Barb Butler, President
Barbara Butler &Associates Inc.
Management Consultants

397 Brunswick Avenue, Unit 6
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2Z2
Phone: 416-922-9355
Cell: 416-926-7599


Ms. Butler has been in assisting governments, industry and labour associations, and private business in dealing with the issue of workplace alcohol and drug issues since starting her business in 1989. She has worked with organizations in a wide variety of sectors across the country to help them develop and implement alcohol and drug policies. This has included the development of communications strategies and awareness and education programs to meet unique corporate needs, the design and delivery of supervisor training programs (including online training) and the contracting for and setting up of Substance Abuse Professional and testing services as appropriate under the company policy.

She has been directly involved in most of the Canadian legal cases on this issue as we gain a better understanding of the boundaries the courts, human rights tribunals, and arbitrators are setting for company programs. As well, she has ongoing involvement in the implementation and refinement of policies and programs across Canada to meet U.S. regulatory requirements for motor carriers entering the United States.

Ms. Butler is a regular speaker at national and international seminars and conferences, and was an invited participant and facilitator at the first U.N. conference on Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace (Seville, 1993), and an invited speaker on the Canadian approach to workplace policies at the 13th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (Adelaide, Australia, 1995), at the Second European Symposium on Workplace Drug Testing (Rimini, Italy, 2000), at the World Forum 2002: Drugs, Dependencies and Society (Montreal) and at the Fourth European symposium on workplace Testing (Dublin, Ireland 2005). She chaired a panel session on drugs and driving at the 2007 International Council on Alcohol, Drugs, and Traffic Safety. (Seattle)

Further information on the services provided to clients, recent publications and presentations is listed below. Additional detail about the company can be obtained by contacting the company directly at:

barb@butlerconsultants.com

Updated April 2015

CLIENT SERVICES SPECIFIC TO WORKPLACE SUBSTANCE ABUSE

i) Policy Development and Implementation:

  • Policy Development: Companies are assisted in identifying their specific needs and developing a reasonable and responsible policy and implementation plan to meet those needs. The process can include:
  • undertaking a comprehensive evaluation/audit of current policies and advising on modifications or upgrades; and/or
  • facilitating the work of an internal project team and providing them with the background information, tools and advice needed to understand the issues and design a new policy;
  • guidance in assessing program needs, drafting a policy to meet those needs, and working closely with the company to refine and finalize it;
  • guiding a collaborative process that allows for the participation of representatives from various parts of the organization (broader policy consultation); and
  • advising on and guiding employee surveys if required/desired.
  • Executive Briefings: Briefings are regularly provided to management teams, unions, industry associations, and assistance organizations to help them understand the critical issues involved within a Canadian context.
  • Policy Implementation: Advice and assistance is provided in:
  • the detailed design of various policy components, including programs of peer prevention/referral, the set up of testing programs if required, and the design and delivery of supervisor training and awareness and education programs;
  • clarification of program needs in the areas of employee assistance or counselling services, alcohol and drug testing, and substance abuse professional services among others, and contracting the most appropriate service providers;
  • the development of communication strategies needed during the policy development process, supporting policy announcement, and as appropriate on an on-going basis;
  • the establishment of processes for ongoing, or 'point in time' evaluation of policy effectiveness.
  • Education/ Training: The firm also develops and delivers employee education sessions on workplace issues associated with alcohol and other drugs, and delivers comprehensive supervisor training programs to assist managers and supervisors in understanding drug use and performance, their company policy, their specific responsibilities under the policy, and ways to overcome difficulties in meeting any challenges to implementation. Training can be either directly delivered to supervisors, through a process of training internal trainers, or through an easily accessible and well utilized internet approach.

ii) Strategic Planning:

  • Assistance is provided to provincial and federal government departments, private sector organizations and industry associations so that they can better understand the relevant issues and develop a strategic response based on their specific needs, responsibilities, and perspectives.

iii) Research and Analysis Services:

