Our Story

The face of education has changed forever, but we were leading the way long before COVID. SiS was established as a non-profit organization in 2011 to foster a life-long safety-first workplace mindset and environment by educating and empowering young people.

From grassroots beginnings starting with one school and seven students, the SiS family has grown to over 340 schools across three provinces – with 150,000-plus and counting mastered certificates over the last ten years all delivered online.  That represents over $5,000,000.00 worth of free industry-recognized Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) eLearning courses all donated by the co-founding company, SWIFT Learning.  We have a successful, highly scalable model and are committed to expanding across Canada to reach more schools and more youth.

Based on statistics alone, there’s clearly a need. Alberta occupational injury and illness claims from 2019 totaled over $343 million. In Saskatchewan, claim costs were $319.6 million in 2020, up from $281 million in 2019. The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, in their 2019 Statistical Report, noted more than $2.5 billion in compensation claims.

More important is the human cost. Workplace accidents can cost careers, limbs and even lives. Across Canada, in 2019, the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada recorded 925 workplace fatalities. That’s 925 too many. And, sadly, workers aged 18-25 are at the highest risk for workplace injury.

The hardest fact of all – most were preventable. If SiS has helped save even one life – mission accomplished!  We are committed to expanding across Canada and to educate and empower young people to live their best life at school, work, home and at play – 4 life!  

In 2020 we partnered with Service Hospitality to develop a Mental Health and Well-being course. This was the beginning of our expansion into Mental Health and Well-being, Brain Health, Concussion Prevention, and Active Lifestyle programs. 

SiS uses a proven dual-faceted learning strategy that combines industry-recognized training courses with custom SiS-created experience-oriented programs that give students a more meaningful understanding of the real-world impact of workplace injuries and fatalities, the lessons that can be learned from these incidents and how to avoid them.

In addition to our more than 60 courses, we offer helpful information, expert advice, safety tips and more through our video library and custom courses we develop in partnership with government and industry.  

In 2020 we partnered with Service Hospitality to develop a Mental Health and Well-being course. This was the beginning of our expansion into Mental Health and Well-being, Brain Health, Concussion Prevention, and Active Lifestyle programs. 

SiS uses a proven dual-faceted learning strategy that combines industry-recognized training courses with custom SiS-created experience-oriented programs to give students a more meaningful understanding of the real-world impact of workplace injuries and fatalities, the lessons that can be learned from these incidents and how to avoid them.

In addition to our more than 60 courses, we offer helpful information, expert advice, safety tips and more through our video library and custom courses we develop in partnership with government and industry.  

Kim Adophe, CEO of SWIFT Learning and SiS co-founder and Chairman of the Board is a passionate supporter of workplace safety, mental health, brain health, and living an active lifestyle for young people.  The dedicated team at SWIFT Learning oversees the management of SiS.

SWIFT creates highly-effective, competency-based eLearning courses using their Software as a Service SWIFT Platform working closely with industry-recognized Subject Matter Experts (SMEs),.  All SWIFT courses are available in over 100 languages and accessible on all devices. 

SWIFT is a social enterprise that donates their cloud-hosted Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) library and other eLearning courses to High Schools throughout Canada through SiS as well as to sports associations and student athletes.  Their contribution to SiS alone represents over $5,000.000 dollars to date.

Creative Sentencing

SiS has worked closely with the Alberta Government through the Alberta-based Creative Sentencing program that fines companies for OHS infractions.  The funds are allocated towards developing programs to prevent similar incidents in the future.

SiS was awarded our first Creative Sentencing project in 2014 and completed our sixth in 2019. Six online courses, one video (Tragedy at the Quarry) and essay contest, and seven school speaking tours have been funded through Creative Sentencing – reaching more than 9,400 Alberta students with lessons drawn from real life incidents, shared by the actual people involved in them. 

SiS actively engages with Alberta OHS Investigators and Industry Associations on an ongoing basis. Often we speak directly with survivors of workplace injuries, families of deceased workers, and employers convicted of OHS infractions to gain more insight. This exposure has also given us an opportunity to witness the positive impact this unique to Alberta program provides to what are otherwise tragic and preventable accidents.

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