Judging Panel

Best Health + Safety Culture Award judges

Ben Amick »Bob Masterson »Louise Logan »Susanna Zagar »

Canada's Safest Employers Awards judges

Andrew Cooper »Barry Fitzgerald »Dave Shanahan »Glyn Jones »Jackie Norman »Ken Ricketts »Larry Masotti »Laura Rourke »Lisa McGuire »Norm Keith »Robert Waterhouse »Spenser MacPherson »Thomas Tenkate »Yvonne O'Reilly »

Psychological Safety Award judges

Christine Burych »Karen Seward »Sarika Gundu »

Wellness Award judges

Karen Seward »Marion Reeves »Natasha Caverley »

Young Worker Safety judges

Robin Schooley »Veronica Suszynski »

Best Health + Safety Culture Award judges

Ben Amick

Ben Amick

Senior scientist, Institute for Work & Health

Benjamin Amick is a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto. He is also chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University in Miami. His current research focuses on how organizations can change or improve their programs and policies to prevent injury and manage disability, especially through the development of leading indicators, as well as on ergonomics and the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, and organizational policies and practices in injury prevention and disability management.

Bob Masterson

Bob Masterson

President and CEO, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Bob Masterson is the president and CEO of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC). Reporting to the Board of Directors, he is responsible for executing the strategic direction and ongoing operations of the association. Masterson joined CIAC in 2010 as vice-president of Responsible Care, the industry’s globally recognized sustainability initiative. Under his leadership, Responsible Care enacted a new set of sustainability principles and guidelines for Canada’s chemistry industry. Prior to joining CIAC, Masterson was director, regulatory affairs with the Cement Association of Canada and spent 15 years as a consultant on environment and sustainability issues in a number of industry sectors including forest products, electricity, cement, mining and energy.



Louise Logan

Louise Logan

President and CEO, Parachute
Louise Logan is the president and CEO of Parachute, a national charity dedicated to preventing injuries – the leading cause of death for Canadians age 1 to 44. A strategic and innovative leader, Logan has been involved in injury prevention and workplace health and safety at the provincial, national and international levels for more than 15 years. Before joining Parachute, Louise was the inaugural president and CEO of the Public Services Health & Safety Association, as well as director general of policy and regulation at WorkSafeBC. Louise holds a juris doctor degree from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor of arts with honours degree from the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of the executive program at the Ivey school of business, University of Western Ontario. 



Susanna Zagar

Susanna Zagar

Chief strategy/chief transformational officer, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
Susanna Zagar is the chief strategy/chief transformational officer at Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. She is also a member of the prevention council advising the provincial government's chief prevention officer.

Canada's Safest Employers Awards judges

Andrew Cooper

Andrew Cooper

Lead - EHS System Planning & Development Team, University of Alberta
Based in Edmonton, Andrew Cooper has over 25 years of diverse experience in the health and safety field. He is currently the leader of the EHS system planning and development team at the University of Alberta and a previous subject matter expert and instructor with the university's OHS certificate program. He is also a past president of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.

Barry Fitzgerald

Barry Fitzgerald

Senior manager, OHS, Department of Transportation and Works, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Barry Fitzgerald is senior manager, occupational health and safety for the Department of Transportation and Works at the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional with over 25 years’ experience in high risk environments and has been a volunteer in the safety field as a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) for many years. He is a past chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the CSSE and currently sits on the CSSE national board of directors as the regional vice-president representing Atlantic Canada.



Dave  Shanahan

Dave Shanahan

Standards development project manager at CSA Group
Dave Shanahan is a standards development project manager at CSA Group in Toronto. Over 20 years, he has organized dozens of Technical Committees and facilitated stakeholder consensus on more than 100 occupational health and safety standards. He currently administers the National Mirror Committee providing Canada’s input on the new ISO 45001 OHS Management Standard.

