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Paul Andre, WSN President and CEO

Paul Andre was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Workplace Safety North on April 30, 2018. Paul served as Vice President of Prevention Services at WSN since 2010, and is the former CEO and Field Services Manager of the Pulp and Paper Health and Safety Association. With more than 25 years’ experience in Ontario’s prevention system, he also volunteers on the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.
 
Through his work with boards of directors as well as industry and prevention system partners, Paul has established a reputation as a strong and collaborative leader in health and safety promotion, and leads WSN in building on its successes and executing a transformative strategic plan designed to bring every worker home safe and healthy.

Sandra Haddad, Chair

Sandra Haddad is the Chair of the Workplace Safety North Board of Directors. As past Vice-Chair, she served WSN as a Board member for eight years and chaired three of the four sub-committees. 
 
Sandra has more than 25 years of exposure to occupational health and safety, including seeing the impact of injury as a senior adjudicator for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and working diligently as the WSIB program director for a national private-sector employer focused on prevention strategies. Sandra is past Chair of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association, past Chair of the advisory council to the Office of the Employer Advisor.
 
A member of the Canadian Society for Safety Engineering and registered member of the Law Society of Ontario, Sandra is also a designated Certified Health and Safety Consultant, and Certified Disability Management Professional through the International Disability Management Standards Council.
 
She is presently working on a certificate program focused at counselling of mental health issues.  She believes that “as a community, working together, we can all make a difference.”  
 
As a professional conducting business in the north and the owner of a business based in the north, Sandra knows the distinct differences and the challenges northern Ontario poses. Growing up in a northern city, and being the daughter of a hard rock miner, has provided Sandra with a direct understanding of resource-based industries (read the interview).

Lydia Renton, Vice-Chair

Lydia Renton B.Sc., CIH, ROH, FAIHA, is Vice-Chair of the WSN Board. Lydia is Director, Occupational Hygiene, Safety and Security with BluMetric Environmental, an engineering and consulting firm headquartered in Ottawa, with northern offices in Sudbury and Thunder Bay. She brings career experience from Nortel and federal and provincial governments.
 
Lydia was awarded the Hugh Nelson Award of Excellence from the Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario in 2008 and named a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) in 2014. She is a recognized Cyanide Code auditor for the International Cyanide Management Code for gold and silver mining operations.
 
Her volunteer activities on several Boards include current Vice-Chair with Workplace Safety North, the President and on the Board of the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH), Past Chair of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) Board of
 
Directors, past Chair of the AIHA Fellows SIG, current Chair of the AIHA International Affairs Committee (IAC) and current Board of Directors for Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB International). Lydia is Co-Chief Oral Examiner for CRBOH, and an AIHA Distinguished Lecturer.
 
Lydia served on the Board of Directors of the WHSA (Workplace Health and Safety Agency) 2000-2002 as an Order in Council appointment. By actively developing, delivering, and participating in loss control, health, safety, and environment programs, she guided, advised, trained, and consulted to senior management, health and safety committees, unions, and employees in Canada and globally.

Clyde Healey

Clyde Healey, BA, CHRP, is the former Vice President of Corporate Services for PUC Services Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie. While employed with the utility he ushered in the deregulation changes of 1998, as a member of the Steering Committee which had been formed to set up the new private enterprise corporation. The Committee developed the model for the new corporation including the development of a business strategy that allowed for the transformation to new competitive business units, and drew up the By-laws and organizational structure.
 
Prior to joining the Utility he had been a Human Resources Officer with the Sault Ste. Marie Board of Education.  Mr. Healey joined the Army Reserve in 1967, as a junior officer in an Artillery Regiment. He progressed through the officer ranks to become the Commanding Office with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving in the military he also lead the organization through a restructuring of the ways in which the military transacted its business. He commanded the regiment on two separate occasions for a total of 10 years, and held the appointment of Deputy Commander of Northern Ontario District Headquarters, retiring after 26 years of service in 1999.
 
His leadership skills have been developed through a diverse variety of experiences which include senior manager position in the Utility sector, a Command position in the Military and variety of volunteer experiences. He holds a Bachelors Degree, Teaching Certification, Human Resources Certification, Emergency Preparedness training, extensive Health and Safety training.

John O'Brien

John O’Brien, B.Admin, CRSP, a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay, has been involved in the health and safety field for many years at the local, regional and national levels. He has a degree in Business Administration from Lakehead University and a Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation.
 
