Candace Carnahan’s path as a safety advocate resulted from a devastating workplace incident in which she lost her leg at the age of 21. That day could have taken her life, and it was completely preventable. One step changed her life.
Since that day 20 years ago, more than half a million people have heard her message of workplace safety. Her advocacy reaches into every layer of an organization – from corporate offices to manufacturing and production environments.
With nothing more than a microphone and a breadth of stories, Candace captivates. She is just as at home on conference stages as she is on offshore rigs, or production facilities – anywhere employees are making decisions about their safety.
Candace believes that the best way for companies to maintain or improve their safety culture is through stories. From keynotes to customized sessions in the workplace, Candace inspires teams to find their voice, and to look at everyday decisions as directly related to the potential impact on workers and their families.
Candace has worked with multi-national corporations across a number of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, oil and gas, transportation, and has trained CEOs, government departments, and employees to think about safety differently.
Relating her stories and experiences to the challenges, obstacles and goals of the organizations she works with, Candace moves her audience to put caring into action. Her mantra “See Something. Say Something™” concludes every time she speaks and leaves all in attendance motivated and poised for change. Igniting the Courage To Care. To Act. To Be Safe.
She has had the pleasure to share the stage with other well-known speakers including Peter Mansbridge, Buzz Aldrin, Chris Hadfield, and Theo Fleury.
When not at work, Candace lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and enjoys time with her family, friends, partner Sean, and bulldogs, Mabel and Gus.
Candace’s story has inspired numerous enterprises, governments and non-profit organizations to pursue an improved safety record. Her presentations have impacted many well-known clients over the years across a broad spectrum, including:
MAJOR MULTI-NATIONAL OPERATIONS
Procter & Gamble, Schlumberger, John Deere, Purolator Inc, BASF, Post Holdings, Liberty Mutual Insurance, ExxonMobil, Kruger, General Motors
Service & Hospitality Safety Association, Region VI VPPPA,
System Improvements Inc., STAF Conference, Women in Ag, Workplace Safety North, Workers Comp Board of Manitoba, Safety In Action (Informa- Australia)
Alabama Power, Altalink, CANA Utilities, Colorado Springs Utilities, Grand Bahama Power Company, Hydro Ottawa, Hydro One, Independence Power & Light, Xcel Energy
Australian Rail Track Corporation, Ottawa Light Transit, VIA Rail, Universal Helicopters Newfoundland, Logistec Stevedoring, Canada Post Corporation
Flakeboard Co. Ltd, International Paper, Lake Utopia Paper, Mosaic Forest Management, Pulp & Paper Safety Association, Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Irving Tissue, Weyerhaeuser Grande Prairie
Nalcor Energy, CEPA Foundation, Cliffs Natural Resources, Clearstream Energy Resources, Exelon Corporation, Encana Corporation, Irving Oil, Syncrude, TransCanada, Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Nexen Inc. MSP, Bruce Power
Black & McDonald, Canadian Home Builders Association, Thomas Insulation Inc., Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc., Mountain Enterprises, R.W.Tomlinson, The Municipal Group of Companies, Walker Industries
Canadian Diamond Drilling Association, Iron Ore Company, Xstrata Zinc, Morton Salt Inc., New Mexico Mine Health & Safety Conference, Southeast Mine Health & Safety Conference
Abbott Laboratories, BC Nurses Union, Healthshare NSW
Candace’s message of safety, not only in workplace but in life generally, was both powerful and inspiring. She has a wonderful way of engaging with her audience that empowers them to take her call to action, ‘See Something. Say Something’ and truly make a difference. An hour with Candace has the ability to change an organisation’s safety culture in a way that no safety campaign could ever do. Definitely the best investment any organisation can make.
Candace is a natural speaker that had the audience absolutely captivated with her amazing story. It was a delight to meet her and our pleasure to have her as our International Keynote speaker at our Safety in Action Conference. Her message of “See something, Say something” really hit home with attendees. Thank you Candace for bringing your story to us.