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Program Manager, Worker and Public Safety Standards
Manager, Training Delivery
Energy Safety Canada
Chris Davis is Manager, Training Delivery at Energy Safety Canada. In this role, he assists the oil and gas industry in the achievement of continuous improvement through the delivery of training initiatives.
His career spans thirty years in heavy haul and hoisting/rigging.
Chris completed OH&S studies with the University of Alberta in 2013 and CRSP designation in 2014.
Director, Prevention Field Services
Dan is the Director of Prevention Field Services in the Prevention Services division at WorkSafeBC. Prevention Services has the mandate to engage employers and workers to reduce risk and keep workplaces healthy and safe through education, consultation, and enforcement in the Province of British Columbia.
Prior to his appointment at WorkSafeBC, Dan worked as the Manager Health and Safety at the Vancouver International Airport for 15 years.
From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Strand was President of the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists. He was Director for the Western Provinces at the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists from 2007 to 2009.
Dan is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) representing the Province of British Columbia for a four year term effective December 2020.
The Redlands Group Inc.
Dylan is the Managing Director of The Redlands Group Inc., with more than 20 years of expertise as a business owner, Vice President of Safety, Not For Profit Board Leader, and International Keynote Speaker.
The Redlands Group provides client-focused solutions that meet your Health, Safety, and Risk assurance needs. The team has the expertise to deliver results from Executive level strategy development to front-line staff training; right-sized for your organizational needs.
With his strong personal drive to pursue and achieve professional excellence, he not only works to excel in his own professional development, he works to coach, mentor and energize members of work groups to achieve their full potential.
Dylan is a sought-after International Keynote Speaker delivering engaging messages focused on Management Systems, Influence, Change, and Risk Management. As a result of his professional and volunteer achievements, Dylan was awarded the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering’s highest award; the 2016 Safety Professional of the Year.
Dylan also serves in the following volunteer roles:
Pozniak Safety Associates
Eldeen comes to us holding a variety of global health and safety-related designations and certifications such as the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), being a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (FIIRSM) and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in the UK (CMIOSH).
Eldeen is committed to a Safer World of Work, having worked in 21 different countries across 5 of the 7 continents. Her commitment is demonstrated by her 25-plus years of experience and involvement as an advisor and consultant to various industry sectors, government organizations, and businesses, and as a lecturer at educational institutions. It is also shown through her involvement and volunteer positions in safety and health-related associations. Eldeen is the Past President of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the past president of the International Network of Safety and Health Professional Organizations (INSHPO), and is the current standards practice chair of the International Practice Specialty of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)
Due to her commitment and professionalism, she has received many awards and recognitions. She has been honored by the American Society of Safety Professionals in their publication – 100 Women Making a difference in the safety, health and environment profession, she has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame, had been presented with both the Saskatchewan and Canadian Safety Professional of the year award (in different years), she was recognized and invited to have tea with the queen at Buckingham palace for her contributions to health and safety globally in 2017 and received the 2020 ASSP president’s award.
For these reasons and more, Eldeen is sought after to share her passion and knowledge as an International Key Note and Sessional Speaker.
Safety Works Consulting Inc
Ellaline Davies is the President of Safety Works Consulting Inc, an Ontario-based firm.
She is a consultant with 20+ years of health and safety management system development and implementation in numerous sectors.
She is an ISO Registered Lead Auditor with Exemplar Global with specialties in Injury Management and OHS Management Systems Audits.
Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario
Dr. Da Silva is currently an Assistant Professor of Physics at Toronto Metropolitan University and the current President of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario (ACPO). He holds advanced degrees in Chemistry & Biology, Molecular Sciences and Biomedical Physics. He is trained in both chemistry and radiological physics and specializes in analytical/physical chemistry, applied radiation physics and medical physics. His career includes experience in research and development settings and industrial distillation operations.
Glyn is a Partner in the firm EHS Partnerships Ltd. He is a consulting occupational health and safety professional and leadership coach. Glyn is a chemical engineer by training and is a Professional Engineer. He completed a Master’s degree specializing in occupational health and safety. He holds numerous professional certifications and is a CIH and a CRSP.
