On September 20 at WSPS’ Annual General Meeting, a new Board Chair was elected. In addition, two new members were welcomed to the team.
Ajay Bhardwaj – Board Chair
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 20 plus year career with Adient (formerly Johnson Controls Automotive Group). He started with Johnson Controls as an Ergonomics Engineer and has held various positions of escalating responsibility related to Environmental, Ergonomics, Health, Safety and Sustainability, working on projects on almost every continent.
Today Ajay serves as Adient's Director of Environmental Health & Safety, Americas. He leads a multi-disciplinary team with 12 direct reports based in Brazil, Mexico & the USA, who support an organization of over 90 EHS professionals responsible for the well-being of more than 37,000 Adient team members across the Americas. Ajay is a graduate of the University of Waterloo.
Bonnie is a seasoned executive with a passion for safety, as well as deep knowledge and experience in technical standards. This passion is evident in her executive positions as the President and CEO of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, and as former President of the Canadian Standards Association Group - CSA Standards.
Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto, and a Chartered Director from The Directors College. She was recognized as one of Canada's Top Women in Safety in 2021 by Canadian Occupational Safety magazine.
Geeta's professional journey spans almost two decades of leading Environmental Health and Safety Management Systems; Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance, Emergency Response and Crisis Management; Resiliency and Business Continuity Planning; WSIB/Disability Management; Occupational Health and Wellness; Environmental and Hazardous Products Management and Industrial Hygiene portfolios. She has partnered with very large, complex, multi-site and unionized workplaces in diverse sectors including healthcare, higher education, municipal government, mail processing, transportation/distribution, and food manufacturing/industrial settings. At these organizations, she has led large teams, across diverse geographic regions and work locations to implement deeply integrated safety and risk intelligent cultures for up to 20,000 employees, aligned with organizational strategic goals.
She is currently the Director of Wellbeing and Occupational Health and Safety at the Region of Waterloo. She holds an MBA (Management of Innovation and Technology), an MPH (Safety and Risk Management Systems) and BASc. (Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety) degrees, and a 2-year diploma in Biochemistry. She also holds the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations.
Geeta is also an active member of the broader safety and risk management community, having served on the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals; the Education Advisory Council of PSHSA; and is a member on Risk and Insurance Management Society; Ontario Municipal Health and Safety Association, and Threads of Life.
About WSPS’ Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors represent a variety of industries and geographies across Ontario. Consisting of 12 independent directors and our CEO, they provide oversight, insight, and foresight to WSPS operations, helping steer us towards achieving our strategic goals and vision: Protecting the potential of Ontario’s businesses and employees by keeping every worker, healthy & safe, every day.
All elected directors of WSPS hold office until the next third annual general meeting of Members.
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