John’s career spans some 35 years in municipal government as a senior manager and occupational health and safety specialist. He currently owns and operates his training and consulting company, JOB Training & Development, that focuses on occupational health and safety issues and solutions.
 
John’s volunteer contribution highlights include: past member Board of Governors, Lakehead University; 30 years with the IAPA/WSPS safety association; past Chair and current member, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering; current member, Thunder Bay Safe Communities Board; past Chair and current member Forum North Health and Safety Conference; and Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce member.

John Benoit

John Benoit, BA, CRSP-NP, has been involved with health and safety for over 20 years, and recently retired from his position as Manager, Occupational Health and Safety, at Laurentian University in Sudbury for over 13 years.
 
John has a degree in Economics from Laurentian University and obtained his Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation in 2006.
 
For more than 10 years, John volunteered with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services; he played an integral role on the Health and Safety Conference Planning Committee and was involved in the Young Workers Awareness Program. Since 2004, John volunteers with Camp BUCKO, a Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario recovering from burn injuries.

Gaëtan Carrier

A sawmill worker since 1972, Gaëtan Carrier has been involved in health and safety since 1987, including health and safety worker’s co-chair at Tembec’s Ryam Hearst Sawmill since 1997. Chair of the United Steel Workers (USW) Local 1-2995 Health and Safety Council since it b in 2005 until 2018, Gaëtan is still an active member. He served on the Ontario Forestry Safe Workplace Association Board since 2005, and since the 2010 amalgamation is currently an active board member with Workplace Safety North. 
 
Gaëtan served for eight years on the Saint François Xavier Parent Council. Since 1994, he has been an active member of the Nordic Regional Health and Safety Committee, where he served as secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair. A member of the Mattice-Val Coté Volunteer Fire Department, he was the Training Officer until he retired in December 2019. Gaëtan is actively involved with the Young Workers Awareness Program for the United Steel Workers. 
 
Gaëtan is trained as an instructor to deliver material for Tembec, the Canadian Labour Council, the Ontario Federation of Labour, the Workers Health and Safety Centre, the Ontario Fire College, and a Master Trainer with Industrial Accident Prevention Association. In 1983, Gaëtan became a registered herbalist in Ontario and Quebec. Gaëtan also owned and operated Universal Photography, where he photographed weddings and events for 28 years until 2005.

Tim Bremner

Located in North Bay, Canada, Mr. Bremner has more than 30 years of experience in global drilling operations. He has been with Foraco since July 2006. Tim was responsible for Foraco’s start-up operations in eastern Canada and its western Canadian operations through acquisitions. Tim is also involved in building Foraco’s presence in the U.S.
 
Prior to joining Foraco, Tim held several senior management positions between 1990 and 2006 with Boart Longyear, a global drilling services provider based in Utah, including Director of Sales and Marketing, Regional General Manager and Vice-President of Drilling Services. From 1988 to 1990, Tim acted as General Manager at Logan Drilling Group, a drilling company based in Nova Scotia. He began his career in the drilling industry with Longyear Canada in 1981. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Andrew Tempelman

Andrew Tempelman is a Process Technician in the Pulp and Paper Industry at Resolute Forest Products in Thunder Bay where he enjoys taking an active role in workplace safety improvement. He is also the WSIB Coordinator at Resolute Forest Products since 2015. He obtained his Honours Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Geology from Lakehead University in 2015 and has experience in mineral exploration in Northern Ontario. Owning a small business has given Andrew the opportunity to pursue his interests in planning and finance. He believes that workplace safety will improve continually until zero harm is achieved.

David Kelly

David Kelly is involved with health and safety in many ways. Currently working underground in Goderich, as mechanic, Mine Rescue volunteer, and certified worker representative on the Joint Health and Safety Committee, David brings a unique perspective to issues. Drawing on skills acquired with a College diploma in Diesel Management, combined with a variety of technical tickets, including Canadian Welding Bureau Certified Welder, Crane Operator, and Technical Standards and Safety Authority Alternative Fuels Technician, David enjoys the challenge of solving problems.
 
A member of the Mine Rescue team, he has proudly competed at competitions for the past three years, most recently as Captain. He is involved in his community and volunteers with local non-profits collaborating on large projects and fundraising goals. David has a young family that keeps him on the go. The Kellys love taking time to recharge at their family camp located on Lake Timiskaming in Quebec.

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