee

CPBI Members: $ 69                                     
Future Members: $ 129                                     
Table of 8: $ 699                                  



Krista Frayn                                    
Phone: (587) 435-2724                           


Who Should Attend:

  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Employee benefits Providers
  • Employee Assistance Program Providers
  • Health and Safety Professionals
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Workers
  • Disability Management Professionals 


In recognition of the continued support of our members, we will be showing our appreciation by drawing for a $50 gift card.  All members in attendance at program luncheons will be entered in the draw.

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