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Just as our wolf logo symbolizes the leadership, loyalty, strength of character and sense of family that is displayed by emergency responders, The Howling Wolf serves as the voice of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. A wolf’s howl attracts other members of the pack, invites communication and creates a strong bond between pack members. We hope this blog will have the same impact on emergency responders, workplace safety professionals and traffic safety advocates, bringing us all together in the same pack and providing valuable information about workplace safety issues affecting first responders.

Check in frequently for updates on JPMF events and initiatives, interesting research and to add your own howl to our pack.

JPMF Safety Conference: CANCELLED

CANCELLED: Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to lack of interest. Those who purchased tickets will be refunded.

This one-day safety conference – hosted by the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund – features dynamic speakers who will make you reconsider the way you approach safety at home, at work and behind the wheel.

Those in attendance will learn about personal leadership and how individual actions impact the safety of others and themselves.


  • 8 am – 2:30 pm, Thursday, May 4, 2017


  • Auditorium, Calgary Police Service Headquarters – Westwinds, 5111 47 St. N.E.


  • 8 – 9 am: Registration, Visit Exhibitor Tables
  • 9 – 9:15 am: Intros & Housekeeping
  • 9:15 – 10:45am: Brian Willis
  • 10:45 – 11:00 am: Break & Visit Exhibitor Tables
  • 11 am – Noon: Jody Laird
  • Noon – 1pm: Lunch Break
  • 1 – 1:45 pm: Wynny Sillito
  • 1:45 – 2 pm: Concluding Remarks
  • 2 – 2:30 pm: Visit Exhibitor Tables


Lessons From Life’s Most Powerful Question – Brian Willis

Creating a culture of safety comes down to one thing – Decision Making. Life’s Most Powerful Question is a simple but powerful decision making tool that can be applied to all aspects of safety in the workplace. Using Life’s Most Powerful Question as the foundation this dynamic presentation will highlight the important role of questions, leadership and personal accountability in creating and sustaining a culture of workplace safety.
A Different Perspective – Jody Laird
Using the story of Const. John Petropoulos’ line-of-duty death as a powerful example of why workplace safety matters, this presentation provides a different perspective on occupational health & safety. That is the perspective of first responders, who may have to attend any site at any time during an emergency, such as a crime in progress, a fire or a medical situation. The presentation will reinforce this message: when you make roads & workplaces safe for first responders, you make conditions safe for everyone.
The Face of Workplace Tragedy – Wynny Sillito
For many, understanding the ripple effect caused by a significant workplace incident can be motivation enough to work safely each day. The Face of Workplace Tragedy takes the audience on a journey through a life changing workplace incident, and explores the effects that a workplace tragedy can have on workers, emergency responders, and their families.


  • Beverages and snacks provided
  • Breakfast/lunch available at Cravings Market Restaurant, located in Westwinds (attendees must purchase their own lunch)


  • Just $30 per ticket (Single ticket sales only)


Brian WillisBrian Willis served as a member of the Calgary Police Service for 25 years and has over 26 years of law enforcement training experience. He is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment and contributions to Officer Safety in Canada, the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Law Officer Trainer of the Year award. Brian is recognized throughout North America as a thought leader, catalyst for change and a man with many questions. He is the founder of the innovative training company Winning Mind Training, a company committed to help the men and women of law enforcement Embrace the Suck, focus on What’s Important Now and Dare to Be Great.

Jody15thJody Laird – With experience as a 911 dispatcher in Calgary, Jody takes the task of helping first responders get home at the end of each shift seriously. Jody is very passionate about public speaking and has delivered keynote speeches and presentations across Canada on behalf of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF). She lives in Airdrie with her two children and her husband, a police officer and JPMF co-founder.


Wynny S. (1)Wynny Sillito is a health and safety specialist with over 10 years of experience in construction, oil & gas, and emergency response. She seeks to inspire people to believe in the importance of workplace health and safety programs by sharing her personal experiences. Throughout her career, Wynny has been involved closely in a number of serious workplace incidents, but none influenced her career more than her own personal experience with workplace tragedy on a winter day in 2011. She currently serves as a speaker for the charitable organization Threads of Life and hopes to prevent other workers and their families from sharing the same experience she went through.


For more information about this event, contact JPMF Managing Director Ian Wilson at

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