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About Us


Established in 2002, Safety Connections is the oldest running, original owner-operated safety training company in Medicine Hat. In 2006, we added commercial driver training to our offerings, now delivered from our Redcliff yard. We are thankful for the ongoing support of the community and always strive to maintain currency in our curriculum and outstanding customer service. 

We are proud to be regarded as the Centre for Safety, Light Equipment and Driver Training Excellence and an All Industry Training Provider, serving clients in education, healthcare, construction, agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, and transportation. We are also the Instructor Development Centre for the Canadian Red Cross south of Calgary, one of only four licensed Commercial Driver Training schools south of Calgary, and the only provider in Alberta with a contract to offer fully-funded Class 1 MELT, Experience and Equivalency Class 1 MELT, and Class 3 driver training - the only one of its kind in Alberta! We are also participants in the online MELT Class 1 classroom offering.

Our location in Medicine Hat makes accessing our facilities both convenient and affordable, even for those without their own transportation. In addition to ensuring our staff is well-trained and provide high-quality service, part of our success is the commitment and support we have from our business and private clients who have entrusted us to provide the training and services they require. This has allowed us to respond to the needs of the communities we serve by improving upon and expanding our services. They need a variety of services, but they return for training because of our core principle: Excellence Without Compromise.


Call us to discuss your training needs, or ask us about personalizing training for your organization. One of our trained professionals will be happy to schedule a time to meet with you.


Rob Kirchner


OH&S Certificate – Ryerson University
BA – Athabasca University
Oilfield Specialist Certificate – Petex, University of Texas

Rob has experience in the upstream sector of the petroleum industry (field and office), in the construction industry, and in Occupational Health & Safety. He manages day-to-day operations, instructs safety and life skills courses, and consults with businesses regarding safety management systems.

Janice Kirchner


BEd - University of Lethbridge

Janice has over 35 years' experience as an adult educator and administrator. She manages client and government contracts as well as oversees the driving school and instructional development centre. Currently she serves as a member of the Medicine Hat Construction Association Board of Directors.



Andy Cowan, Manager/Lead Instructor

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With us since 2018, Andy has a rich background in the military, commercial driving, and both safety training and management roles. He will be heading our safety management programs and corporate relations.

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Tammy Mack, Office Admin


Tammy will likely be your first contact, providing client and administrative support. Raised in Medicine Hat, she has over 15 years in customer support in the banking industry as well as a ranching background. Her insight into the needs of the rural community is an invaluable assets to our services to the community.



Andy Cowan, Manager/Lead Instructor


Andy's experiences in the military, commercial driving and safety fields enable him to relate to people of a wide variety of backgrounds. He teaches all safety and light equipment courses. His experiences enable him to relate to people of a wide variety of backgrounds. 

Mike Forbes, Safety Instructor


Mike has joined us  as one of our safety instructors. He will be instructing many of our in-house and  ESC courses, as well as Ground Disturbance...and has years of experience in the safety training field!



John Thibeault, Sr. Driving Instructor


John has over 1 million miles on the road and has seen the country from coast to coast. Ask him about driving, and he will have a story to share! John has been with us since 2013 as a full-time driving and air brakes instructor.

Travis Lane, Driving and Light Equipment Instructor


Travis has been a commercial driver for over 15 years and an instructor for the past three. In addition to instructing in our Class 1 & 3 program and air brakes, he is also one of our light equipment trainers. Travis has been with us since 2018.

Graham Hansler, Driving Instructor


Graham has been a commercial driver for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience with mountain terrain, and both long and short-haul.

Karen Francis, Contract & Client Support


BEd - University of Alberta

Business Administration - SAIT

Bookkeeping - Red Deer College

Karen has a wealth of experience with employee onboarding and client management. A teacher by trade, she will be involved in many aspects of our government-funded programs, including workshop development and instruction. In addition, Karen will be involved with ongoing client relations management and commercial driver support.

Kathi Ellis, First Aid Instructor

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Kathi is one of our first aid instructors for both Canadian Red Cross and Heart and Stroke courses and has a background as a veterinarian and forensic pathologist.

Chris McHale, Sr. Driving Instructor


Chris has over 20 years as a commercial driver, both over the highway and in the oilfield. A trainer with us since 2014, he also teaches air brakes, other driving-related courses and Ground Disturbance. 

Chris Vass, Driving Instructor


Chris has been a commercial driver for over 15 years and brings with him current on-the-road experience. Chris has been with us since 2020.

Shane Williams, Driving Instructor


Shane as been a commercial driver for over 20 years, and has been with us since 2021.

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