Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 19, 2012 16:25 ET

Minister Raitt Announces Appointment of Ms. Sari Sairanen to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2012) - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, today announced the appointment of Ms. Sari Sairanen to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) as part-time Governor representing workers for a four-year term effective December 13, 2012.

"Ms. Sairanen has a great deal of experience in the field of occupational health and safety," said Minister Raitt. "Her expertise and wealth of knowledge will be a strong asset to the Centre."

Ms. Sairanen is currently the Director of Health and Safety at the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union. She has held various positions in the health and safety and labour relations sectors of the CAW, including Bargaining Committee Representative; Vice-President, Western Region; and Co-Chair of the Joint Health and Safety Committee. She was also a researcher at the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Ms. Sairanen has completed post-graduate studies in Economics and Industrial Relations towards Master of Arts degrees from the Université Laval and the University of Manitoba and has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg.

The CCOHS promotes the total well-being of working Canadians by providing information, training, education, management systems and solutions that support workplace health and safety. Governed by a tripartite Council-representing government, employers and labour-the CCOHS provides Canadians with unbiased and relevant information that supports responsible decision making on health and safety issues in the workplace. For more information on the Centre, visit

Awareness of how to prevent injury and illness in the workplace is an integral part of keeping Canada's labour force strong, healthy, competitive and able to withstand the challenges that threaten our ongoing economic growth.

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Contact Information

  • Ashley Kelahear
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Raitt

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada