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Seeing With Safety Glasses – Keynote

Safety is a mindset.  Much more than just rules and protocols, it is a way of seeing and then acting on what we see. It is about anticipation. It is also all about the individual and collective responsibility for changing our workplace. Through his work with a number of diverse organizations, Bill has learned that the essential ingredient in creating a culture of safety is the development of a safety mindset and Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses. This mindset and way of looking at our workplace and our world affects how we perceive our workspaces and how we understand our responsibility to our selves and our co-workers. At its core, building a culture of safety is about building an empathic and caring community.

Bill shares stories that illustrate how a safety mindset works and discusses some of the blocks to creating a safety culture. From mining to oil rigs, highway driving to work in theatre, the principles of Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses remain the same. How to get into this mindset and share it are the core learnings that come from this keynote.

Bill looks at the language around safety and how the slogans may say “safety first” but there are often memes and mindsets that overrule slogans and the results can be deadly. Bill also discusses the significance of the underreporting of  “near misses” and what that says about workplace culture. The neuroscience of interpersonal exchange is very much at play in any workplace and Bill helps his audience understand how our brains can work for us or against us in any given moment.

Bill maintains, “When it comes to safety, all the rules in the world will not make any difference if the mindset is not right. If you aren’t Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses, then you and your co-workers are at risk.” Safety is the one area where people and profitability walk in lockstep. It is essential for the worker, critical for families, and profitable for companies – everybody wins!

Listen to Bill speak on “Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses”.


The keynote can be paired with Bill’s Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses – The Workshop that builds on the ideas shared in the keynote and introduces strategies on how to make them work practically and immediately in your own work and life.  The length of this workshop is fully customizable to client needs.



“Best seminar ever!” and “I needed to hear that!” were just a few of the repeated comments echoed in response to Bill Carr’s seminar addressing some 100 Teamsters Union Stewards at our annual seminar.  Bill speaks with a poignant, direct and personal style and delivers with an authority gleaned from varied personal life experiences, and shares these intimate nuggets of life with the wit and charm of a true Canadian Maritimer. As a facilitator, Bill draws the best from his audience, his compassionate prodding empowering even the most reticent participants to share personal insight and opinions. I would unreservedly and wholeheartedly recommend Bill to any organization or group function David Froelich, Secretary Treasurer , Teamsters Local Union 987 of Alberta

Bill was the star of the Council’s events.  His talk received an overwhelming positive response from our Stewards. He had has us roaring with laughter and in tears as he delivered information that was on point for the important work that our Union Stewards do.  He received 4/4 on our evaluations by Council participants with comments such as Awesome Speaker!, Hilarious! and made me remember why I became a Steward! Thanks for all your efforts. – Catherine Pinks, Professional Institute of the Public Service

Everyone enjoyed Bill’s presentation immensely.  His personal stories were real, and ones that all could connect to.  His maritime perspective was endearing and his sense of humour was wonderful and enjoyed by all.  He was easily able to tie his world and life experiences to our world of post secondary education and to give all a sense of accomplishment for our work. It was a perfect end to our two days together.I would highly recommend Bill as a keynote in the future.  He was extremely well received, and is certainly one of the reasons that our conference was such a success –  Norma MacIntosh, Dean, Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension

I just wanted to thank you for recommending Bill for our team building event. His presentation was interesting, thought provoking and hilarious. I was amazed by the emotion he evoked from the entire room. I think everyone took something important home with them that day. He was the best speaker we’ve had to date and I hope to work with him again in the near future. – Maggie Morrison, The Regional Municipality of York