  • A library of relevant Canadian and international scientific, statistical and research data is maintained on an ongoing basis, along with a library of legal decisions, position papers, policies, presentation papers and other significant data on this topic. In this way, clients receive the most recent and appropriate information to assist them in considering policy and program decisions. Research and analysis services on specific topics is provided on an as-required basis.

iv) Legal Issues:

  • Ms. Butler has testified on a number of occasions as an expert witness on workplace alcohol and drug policies and related matters. She has provided assistance to legal counsel on alcohol and drug policy issues in connection with case preparation, including arbitrations, human rights tribunals, and coroners inquests.

v) Regulatory Compliance:

  • Clients are provided with ongoing monitoring and assessment of the U.S. regulatory program requirements, including assessment of direct implications for Canadian and cross-border operations; and assistance in the design and implementation of programs that will meet these requirements within the Canadian context.

vi) Training on Policy Issues:

  • Ms. Butler is consulted on workplace alcohol and drug policy issues on an ongoing basis. At critical times, input has been provided to such organizations as Labour Canada, Transport Canada, the Senate Transport Committee, Health Canada, and the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (now Alberta Health Services). She has also trained the RCMP Drug Education Officers across Canada on "Drugs in the Workplace" policies and programs.

SEMINARS/CONFERENCES WORKPLACE ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICIES & ISSUES

• Since her initial involvement with this issue in 1987, Ms. Butler has been an invited speaker at conferences throughout North America, and has organized and conducted seminars for companies, industry associations and other organizations on a variety of aspects of this issue. This has included an extensive number of policy development seminars for regulated cross-border transportation companies and petroleum industry contractors. Examples of other sessions she has spoken at in recent years include:

2015

  • Canadian Electricity Association Human Resources Committee (Toronto, April)
  • Human Resources Managers Conference: Legal Series, Medical Marijuana Issues for Employers; (Toronto, April)
  • 7th Biennial Construction Labour Relations Conference: Alcohol and Drug Testing in the Construction Workplace: Case Law Update (Toronto, April)
  • BC Forest Safety Council: Alcohol and Drug Policies in the Forestry Industry (Vancouver, June)

2014

  • Federated Press 20th Managing Absenteeism in the Public and Private Sectors; Panel Moderator and Speaker, Developing an effective alcohol and drug policy to address absenteeism (Toronto, February)
  • CannAmm Worksafe Forum, Medical Marijuana Issues for Employers; (Edmonton, June)

2013

  • Human Resources Professional Association national conference; Employee Addiction, Legislation and Liability Risks. (Toronto, January)
  • Construction Labour Relations 6th Bi-Annual Conference; Panel Moderator & Speaker Alcohol and Drug Testing…where the Law is Taking Us in 2013. (Toronto, March)
  • Human Resources Professional Association, North-East Ontario Conference; Addressing Alcohol and Drug Issues in the Workplace. (Sudbury, May)
  • Conference Board of Canada Workplace Wellness Summit (Toronto, June)
  • Canadian Corporate Council Association Conference (Moncton, September)
  • Conference Board of Canada Council Meeting (Toronto, October)
  • CannAmm Worksafe Forum (Sudbury, October)
  • Conference Board Council of Industrial Relations Executives: Workplace Health Safety and Substance Abuse (October 2013)

2012

  • BC Forest Safety Council: Workplace Alcohol and Drug Policies in the Industry (Webinar, November)

2011

  • Construction Labour Relations 5th Bi-Annual Conference; Panel Moderator & Speaker Practical Advice on Alcohol and drug Testing…where the Law is Taking Us. (Toronto, April)
  • Construction Labour Relations Inaugural Western Canada Conference; Speaker, Practical Advice on Alcohol and Drug Testing…where the Law is Taking Us. (Vancouver, June)
  • Drug & Alcohol Council for Safe Alberta Workplaces 4th Bi-Annual Conference on Managing Drug and Alcohol Issues in the Workplace; Speaker (Edmonton, October)
  • Employee Assistance Professional Association of Toronto; seminar on Accommodation (Toronto, October)
  • Ontario Motor Coach Association Annual Conference; Alcohol and Drug Testing - Carrier Obligations under U.S. Dot Regulations (Windsor, November)
  • Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association Alcohol and Drug Webinar (November)