Mr. Jones has over thirty-five years of experience working as a consulting Occupational Health and Safety Professional. He has completed work in all industries and for all levels of government in Canada and overseas. He remains very involved in related Professional Associations and currently sits on the advisory board of Mount Royal College’s Environmental Science program and the University of Calgary’s OHS program. Glyn writes a regular article on professional development in the Canadian Occupational Safety magazine and has been a regular contributor to CSSE’s Contact Newsletter. He is a very involved conference speaker and teaches occupational and environmental health and safety at the University of New Brunswick.
Excellence in Manufacturing Safety Program
Sustainability, Environment Health & Safety Professional
Kelly Killby is a consultant with 20+ years of management system experience, including the development and implementation of management system requirements across disciplines in Corporate Sustainability, Environment, Health, and Safety. Based in Stratford Ontario, she assists employers with system implementation, analysis, evaluation, auditing, training and program development. She is a ISO management system certified lead auditor. Currently, she manages the Excellence in Manufacturing Safety Program where she works with manufacturers across Ontario to improve health and safety and build a health and safety management system.
Strategic Relationships Advisor
Larry Masotti is a Strategic Relationships Advisor at Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to meet the health and safety needs of 171,000 businesses in the agricultural, manufacturing, and service industries, representing 4.2 million employees across Ontario. Larry has previously held roles at WSPS as the Director, Strategic Relationships and Director of Marketing and Business Development in Toronto, Ontario.
With over 20 years of health and safety experience, Larry also serves as the Vice President for Minerva Safety Management Education and is an International Review Panelist for the National Safety Council. He is also a member of the Judging Panel for the prestigious Canada’s Safest Employer Awards.
A Canadian Registered Safety Professional who holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Athabasca University, Larry is dedicating this chapter of his professional life to building cultures of safety everywhere by inspiring the leaders of tomorrow.
Founder and Senior Health/Wellness Specialist
Pamela is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE), a Fitwel Ambassador, and a Certified Master Wellness Ambassador (CMWA) . With over 25 years practicing and specializing in the fields of Ergonomics/ Human Factors and Employee Health and Wellness, she provides comprehensive Corporate consulting services including Assessment, Education/Training, and Program Development to both private and public sector organizations. She also holds Baccalaureate degrees in Occupational Therapy (Dalhousie University) and Psychology (Saint Mary’s University).
Pamela is a full member of the College for the Certification of Canadian Ergonomists (CCCPE) and the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE). She is a Board Member of the Universal Design Network of Canada and is a Program Advisor at Wellness Works Canada and the Workplace Wellness Centre of Excellence.
Pamela and the Associate Team at Dempster Wellness are truly passionate about Employee Health and Wellness and its effects on workplace culture. They work collaboratively with employers and employees through change processes needed to make work environments and corporate culture safe, more productive, happy, and well!
Safety & Compliance Coordinator
USask Safety Resources
Patrick has over 18 years of experience in safety management system consulting, development and implementation in post-secondary education and research laboratory and fieldwork settings, as well as construction and arboriculture safety. He has worked at the University of Saskatchewan since 2008, and is currently the Safety and Compliance Coordinator. In this role he supervises the USask Fire and Life Safety team, leads the USask Hearing Loss Prevention Program, and conducts ergonomic consultations for the campus community.
Patrick also supports all local safety committees across campus and is a resource to the institutional Occupational Health Committee helping to identify and resolve new health and safety concerns and issues. Through these committees Patrick assists academic, research and service groups across campus to develop and implement locally specific safety management systems, including the development and provision of worker and student training systems and procedures, locally specific workplace inspection protocol and local emergency response plans. He also works with leaders and researchers across campus to develop a wide variety of off-campus activity safety plans, and children’s camp and science outreach safety plans.
Vice-President of Operations & Safety Centre of Excellence
Energy Safety Canada
As Vice-President of Operations & Safety Centre of Excellence for Energy Safety Canada, Paula provides strategic leadership to the development of safety programs, training and initiatives to reduce injury and illness in the Canadian oil & gas industry.
Prior to joining Energy Safety Canada in 2007, Paula gained valuable experience in the in the areas of human resources and environmental health & safety working in the oil and gas, construction and utilities sectors.
Paula holds a bachelor degree in psychology from the University of Calgary and an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business. She also holds certificates in occupational health & safety from the University of Alberta and project management from SAIT. Throughout her career, Paula holds the following professional designations; Chartered Professional in Human Resources Professional (CPHR), Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Canadian Risk Management (CRM) and Institute of Corporate Directors Designation (ICD.D).
