Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)

Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
CSSE Eastern Ontario Chapter

CSSE Eastern Ontario Chapter

May 02, 2008 12:58 ET

Media Advisory: National Launch of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (May 4-May 10, 2008)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) - The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), together with the CSSE Eastern Ontario Chapter, will officially launch the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.

Keynote speakers:

Ms. Shirley Hickman, Executive Director, Threads of Life

Ms. Rosemarie Leclair, President & CEO of Hydro Ottawa Limited

The Honourable Steven Mahoney, Chair of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board

Mr. David Needham, Division Director of Safety, Health and Environmental Management for U.S. Department of State

Other speakers and special guests include:

Federal Labour Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn

CSSE President, Eldeen Pozniak

CCOHS President and CEO, Len Hong

ASSE Executive Vice-President, Christopher Patton

Embassy of United States, Bud Locklear

Commission de la sante et de la securite du travail du Quebec, Christine Fortuna

Safety & Health : A Commitment for Life :
Start Today! Live it Every Day!

Monday, May 5, 2008


7:30 - 8:30 am Registration, Meet & Greet,
Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 am Welcome & Greetings

9:00 - 11:15 am Keynote Presentations

11:15- 11:30 am Closing remarks

Location: National Arts Centre
Fountain Room
53 Elgin Street, at Confederation
Ottawa, Ontario

Shirley Hickman is Executive Director of Threads of Life as well as the Family Program Manager. Ms Hickman co-founded Threads of Life - A Workplace Tragedy Family Support Association in 2002 following a traumatic workplace tragedy. Threads of Life helps families affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease along their journey of healing. The association is currently working with more than 400 families from across Canada who have been affected by a workplace tragedy. Its mission is to lead and inspire a culture shift where work-related injuries and illnesses are morally, socially and economically unacceptable.

Since his appointment as Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in May of 2006, the Honourable Steven Mahoney has been traveling across Ontario championing the philosophy that: "there really are no accidents in Ontario's workplaces." Mr. Mahoney is passionately committed to the goal of eliminating all workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities in our communities. First elected to public office in 1978 as a City and Regional Councilor in Mississauga, he left local politics in 1987 to represent his community as an MPP in the Ontario Legislature. During his tenure at Queen's Park, he served as the Chief Liberal Whip. In June of 1997, he was elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament and in April 2003, he was appointed to the Federal Cabinet as Secretary of State for Crown Corporations.

Dave Needham is currently the Division Director of Safety, Health and Environmental Management for U.S. Department of State. Mr. Needham has worked for the Department for over 15 years and has over 26 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental fields. Previous work experience includes consulting to corporations and the federal government and working for the National Cancer Institute at Fort Detrick.

Rosemarie T. Leclair is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies. A seasoned public policy and strategic management professional, Ms. Leclair spent over fifteen years as a senior manager with the City of Ottawa, including as Deputy City Manager of Public Works and Services. She has earned a solid reputation for her ability to manage and negotiate complex issues in business and public administration including major organizational and service delivery restructuring initiatives.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Canadian Society for Safety Engineering (CSSE)
    1-877-44-NAOSH (62674) or 416-646-1600
    Canadian Centre for Occupational Health
    and Safety (CCOHS):