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Top 10 Under 40: Meet Judith Trottier

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August 25, 2021
By OHS Canada

Health & Safety Human Resources Young Workers 2021 Awards Top 10 Under 40

Judith Trottier, 38, is an occupational health and safety specialist at the City of Surrey in Surrey, B.C.

OHS Canada’s annual Top 10 Under 40 program recognizes the achievements of the newest generation of Canadian OH&S workers.

Now in its second year, this program receives write-in applications over several months, and nominees are judged by the OHS Canada leadership team.

Our 2021 winners will be spotlighted on OHS Canada‘s website through August.

Judith Trottier: Occupational health and safety specialist at the City of Surrey in Surrey, B.C., age 38

Judith Trottier has been working for the City of Surrey since 2016, acting as the prime safety specialist serving the city’s 4,000-plus employees.

She primarily works with engineering operations staff and dedicates her time to understanding their business needs, while blending all stakeholder requirements together.


In her role, Trottier has contributed to many special projects and safety improvements, including implementation of the BCMSA’s Supervisor Safety Certificate and Worker’s Safety Certificate across the City.

“The most gratifying part of my work is to ensure the workplace is safe for everyone,” she said. “I enjoy developing and delivering a health and safety program that is user friendly, where different user groups can take the program and build on it to suit their own operational needs.”

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Over and above data literacy, Trottier also understands that strong relationships and caring for staff are helpful in achieving true success.

Through COVID-19, she helped the City navigate challenges and ensure business continuity.

“I have had to make quick changes in the workplace to ensure we are meeting the ever-changing provincial health orders and WorkSafeBC requirements and guidelines as the pandemic evolved,” she said.

“The City of Surrey did a phenomenal job in proactively mitigating and suppressing the impacts of the pandemic and the day-to-day emergency response.”

Trottier earned an OH&S diploma from the British Columbia Institute of


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