Board of Directors
Director Environmental Health & Safety, North America
Ajay started his career working on Ergonomics consulting engagements in a variety of industries including utilities, textiles, automotive, airlines, and food services in Southern Ontario. Since leaving consulting Ajay has enjoyed a 19-year (and counting) career with Adient (formerly Johnson Controls' Automotive Group). He started with Johnson Controls as an Ergonomics Engineer based in Michigan and has held various positions of escalating responsibility related to Environmental, Ergonomics, Health & Safety and worked on projects on almost every continent. Today Ajay serves as Adient's Director of Environmental Health & Safety, North America. He leads a multi-disciplinary team with 10 direct reports based in the US & Mexico who support an organization of over 70 EHS professionals responsible for the well-being of more than 28,000 Adient team members across North America. Ajay is a graduate of the University of Waterloo & resides in Mississauga with his wife & son.
Audit and Finance Committee Chair
Chris Young is retired from a career as an executive in the electricity industry. He has extensive experience in facility operations, project development, construction oversight and corporate governance. Dr. Young holds a PhD in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.
Fred H. Burke
Fred H. Burke is an accomplished c-suite executive having over 30 years of experience within large and mid-sized private and public companies, primarily in consumer-packaged goods and steel and mining industry. He has had extensive involvement with private equity backed companies, overseeing the completion of mergers, acquisitions, major refinancing or restructuring transactions.
He currently provides executive finance and operations consulting services to several private manufacturing companies. Fred has also served as a director and officer on a number of public, private and not for profit external boards. In addition to serving currently on WSPS board of directors, Fred is a member of the board of advisors for LaRocca Bakeries and Tradition Fine Foods. Since 2016 he has served on the Quality committee for St. Joseph's Hospital board of directors. Up to June 2017 he was a long serving executive board member for the Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario and CPA joint committee for the past 2 years a member of CPA's annual conference planning committee. He is a past president of the Financial Executives International (FEI) Toronto Chapter and has served on the Canadian Counsel for Small Business Enterprises (CCSBE) and CFO Canada Advisory Board.
Fred received his professional director's certification (ICD.D) March 2014, has an Honors B Commerce degree from McMaster University, professional accounting designation and was awarded life membership and CGA/CPA fellowship designations.
Human Resources Committee Chair
Janet is an accomplished senior technology and operations executive with global experience in a variety of industries. With broad experience in banking, securities, consulting, B2B relationship management, market research, technology and digital products, Janet has transformed organizations by inspiring high performance teams, in keeping with her conviction that motivated human capital is a company’s greatest asset. She is co-founder and COO of a tech startup with state-of- the-art enterprise operational intelligence and cyber risk management technologies. Prior to co-founding Smashblock, she was VP Ops & Tech at Advantage International, responsible for development and delivery of digital products world-wide. While an EVP at TNS Canada (part of TNS Global) she ran cross-border transformational U.S./Canada initiatives. She has served 15+ years on diverse corporate, government and non-profit boards. She mentors in the Cherie Blair Foundation Women in Business Mentorship program, supporting women from around the world to become economically independent contributors to their communities. A passionate champion of literacy, Janet is a tutor for the "Beat the Street" program at Frontier College. Janet has attained the ICD.D designation and a Diversity 50 Candidate Award (Canadian Board Diversity Council). She also holds the internationally recognized Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation.
Jason is a Canadian HR executive, corporate director, speaker and thought leader with over a decade of varied HR experience. He is the Founder and Principal of Maxton HR, an HR consulting firm serving organizations across Canada. In addition, Jason serves as a Board Member for DriveABLE and as an Editorial Board Member for Your Workplace Magazine.
Previously, Jason served as MedReleaf's Vice President of Human Resources and led the organization's HR and Market-Access operations. He served as the Executive Sponsor of the $3.2B corporate integration between MedReleaf and Aurora Cannabis. Prior to his time in the cannabis sector, Jason was the Director of Human Resources with the Seaboard Transport Group, Canada's largest transporter of petroleum products.
Jason holds a BA from the University of Guelph, a Post-Graduate Certificate in HR Management and a Certificate in HR Law. He was among the first 300 HR leaders in Canada to obtain the Certified Human Resources Executive designation, which he received through the Ontario Human Resources Professional Association. Jason has been recognized as one of the top 25 HR professionals in Canada by the Canadian HR Reporter.
Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources - Civilian), Department of National Defence
Mr. Kin Choi is the Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources - Civilian) at the Department of National Defence (DND). He serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Civilian Human Resources management, programs and services for a workforce of approximately 25,000 people. Over the course of his career, Mr. Choi has worked in over ten government departments and agencies in senior executive roles maintaining responsibility for policies and programs including but not limited to citizen services programs, national security, and regulatory compliance in both corporate and central agency roles.
Mr. Choi has also held Assistant Deputy Minister roles at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the Privy Council Office (PCO) and Health Canada (HC). Mr. Choi began his career in the Federal Public Service in 1992 and is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
Mr. Choi was appointed by the Governor in Council as Chair of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in 2012. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ontario Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) as well as the Board of Directors for Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH). Mr. Choi has also previously served on numerous other not for profit boards and foundations.
Mr. Choi has completed an Executive Certificate on Strategy and Innovation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Government of Canada's Advanced Leadership Program and the Accelerated Executive Development Program for senior government executives. Mr. Choi holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. He is a graduate of the Directors Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and holds the ICD.D designation.
Most recently, Mr. Choi was recognized at the prestigious 2019 Canadian HR Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the HR Industry.
