Full registration only $299

Susan Sawatzky,
B. Ed, CRSP, Cert PH&S Advisor, Director of In-Scope Solutions

Session Synopsis: Emotionally Intelligent Leadership. How Does Your EQ Influence Your Safety Leadership?

You may have heard the buzz about emotional intelligence or EQ. The concept that we can measure and even improve our skills in managing our emotions and creating relationship with others, In practical terms, this means we can learn to increase our ability to manage our own emotions, and then enhance our impact on others, developing stronger relationships. But how can our EQ be developed to influence safety?

Emotional intelligence is a concept that has been proven to improve our leadership potential. Buy understanding the brain science and basic learned behaviors, we can learn to improve our existing EQ to become better safety leaders and drive the safety culture in our companies.

This session is designed to empower safety professionals to understand how to improve their emotional intelligence and then leverage it to build forward their leadership skills. Practical strategies will be provided to help you understand and improve your existing EQ.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Relate basic brain science and the basic components of emotional intelligence.
  • Recognize and participate in various strategies designed to improve emotional intelligence.
  • Apply and validate multiple approaches that can be used to leverage EQ strategies to create influence and improve leadership potential.


Susan Sawatzky is the South Region Manager for the Alberta Construction Safety Association. She also works as a consultant specializing in Psychological Health and Safety and Fatigue Risk Management. Susan speaks internationally on the topics of stress and fatigue in the workplace and has consulted with industry clients across Canada and the US, working with leadership teams to assist them in creating organizational solutions.

Susan is an instructor with the University of Alberta, the University of New Brunswick and the University of Calgary, instructing Business & Leadership and Psychological Health and Safety, among other courses in their various OHS Programs.

Susan’s numerous volunteer commitments include being the Past President of the Alberta Society of Health and Safety Professionals, a newly formed society looking to gain regulatory oversight for the health and safety profession. She is also a certified External COR Auditor and a CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor.

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