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. 

            OWNERS

Rob Kirchner
 

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.

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

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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.

Janice Kirchner

BEd - University of Lethbridge

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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.

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.

           INSTRUCTORS

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Andy Cowan, Lead Instructor

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With us since 2018, Andy has a rich background in the military, commercial driving, and safety training fields. His experiences enable him to relate to people of a wide variety of backgrounds. Andy teaches all safety and light equipment courses.

Caroline Collins, First Aid Instructor

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Caroline is one of our first aid instructors and has been teaching with us since 2014.

           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! John has been with us since 2013 as a full-time driving and air brakes instructor.

Travis Lane, Driving and Light Equipment Instructor

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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.

Patrick Gaudreault, Driving and Light Equipment Instructor

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Patrick has been a commercial driver for over 15 years and is one of our driving instructors and light equipment trainers.

Kathi Ellis, First Aid Instructor

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Kathi is one of our first aid instructors and has a background as a veterinarian and forensic pathologist. 

Chris McHale, Sr. Driving Instructor

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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

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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.

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Shane as been a commercial driver for over 20 years, now and is our newest commercial driving instructor.

Shane Williams, Driving Instructor