Governance Committee Chair
Louise has served on the WSPS Board since 2017. She is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee. Louise is past President of the Public Services Health & Safety Association, and currently the National Director for the 2020 World Congress on Safety & Health at Work, the world's largest event for the international occupational health and safety community. Louise is also President of Logan & Associates Inc.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
With a career spanning more than 20 years in Ontario’s prevention system, Lynn Brownell is the President and CEO of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS).
Ms. Brownell continually seeks new ways to extend WSPS' reach to the approximately 4 million employees working in the manufacturing, agriculture and services sectors across Ontario. Dedicated to identifying emerging areas in health and safety, she is the driving force behind WSPS' new 3-year strategic plan, which advocates "Bringing prevention to life" for Ontario workers. Through her strong leadership of WSPS' CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network, she has deepened the commitment of an ever-growing group of industry leaders to creating healthy workplace cultures in Canada. She has also co-led initiatives to bring health and safety to first nations’ communities through collaborations with the Nokiiwin Tribal Council and system partners.
A natural "people connector", Lynn prioritizes building community relationships and creating value for customers. Through her work with boards of directors and industry/prevention system leaders, she has established a reputation as a strong collaborator with a passion for good governance, and a champion of research-based innovation.
Lynn resides in Flamborough, Ontario, with her husband and two sons.
Marianne has over 30 years of health and safety, political and business experience in several roles, including the first elected female and former Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury and inaugural Chief Administrative Officer of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH).
She is a business graduate from Cambrian College and holds Canadian Registered Safety Professional, Certified Health and Safety Consultant and Certified Lead Auditor designations. She is also a Certified Nutrition Manager. As the principal consultant of M. Matichuk & Associates, she continues her work in health and safety and government relations.
In 2017, Marianne was appointed as governor for the board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals and sits on the board for the Sudbury Manitoulin Children's Foundation. She is also the president of Business & Professional Women of Greater Sudbury.
For her work, she has received the Health and Safety Ontario Leadership Award of Merit, the Greater Sudbury Police Services Award of Appreciation, and the Huntington University Award of Merit. She has also been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for her service to Greater Sudbury and all of Canada.
Director, Environment, Health and Safety
Nicola is an effective senior leader, compliance professional and advisor with over 12 years' experience in environment, health & safety and legal affairs. With proven success in risk management and regulatory compliance, she provides solutions and delivers programs that contribute to the overall business strategy. Nicola is currently the national Director of Environment, Health and Safety at Acklands-Grainger, a business to business industrial safety supply company, and its subsidiary WFS Ltd. Prior to leading EHS, Nicola was the manager of legal affairs handling commercial negotiations, litigation matters, corporate law, and supporting M&A deals and implementation. Additionally, she managed Corporate Social Responsibility Program and chaired several national councils. Nicola has been involved with WSPS since 2017 as a member of the WSPS Retail, Wholesale & Office Advisory Committee.
Nicola holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and is a member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. She is a certified national competition coach, volunteer head golf coach with Special Olympics, and the recipient of the Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence award in 2015.
Chief Development Officer
Rem Langan is an accomplished and successful marketer with over 35 years of experience in executive management, marketing and communications. Currently, he acts as consultant to companies and not-for-profit organizations on a variety of issues and areas. As Chief Marketing Officer for McDonald's Canada, Rem directed all financial and human capital related to marketing and communications, overseeing annual marketing budgets in excess of $100 million, while providing direction for all advertising and public relations activities across Canada. As CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities, he set the strategic direction of the organization including leading the development and execution of all internal and external fundraising initiatives including the creation of the McDonald's 10 Cent Happy Meal program, which has raised over $60M in Canada since 2004.
Rem is an active board member of numerous charities and funds including the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Toronto 2015 Sport Legacy Fund and POV 3rd Street. He currently lives in Toronto and enjoys golfing, skiing and spending time with his wife and children.
National Health and Safety Coordinator
Scott has more than 15 years in the labour movement and ten years' experience in Health and Safety. He represents a wide range of sectors and is currently a National Representative with Unifor. Scott was previously appointed to the position of Unifor National Health and Safety Coordinator at Ford of Canada, where he Co-Chaired the Ford Master Health and Safety Committee which is responsible for Safety policies, programs and training for all Ford of Canada facilities. He is an active member of CSA standards, sitting on a number of management standards and technical committees.
Tony's experiences include senior-level positions in academia and industry including: Dean of Engineering Technology, VP operations and Global technical director. In Industry these experiences include participation in due diligence investigations to secure partners, site locations, and commissioning manufacturing plants in Canada, USA, Mexico, Hungary, and China. Tony's roles within industry have included operations, process quality, maintenance, engineering and energy management with an international automotive parts company.
In Academia Tony has managing large technical schools working with industry partners to bring the latest trends in technology to the market and preparing students for successful careers in developing topics such as Smart Energy Systems, Automation, Mechatronics, and Industry 4.0. Currently Tony serves as the Executive Dean Engineering & Technology, Trades & Apprenticeship and the Institute of Food Processing at Conestoga College.
Tony's board experience includes 9 years at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, 3 years on the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and is currently on the advisory board for Thompson Gordon Group in Burlington and Hamilton Utilities Corporation. Tony has also recently served for the City of Hamilton's Citizens Jury committees for Area Rating and LRT initiatives.
Credentials include being a licenced Professional Engineer (PEO), an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, an Honours BBA from Brock University, and a B.Sc. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from McMaster University. More recently Tony has completed the McMaster University Chartered Directors Program.