Paula serves on the Board of Directors for the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada and SafeGen. She is Co-Founder and Inaugural Chairperson of the Women in Occupational Health & Safety Society, an organization with the mission to foster the advancement of women working in health and safety in Canada and has served as a Governor on the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.
Regional Director & Program Manager Occupational Health & Safety
Government of Scotia
Robin Angel MSc. CRSP, is a safety professional with over 30 years’ experience in occupational health & safety (OHS). Robin has a Master of Science degree from Royal Roads University (British Columbia) and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Guelph (Ontario) and Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Certification from Queens University (Ontario).
Robin has worked in chemical manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, oil refinery operations, manufacturing, and provincial and federal governments in the areas of safety, occupational hygiene, international auditing of safety, environmental and quality management systems. Robin has instructed university courses in Industrial Hygiene, Measurement & Analysis, Occupational Health, Safety Systems and Risk Management.
Robin is currently employed with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice as Strategic Advisor Occupational Health and Safety with the oversight of 4 adult facilities and 1 youth centre. In 2022 Robin was given the Canadian Occupational Safety Top Woman in Safety award and she was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in recognition of significant service to the province and service during COVID.
Robin Schooley is part of the Young and New Worker team in OHS Consultation & Education Services at WorkSafeBC. Robin has a background in journalism and communications and brings those skills to influence safety behavior in B.C. workplaces. Robin works with her team to reduce injuries by raising awareness, creating empowerment, and developing resources to engage workers and employers.
Vice President, Workplace Health and Safety Services
For more than 20 years, Rod Cook has been a leader in business transformation in both the private and public sectors. In his current role as Vice President of Workplace Health and Safety Services (WHSS) at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), he oversees all aspects of workplace health and safety programs. Before joining WHSS, Rod spent four years as the Vice President of Human Resources. During this time, the WSIB received the Mental Health at Work Silver Level certification from Excellence Canada under Rod’s leadership. Rod has also received individual recognition for his accomplishments. In 2018, the University of Toronto awarded him with the Morley Gunderson Prize for outstanding professional achievement and service to the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.
Soon after joining the WSIB’s Workplace Health and Safety Services division in 2019, Rod led the branding and launch of an innovative, streamlined digital health and safety program in partnership with leaders across Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety System. The new Health and Safety Excellence program would allow businesses to customize their health and safety journey and adopt a health and safety culture at their own pace. Always quick to respond to service needs, in 2020, Rod and his team pivoted the program so businesses could manage throughout the pandemic. The WHSS team received a Bronze Stevie award for Sales and Customer Service, under the COVID-19 response category for this work. Then in 2022, Rod and his team responded to the challenges facing smaller businesses by introducing the Small Business Initiative, which provided further financial support to smaller businesses to help with their post-pandemic recovery. Rod continues to drive innovation and growth within the program through strong leadership, stakeholder engagement, evidence-based administration, and a passion to make Ontario the safest place to work.
Within provincial and national occupational health and safety communities, Rod is an in-demand speaker, leader, and influencer. Most recently, Rod was appointed to the Prevention Council to provide advice to the Minister and Chief Prevention Officer. In addition, after a nomination by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, the Government of Canada especially appointed Rod to represent Ontario on the tripartite Board of Council of Governors at the Council of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Rod also serves on multiple Board of Directors including National Institute of Disability Management and Research, and Excellence Canada.
Rod has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Concordia University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from University of Toronto. Rod earned the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) ® designation in 2020.
Associate Professor, School of Occupational & Public Health
Thomas Tenkate is an Associate Professor and was Director (2011 to 2020), School of Occupational and Public Health at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). He has worked in environmental health and occupational health and safety for over 30 years. His research interests involve risk assessment and risk management in occupational settings.
O’Reilly Health & Safety Consulting
Yvonne O’Reilly, the owner of O’Reilly Health & Safety Consulting, is based in Stratford, Ontario. She assists organizations in effectively implementing their OHS management system by providing due diligence & awareness training, compliance audits, and JHSC workshops.
Yvonne is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), and is an instructor for the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies as part of the Human Resources and OHS certificate programs.
