The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced the members of its
new Prevention Council:
Patrick Dillon, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer,
Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
Colin Grieve, Occupational Disease Worker Advocate, Hamilton
and Ontario Professional Firefighters Associations
Nancy Hutchison, Secretary Treasurer, Ontario Federation of
Bryan Neath, Regional Director – Ontario, United Food
and Commercial Workers Canada
Non-Union Worker Representative
Linda Vannucci, Director, Toronto Workers' Health and
Safety Legal Clinic
Michael Oxley, President and Chief Financial Officer, DuPont
Gloria Rajkumar, CEO, SIMAC
Roy Slack, President, Cementation Canada Inc.
Occupational Health and Safety Expert
Graeme Norval, Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator,
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto
Of particular note, perhaps, is the appointment of the the
presidents – not human resources or safety managers
– of large, well-known companies to the Prevention
The Ministry notes that "one employer representative and a
representative from the WSIB are currently being finalized and will
be announced in the near future."
The concept of the Prevention Council was created by the Bill
160 amendments to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety
Act that resulted from the Expert Advisory Panel's report
on occupational health and safety, which was released in December
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the
Prevention Council's mandate is largely to provide advice to
the Chief Prevention Officer on the prevention of workplace
injuries and occupational diseases, and for the purposes of the
provincial occupational health and safety strategy and the Chief
Prevention Officer's annual report on occupational health and
We will provide further updates on the activities of the
Prevention Council and Chief Prevention Officer, and the impact of
their activities on Ontario employers.
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