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Prairie Podcast by Utility Safety Partners

Hosted by Utility Safety Partners’ President Mike Sullivan. Let’s talk about damage prevention, excavation safety, and legislative matters to ensure contractors and neighbours can all do their work safely. Safety is always a good conversation.

Got an episode idea? [email protected]ilitysafety.ca

Halloween Special – The Mysteries that lay Underground

The Halloween season is here, a perfect time to indulge our interest in mystery.

In this edition of Prairie Podcast, host Mike Sullivan goes digging for real life mysteries that lay underground.

From tunnels used by gangsters to east coast treasure hunting, this episode leaves listeners wondering … what’s really down there?

Guest Kelly Carty, Business Development Manager at Tunnels of Moose Jaw

See more about the Tunnels of Moose Jaw

Guest Brad Sigouin, Ottawa area homeowner

Read more about the Ottawa homeowners who discovered a 19th century sword in their backyard

Guest Danny Hennigar, Oak Island Historian

See more about the Mystery of Oak Island

Playing the Senate Card | Season 1 Episode 13

Introducing or changing legislation is a massive undertaking. The ideas, concepts and procedures is just the start of the long journey.

In this episode of Prairie Podcast, host Mike Sullivan talks with retired Senator, the Honorable Grant Mitchell. Together they discuss the political muscle and determination needed to make impactful and lasting change.

Digging into the DIRT Report | Season 1 Episode 12

DIRT saves lives.In the growing and vital excavation sector, one mistake can be deadly. Utilizing easy to use safety tools before you dig is a smart first step. That’s where DIRT comes in. In this episode of Prairie Podcast, host Mike Sullivan talks to Joseph Rosenberg about the Damage Information Reporting Tool, or DIRT.

Together, they dig into the story behind the numbers.

Here is the 2020 DIRT Report

Committee Coverage | Season 1 Episode 11

In the wake of rebranding, the strength, expertise and experience fueling Alberta One Call is now second to none. In this episode of Prairie Podcast, host Mike Sullivan talks to the three professionals heading up three crucial committees that together create a solid bond.

Best Practices, Education and Public Awareness as well as the Training Standards Committees form the bedrock of a team which is not only educating Albertans, but also setting the bar for industry safety.

Guests: Sher Kirk, Patricia Poulton, Joey Motokado

Rebranding… to Utility Safety Partners | Season 1 Episode 10

The biggest companies in the world have done it, now it’s our turn. We are rebranding Alberta One Call.

Rebranding takes work.

Alberta One Call is undergoing a transformational rebranding and we want to get it right. In this episode of Prairie Podcast, host Mike Sullivan talks to marketing expert Rob Fairhead about the behind the scenes work that goes into rebranding an already very popular and positive brand.

Contact Rob Fairhead at ZGM https://zgm.ca/
Send ZGM an email

Face to Face First | Season 1 Episode 9

When it comes to damage prevention, there are few people with more international experience than Scott Landes.

His innovation and forwarding thinking have undoubtedly helped companies not only realize better practices, but more importantly, they also saved lives.

In this episode, host Mike Sullivan talks to Scott about industry changes and the vital importance of returning to face-to-face exchanges as the damage prevention industry grows in a digital era.

Scott Landes email: [email protected]

Making the Message MATTER | Season 1 Episode 8

When a crisis hits, often how its handled makes all the difference. When it comes to message management, honesty and authenticity are the pillars of clear, concise communication.

In this terrific and informative episode of Prairie Podcast, host Mike Sullivan talks to communications expert Jon Lovink about how to avoid self-inflicted landmines when handling a crisis.

Jon has worked with companies large and small on how to make sure the right information is shared at the right time and the right way.

Guest: Jon Lovink

[email protected]


The Anatomy of Systemic Change | Season 1 Episode 7

“We had to peel away everything a One-Call does, and bare bones it.”

In this episode, Sher Kirk shares the experience of Alberta One-Call completely re-envisioning how the notification system operates. The shift to more remote operations has proven extremely successful but the road to that adaptation was anything but easy.

Today the software is better and more flexible, there are more channels of communication to reach more users in more places, and the ability to adapt further has never been better.

Guest: Sher Kirk, Operations Director Alberta One-Call

“I knew it was there – I just didn’t see it” | Season 1 Episode 6

In this episode, Glen Cook joins Mike from Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. “Cookie” leads powerline safety throughout the State, has won national awards for his behavioural changing concepts and programs, and has even written a few songs about them. The Look up and Live mobile application he developed gets thousands of clicks and it’s saving lives.

Guest: Glen “Cookie” Cook, Principal Safety Specialist, Queensland, AU

“They didn’t see the wire” on YouTube

Not Without my Teammates | Season 1 Episode 5

A tough job where safety is paramount. That’s CFL football. In this episode, the Keeper of the Cup, Jeff McWhinney shares his experiences in Canadian Football, sharing the Grey Cup, and how it’s all inspired him to write a Children’s Book about the positive life lessons we can take from the game.

Guest: Jeff McWhinney

Read more about Jeff and the children’s book he’s developing

Read the Alberta One-Call newsletter article about Jeff