Her professional commitment has led her to become involved in several organizations to foster and promote the OHS profession. In addition to serving as a judge for Canada’s Safest Employer awards, she has chaired the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) national North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Committee and served three terms on the Governing Board of the BCSRP. She has been a presenter at national conferences and has chaired conferences for Bongarde Media and Lancaster House.
Director at Large on the CSSE National Board of Directors
Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
Bruce Jackson has worked in the workplace health and safety field for almost 30 years. He spent 20 years with WorkSafeBC, working in a variety of capacities – as a prevention officer, instructor, and in prevention quality assurance. A safety consultant since late 2017, he provides safety training, management systems auditing, and incident investigation services to industry. He spent seven years as a sessional instructor in the OH&S Certificate program offered by Simon Fraser University and has taught in the OH&S Diploma program at the BC Institute of Technology.
Bruce is a graduate of BCIT in both occupational health & safety and operations management, holds two qualifications in adult education from Vancouver Community College, and a graduate degree in human factors & safety management systems from the University of South Australia. He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, a Chartered Member of IOSH and a Certified Instructional Trainer.
He supports the OH&S profession through his volunteer roles with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering as a Director at Large on the National Board, and as Chairperson of the Regional Screening Centre for the BC Lower Mainland for the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.
Canada Safety Council
Gareth Jones is an executive and leader in the field of public and occupational health and safety in Canada. Currently serving as the President and CEO of the Canada Safety Council, Gareth has over 20 years of senior executive leadership and throughout has held a focus on the safety and wellbeing of Canadians at work and leisure. Gareth’s business acumen and strategic thinking have been key assets throughout his career. As the Acting President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety, he played a vital role in driving the organization’s growth and success. Gareth’s commitment to fostering a safety-conscious society is unwavering, and his leadership continues to make a lasting impact on the well-being of Canadians.
Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
Jonathan Sherman has been with the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board since 2020, initially as the Assistant Director, and recently moving to the role of Director, Prevention.
He has worked in training, health and safety for over 13 years in the construction, mining, manufacturing and post-secondary industries, supporting operations in Saskatchewan and across North America. He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (2015) and holds a bachelor of science in chemistry (2002) and a masters in English literature (2009) from the University of Saskatchewan.
Stephanie Benay, CRSP is an innovative and accomplished Health and Safety Executive who helps companies seize the future through realizing the hidden value of HSE and effective Risk Management. She is currently the Director, Safety at BC Hydro, leading a large team of multi-disciplinary experts in safety strategy, programs, electrical safety, safety management systems, reporting, analytics, public safety and aircraft operations.
With over 2 decades of expertise across industries, she has drastically improved staff performance and HS engagement enabling organizations to capture new levels of safety performance and profitability. She is skilled in visualizing, formulating, and launching change management strategies which produce consistently superior results and can deploy innovative methods to solve human capital challenges. Stephanie is a dynamic relationship builder who can cut through the red tape, garner internal and external buy-in, and overcome obstacles to ensure success.
Stephanie has presented at national and international conferences, authored numerous industry magazine articles, and has published technical papers. Additionally, she is a founding member and a Past Chair of the Women in Occupational Health and Safety Society and a former Governor on the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals. She’s been recognized as Top Woman in Safety in Canada and as a top ten global influencer in health and safety. Stephanie exemplifies what it means to “be the change.”
Senior Safety, Health and Risk Management Executive
STURM Consulting Inc
Peter Sturm, is a senior Safety, Health and Risk Management Executive with STURM Consulting Inc. His expertise includes health and safety, workers compensation, insurance, incident investigations, prevention and sustainability.
Peter is the co-author of the ASSP Accident Investigation Techniques – Best Practices for Examining Workplace Incidents which references the only consensus standard focusing on investigation incident, CSA Z1005-21, Workplace Incident Investigations
He teaches safety and incident investigations at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, University of Fredericton and George Brown College.
His leadership roles include:
He holds the designations of CRSP, Professional Member (CSSE) & CHSC. This includes an EMBA, Global Leadership, is active with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering & American Society of Safety Professionals.
He was awarded the CSSE Safety Professional of the Year in 2015, & Outstanding Service to CSSE/Volunteer of the Year in 2019.
