Lesson Learned from 2017 Fernie, BC, Memorial Arena

Date: April 27, 2022 12:00 pm (ET)


  • Jyoti Patel
  • Connor Murray

On October 17, 2017, an unexpected ammonia release at Fernie Memorial Arena caused the death of three workers when they were trying to fix the ice-making equipment. In this seminar, we will walk you through a mock investigation on what went wrong, and which Process Safety Management component could have prevented this tragedy. 


Jyoti Patel

Jyoti Patel, MCIC
Executive and Principal Risk Consultant, RRMS 

Jyoti leads a management consulting business by working with North American and European leaders to manage operational and strategic risks, improve governance models and achieve operational excellence. 

With extensive involvement in streamlining process safety programs within the energy, utilities, mining and construction industries. Jyoti has a proven ability to drive risk-based decision making at stakeholder levels to improve safety performance across an organization. 

Particular focus includes building an integrated risk management framework (operational, strategic & enterprise) with tailored metrics that are specifically targeted to address critical risks and develop a common vision to demonstrate risk governance. 

Detailed knowledge of completing analytics for process safety programs such as Process Hazards Analysis, Management of Change, Integrity Audit, Contractor Management and Legal Requirements. 

Jyoti currently holds a position as an Executive and Principal Risk Consultant, RRMS and is a Board Member, Chemical Society of Engineers (CSChE) under the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC). She is also a member of the CSChE Process Safety Management Division (PSMD) and served as Chair (2018-2020). 


Connor Murray, 
Technical Safety Engineer, CNRL 

Connor Murray obtained his BSc in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. Since graduation he has worked in various capacities with CNRL including as an oilsands Technical Safety Engineer, conventional Process Engineer and currently as a thermal in-situ Technical Safety Engineer.