Technical Tours

Technical Tours will allow you to experience key industries and occupational safety and health developments in the local area. A preliminary list of Technical Tours is now available.  Please check back in early 2021 for information regarding registration for these tours. 

Preliminary List of Technical Tours

ATS Automation (Cambridge campus)

ATS Automation is a leader in global automation renowned for providing innovative, custom designed, built, and installed manufacturing solutions to multinational customers in industries such as life sciences, electronics, energy, transportation and consumer products. ATS Automation is a proudly ‘made in Ontario’ success story in the technology and manufacturing sectors, and a strategic partner in high-profile infrastructure projects within the province. At our private campus and manufacturing complex in Cambridge, Ontario, we design, build and test medical devices automation, electric vehicle battery assembly and nuclear tooling projects.

Your tour will include demonstrations of our SuperTrak ™ electromagnetic conveyor platforms and industry specific custom automation projects. You will experience our planning process for assessing machine safety and implementing controls throughout all phases of project execution. Delegates will have an opportunity to see how equipment guarding, energized alternative methods and hazardous energy sources are managed for optimal productivity and the highest standards of employee safety.




Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction academic teaching hospital and leader in mental health research, combining clinical care, education, policy development & health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction. Over the past three years, CAMH has worked with its union partners to develop a robust health and safety program with a focus on workplace violence prevention.

This site visit will offer an interactive tour of CAMH that will allow participants to actively engage in programs designed to address health, safety and workplace violence at CAMH. The tour will incorporate buildings at our Queen Street site, will highlight design decisions made to improve health and safety in our new buildings, allow for a hands on demonstration of our TIDES (Trauma Informed De-escalation Education for Safety and Self-Protection), and show various aspects of our wellness program including our Wellness Center, and Pet Therapy.


Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment Project Mock-Up and Training Facility

As part of the Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment Project (DNRP) planning and preparation, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) constructed a leading-edge training facility, housing a first of its kind, full-scale nuclear reactor mock-up where workers practice tasks in a safe, controlled and realistic environment prior to performing them at the plant.

Removing and replacing key components within each of Darlington’s four CANDU® reactors is a critical part of DNRP requiring highly skilled workers using specialized tools in tight spaces and under challenging conditions.

Using state-of-the art technology, Ontario-based manufacturers have developed more than 400 specially-designed tools to remove and install reactor components and to perform inspections and repairs on DNRP.

Delegates will experience the DNRP Mock-Up and Training Facility which allows workers on the Darlington Refurbishment to safely perfect techniques and perform “full dress rehearsals” with specialized tools and protective equipment long before actual work begins in the station.

Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport

The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport is a state-of-the-art facility featuring a 2,000-seat field house for basketball and volleyball, a large strength and conditioning center, a sports medicine clinic and sports science research laboratories.

Due to site restrictions, the field house was too large to fit within the permissible zoning envelope, requiring the courts to be placed below grade. To preserve the clear span required for the field house, the strength and conditioning center and upper floors are suspended above using 180-foot-long trusses. The resulting design is in essence a three-storey bridge. A system of six parallel truss sections running lengthwise across the building span 54 metres at each bay.

Delegates will get a tour that will showcase the unique and elegant design, which has earned Goldring Centre many awards and accolades, including the Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence, Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence in the Public Building in Context Category and the Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence.


Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Come check out what it’s like to operate Canada’s busiest airport (hosting 50 million passengers a year and 50,000 employees). Gain an understanding of the dynamic challenges and complexities involved in operating in this environment while maintaining safety as a priority. You will get a behind-the-scenes look at the airfield and operations in this two-hour visit. 


Mirvish Productions

Founded in 1987 when David Mirvish – son of the late Ed Mirvish, Toronto’s entrepreneurial icon and family businessman – assumed responsibility for the family’s theatrical interests. Mirvish Productions, which operates four theatres in Toronto, is Canada’s largest commercial theatre company with one of the largest subscription bases in North America. The name Mirvish is not only synonymous with theatre in Canada, but world-wide, being the recipient of 34 Dora awards and numerous Tony and Olivier Awards.

While we are still finalizing shows for September, your tour will consist of a front of house and backstage walkthrough with members of our Production Department and Director of Labour Relations.


Modern Niagara

Modern Niagara is one of Canada’s largest mechanical, electrical, building controls and services company. With offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver, we have the unique combination of capacity and agility: the ability to carry out the biggest, most complex jobs and supporting clients through the entire asset lifecycle. We are one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Canada’s Safest Employer in Building & Construction. Our approach is to proactively confront and embrace disruption by investing in technology, innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility, and sustainability.

Join us on a tour of our state-of-the-art electrical, piping, and sheet metal fabrication facility in Vaughn and through a mega project in the Greater Toronto Area. Our fabrication facility adheres to the highest standards of workplace health, safety, and efficiency with design and build. Our secret mega project features skilled craftmanship and quality installation, illustrating our commitment to innovation in the construction industry.