2010

  • Update on policy issues for members of the Ontario Trucking Association (Toronto, April)
  • Halton Region Workplace Health Networking Meeting, "Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace: what you need to know" (April)
  • Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference; update on policy issues for members; (Ottawa, May)
  • Wood Buffalo Drug Strategy Coalition conference on Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace; speaker and panel member on related issues (Fort McMurray, November)

2009

  • Briefing for the Attawapiskat community on alcohol and drug issues (January)
  • Seminar on alcohol and drug issues and training for supervisors, contractors, union members for the Sarnia Construction Association (Sarnia, March)
  • Construction Labour Relations 4th Bi-Annual Conference; "Alcohol and Drug Testing: Evolving Technologies - Evolving Legal Situation" (Toronto, April)
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Seminar on "Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace: Learn what you can do." (Windsor, May)
  • Arctic Watersheds Health Safety and Wellness Conference (Timmins, October)
  • Northern Alberta Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Safety at Work (Edmonton, October)

2008

  • Western Canada Labour Relations conference, "Reality check on alcohol and drug policies and testing programs: The Canadian situation" (Vancouver, January)
  • Risk Management in the Workplace, "Balancing Safety, Privacy and Human Rights: Managing Workplace Risks Associated with Drug and Alcohol Abuse", (Ottawa, April)
  • Chatham-Kent District Health Unit Conference on Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace (Chatham Ontario, April)
  • 10th Anniversary Ontario Transportation Expo, "Drug and Alcohol testing for Drivers and other Safety-sensitive Positions" (Toronto, April)
  • Chair and presenter at the Eastern Canada Conference on Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace (Toronto, May)
  • Managing Federally Regulated Workplaces: "Reality Check on Alcohol and Drug Policies and Testing Programs; (Ottawa, October)
  • Canadian Urban Transit Association Fall Conference: Panel on Alcohol and Drug Policies (Windsor, November)

2007

  • Western Canadian Forum on Employment Law; Alcohol and Drug Testing within a Comprehensive Policy (Calgary, February)
  • Implementation of an Alcohol and Drug Policy in the Workplace, Substance Abuse in the Workplace: Promoting Healthier Work Environments (Fredericton, April)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, 2007 Conference and chair of the Drug Recognition Expert Sessions (Seattle, August)
  • Atlantic Canada Labour Relations conference (Halifax, September)
  • Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit Conference on Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace - Employer seminar (St. Thomas, Ontario September)
  • Chair, DRE and Field Impairment Testing and Assessments, 2007 conference of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) (Seattle, August)
  • Chair and presenter at the Western Canada Conference on Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace (Calgary, September)

2006

  • West Coast Conference on Workplace Alcohol and Drug Issues: Key note speaker (Vancouver, April)
  • Employer Seminar on Alcohol and Drug Policy Issues, Belleville Public Health Unit (Belleville, April)
  • Best Personnel Client Information Seminar on current employment topics (Sarnia, Ontario April)
  • Superior Health and Safety Conference and Trade Show, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) (Developing Effective Alcohol and Drug Policies, Sault St. Marie, Ontario May)
  • Alcohol and Drug Testing: Past, Present and Future Trends, (Toronto, May and Halifax, September)
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit Conference on Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace (Cobourg, Ontario October)
  • Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors, Environment, Health & Safety Seminar (Vaughan, Ontario November)

