British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

October 21, 2009 11:01 ET

Safety Superheroes to be Honoured at 5th Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety

NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2009) - Three Safety Superheroes will be recognized with BC's highest safety honour at the Fifth Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety on November 25, 2009.

Presented by the British Columbia Safety Authority, the awards recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of safety in BC.

"We received a substantial number of nominations this year," says Harry Diemer, BCSA's President and CEO. "It's encouraging to know there are so many people in this province working tirelessly to make our communities and workplaces safer."


Lifetime Achievement Award: Laurie Baker, Manager of Road Safety Performance, Planning and Analysis, Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC)

Laurie Baker has devoted the past 35 years of her life with ICBC to making BC roads a safer place for us all. Baker's strategic guidance, leadership, enthusiasm and affinity for data measurement put her at the centre of many innovative initiatives such as the successful Bait Car program and Zero Crash month. Never shying away from an issue, Baker's award-winning advertising campaigns have changed the attitudes and behaviours of many drivers.

Individual Award: Roberta Sheng-Taylor, Manager of Health and Safety, LTS Solutions Ltd. (A Division of Ledcor)

A leader in the field of Occupational Health and Safety, Roberta Sheng-Taylor oversaw and contributed to a number of significant achievements that continue to benefit employers and workers throughout BC. Some of her accomplishments include provincial health and safety initiatives such as: TruckSafe Strategy, BC Faller Certification Standard, Forest Safety Task Force, Stop, Check and Correct, BuildSafe 2000, and the Construction High Risk (Measure Up) Strategy.

Organization: SkyTrain

Since 1986, SkyTrain has provided a world-class automated light rail system throughout the Lower Mainland that is highly regarded for its standards in performance and safety. With more than one billion riders over 23 years, its safety performance has been a real success. Safety at SkyTrain is overseen by a group of four safety professionals who are dedicated to the continuous improvement of safety, and are never satisfied with the status quo.

Recipients of the Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety are chosen by the Safety Selection Committee, which includes a senior staff member of the BC Safety Authority, representatives of partnering safety organizations, and respected individuals in the safety field.


Join His Honour, The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, in honouring this year's Safety Superheroes.

Tickets to the event cost $65 per person or $520 for a table of eight guests. A ticket order form may be downloaded from the BC Safety Authority's website at

The awards ceremony and luncheon will be held on November 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Vancouver Convention Centre East (Canada Place).


The sponsors of this year's Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety are: Terasen Gas and Fortis BC (Platinum Sponsors); Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, Canadian Standards Association, Teck Resources Ltd., and WorkSafeBC (Silver Sponsors); BC Association for Crane Safety, BC Construction Association, BC Hydro, Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC, Electrical Contractors Association of BC, Mechanical Contractors Association of BC, Plutonic Power Corporation, and Spectra Energy Transmission (Bronze Sponsors); BC One Call, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Electrical Industry Training Institute, and Vancouver Regional Construction Association (Friends); Business in Vancouver (Employment Paper) and Black Press (Media Sponsors).

The BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization that inspires safety excellence in British Columbia by partnering with business, industry and the general public to enhance the safety of technical systems, products, equipment and work.

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