2019 Crane & Rigging Workshop

Wednesday, September 18
3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM

Breakout Session: Navigating the Haze of Legalized Marijuana in the Construction Industry

With 17 states having legalized marijuana, companies are left to figure out how to address the legal and practical aspects of marijuana usage. Learn how companies from the U.S. and Canada are tackling the issue and what you can do today to start managing it within your own company.

Panelists: Pat Collins, Director, Product Marketing, Link-Belt Cranes
Ryan Long, Regional Operations Manager, Irving Equipment Limited
Bob Picken,Vice President Global Risk Management, Sterling Crane

Victoria O’Neil, Health & Safety Coordinator, Matcom

Pat Collins Bio

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Pat Collins began his career with Link-Belt in 1979 in the field service department in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He served as District Service Representative in the Rocky Mountain region beginning in 1981, and in 1989, became product manager for lattice and telescopic cranes. In 2013, Collins was named Director of Product Marketing at Link-Belt. Collins has been at the forefront of many new and innovative crane designs for both telescopic and lattice cranes. He is heavily involved with multiple trade partners including Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, Crane Rental Association of Canada, and International Union of Operating Engineers.

Ryan Long Bio

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Ryan Long is the Regional Operations Manager for Irving Equipment in Southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada. He has worked on the front lines in the crane rental world first as a dispatcher and then as a refinery site manager prior to transitioning into a senior leadership role at Irving.  In addition to ensuring that his team operates in a safe and profitable manner, Long is also responsible for promoting a culture of proactive safety and leadership-thinking across the Irving team. Long was recognized as one of SC&RA’s “4 Under 40” professionals in American Cranes & Transport Magazine this year.   

Bob Picken Bio

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Bob Picken is the Vice President Global Risk Management of Marmon Crane Services (MCS) / Sterling Crane.  He is heavily involved in all areas of risk management within MCS including contract review, insurance, operational risk and safety.  He is President of the Alberta Crane Owners Association and the British Columbia Crane Owners Association and a member of the Coordinating Committees of the Construction Labour Relations Association of Alberta and British Columbia. Picken graduated from the University of Alberta’s Master of Business Administration and Law degree programs. He has been an instructor in the U of A’s School of Business and Faculty of Extension for 20 years, instructing courses in risk management, business strategy, and entrepreneurship. Within Sterling Crane (Canada), Picken is responsible for union labour relations.  With the legalization of marijuana in Canada and several USA states, he worked closely with Sterling’s Safety Department to re-draft its alcohol and drug policy, along with identifying materials for management and supervisors to educate them on this legal change and its potential impact on the workforce.

Victoria O’Neil Bio


Victoria O’Neil is the Health & Safety Coordinator and is responsible for providing safety support to the Matcom field staff and management team. O’Neil develops, implements, and evaluates health and safety policies, procedures, and systems to establish a culture of health and safety. Her day-to-day consists of coordinating and implementing safety policies, programs, and procedures to ensure all company practices are in compliance with provincial and federal requirements specific to the heavy machinery, industrial mechanical, industrial service and heavy warehousing. This role requires excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and integrity.

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