Go Virtual At The Revamped Canada’s Safest Employers Awards

October 21, 2021
11:25 AM ET

Last year the Canada’s Safest Employers Awards brought together over 400 occupational health and safety professionals from across the nation for an all-new virtual awards experience.

This year, we’re ready to do it all over again on October 21 and continue our long-standing tradition of celebrating industry excellence.

This unmissable event will feature the highly anticipated winner announcements, hosted by CBC news anchor Suhana Meharchand. By popular demand, we’re also bringing back live virtual panels featuring some of the finalists, who will be sharing their inspiring insights, best practices and success stories. This is an unparalleled opportunity to go behind the scenes and engage with the industry’s best.

The virtual platform also offers a live chat option and a peer-matching function allowing you to network and reconnect with your peers and the wider occupational health and safety profession.

So don’t miss out. Be sure to join us on October 21 at 11:25 AM ET as we bring the celebration of the year directly to you – wherever you are.

What’s Happening On The Day

At the virtual Canada’s Safest Employers Awards 2021, you’ll be able to:

Catch the exclusive stream of the winner announcements hosted by CBC news anchor Suhana Meharchand

Show your industry spirit and support the 100-plus outstanding finalists

Join live virtual panels featuring some of the finalists, who will be sharing their inspiring insights, best practices and success stories

Network and reconnect with your peers in the OHS industry with our live chat and a peer-matching function


11:25 am


11:30 am – 12:10 pm

Toward a better understanding of Canada’s oil & gas industry

The pressing issues facing the oil & gas industry today



Brandon Griffin

Brandon Griffin, Director, Canadian Sales , MSA Safety



Frank Urquhart, Director | HSE - North America & Global Manufacturing, Weatherford

Whitney Green, Regional HSE Manager, Primoris Canada


12:10 pm - 12:50 pm

Toward a safer and more sustainable future

How can the chemical sector integrate sustainability into its safety strategy?



Shannon Watt

Shannon Watt, Vice-President, Sustainability



Luca Romano, EHS Specialist, Pharma Services, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Allison Barrett, EHS Specialist, BASF Canada

Anneleen Muller, Global Responsible Care Manager of Quality, Methanex


12:50 pm – 1:30 pm

How to build a strong safety culture from the top-down

CEOs discuss the ways in which leadership can improve employer-employee relationships and engage with workers on safety



Sandra Miller

Sandra Miller VP, Strategy & Governance Workplace Safety & Prevention Services



David Gandossi, President and CEO, Mercer International Inc.

Yves Tremblay, President & CEO, Pronghorn Controls Ltd.

George McClean,President, National Tire Distributors

David Weinstein, President & CEO, CSA Group


1:30 pm – 2:10 pm

Mentorship and youth engagement

Organizations with leading health & safety cultures on how to promote and support health and safety among young workers



Rod Cook

Rod Cook, Vice President Workplace Health and Safety Services, WSIB



Tim Carson, Director of H&S Operations, Modern Niagara Group Inc.

Stephen Loftus, CEO, Innovative Automation Inc.

Yves Tremblay, President & CEO, Pronghorn Controls Ltd.

Shannon Caron, Director, Health Safety and Environment, Michels Canada

Don Lucas, Director, Owner and Founder, Encore Trucking and Transport Ltd.


2:10 pm – 2:50 pm

Climbing the ladder

Tips for success from Canada’s top safety leaders



Whitney Green

Whitney Green, Regional HSE Manager, Primoris Canada



Susan Harahap, Manager of Corporate Occupational Health and Safety, Pro Administration Services

Erin Oliver, Vice President of Health, Safety & Sustainability, Modern Niagara Group Inc.

Sean Cammaert, Head of Safety Canada, BASF Canada

Martin Gallagher, Chief Safety Officer, Metrolinx

George Minow, Manager of Health, Safety and Wellness, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc.


2:50 pm – 3:30 pm

Breaking ground on mental health in the construction sector

Amid historically high mental health concerns, this panel will discuss the ways in which the construction sector can implement strategies for a psychologically safe workplace



Lindsay Conley

Lindsay Conley, Program Manager, Conventional Safety, Bruce Power



Erin Oliver, Vice President of Health, Safety & Sustainability, Modern Niagara Group Inc.

Daniel dos Santos, Senior Health and Safety Manager, Deltera

Steve Thrasher, HSE Director, Plan Group

Chris Muc, COO, Modu-Loc

Nadia Saunders, HR Manager, Rassaun Services


3:30 pm – 4:10 pm

Using industry solutions to optimize workplace safety

how industry solutions can optimize health and safety in the workplace



Whitney Green

Mary Lou Sinclair, VP Health, Safety & Environment, North America and UK, BGIS



Katherine Rossel, Health and Safety Director, Safety First Consulting

Melissa Clarke, Head of Health and Safety, QM Environmental

Craig Croney, Senior Vice President, Operations, Field Safe Solutions

Kody Messenger, Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Enger Safety

Ty Arslan, President, Auspice Safety Inc.

Phil Simeon, Regulatory Policy Director, Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)


4:10 pm – 4:50 pm

Confronting COVID-19: How the pandemic has transformed the services sector

The impacts of covid 19 on the services sector and work on safety



Nicole  Brackett

Nicole Brackett, Director of Sales, Canada, Avetta



Darryl Berger, National Manager, Health, Safety and Security, Morguard

Cathy Dool, President and Business Development Manager, Hayworth Equipment Sales

Shawneen Abrams, Director, HSEQ Systems & Performance, Dexterra Group


5:00 pm

Award Presentations:

  • Most Innovative Use of Safety Technology
  • Canada’s Safest Manufacturing Employer
  • The MSA Safety Award for Canada’s Safest Oil & Gas Employer
  • Canada’s Safest Mining & Natural Resources Employer
  • Canada's Safest Utilities and Electrical Employer
  • The Avetta Award for Canada’s Safest Employer in Services Sector
  • Canada’s Safest Public Sector/Non-Profit Employer
  • Canada’s Safest Logistics and Supply Chain Employer
  • Canada’s Safest Public Transportation Employer
  • Canada’s Safest Employer for Young Workers
  • Best Wellness and Psychological Safety Program
  • Best Health, Safety and Environment Management Program
  • Innovation in Industrial Hygiene Award
  • Canada’s Safest New Employer
  • The BGIS Award for Best Safety Industry Provider
  • The Bruce Power Award for Canada's Safest Construction Employer
  • The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada Award for Canada’s Safest Chemistry Employer
  • The WSPS Award for CEO of the Year
  • The Primoris Award for Safety Leader of the Year
  • The WSIB Award for Canada’s Best Health & Safety Culture

Registration closes on October 20 at 5pm ET


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