Session Discussion Topics
Getting Ahead of the Weather - New Technologies in Road Weather Forecasting
The presentation will discuss what is new in the field of weather forecasting and how these advances can be used to better prepare for winter weather events. Some new technologies include Virtual Road Weather Information Systems (VRWIS), machine learning for precipitation forecasting, and thermal data from connected vehicles. These technologies are making road weather information less expensive, more detailed, and easier to access. Lastly, I’ll show some examples of how winter maintenance operations can utilize these technologies to be more efficient!
Presented by Scott Kehler
Scott is the President and Chief Scientist of Weatherlogics. Prior to co-founding Weatherlogics, he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in meteorology at the University of Manitoba. While at the U of M, he researched the influence of the Manitoba lakes on weather and how severe thunderstorms form at night. This research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals. In his current role as Chief Scientist at Weatherlogics, Scott conducts weather research and develops tools to help clients plan for all types of weather conditions. This includes new methods to improve road weather forecasts. Despite his research focus, Scott still enjoys forecasting day-to-day weather and is often involved with preparing forecasts for high-impact events.
The presentation will cover the following:
• Why we need to be Salt SMART
• The Rocket Science behind ice formation
• How and why salt works
• The concepts behind pre-wetting and anti-icing
• Some of the latest technology
• The importance of equipment calibration
Presented by Raynard Monk
Raynard was born and raised in Ashern, Manitoba where he grew up raised on a mixed farm in that area. Raynard has been with the Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure for 25 years as an Operator Trainer, Supervisor and now as Operations Training Manager. He has also been in the Department’s Maintenance Training Program in all 3 levels since 2006. Raynard’s knowledge and experience developing have also excelled him to present the Department’s Salt Smart program to conference attendees in years past. Raynard enjoys camping, winter vacations and tinkering, accessorizing with all sorts of vehicles and equipment. His motto is “if it ain’t broken, fiddle with it”.
Emergency Winter Preparedness
Presented by Jay Shaw
Jay Shaw is the Assistant Chief of Emergency Management and Public Information with the City of Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, leading the City’s Office of Emergency Management. With over 24 years' experience in emergency services and health care, Jay has served as an operational firefighter and paramedic for the Department of National Defense, and since 2002, as a firefighter paramedic with the City of Winnipeg. He has had a wide array of emergency response and health care experiences, working in hospital emergency rooms and rural Emergency Medical Services.
Jay holds a Master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management studies, and has numerous diplomas and certificates related to healthcare, emergency services, and disaster management. He is a 2020 graduate of Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative studying Crisis Leadership, an instructor at Dalhousie Universities Fire Leadership program, and is currently enrolled in the Fire Service Executive Development Institute with the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Jay’s current projects include a global view of new hazards such heat and air quality, tornadic frequency, and building high performance teams through crisis leadership processes. Happily married with three children, Jay enjoys time at the family cottage and dreams of one day becoming a champion BBQ aficionado.
Work Management & Data
This presentation focuses on how the City of Winnipeg’s Public Works leverages work management data for informed decision making and financial awareness. Validation processes from manual oversights of our Work Management Technicians to complex web services, data warehouses & dashboards; ensure data that is captured is accurate and can be successfully utilized for pivoting operations, assist in budgeting and increasing general accountability of the public service.
Presented by Mike Smoljanovic
I currently work as a Supervisor of Work Management for the Public Works Dept. - City of Winnipeg. I have been working with the City of Winnipeg since May 2006. In my sixteen + years of experience, I have worked as a street work labourer, a concrete finisher, a grass cutter, a heavy equipment operator, a foreman and a Work Management Technician. From an early age, I inherited computer programming and graphic design skills from my family, later refining my skills at Red River College. A mix of field experience and technology skills has allowed me to improve processes & create applications to streamline essential information to the staff that need it the most, assist in improving operational decision-making, financial awareness and general accountability at the City of Winnipeg.
Risk Management and Claims
The presentation is designed to provide snow removal contractors with background information about the City’s Risk Management Division, including the Claims Branch. The presentation touches on who we are and what we do. Brief explanations of the City’s claims processes are provided and how the processes are applied to the contracts between the City and the snow removal contractors.
Presented by Cindy Bauer (CIP, CRM) & Tom Miller (CIP)
Cindy Bauer: Corporate Risk Manager, City of Winnipeg –I have over 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, mostly in the capacity of an Insurance Broker/Advisor. During this time period, I managed insurance needs for businesses of all sizes. In addition to achieving a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) designation, in 2006 I obtained my Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation followed by my Canadian Risk Management designation in 2008. I joined the City of Winnipeg, in July of 2011 as the Supervisor of Claims and Risk Control Services and was situated in the Claims Branch. In January, 2016, I was offered the role of Corporate Risk Manager, for the City of Winnipeg. My duties include management of the Risk Management Division, which is located within the Corporate Finance Department of the City of Winnipeg.
Tom Miller: Supervisor of Claims & Risk Control Services, City of Winnipeg – My career in the insurance industry spans 18 years. Prior to joining the City of Winnipeg in 2013, I worked as an Independent Loss Adjuster for several national firms in Winnipeg and Vancouver. In my years as a Loss Adjuster I gained experience in handling large property losses and investigating liability claims. I began my career with the City as a Claims Adjuster and accepted the roll of Claims Supervisor in 2015. My responsibilities include supervision of the City’s Adjusting team and implementation of Adjusting & Investigative processes.
Communication About Snow & Ice Control
This session provides an overview of how the City of Winnipeg employs best practices when it comes to communicating effectively with the public regarding snow clearing and ice control operations during the winter months. The presentation will include real world examples of using a variety of communication methods, such as web, social media, and earned media to provide public education and timely information to support the work of crews in the field when snow clearing activities are planned, scheduled and underway.
Presented by Ken Allen
With over 40 years of experience at the City of Winnipeg, Ken has worked as a heavy equipment operator, crew foreman and supervisor, training coordinator, and communications coordinator. Ken’s background and passion for adult education and training translates into engaging, informational and insightful learning sessions that provide actual examples and stories from his experiences related to snow clearing and communications.
Shift Work and Personal Health
This presentation looks at the issue of shiftwork and its effects on the body. We are accustomed to sleeping at night and being awake during the day. When our job doesn’t allow this, the safety of ourselves and the people around us can be at risk. Understanding our body’s response to altered sleep schedules will better equip us to deal with shift work. Small changes in our habits while on shift and at home can lead to a safer, more productive work environment but also more enjoyable home life.
Presented by Brad Gerbrandt
Brad Gerbrandt is the Physical Fitness Coordinator for the Winnipeg Police Service. Prior to starting his career at WPS in 2018, Brad worked in a similar role for the Edmonton Police Service in their Fitness Department for 4 years. This experience has given him a keen understanding of the difficulties of staying healthy in an unpredictable setting including long hours and overnight shifts. He holds a Master’s degree In Exercise Science from the University of Manitoba, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP). In his spare time, Brad loves to play ultimate frisbee, disc golf and spend time outside with his family.