SNOLAB is an underground science laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics. Located 2 km below the surface in the Vale Creighton Mine located near Sudbury Ontario Canada, SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solar neutrino experiment. It is the deepest, cleanest lab of its kind in the world and a premier location for astroparticle physics. Participants will be escorted through an active mine to get to the lab. The large-scale experiments and their support facilities require specialized safety control systems for their operation at SNOLAB.


Toronto Transit Commission

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is North America’s third largest transit system, providing 1.7 million customer journeys every workday – about 540 million rides per year. The TTC has a proud record for providing safe, reliable transit.  Operating across five distinct modes of transportation, the TTC has developed a reputation for excellence in the integration of those modes through well-proven design. A full-service operator, the TTC is capable of undertaking every activity in-house via our 15,000 dedicated and professional employees. 

The TTC will be offering four tours:

TTC Harvey Shop

Visit the Harvey Shop, one of the TTC’s heavy maintenance facilities providing overhaul, collision repairs and mechanical support to the bus and streetcar fleet. The Shop also handles sheet metal work, has a machine shop and welding section. Components such as AC traction motors and generators are overhauled for all three modes (subway, bus and streetcar). Special projects at the shop include body, structure and mechanical work for the TTC Bus Rebuild Program and the legacy streetcars.

TTC Leslie Barns Tour

Take a tour at the Leslie Barns, the TTC’s new streetcar facility, which houses and services over 200 of the Commission’s modern and accessible Low Floor Light Rail Vehicles (LFLRVs). 30 bays are used for sanding, washing, wheel lathing, body maintainance & painting. The facility also has a Cab Simulator training room, storage tracks for 100 LFLRVs and an 800m connection track. Decorative walls with greenery reduce noise and a vibrant, one-of-a-kind ‘green roof’ provides habitat for insects and birds.

TTC Transit Control Tour

Come tour the TTC Transit Control Centre, responsible for the direct management of 77 kilometres of subway/SRT tracks for 75 stations. During peak hours, the TTC operates as many as 118 subway/SRT trains on 4 lines servicing an average of 1,030,000 customers per day.

The Control Centre keeps TTC’s 1.7 million daily riders informed about service disruptions and answers all emergency assistance calls for 2,000+ buses/streetcars on 156 routes covering 6,594 kilometres in the greater Toronto area.

On an average day, the Control Centre dispatchers can respond to over 2,200 emergency and non-emergency calls including those from the newly released SafeTTC, an app for customers to report incidents of harassment and other safety or security concerns.

TTC Wheel-Trans Tour

Take a tour of Wheel-Trans Division where you’ll meet some of the TTC’s dedicated, hard-working employees who provide para-transit services to persons with disabilities in the City of Toronto. Wheel-Trans has over 43,000 registered customers who are living with physical, sensory, cognitive and mental health disabilities that make it difficult to use the TTC conventional transit system. Staff dispatch and coordinate 200 buses, 265 accessible taxis and 2,100 sedans and the Wheel-Trans Maintenance department services over 250 vehicles. The customer contact centre receives more than 16,000, calls per day and the whole division works to provide support that ensures accessible and reliable service to almost 83,000 customers each week.


Woodlands of Sunset (Niagara Region)

The Woodlands of Sunset, one of eight Long Term Care Homes owned and operated by Niagara Region, is committed to providing high quality, compassionate care to over one hundred residents and a healthy and safe workplace for its’ employees.

Daily challenges associated with the rise of dementia and associated responsive behaviours among residents can pose significant challenges to employees. Seniors Services use of leading-edge best practices along with an enhanced safety culture and resident focused technologies, have resulted in significant reductions in workplace injuries associated with these behaviours.

Delegates touring the Woodlands of Sunset will visit various departments of the home to observe equipment demonstrations and learn more about the integrated best practices from staff champions.

Special guest Marc Kanik from Ambient Activity, a uniquely Canadian based company will highlight ABBY, an ambient activity approach that enhances the lives of residents at the home.


York Region Paramedic Services

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 52,000 businesses. The Region’s Paramedic Services is dedicated to delivering exceptional care to the residents and visitors in our communities.

As part of this commitment, Paramedic Services created a Special Response Unit, whose role is to provide rapid access to care for individuals in difficult or dangerous situations.

Such incidents involve treating people who have been injured while working at heights, in confined spaces, in the water, in a mass casualty event or during a high-risk police operation.

For the 2021 World Congress Tour, the Special Response Unit will showcase its training and operations in managing difficult situations to protect themselves, their colleagues and their patients.

For more information about York Region Paramedic Services, visit


Additional tours that will be offered include the Toronto Rehab Institute, Michael Garron Hospital, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ryerson University, Billy Bishop Airport and Ports Toronto, Hamilton Port Authority and Toronto Police Services. Details will be provided at a later date.

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