2005

  • Privacy Rights and Effective Workplace Investigations (Dealing with Workplace Alcohol and Drug Incidents - Toronto, January)
  • Emerging Issues in Police Labour Relations (Dealing with Alcohol and Drug Issues in Police Organizations - Ottawa, March)
  • Construction Labour Relations (Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Construction Industry - Toronto, April)
  • Ontario Motor Coach Association Annual Conference (Developing Effective Alcohol and Drug Policies - Toronto, April)
  • New Brunswick Workplace Conference (Developing Effective Alcohol and Drug Policies - Bathurst, June)
  • 4th Symposium on Workplace Drug Testing - Introduction of Workplace Programs in Canada (Dublin Ireland, June)
  • Action Alberta 2005: Northern Alberta Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Safety at Work - Duty to
  • Accommodate (Edmonton, October)
  • Conferece Board of Canada Seminar for Council of Human Resources Executives West -Alcohol and Drug Policy Development and Implementation (Calgary, November)
  • Employer Seminar on Workplace Prevention and Assistance, Brant County Health Unit (Brantford, November)
  • Employer Seminar on Alcohol and Drug Policy Issues, Peel Region Health Unit (Brampton, November)
  • Reinventing Union-Management Partnerships Conference, (Dealing with Workplace Alcohol and Drug Issues, Toronto, December)

2004

  • Workplace Strategies for Substance Abuse, Employee Assistance Program Association of Toronto (EAPAT), (Toronto, January)
  • Privacy Rights and Effective Workplace Investigations (Dealing with Workplace Alcohol and Drug Incidents - Halifax, September)
  • 24th Annual WHSCC Health and Safety Conference (Moncton, N.B. October)
  • Action North 2004 sessions on Employer Responsibility re. Substance Abuse and Bill C-45: Due Diligence in the Workplace (Prince George, B.C. October)
  • Workplace Drug and Alcohol Liability Workshop, Porcupine Health Unit (Timmins, October )
  • Employer Seminar on Workplace Prevention and Assistance, Durham Health Unit (Oshawa, November)
  • New Issues in Alcohol and Drug Policies and Testing, Ontario Motor Coach Association Annual Conference (Toronto, November)

2003

  • Privacy Laws and Effective Workplace Investigations (Dealing with Workplace Alcohol and Drug Incidents - Toronto, January)
  • Building on our Successes: Effective First Nation Human Resource Management 2003, Sponsored by Ogemawahj Tribal Council (Barrie, January)
  • Council of Industrial Relations Executives Meeting, Conference Board of Canada (Calgary, February)
  • Safety and Performance: Addressing substance abuse in the workplace, Sponsored by Alberta Building Trades Council and Construction Labour Relations, and RCMP (Edmonton, October)
  • York Region Annual Business Conference Keynote Speaker (Richmond Hill, October)

2002

  • Arbitration and Employment Litigation Conference (Toronto, January)
  • Reinventing Union Management Partnerships Conference, Federated Press (Toronto, April)
  • World Forum 2002: Drugs, Dependencies and Society - Impact and Responses (Montreal, September)
  • Making the Case for Workplace Alcohol Policies: An Overview of Employer Liability and Legal Responsibilities, Sponsored by the Alcohol Policy network of the Ontario Public Health Association (Toronto, November)

2001

  • Northern Offshore Industry Association Seminar (St. John's NFL March)
  • New Developments in Workplace Privacy, Lancaster House Conference (Toronto, April)
  • Drugs, Driving and the Workplace, Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences Meeting (Toronto, November)
  • Input 2001: 14th Biennial Symposium on Employee and Family Assistance Programs in the Workplace (Toronto, November)

List of presentations prior to 2001 can be provided on request.

PUBLICATIONS: WORKPLACE SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Ms. Butler is the author of the book, Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace, which was published by Butterworths in September, 1993.

She has been a contributor to Canadian H.R. Reporter, Canadian Employment Law Today, the CMCC (Canadian Motor Carrier Consortium) Newsletter, and to various industry association newsletters in Canada. She is an ongoing contributor to Renascent Workplace Solutions News. She has also provided a series of papers published as part of the conference proceedings (as outlined in the listing of Seminars and Conferences). Other publications include:

