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Crowd Safety Workshops 2017

Join us in Toronto or Kingston

The world can be a dangerous place, even when people gather together to have a good time at sporting events, concerts, festivals, shows and parades. If your work involves large groups of people, you need to know how to keep those crowds safe.

In response to requests for a more in-depth look at crowd safety, we have invited our expert, Eric Stuart, to present his two-day Crowd Safety Workshop – Combining Math, Physics, Psychology and Behaviors to Achieve Safe Outcomes. The aim is to provide an understanding of the four aspects of basic crowd safety, and to provide techniques to plan and manage safe pedestrian flows in crowded places during all phases of an event including emergencies.

Objectives: By the end of the workshop you should be able to:

  • Understand the main risks in managing crowds.
  • Understand the differences between crowd management and crowd control.
  • Describe the phases of crowds and their psychology.
  • Conduct calculations for flow rates and density for people in crowded places.
  • Identify crowd behaviors in emergency situations and how to manage them.
  • Understand how to use non-computer models to plan for crowds.
  • To understand human behaviors that affect crowds: Route modeling, Normalcy Bias, Dread Theory, De-individuation and the RAS.

Two workshops will be offered in Toronto and one workshop will be offered in Kingston.

PLEASE NOTE: Class sizes are limited to ensure an optimal learning experience.

Course Lecturer

Meet the expert

Eric Stuart


Eric is the director of Gentian Events, a Crowd Safety Management Company established in 2009.

Engaged in Crowd Safety Management for 15 years and working with crowds since 1980, his 33 year police career in London culminated in a planning role for Notting Hill Carnival and London New Year’s Eve, with viewing audiences of 1 million and 450k respectively. As ‘Chief of Staff’ for the planning and delivery of the 70 day London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, he was the only person to see the event through from initial planning through delivery and debrief.

Eric writes and delivers crowd safety plans at events from major music festivals to motor sports and from large carnival processions to New Year’s Fireworks. He works closely with private organisers, police and local authorities to achieve mutual understanding of each other’s roles in keeping crowds safe at major events. Eric is keen to ensure there is a better balance between the mathematics, physics and human behaviours when planning for crowds.


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Janet Sellery


Samantha Slattery


Janet is one of Canada’s leading experts in health and safety and the arts. After a career in stage management, she pioneered the health and safety program at the Stratford Festival. As a Health & Safety Consultant (Sellery Health + Safety), she focuses on customizing programs, training, and resources to reflect the constantly evolving and unique demands of the live event environment. Janet led the working group that created the Temporary Performance/Event Structures Safety Guideline (Ministry of Labour) and is involved with the Event Safety Alliance. She has been awarded the “Ron Epp Memorial Award for Professional Achievement” (Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology) and “Canada’s Safety Manager of the Year” (Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine).

Sam has been working in the music industry in the US, UK and Canada for almost 20 years and is currently Executive Director for Capital Presents. Her music industry experience has focused primarily on concert promoting, working for 15+ years producing music festivals for some of the largest promoters throughout North America and the UK, including Mean Fiddler (Reading & Leeds Festivals), AEG Live (Coachella Music Festival, Stagecoach Music Festival and Virgin Music Festival) and House of Blues (Lillith Fair and Edgefest) to name just a few. She brings brings a wide range of concert production knowledge and experience to the Republic Live team, most notably her specialized knowledge of festival legal and risk management.

Workshop Details

When and Where

Workshop 1 – Fort York, Toronto

  • Monday, December 4, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 5, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Fort York- Blue Barracks & Mess Hall, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3K9 see map

Workshop 2 – City Hall, Toronto

  • Thursday, December 7, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Friday, December 8, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • City Hall – Rotunda Second Floor, Committee Room 3, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N1 see map

Workshop 3 – Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Kingston

  • Monday, December 11, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 12, 8:30 am- 2:30 pm
  • Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Queen’s University, Classroom 329, 390 King Street West, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 see map


Get yours while they are still available

Workshop 1  | Fort York, Toronto

Dec 4 – 5


Workshop 2 | City Hall, Toronto

Dec 7 – 8


Workshop 3 (Kingston)

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