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Healthcare Workers

Safety Den 2024

Safety Den is a Dragons’ Den-inspired event showcasing ideas from people like you, working and supporting long term care who are passionate about improving workplace health and safety.

Do you have an idea or innovation that will help prevent workplace injuries and improve the health and safety of long-term care workers?


Present your innovative safety ideas to a panel of ‘Dragons’

Three finalists from each category will be invited to present a two-minute pitch to our DRAGONS (judges) at the conference during a 90-minute session with delegates cheering you on.


Convince the DRAGONs that your idea is the best and you can win monetary prizes or bragging rights for the year!

Submission Deadline April 12, 2024

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Workplace Safety Innovation

Open to workplaces that provide care & services to seniors in Manitoba. Pitch your innovative safety idea to the "Dragons." No idea is too small! We want to hear from employers, workers, and workplace safety and health committees.

Three ideas will be pitched to the Dragons. 

First Prize $1,000 | Second Prize $500 | Third Prize $250

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Commercial Safety Innovation

Pitch your organization's innovative safety idea to the "Dragons." Three ideas will be selected to be showcased to the Dragons.  

Presenters will receive a First, Second, and Third Place commemorative trophy


A committee formed by SAFE Work Manitoba will review and determine the top three submissions. The top three submissions will be asked to present to the Dragons at the LTCAM conference on May 9th, 2023 to determine first, second and third place and prize allocation.


How does the SAFE Work Manitoba committee shortlist the applications?

The SAFE Work Manitoba judging committee will be using the following scoring criteria:





  1. Innovation - is this idea creative, innovative and unique to address a specific need

  2. Benefits and Improvements- How has this improved the lives of the Seniors in Manitoba.

  3. Impact on Workplace Safety and Health - what feedback or measurable results have been received i.e. how do you know it is making a difference?

Our  2024 Safety Den Judges

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Conne Newman

Provincial Lead, Health Workforce

Conne Newman has been the Provincial Lead, Health Workforce in Shared Health since October 2022. Prior to that she was the Executive Director, Provincial Health Labour Relations Services where she led the historical transformation of the Health Sector Bargaining Unit Restructuring of the PHLRS to successfully completing the negotiation and amalgamation of 190 collective agreements to 36. Prior to joining Shared Health, she served as an Executive Director in HR both at the Grace and Victor Hospital for over 15 years.

Micheline St. Hilaire

CEO of Actionmarguerite

As CEO of Actionmarguerite – a collective of personal care homes, supportive housing, and adult day programs – Micheline supports 600+ individuals along side a team of 900 employees. From Centre de santé Saint-Boniface to Saint-Boniface Hospital by way of Réseau Compassion Network, she has supported executive teams and board of directors in strategic planning and optimizing the delivery of quality care in a compassionate and timely manner. Many would know her through the work of the Compassion Project – a movement that creates conditions for compassion to flourish in us, among us, and in organizational life. Beyond formal degrees specializing in gerontology and business, she is known to say that the most transformational leadership training was obtained through programs such as Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction, Compassion Cultivation Training and Cultivating Leadership Presence. She is honoured to be a Manitoba Association for Safety in Healthcare board member to bring wisdom and heart to health and human service endeavours.

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Ron Van Denakker

Mr. Van Denakker has a master’s degree in health care administration and related professional development within the health care field coupled with 30+ years of health care management. He has extensive experience in both acute care and community health related services and has intimate insight into many current health system issues. The cost of health care, proliferation of chronic disease and the health status of Aboriginal people and other vulnerable populations are a few of the pressure points where he has both interest and experience. Ron has many years of leadership experience in both hospital and community operations and prides himself on knowing the system and being able to effectively negotiate and build partnerships as well as investing in ongoing relationships. He is a strategic thinker and leader that is highly effective at building bridges and strengthening relationships with all stakeholders. Over the years, he has developed and realized operational, strategic and business plans. He is an experienced change agent, skilled communicator and someone that is able to attract energy from the team to fulfill and build on success. At present, Ron is the Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Safety in Healthcare. With support from the health care industry and the Worker’s Compensation Board, Ron led the proof of concept process and eventually achieved approval from all stakeholders to proceed and build an all of industry safety program for Manitoba.

We want to hear from you!

We've extended the entry Deadline to April 12, 2024 Don't miss your chance to show your innovations!

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