  • Introduction of a New Screening Laboratory in Canada, published in Solutions for Toxicology and Occupational Health, January 2015
  • Alcohol and Drugs: Canadian Policy Perspective, published in Drug & Alcohol Abuse and The Family Manual, Fall 2014
  • Medical Marijuana: Impact on Motor Carriers, Canadian Trucking Alliance, June 13, 2014
  • Protecting your Employees and your Organization: Implementing Effective Alcohol and Drug Testing Programs, published in Solutions for Toxicology and Occupational Health, December 2012
  • Alcohol and Drugs: Canadian Policy Development, published in Drug & Alcohol Abuse and The Family Manual, December 2010
  • Evolution of Alcohol and Drug Policies and Testing Programs in Canada, published in Workplace Drug Testing in Europe, Editor Alain Verstraete, London, 2010
  • How To: Introduce a New Alcohol and Drug Policy, HR Professional, August 2004
  • Dealing with Workplace Alcohol and Drug Issues: Employer Responsibilities and Options, and Implementing Alcohol and Drug Testing Programs, Canadian Occupational Safety, August 2004
  • Developing a Company Alcohol and Drug Policy, published in Drug & Alcohol Abuse and The Family Manual, September 2003
  • It's Time to Give Your Drug Testing Program a Check-up (addressing cross-border carrier issues), Today's Trucking, May 2000.
  • Workplace Alcohol and Drug Programs - What Should Your Company be Doing? in Human Resources and Labour Relations Bulletin, April 1999, Fraser Milner.
  • Marijuana - A Risk to the Canadian Workplace? Occupational Health and Safety, Canada, January/February 1999.
  • Workplace Alcohol and Drug Programs: Development, Implementation and Legal Overview, (with R. MacDougall) Published by Canadian Bar Association, Annual Conference Proceedings, August 1998.
  • Issues for Consideration when Introducing Employee Alcohol and Drug Testing, in The Drug Testing Controversy: Imperial Oil and other Lessons, Canada Labour Views Special Report, May 1997, Carswell Publishing
  • Alcohol and Drug Testing in Canada, published in Occupational Health and Safety, Canada, January 1997
  • A Guide for Small Carriers: Developing a Company Alcohol and Drug Policy & Compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation Testing Regulations, October, 1996, distributed in conjunction with the Canadian Motor Carrier Consortium
  • Training for Supervisors - Student Manual: Company Alcohol and Drug Policy and U.S. Department of Transportation Requirements, February 1996, distributed in conjunction with the Canadian Motor Carrier Consortium
  • What U.S. Drug and Alcohol Regulations Will Mean for Canadian Transportation Companies, Lancaster's Health and Safety Law Reporter. January/February, 1996
  • Developing a Company Alcohol and Drug Policy, published in Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Family Manual, Winter 1996
  • Update on Alcohol and Drug Testing Programs in the Motor Carrier Industry, distributed through Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, December 1995
  • Questions & Answers on New Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policies, The Counselor, Fall 1995
  • Employee Opinion: Workplace Alcohol and Other Drug Use, published in Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, CN Kloeden and A.J.McLean Editors, Adelaide Australia, August 1995
  • Employee Drug Testing in Canada: Motor Carrier Industry, published in Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, CN Kloeden and A.J. McLean Editors, Adelaide Australia, August 1995
  • Critical Issues in Workplace Testing Programs, printed in "Substance Abuse & The Workplace System: A Resource Package", Ontario Addiction Research Foundation, April, 1995
  • Developing a Company Alcohol and Drug Policy, Canadian Labour Law Journal, Summer 1994
  • Workplace Substance Abuse, Family Health, Vol.8 No.3, 1993
  • Behavioural Tests to Assess Performance published in Drug Testing in the Workplace: Research Advances in Alcohol and Drug Problems, Volume 11, Plenum Press, 1994
  • Workplace Substance Abuse: Responding to Transport Canada's Substance Use Prevention Legislation, Occupational Health and Safety, Canada, April 1993
  • Workplace Substance Abuse: The Need for Action, Accident Prevention, September/October, 1992
  • Guidelines for the Development of an Alcohol and Drug Policy, published by the Canadian Petroleum Association, March 1992
  • Substance Abuse: Developing a Policy Based on Employee Commitment, Health in the Workplace, December 1990: republished in The Best of Health in the Workplace, 1992