“[For] every dollar spent on safety, health and wellness, $3 is gained through decreased injury & increased productivity.” – Alberta Employment, Immigration & Industry
Your organization’s Health and Safety needs are unique. HMS works with you to develop a customized intervention program that incorporates your safety concerns and your budget. See Solutions for more about how HMS can help:
Find ergonomic tips, good work relief practices, and injury prevention information in the Kin Tips section that can help you and your organization recognize and resolve potential workplace hazards.
People are the most important asset of any business. Managing the potential for repetitive, traumatic injuries equals a higher level of on-the-job safety and more effective workers. Just like top athletes, workers need proper body mechanics training to perform at peak levels; we’re creating “The Industrial Athlete.”
Imbalances in the kinetic chain and poor postural alignment are common reasons why workers get injured. Our programs teach them the basics of the kinetic chain and the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Your employees will learn how to optimize their effectiveness when performing work-required movements.
A lack of biomechanics training leads to abnormal spine stresses and can lead to repetitive-use injuries and deterioration of joints and discs.
if your are a safety manager looking to reduction soft tissue injure in the field or shop, we have a program that will fit you needs perfect for you and your company. This course is designed for workers and supervisors to get a basic understanding of MSI (Musculoskeletal Injuries), how it effects them and the training to help reduce soft tissue injuries. The training course is an hour and a half in length with 20 minutes for theory, and an hour and 10 minutes for hands on training in the shop or yard.
Our flagship program provides organizations with a 4 hour custom designed workshop that focuses on minimizing strains and sprains in the workplace and maximizing an employee’s responsibility for their own health and safety. Also unique to the MIM program is our exercise component.
If you are an office manager, this course is designed for all personnel from management to administration. It is, in fact for anyone who works at a desk. You will be provided with a basic understanding of the effects of MSI (Musculoskeletal Injury), and given the necessary training to reduce soft tissue injuries. The course includes theory, practical stretching and lifting techniques and individual desk evaluations.
Our unique programs customize the injury prevention for your specific work environment. We’re able to meet your specific needs by using a team of kinesiologists and exercise physiologists who carefully analyze your employees in action. We pinpoint all of the ineffective working habits that can lead to injury and fix them.
We create practical workshops based on our in-depth analysis of your working environment. A kinesiologist or exercise physiologist will teach your employees how their bodies work and enable them to perform their tasks in a biomechanically correct manner.
Our programs provide the theory and practical instruction that will be with workers for the rest of their career. Employees will understand what their responsibility is to help prevent injuries in the workplace.
We believe when you empower your employees by making them aware of their work habits, posture and environment, your business will see decreased injury rates and increased productivity. Our programs give your employees the knowledge and means to reduce body strain, allowing them to perform at their best at work and at home.
JoAnn Weiss is the CEO and founder of HMS. Having started her career as a safety auditor 14 years ago, she saw an opportunity to make a difference in injury prevention by implementing a customized and practical training program. Her vision was to create a program utilizing kinesiologists and exercise physiologists as injury prevention trainers capable of serving the industrial world.
As a Safety Auditor, JoAnn has extensive experience in recognizing where musculoskeletal injuries are most likely to occur. She has observed where MSIs happen as a result of poor ergonomics and/or poor biomechanics. With her training in behaviour based safety, JoAnn also has the ability to recognize environments that are in need of more refined leadership to achieve organizational safety goals.
Anyone who knows JoAnn well will tell you that she is serious about injury prevention, and her primary goal for any organization is to minimize injuries and create a positive impact on the quality of life of each individual beyond that of their job.
Tricia Lloyd is the Executive Office Assistant and has been with the company since 2007. Tricia is who you talk to when booking your classes.
Laura Hancharuk has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years as a personal trainer and motivational speaker. She owns Canadian Movement Solutions and specializes in exercise therapy, preventative back are and ergonomics. Laura is a tenured instructor for the department of Physical Education, Athletics & Kinesiology at Grande Prairie Regional College, where she teaches in their Fitness Leadership Diploma Program. Laura’s passion for fitness and teaching others keeps her in high demand for speaking engagements at conferences and workshops throughout Western Canada.
Lindsay Jones is born and raised in Grande Prairie has been involved in the wellness industry for a number of years now assisting people to improve their overall health including strength, endurance and safety. She has also been employed in the past as an oilfield medic and has experience with what people who work in the oil and gas industry face on a daily basis.
