Expert Council To Advise On Workplace Safety

Workplace Safety

Ontario’s new Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis has a mammoth task in transforming the workplace safety culture of the province’s labour pool, but he’s not alone.

Gritziotis was founding executive director of the Construction Sector Council in 2001 before becoming Canada’s first CPO. His experience was mainly in construction, though he was also involved in residential, institutional and commercial, heavy industrial and civil engineering sectors. “Workplace Safety was embedded” in all the work he did at the CSC which focused on developing programs such as training and mentoring.

In his new post, Gritziotis will be receiving expert advice and support from a recently established “Prevention Council.” This volunteer 11-member council will meet four times a year and includes senior professionals from industry, labour and non-labour groups, the WSIB, and an academic occupational health and safety expert.

“We were looking for champions, visionaries, people that can play a leadership role in the development of an occupational health and safety strategy,” Gritziotis says. It was imperative that this group understand the diverse “needs of all workplaces and all parts of the province.”

Labour Representatives

Patrick Dillon – Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. He is a 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medallist for his “outstanding contribution to the Province of Ontario and the people of Canada.

Colin Grieve – Occupational Disease Worker Advocate for Hamilton and Ontario Professional Firefighters. An ex-police officer and ex- firefighter, he sits on the Boards of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers and the Research Advisory Council for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Nancy Hutchison – Secretary Treasurer, Ontario Federation of Labour, belongs to eight different boards including the Workers Health and Safety Centre and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers.

Bryan Neath – Regional Director, Ontario, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada oversees planning and coordinating programs and initiatives for youth, labour education and health and safety.

Occupational Safety And Health

Graeme Norval – Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto has expertise in the manufacture and handling of inorganic chemicals.


Michael Oxley – President and Chief Financial Officer, DuPont Canada sits on the Board of the Canadian Chemical Producers’ Association and is Chair of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.

Gloria Rajkumar – Founder and CEO, SIMAC Canada, Inc. (Superior Independent Medical Assessment Centres) received the 2011 RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, among others, and she belongs to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade.

Roy Slack – President, Cementation Canada, Inc. was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2007 and 2008.

John Sauger, Executive Vice President, Project Management and Construction, Bruce Power

Non-Union Representative

Linda Vannucci – Director, Toronto Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic, represents low-income non-union workers and acts for injured workers at WSIB Appeal Resolution Office and Tribunals.

Workplace Safety Insurance Board 

Susanna Zagar – Chief Strategist at the WSIB, former Associate Deputy Minister at Infrastructure Ontario and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy, Program Development and Dispute Resolution Services for the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

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