NORTH BAY, ONT. — Mike Parent has been appointed as interim president and chief executive officer of Workplace Safety North (WSN), the board of directors announced recently.
Parent served as WSN vice-president of health and safety services since 2015, and is a former paramedic, miner, mine rescue volunteer and mining health and safety manager.
He has more than eight years of experience in Ontario’s prevention system and has established a reputation as a strong and collaborative leader in health and safety promotion, states a release.
Former WSN president and CEO Paul Andre has retired. During his tenure, WSN was the recipient of the Platinum Level Award of Excellence from Excellence Canada, a national authority on organizational excellence established by Industry Canada.
As a senior leader, Parent managed a team of mining health and safety consultants, trainers and specialists. His industry knowledge will help drive innovation in the provincial mine rescue program, health and safety products, training programs and outreach strategies for the province’s mining and forest products operations, adds the release.
“WSN health and safety specialists and mine rescue officers help companies assess health and safety risks, prepare for and respond to emergencies, and meet or exceed their legislative requirements,” said Parent in a statement. “This very dedicated group works to ensure, as our vision states, that, at the end of each work day, every worker returns home safe and healthy.”
The board of directors will initiate a search to identify a permanent CEO.