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New chair, governors appointed to Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

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New chair, governors appointed to Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

OTTAWA — Eleven new appointments have been made to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

Located in Hamilton, Ont., the CCOHS was created in 1978 to promote the total well-being of working Canadians by providing information, training, education, management systems and solutions that support workplace health and safety, states a release.

The CCOHS is governed by a tripartite council representing the federal, provincial and territorial governments, employers and workers.

Appointments include:

  • Luanne Gallant, governor for Prince Edward Island, who has been working for the Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island for five years;
  • Jamie Hall, governor for Manitoba, who has been acting as COO at SAFE Work Manitoba for three years;
  • Sophie Dennis, governor for Ontario, is the deputy minister of the Ontario Ministry of Labour;
  • Shelley Rowan, governor for Nova Scotia, who currently serves as vice-president, prevention and service delivery, at the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia;
  • Joseph Bajzath, the governor representing employers, has 20 years of experience with Air Canada in different capacities including the director, corporate safety and emergency management;
  • Chad Bradley, governor representing employers, is a senior manager for corporate health and safety;
  • Nina Mankovitz, governor representing employers, has held environment, health and safety positions in different organization such as the E.I. du Pont Canada Company and Canada Post;
  • Sari Sairanen, governor representing workers, is currently the national health, safety and environment director at Unifor;
  • Denis St-Jean, governor representing workers, has been national health, safety and environment officer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada since 1994;
  • Tara Peel, governor representing workers, has been acting as the national health, safety and environment representative for the Canadian Labour Congress since 2016; and
  • Gary Robertson, chair, was appointed assistant deputy minister at the Labour Program in 2015. Prior to this position, he held a number of senior roles at Public Safety Canada.

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