Actsafe 2019 Event Safety Conference


Thank you for joining us on March 7–8, 2019!

Check back soon for updates on the 2020 conference



In its third year in 2019, Actsafe's Event Safety Conference brings together a broad range of stakeholders from festivals, performing arts and live event venues, health and safety organizations, event production suppliers, education providers, service organizations, municipalities, and labour unions to network and learn about event safety from a range of experts in their fields.

In 2018 over 200 delegates attended from across British Columbia, Eastern Canada and the US, and from as far away as the UK. 

Taking place March 7–8, 2019 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Burnaby Conference Centre in Burnaby, B.C., the 2019 conference will be jam-packed with informative sessions, 20+ tradeshow exhibitors, live demonstrations in the Riggit Truss Cube on the tradeshow floor, free industry training (scheduled prior to conference dates), and three social evenings (starting the night before the main event)! 

Over two days, take in 40 90-minute workshops, interactive demonstrations, roundtable sessions, and panel discussions with experts in their fields. 

In response to popular demand, we've incorporated two themed "tracks" into our programming. Interested in live events planning? Find lots of sessions for you on March 7 as part of our Live Events Track. Focused on the technical side of the industry? You can find at least one session in each time slot on March 8 as part of our Rigging Track, sponsored by Riggit Services Inc. 

Stop by Alpina Bar in the Grand Villa Casino for an icebreaker networking event on Wednesday, March 6 starting at 7:00pm – the evening prior to the conference – to meet and mingle over appies.

Optional Add-on Content: We're thrilled to welcome back UK-based crowd safety expert Eric Stuart of Gentian Events Ltd. to present his wildly popular 2-day Crowd Safety Workshop again in 2019! Conference delegates save $50 on workshop registration. NOTE (Feb. 6): Both workshops are now fully booked! Join the waitlist to be notified if space opens up.

Conference programming runs from 8:00am–5:00pm on Thursday, March 7 and 9:00am–5:00pm on Friday, March 8.


Attend the only conference in the Pacific Northwest focused on sharing knowledge about making live events and performing arts workplaces safe for workers and audiences alike!


40 90-Min Sessions

20 Tradeshow Exhibitors

Live Demonstrations in the Riggit Truss Cube

3 Social Events

Free Industry Training Sessions

Add-On Professional Development

200+ Delegates

2 Full Days of Programming

Sessions and presenter announcements are rolling out! Check out the sessions page for details.


We’ve gone paperless!

Check out our conference app for all the details, including session descriptions, presenter bios, and discussion boards. Connect with fellow delegates, speakers, and exhibitors, participate in polls and get instant announcements throughout the conference! Registered delegates: check your email for details on accessing the app, or email us for info.

Can’t access the app? See the Schedule, Sessions, and Presenter pages for info, or download the digital program.

Click the program cover image to download the full PDF program.

Steven A. Adelman

Steven A. Adelman

Keynote: Mayhem at Events, and How to Prevent (Some of) It

The conference kicks off bright and early at 8:00am on Thursday, March 7 with a welcome followed by a keynote presentation by sports and entertainment lawyer Steven A. Adelman, head of Adelman Law Group, PLLC in Scottsdale, Arizona and Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance.

Despite what some people suggest, there are few "best practices" in the event industry. Instead, we have to make judgments about the reasonably foreseeable risks under our own circumstances.

Steven will use stirring oratory and lawyerly reasoning to explore the ultimate risk management question: What could go wrong?

Join the Excitement on the Tradeshow Floor!

Meet the people whose job is to help ensure live events and performing arts workplaces are safe and well-equipped for workers and the public!

Ryze-MEWP Simulator from United Academy

Ryze-MEWP Simulator from United Academy

Just Announced! Test out a VR training simulator on the tradeshow floor! The Ryze-MEWP Simulator offered through United Academy is an award-winning virtual reality training solution for mobile elevated work platform operators. Traditional training now coupled with simulator training offers an enhanced, safer, and more achievable learning experience.  This proven virtual reality technology is an adaptable tool used to learn, assess, and remediate.

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2019 Exhibitors


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“You knocked it out of the park!”



“There was always a relevant session to attend for the wide variety of professions that were present.”


"Great venue, great atmosphere, important topics... well done, Actsafe!"

“I walked away with very valuable information. I liked that there was a good mix of technical and administrative sessions.”


“A step in the right direction helping spread education and safety messages to the appropriate stakeholders...”

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"I thought the level of many of the presentations was top notch. The speakers were experts in their field and had excellent knowledge of the session topic."

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