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About Us

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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.

            OWNERS

Rob Kirchner
 

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OH&S Certificate – Ryerson University
BA – Athabasca University
MA – PGS
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

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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.

           MANAGER

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Andy Cowan, Manager/Lead Instructor

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

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            OFFICE STAFF

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Tammy Mack, Office Admin

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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.

           INSTRUCTORS

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Andy Cowan, Manager/Lead Instructor

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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

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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!

           DRIVING INSTRUCTORS

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John Thibeault, Sr. Driving Instructor

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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! He instructs Class 1, Class 3 and Air Brakes.

Travis Lane, Driving and Light Equipment Instructor

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Travis has over 15 years of experience as a commercial driver. He instructs Class 1, Class 3, Air Brakes, NSC, PDIC, and t is also one of our light equipment.

Graham Hansler, Driving Instructor

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Graham has over 20 years of experience as a commercial driver and has a wealth of experience with mountain terrain, and both long and short-haul. He instructs Class 1 and Class 3.

Jenessa Pope, Driving Instructor

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Jenessa has over 15 years of experience as a commercial driver and also has experience as a bus driver and operator in construction. She instructs Class 1, Class 3 and Air Brakes.

Karen Francis, Contract & Client Support

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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

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Chris has over 25 years of experience as a commercial driver, both over the highway and in the oilfield. He instructs Class 1, Class 3, Air Brakes, NSC, PDIC, and Ground Disturbance. 

Chris Vass, Driving Instructor

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Chris has over 15 years of experience as a commercial driver and brings with him current on-the-road and oilfield driving experience. He instructs Class 1 and Class 3.

Shane Williams, Driving Instructor

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Shane has over 20 years of experience as a commercial driver and also has significant construction-related operater experience. years,. He instructs Class 1 and Class 3.

Carl Jesske, Driving Instructor

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Carl has been a commercial driver for over  20 years, with significant experience in the oilfield. He instructs Class 1 and Class 3.

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