OHS Canada Magazine

Hundreds of safety professionals from across Canada gathered on Sept. 21 at the Palais Royale on Toronto’s waterfront for the annual OHS Honours, celebrating outstanding achievements in occupational health and safety.

Hosted by OHS Canada, the national media brand focused on workplace safety, the event served as a platform for professionals to network and share best practices in addition to recognizing the leaders in the field.

“Tonight, we honor the people who ensure that we can all go to work, perform our tasks, and come home without incident. In other words, the people who literally save lives,” said Todd Humber, senior editor for OHS Canada.

Here’s an in-depth look at the winners. You can see the full photo gallery from the gala celebration here.

OHS Culture Award

Gold: Purolator
Silver: CRH Canada
Silver: Bison Transport

Photo: Purolator

Purolator’s culture delivers record year for workplace safety | Read the full story

Psychologically Safe Workplace Award

Gold: Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO)
Silver: Purolator
Silver: CRH Canada

The team from the LCBO at OHS Honours. Photo: OHS Canada

Uncorking wellness: LCBO expands focus from physical to psychological health amid pandemic | Read the full story

Community Leader Award

Gold: Maryanne Pope, John Petropoulos Memorial Fund
Silver: Trina Hayden, Norcat
Silver: Tanya Kowalenko, FortisBC

Maryanne Pope and John Petropoulos on a beach in Whiterock, B.C. in 2000.

A legacy of love: Maryanne Pope turns tragedy into advocacy through JPMF | Read the full story

OHS Lawyer of the Year

Gold: Norm Keith, KPMG Law
Jamie Alyce Jurczak, Taylor McCaffrey 
Lisa Bolton, Sherrard Kuzz

Norm Keith accepts the award at the Palais Royale in Toronto on Sept. 21, 2023.

From mines to courtrooms: Norm Keith’s lifelong advocacy for OHS | Read the full story

OHS Professional of the Year

Gold: Niclas Eduardo Manson, Toronto Public Library
Silver:  Lilian Riad-Allen, LCBO
Silver: Stephanie Benay, BC Hydro

Niclas Eduardo Manson with the 2023 OHS Professional of the Year Award.

A new chapter: How Niclas Manson is rewriting the script at Toronto Public Library | Read the full story

OHS Rising Star

Gold: Joël Richer, Emco
Silver: Julia Kulas, Stanley Black & Decker
Silver: Shannon Montgomery, Senate of Canada

Joel Richer accepts the 2023 OHS Rising Star Award.

Joël Richer: A rising star elevating workplace safety at Emco | Read the full story

OHS Team of the Year

Gold: Utilities Kingston
Silver: University of Calgary
Silver: CRH Canada

Photo: Utilities Kingston

Utilities Kingston ‘wires up’ new approach to safety, wins 2023 OHS Team of the Year | Read the full story

Best Safety Communications Program

Gold: CRH Canada
Silver: University of Ottawa
Silver: GeoVerra

The team from CRH Canada celebrating their multiple award winners.

Driving a message of hope: CRH Canada takes safety communications on the road | Read the full story

Best Ergonomics Program

Gold:  Modern Niagara Vancouver
Silver:  Compass Group Canada
Silver: Ontario Power Generation

The Modern Niagara Team in front of the new St. Paul’s Hospital Project in Vancouver.

Modern Niagara Vancouver gets handle on ergonomics, pipes down injury rates | Read the full story

Best Use of Safety Technology

Gold: SLB
Silver: Ontario Power Generation
Silver: Halton Healthcare

Photo: SLB

Behind the wheel with SLB: Embracing technology for enhanced road safety | Read the full story

OHS Canada Hall of Fame – 2023 Inductees

Threads of Life founder Shirley Hickman inducted into OHS Canada Hall of Fame | Read Shirley’s story

From Surrey’s safety champion to Hall of Famer: Satnam Chauhan’s indelible legacy | Read Satnam’s story

Alan Quilley: A legacy of transformation, humour and challenging status quo | Read Alan’s story

Top 25 Under 40

Congratulations to this year’s winners | View the full list