Lindsay’s main goal when working with someone is to improve their quality of life by ensuring that they get the most amount of knowledge possible on their particular situation.
Brian is a graduate from the University of Manitoba with a Masters Degree in Sports Biomechanics and a Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sports Science. He has been working in the field of Sports Biomechanics and Exercise Rehabilitation for eight years as a research assistant at the University of Manitoba and with his own business, Making Stridz Athlete Development. Brian’s area of expertise is on the analysis and correction of human movement. He utilizes technology as a means to provide feedback to his clients in terms of their movement and then uses corrective drills and exercises to improve their quality of movement. Brian is in his second year instructing with HMS and works primarily in the Edmonton region.
Graduated from University of Alberta with a Bachelor in Physical Education
Main focus was Physical Activity and Sport Performance
MIM Instructor since 2008
I was born and raised in Wilkie Saskatchewan on May 24, 1976. Graduated in 1994 from McLurg High School in Wilkie and took a year off after high school and stayed home to work, I came to Regina to go to the University of Regina and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors of Physical Activity Studies(now named Kinesiology). Worked at a Sporting Good Store while going to University and a year after graduation. Then got my first job dealing with my Degree at Courtside Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Since then I have worked at Workers Compensation Board, Regina QuAppelle Health Region and 3SHealth( which is the insurance Company).
I got married on March 27, 2004 to Denise Wood. We met in 2002 playing softball together and have 2 young boys, Carter who is 7 and Cohen who is 4. They keep us busy with all the activities they enjoy doing, which consist of swimming, soccer, hockey, football and scouts. I have 1 brother Matt Miller, who is 4.5 year younger than me and has been married for 5 years and just welcomed a new daughter to their family, Eden.
I enjoy all activities but am actively involved in playing hockey in the winter, fastball and golf in the summer.
Kerri is devoted to teaching health and wellness in business, post-secondary and school settings. She has taught for private corporations, the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University and NAIT.
Kerri is a graduate of the University of Alberta Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE) and Master of Public Health (MPH) programs. She is a Registered Kinesiologist (RKin) and Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP). In August 2010 she received her Vedic Master certification from Chopra Center University in Carlsbad, California having completed training in Yoga (RYT), Meditation and Ayurvedic lifestyle instruction.
Kerri is again enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Alberta and plans to conduct her thesis research in mind-body medicine. She has received professional training in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program through the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.
Kerri has an on-going commitment to her personal development of mindfulness and to teaching and researching its health benefits for adults, children and youth through bringing mindfulness training into companies, clinical and educational settings.
Scott has over 25 years experience non-profit organizations, including post-secondary education, community recreation, exercise and vocational rehabilitation, and community capacity-building. He is a *candidate for a Master of Library and Information Science at San José State University, San José, CA, and is serving as Research & Instruction Coordinator for Human Movement Solutions.
I was born and raised in Elk Point, Alberta. As a youngster I was always active and involved in all kinds of summer and winter sports. I’ve always been an “on the go” kind of person. Right out of high school I knew I wanted to have a career where I could be active and also have a hand in helping others. Four years later I found myself with a degree in Kinesiology from the University and a Personal Training Certification from the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP). As an adult, I still maintain an active lifestyle. I currently work part time as an Exercise Therapist Assistant in Bonnyville for Alberta Health Services and I am also a Personal Trainer in St. Paul.
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Hello, my name is Renee Nuttall. I have been with Canadian Movement Solutions for 2 years; being a part of this solid team dedicated to advancing peoples well-being and ensuring a healthy and safe environment has been a tremendous experience. On a very personal note I grew up in a family where a workplace accident affected every single aspect of our lives; this hard won wisdom has deepened my understanding and commitment to this work.
With 14 years experience in the fitness, health & wellness profession within the government, health and post secondary sectors, I have dedicated my career to motivating and guiding others to realize their full health potential and facilitating positive behaviour change. I am committed to personal wellness. I do not only convey knowledge, I live the knowledge and convey a value. Everyday I am reminded and share the message that health is the greatest gift you can give yourself and those you love.
I bring an interactive, fun, and intuitive approach to all of the workshops; coupled with a solid understanding of the physical body. I look forward to learning more from the industrial athletes of the oil and gas industry as we work together to raise awareness and modify body mechanics to prevent injuries.
Yours in health and safety
Bachelor of Physical Education
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Certified Exercise Physiologist
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Certified Personal Trainer Instructor/Examiner
Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association Trainer of Fitness Leaders & Resistance Leader
Integrative Yoga Therapy Instructor