Glyn Jones

Glyn Jones

Regional vice-president Alberta, NWT & NU, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
Glyn Jones is a partner in the firm EHS Partnerships an occupational health and safety consulting group working out of Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and San Jose, Calif.  He is also the University of New Brunswick’s lead instructor in its occupational health and safety certificate program, and was part of a group of OHS professionals that created the UNB certificate program in 2008. He is currently the regional vice-president of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering representing Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Jackie Norman

Jackie Norman

President and CEO, Safety Services Nova Scotia
Jackie Norman has enjoyed working in health and safety for over 30 years. She has a background in business administration and holds her Canadian Association Executive designation. She is currently the past chair of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE). In her current position, she has successfully managed growth and change in the areas of governance and operations. Highlights at Safety Services Nova Scotia include: implementing ISO; initially starting the occupational safety dept; and converting motorcycle safety training from a Nova Scotia government subsidized program to a privately managed program. 



Ken Ricketts

Ken Ricketts

Executive Director, Safety Association of Saskatchewan Manufacturers
Ken Ricketts is the executive director for the Safety Association of Saskatchewan Manufacturers (SASM). The association serves over 250 firms and 11,000 workers in the manufacturing sector. Much of Ricketts’s professional life has been in high risk ventures where one mistake could lead to serious consequences. His background includes years as a professional whitewater rafting guide, snowmobile racer, ice road construction and heavy construction for the petroleum industry in extremely remote locations. Intensive management systems and embedded safety culture were the only sure means of everyone returning home safely. Ken and his team have developed a multi-level safety certification (COR) program that requires continuous improvement.

Larry Masotti

Larry Masotti

Director, strategic relationships, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Larry Masotti is director, strategic relationships at Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to meet the health and safety needs of 165,000 businesses in the agricultural, manufacturing and services industries, representing 4 million employees across Ontario. With over 20 years of health and safety experience, Larry also serves as secretary/treasurer for Minerva Safety Management Education and an international review panellist for the National Safety Council. A Canadian Registered Safety Professional who holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Athabasca University, Masotti is dedicating this chapter of his professional life to building cultures of safety everywhere by inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. 

Laura Rourke

Laura Rourke

EHS Professional, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium
Laura Rourke is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and an environmental engineer.  She started her career in waste management and soon thereafter moved into the manufacturing sector where she has spent the last 18 years. Rourke was the Canadian corporate EHS manager for a large rubber automotive parts and rubber mixing organization and later the manufacturing manager of EHS for an Ontario based electronics manufacturer. Currently, she manages the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium safety group and has her own consulting company helping companies with their environment, health and safety programs. Rourke volunteers as an ambassador with Sustainable Waterloo Region and sits on the City of Cambridge economic development advisory committee and city green sub-committee.

Lisa McGuire

Lisa McGuire

CEO, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
Lisa McGuire is the CEO of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, the health and safety association for manufacturers and food processors in British Columbia. The alliance also leads the BC Safety Charter, which is signed by CEOs and senior executives with a commitment to create a workplace culture based on the principle that the effective management of health and safety is essential to long term profitability and sustainability. 

Norm Keith

Norm Keith

Partner, Fasken Martineau
Norm Keith is a partner at Fasken Martineau in Toronto. He specializes in employment, occupational health and safety, workers' compensation, regulatory and white collar crime litigation. He regularly represents employers at human rights, labour arbitration, workers' compensation and other administrative tribunals. He has represented clients in the construction, energy, forestry, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, and transportation industries. He earned his Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation in 1998, making him the first practising lawyer in Canada to achieve the CRSP designation. He has written numerous articles, is an accomplished speaker and has authored 12 books including Canadian Health and Safety Law, Workplace Health & Safety Crimes and Alcohol and Drugs in the Canadian Workplace

Robert Waterhouse

Robert Waterhouse

Senior staff advisor at Enform
Robert Waterhouse is a hardworking EHS professional who has worked in a variety of industries managing EHS challenges. He works at Enform as a senior staff advisor advancing the management of health and safety hazards in the upstream oil and gas industry. He holds the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation through the American Board of Industrial Hygienists and is a technical expert on a variety of health hazards such as H2S, NORM, benzene, silica, drilling fluids, noise and mould. He has contributed to a variety of oil and gas industry initiatives in the past such as Enform’s Invert Exposure Control Plan and the Controlling Chemical Hazards guideline. He is a visionary leader who is technically strong from his 16 years of EHS experience in consulting and corporate work environments.

