Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 27, 2009 11:35 ET

The Government of Canada Announces a New Governor Representing Employers to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, today announced the appointment of Mr. Normand Cote as Governor representing employers to the Council of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Board (CCOHS), effective immediately.

"Mr. Cote has a great deal of experience in the field of occupational health and safety," said Minister Ambrose. "His combined experience and practical knowledge should prove to be an asset to the Centre."

Since 1974, Mr. Cote has held various positions at the Bank of Montreal, such as Branch Manager, Employee Relations Co-ordinator and Project Manager, Human Resources. He has been the Director of Employee and Industrial Relations since 2001.

Mr. Cote has shown his commitment to occupational health and safety through his involvement with the Safe Communities Foundation, the United Nations' International Labour Organization and the Canadian Employers Council. He has been playing an active role at the Canadian Bankers Association for the past 14 years, representing federally regulated employers at numerous parliamentary hearings on matters related to the Canada Labour Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act.

The internationally known CCOHS, located in Hamilton, Ontario, was created in 1978 to promote the fundamental right of Canadians to a healthy and safe working environment. Governed by a tripartite council representing the federal, provincial and territorial governments, employers and workers, the Centre provides Canadians with unbiased and relevant information that supports responsible decision-making on health and safety issues in the workplace.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Ambrose
    Jonah Mozeson
    Communications Advisor
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office