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 an 18-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 recently retired as Vice President, Hydroelectric and Thermal Projects at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), and is a member of the Board of Directors of Portlands Energy Centre. At OPG, Dr. Young is responsible for the execution of major hydroelectric and thermal generation projects. His current project portfolio includes the construction of a new tunnel to supply additional water to OPG’s Niagara Falls generating stations, the construction of six new hydroelectric units in North Eastern Ontario, and the conversion of the Atikokan Generating station from coal to biomass fuel. Chris Young has a diverse background in the electricity generation business with Ontario Hydro and its successor OPG. His experience spans the nuclear generation, hydroelectric generation, thermal generation, corporate finance, energy markets and business development areas. Dr. Young holds a degree in electrical engineering from University of New Brunswick, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo.
The Osborne Group
Eric started his public service career with the Province of Manitoba, and over the past 15 years, has been a senior executive with Ontario Hydro, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and was most recently VP Human Resources and Organizational Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Responsibilities have encompassed finance, human resources, labour relations, health and safety, corporate services and information technology. He is currently a principal with The Osborne Group consulting firm providing interim management and consulting services to not-for profit organizations and the public sector. Eric has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Queen's, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto course on Governance Essentials for Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations.
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.
George J. R. McClean
President, National Tire Distributors
Twenty years of progressive Canadian and global experience as an Executive Leadership Team Member, General Manager, P&L Leader, General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, M&A Leader, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Corporate Social Responsibility Leader, Health and Safety Leader, Professional Accountant, Board Member, Finance Committee Chair, Chief Privacy Officer, and Sales Leader. At two Fortune 500 Companies, George leads geographically dispersed teams up to 800 in areas as diverse as consumer goods, B2C, B2B, industrial distribution, services, automotive, fleet, internet/ecommerce, telecommunications, and health and safety. He successfully negotiated, closed and integrated 33 Canadian and international M&A transactions valued at over $12B, and negotiated, closed and executed 20 major international corporate sponsorships, including two Olympic and Paralympic Games. George also led a $3B sales organization and an operations and corporate sales P&L of over $500M. He has a passion for leading organizations, building inclusive teams; coaching, mentoring and advancing careers for talented people. He acts with integrity and is dedicated to making a difference in the community. His strengths include developing and executing strategy, assessing and embracing risks, rolling up his sleeves to solve complex problems, and achieving excellent results for the team.
Janet is an accomplished senior technology and operations executive with global experience in medium to large companies. Most recently, she held the position of VP Operations & Technology at Advantage Group International, enabling explosive global expansion, where she also sat as a Director of the Board. 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. Janet has more than 15 years' experience as a corporate and non-profit Board director in companies of diverse size and type, including a role as Board chair. A passionate champion of literacy, Janet is a tutor for the "Beat the Street" program at Frontier College. 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. Janet attained a B.Sc. and a MBA in Management Science from McGill University. She also holds the internationally recognized Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation.
Assistant Deputy Minister at the Department of National Defence
On June 22, 2015, Mr. Kin Choi was appointed as ADM(HR-Civ). Prior to joining DND, Mr. Choi was Assistant Deputy Minister of Compliance, Operations and Program Development, Labour Program, at Employment and Social Development Canada. Mr. Choi is responsible for the administration of Workplace Health and Safety, Labour Standards, Workplace Equity, Wage Earner Protection and Federal Workers' Compensation programs. In addition, Mr. Choi serves as the Chairperson of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety's (CCOHS) Tri-Partite Council of Governors. Mr. Choi takes great pride in contributing to making Canadian workplaces safe, healthy and inclusive.
Mr. Choi's distinguished career in the public service began in 1992. Prior to joining the Labour Program, Mr. Choi was Senior Advisor at the Privy Council Office (PCO), Administrative Services Review. He served as ADM, Corporate Services Branch, at Health Canada between 2007-2012. Mr. Choi is a graduate of the Government of Canada's Advanced Leadership Program and the Accelerated Executive Development Program for senior government executives. In 2011, Mr. Choi completed an Executive Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Choi holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Manitoba. He was born in Hong Kong and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Governance Committee Chair
Louise Logan is 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., a company focused on enabling leadership, public policy, and strategy for social change.
Louise has been a successful CEO across multiple health and safety related organizations. Past positions include inaugural President & CEO of Parachute and President & CEO of the Public Services Health & Safety Association. She also held the positions of Director General of Policy and Regulation and Chief Review Officer at WorkSafeBC, and was Chair of the British Columbia Public Hearings on Environmental Tobacco Smoke.
Louise holds a Juris Doctor, a Bachelor of Arts, and is a graduate of the Executive Program at the Ivey School of Business.
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.
M. Matichuk & Associates
Marianne has over 30 years of health and safety and management experience in several roles including the former Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury. In her leadership roles as the Mayor, and the former Health and Safety Manager of the City of Greater Sudbury and Safety Supervisor at Vale, she worked with key partners and developed strategies to implement change that brought large diverse groups of individuals together, resulting in a proactive culture with an exemplary safety performance. Marianne is a business graduate from Cambrian College, holds CRSP, CHSC designations, is a Certified Nutrition Manager, and is workplace specific certified in Manufacturing, Mining, Construction, Healthcare, Municipal, as well as Common Core Mining Surface Operations designation from the Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities.
Her integrity and balanced leadership led her to continuing her inspirational work in health and safety as the Principal Consultant of M. Matichuk & Associates. She currently is the Co-Chair of Sustainability and a member of the Center for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) board. In addition to Marianne's passion for occupational health and safety, she is Vice President Communications of the Business & Professional Women Greater Sudbury, and a board member of the Sudbury Manitoulin Children's Foundation. For her work, Marianne has received the Leadership Award of Merit from Health and Safety Ontario and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for her service to Greater Sudbury and to 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 eight years' experience in Health and Safety. He represents the manufacturing sector, currently appointed to the position of Unifor National Health and Safety Coordinator at Ford of Canada. He also Co-Chairs the Ford Master Health and Safety Committee which is responsible for Safety policies, programs and training for all Ford of Canada facilities. Scott is an active member of CSA standards, sitting on a number of management standards and technical committees.