Prevention System Updates

Ministry of Labour announces members of Ontario’s Prevention Council

Release Date:  Aug 10, 2012

On August 9, the Ministry of Labour announced the names of nine members of the 11-member Prevention Council, which will help protect workers and improve workplace health and safety across the province. The individuals selected are leaders and health and safety experts who come from a broad range of backgrounds.

Labour representatives

  • 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 Labour
  • 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

Employer representatives

Occupational health and safety expert

  • Graeme Norval, Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto

In addition, one employer representative and a representative from WSIB are being finalized and are expected to be announced shortly.

This is an important milestone for Ontario’s occupational health and safety system. The council will provide support for the Chief Prevention Officer and will advise the Minister on:

  • prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses
  • development of a provincial occupational health and safety strategy
  • proposed changes to funding and delivery of services for the prevention of workplace injuries and occupational diseases under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act

We extend congratulations to all of the successful candidates and we look forward to working with the Council to make Ontario workplaces healthier and safer.