Global Functional Safety Lead Electrification, Controls, SW & Electronics (GECSE)
General Motors of Canada Company
Global Functional Safety Lead Electrification, Controls, SW & Electronics (GECSE)
Canadian Technical Centre Workplace Safety Lead
General Motors of Canada Company
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7
Lynn Smith is GM’s Global GECSE Functional Workplace Safety Leader. Globally, she supports the VP GECSE with the implementation of GM’s Workplace Safety System and locally, she oversees the Workplace Safety System at 4 Canadian Engineering sites. As a career engineer at GM, Lynn has held positions of strategic responsibility in Manufacturing, Quality, Engineering and now Workplace Safety. She holds a B.Eng. in Mining/Metallurgy from Technical University of NS and holds an M.Eng. in Advanced Manufacturing Technology from University of Western Ontario. Lynn is a PEO member and currently serves on the Minerva Canada Board of Directors which targets tomorrow’s leaders by encouraging Canadian colleges and universities to embed safety management education into their Core Curricula. She is the Chair of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Durham East Chapter and is a member of the WSPS Vehicle Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Advisory Committee advocating for the sector within Ontario’s prevention system.
President, Safety Engineer and Management Consultant
H&S Consultants Inc.
David A.G. Meston, P.Eng. – President, H&S Consultants Inc. (H&S), Safety Engineer and Management Consultant since 1987. Dave uses a unique risk-based approach to safety management with a focus on “Safety by Design”. Prior to H&S he was an Electrical Design Engineer, Safety Engineer and Senior Manager with Ontario Hydro. He has over 40 years of experience in management and engineering.
Recent work has included design risk analysis for hydrogen, natural gas and other alternative energy projects including both semi-quantitative and quantitative methods for utility clients and equipment manufacturers. Additionally, he produces safety and emergency management system documentation for operational support to the above design projects (e.g. ISO 45001).
Dave is also a part time Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) since 1996 teaching Business and Occupational Health and Safety. He has been a volunteer with Minerva Canada since 1993.
M.Engg (1978), Volunteer Member
MINERVA’s Working Group
Joined Imperial Oil, Sarnia Refinery in 1978. During a38 years career in Refining and Chemicals in Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil and ExxonMobilJVsin Thailand and Saudi Arabia,I was responsible for technical support and leadership in Process Design, OperationsSupport,OperationsIntegrity,Process Safetyand OI Audits.
Retired in 2016. Final position was Process Safety Group Leader in Kemya Petrochemical Complex –a Joint Venture of ExxonMobil and SABIC in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Joined Minerva Canada in 2016 as a volunteer member in Minerva’s Working Group.
Senior Director – Tooling and Innovation –Major Component Replacement Project
Byron House, P.Eng is a Chemical Engineer graduate from the University of New Brunswick with over 25 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Byron has held senior leader positions at Bruce Power in the areas Operations, Maintenance, Project Management, and Training. Most recently he has joined the Bruce Power major reactor component replacement team tasked with the life extension of the nuclear reactors on the Bruce site with the responsibility to shorten the project durations through reactor tooling innovations. Byron has reviewed operational and safety performance at several nuclear power plants around the world as an industry peer including United States, Ukraine, and China with a focus on safety culture and organizational effectiveness.
Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University
Ronald Pelot, Ph.D., P.Eng., has been a professor in Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University since 1994. Over the past three decades, he and his team have developed new software tools and analysis methods applied to maritime traffic safety (accidents at sea), environmental impacts of marine shipping traffic, and coastal zone safety and security. Research methods encompass spatial risk analysis, vessel traffic modelling, data processing and pattern analysis, location models for response resource allocation, safety analyses, logistics planning, and cumulative shipping impacts studies. He has taught courses in human factors engineering, risk and decision analysis, operations research and engineering economics. Dr. Pelot has published over 200 journal articles, conference proceedings and technical reports.
CHIO and Global Head of Enterprise Health Solutions
As Chief Health Information Officer and Global Head of Enterprise Solutions at Cloud MD, Karen specializes in delivering exceptional client engagement through leading digital health and wellness programs.
Karen has spent the majority of her career as a leader and advocate for mental health and continues to introduce organizations to new trends in providing accessible healthcare. Karen brings over 20 years in the health and wellness space and has extensive experience training in development, mental health and second opinion medicals.
Throughout her career Karen has played an instrumental role as a leader and mentor to colleagues and clients alike and has received many nominations and awards including the “Who’s Who in Healthcare award”. Karen is a past Chair of the Ontario Shores Centre for mental health foundation and currently serves on the board of Directors.
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