Spenser MacPherson

Spenser MacPherson

Owner, SEM Partnerships
Spenser MacPherson has 13 years as a carpenter before getting into the HSE field. He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and Registered Occupational Hygienist. He is an HSE consultant and owner of SEM Partnerships in Prince Edward Island working mainly in Atlantic Canada and Ontario for 10 of his 19 years in the profession. MacPherson has worked with companies just starting to develop a safety culture to world-class performers. He is an instructor in the UNB Diploma program, Managing Risks at Elevations course. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering outreach sub-committee – Safety Associations.



Thomas Tenkate

Thomas Tenkate

Director, Ryerson University's School of Occupational and Public Health
Thomas Tenkate is an associate professor and director of the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University. He has worked in Australia, the United States and now in Canada in the fields of environmental health, public health and occupational health and safety. He has been in academia for over 10 years, and prior to this he worked in a variety of government roles for 10 years. Originally qualified as an environmental health officer, he has also gained qualifications in occupational health and safety, management, and education, including a doctor of public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has a particular interest is in risk assessment and risk management, with ongoing research in sun safety for outdoor workers.

Yvonne  O'Reilly

Yvonne O'Reilly

Owner, O’Reilly Health & Safety Consulting
Yvonne O'Reilly is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and is dedicated to making all workplaces healthier and safer. Based in Stratford, Ont., her mission is to help employers effectively manage their risk. She is also an instructor for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies' OHS course. Her commitment to foster and promote the OHS profession has led her to be involved in a number of volunteer roles, including chairing the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering's national NAOSH Week committee for 2016. She previously served three terms on the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals' governing board.

Psychological Safety Award judges

Christine Burych

Christine Burych

President of Starlingbrook Leadership Consulting
With a strong background in mental health and leadership and organizational development, Christine Burych works with leaders and their teams to create collaborative, inclusive and mentally healthy workplaces. She is a trainer, facilitator and coach. Her career has spanned 25 years starting from a front-line community mental health clinician to acting vice-president of human resources and organizational development at Canada’s largest academic mental health facility. Burych has designed and implemented mental health in the workplace trainings and facilitated the implementation of the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety. Utilizing her leadership and clinical skills coupled with a master’s degree in human resource management, Burych has created, designed and implemented leadership development programs, employee engagement strategies, healthy workplace frameworks in conjunction with coaching and instructing leaders on how to create places that are healthier and more productive. 

Karen Seward

Karen Seward

President of Cira Medical Services
Karen Seward serves as president of Cira Medical Services (Cira), spearheading the company’s growth and development and streamlining corporate objectives. An accomplished executive leader, with over 15 years of experience in the health industry, Seward brings a unique combination of business and clinical acumen to her role, complemented by strong relationship management skills, thereby positioning Cira for long-term growth and market leadership. Her business leadership and marketing talent is exemplified in her prior positions, which include executive vice-president, marketing and business development, Morneau Shepell; senior vice-president, business development and marketing, Shepell.fgi; and vice-president, business development, the Forum Corporation. In these positions, Seward led and implemented high-growth strategies for business development, significantly increased company revenue, and value — building a platform to drive future success. Seward is a past recipient of the Who’s Who in Healthcare award. 

Sarika  Gundu

Sarika Gundu

National Director, Workplace Mental Health Program, Canadian Mental Health Association
Sarika pioneered the development and currently leads the management and evaluation of an integrated nationwide workplace mental health program at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), called the Workforce Mental Health Collaborative. The collaborative provides employers and unions with in-depth training, practical resources and valuable support that addresses and improves psychological health and safety in the workplace. In 2016, the collaborative was voted one of the top four Mental Health Service Providers in the first annual Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards. Sarika works closely with CMHA colleagues, partners and stakeholders at the national, provincial and local levels to improve capacity and delivery of workplace mental health programs and services to support the implementation of Canada's National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety. Sarika is currently a member of the steering committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada Case Study Research Project and a member of the technical committee for the Canadian Standards Association National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety. She also represents CMHA as a co-investigator for Movember Foundation study titled: 2015-2018 “Early identification and prevention of major depression in male workers,” led by the University of Calgary Departments of Psychiatry and of Community Health Sciences Cumming School of Medicine.



