About Us

P1130914.JPG

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.

Rob-200x200.jpg

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

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.

            ADMIN STAFF

Lynn-200x200.jpg

Lynn  is the person you will most likely speak with when you call. She has 17+ years office administration in agriculture and safety industries and several years youth program administration and has been with us since 2010.

Lynn Konrad, Office Manager

Business Administration Diploma and Hotel Restaurant Administration Diploma, SAIT

Sid Ell, Government Program Admin

Sid has a rich background in program admin, soft skills training, and client relations. She is our main point of contact for our government-funded programs.

           INSTRUCTORS

Andy Cowan, Lead Instructor

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

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

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, he is also one of our light equipment trainers. Travis has been with us since 2018.

Tammy Mack, Support Staff

Tammy provides us with additional support in various areas. Her ranching background and insight into the needs of the rural community are invaluable assets to our services in the community.

Kathi Ellis, First Aid Instructor

Kathi is one of our first aid instructors 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.