The Mining Association of British Columbia

The Mining Association of British Columbia

November 21, 2007 14:50 ET

Mining Association of British Columbia Congratulates Ron Caldwell for Winning Lieutenant Governors Award for Excellence in Safety

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2007) - The Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) today congratulated longtime employee and industry advocate Ronald (Ron) Caldwell on being selected as the 2007 recipient of the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Award for Public Safety.

"This is a testament to Ron's decades of service to the province and the mining industry," said MABC President & CEO Michael McPhie, "The fact that BC's mining industry is the safest heavy industry in the province can be directly attributed in part to Ron."

Ron began his career in safety in 1968 with the Workers' Compensation Board of BC (now WorkSafeBC), where he served commendably for 22 years. Ron was also a Director on the Workers' Compensation Board's Credit Union, a Member of the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Personnel and Chair of the Task Force to re-write Vocational Rehabilitation Policy, Practices and Procedures. Ron continues to contribute to the WorkSafeBC's Policy Review Committee.

In 1995, Ron joined the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) and became Vice President of Health, Safety & Disability Management. During the last 12 years at MABC he has championed and promoted safety as job #1 to all industry members, whether they are workers, mine managers or executives.

With Ron's skilled leadership in health and safety, the mining industry has become the safest heavy industry in British Columbia. According to WorkSafeBC statistics, over the past ten years, the injury rate in the BC open pit and underground metal and coal mining sector decreased by over 50%.

"Ron deserves a fair share of the credit for this remarkable safety achievement," concluded McPhie.

The Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety were created in 2005 in partnership with the British Columbia Safety Authority to recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of safety in British Columbia.

Contact Information

  • Mining Association of BC
    Michael McPhie
    (604) 681-4321 or Mobile: (778) 772-0528
    Mining Association of BC
    Byng Giraud
    Senior Director, Policy & Communications
    (604) 681-4321 ext 110 or Mobile: (778) 233-6449