Wellness Award judges

Karen Seward

Karen Seward

President of Cira Medical Services
Karen Seward serves as president of Cira Medical Services (Cira), spearheading the company’s growth and development and streamlining corporate objectives. An accomplished executive leader, with over 15 years of experience in the health industry, Karen’s brings a unique combination of business and clinical acumen to her role, complemented by strong relationship management skills, thereby positioning Cira for long-term growth and market leadership. Karen’s business leadership and marketing talent is exemplified in her prior positions, which include executive vice-president, marketing and business development, Morneau Shepell; senior vice-president, business development and marketing, Shepell.fgi; and vice-president, business development, the Forum Corporation. In these positions, Karen led and implemented high-growth strategies for business development, significantly increased company revenue, and value—building a platform to drive future success. Karen is a past recipient of the Who’s Who in Healthcare award.

Marion Reeves

Marion Reeves

Principal and corporate wellness consultant, LIFE FIT Associates
Marion Reeves is the owner and principal of Life Fit Associates and consultant to Wellness at Work Solutions with contracts based in the GTA. She has been working in the field of workplace wellness for more than 30 years. Her earlier work, particularly in the area of active living, laid the groundwork for the workplace wellness initiatives she creates today.

Natasha Caverley

Natasha Caverley

Past President of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Natasha Caverley has a bachelor of arts (with distinction) in psychology, a master of education (counselling psychology) and a PhD (organizational studies) from the University of Victoria. Her dissertation focused on workplace health and wellness and was entitled, Mapping Out occupational Resiliency and Coping in a Public Service Work Setting. Since 1998, Caverley has held research and policy analyst and organizational development positions within Indigenous, not-for-profit, private sector and public service organizations specializing in facilitation and troubleshooting, management and organizational behaviour. Notable positions include president, Turtle Island Consulting Services; adjunct assistant professor, department of educational psychology and leadership studies at the University of Victoria; research scientist, Human Resources Research Organization (Alexandria, Va.); and benefits analyst and human resource management researcher at the BC Public Service Agency. Caverley is a Canadian Certified Counsellor through CCPA specializing in organizational behaviour, career counselling and development and multicultural counselling. To date, she has authored over 20 publications in journals such as BC Counsellor: Journal of the British Columbia School Counsellors’ Association; International Journal of Public Sector Management; and Journal of Management Studies. Caverley is a multiracial Canadian of Indigenous (Algonquin), Caucasian (Irish) and West Indian (Jamaican) ancestry.



Young Worker Safety judges

Robin  Schooley

Robin Schooley

Industry specialist, young and vulnerable worker program, WorkSafeBC
Robin Schooley joined WorkSafeBC in 2001 where she worked in communications and media relations before joining the young and new worker team in 2008. Today, Schooley is part of a team that works to develop essential injury prevention resources and foster partnerships with members of community and industry to build knowledge and awareness that help to keep young and new workers safe on the job.

Veronica  Suszynski

Veronica Suszynski

Portfolio leader, SAFE Work Manitoba

Veronica Suszynski is a portfolio leader at SAFE Work Manitoba in the Support Services Portfolio, which provides service to all Manitoba employers in the areas of occupational hygiene, musculoskeletal injuries and preventing young worker injuries. The Support Services Portfolio was part of the team that created the Young Worker Injury Prevention Strategy in December 2015. This strategy outlines tactics to be completed over the next three years to reduce the nearly 5,000 injuries to young workers in Manitoba each year.

 

Suszynski is a member of CSSE and has completed the CHSC designation. She has worked for the WCB for over 30 years and during her career has held a variety of positions including: payment assessor, adjudicator and case manager. As a case manager, she helped many workers who suffered serious workplace injuries. It is Suszynski's hope that her work will help reduce the number of workplace injuries in Manitoba and make our province a safer place for all workers.