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Best workplace safety practices in Canada honoured at gala celebration

September 16, 2022
By Talent Canada


Bryana Weaver, one of the Top 25 Under 40 professionals in Canada, according to OHS Canada, chats with Kiran Kapoor (centre), vice-president of service delivery at Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) on the outside patio at The Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto. Photo: Talent Canada

More than 200 professionals from across Canada gathered at the Globe & Mail Centre in Toronto on Sept. 15 for the first-ever OHS Honours and Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards gala.

The awards, presented by OHS Canada and Talent Canada — the nation’s leading workplace media brands — celebrated the best in workplace safety practices.

“We were blown away not just by the quantity of nominations, with judges having to sift more than 150 applications, but also the quality,” said Todd Humber, senior editor for Talent Canada and OHS Canada.

But the night is about more than just celebrating winners, he said.

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“It’s about sharing their stories, so all organizations from across the country can learn from these industry leaders,” said Humber.

Over the past few weeks, OHS Canada sat down with all the winners for one-on-one interviews to tell the stories behind the nominations. The stories are all live now on OHS Canada’s website, and the winners of the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards will be profiled on Talent Canada’s website in the coming weeks.

“We’re proud of this program, and we thank our sponsors who made it possible and the professionals for taking the time to complete nominations and travel to celebrate with us in Toronto,” he said.

Nominations for the 2023 OHS Honours program will open in January. As always, there will be no nomination fee to apply.

The 2022 OHS Honours winners

Congratulations to all this year’s winners. To read their stories, and watch their videos – click on the links below. (Note: All links open on OHS Canada, our sister publication.)


OHS Canada Hall of Fame

This is the inaugural class for OHS Canada’s new Hall of Fame. Each year, we will be inducting three legends who have made a difference in their careers.

Maureen Shaw, 2022 OHS Canada Hall of Fame inductee.

Maureen Shaw, 2022 OHS Hall of Fame Inductee

Samuel Elfassy, 2022 OHS Canada Fall of Fame inductee.

Samuel Elfassy, 2022 OHS Canada Hall of Fame Inductee

Shelagh Robinson, 2022 OHS Canada Hall of Fame inductee.

Shelagh Robinson, 2022 OHS Canada Hall of Fame Inductee


Community Leader Award

Elgy Varghese, manager of the advisory committee program at Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS).

Winner: Elgy Varghese, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Sherry Novak, winner of the Community Leader Award (Honourable Mention) at 2022 OHS Honours.

Honourable Mention: Sherry Novak, Brantwood Community Services


OHS Professional of the Year

Ty Arslan, named OHS Professional of the Year at the 2022 OHS Honours gala.

Winner: Ty Arslan, Auspice Safety

Ryan Rodrigues, winner of Honourable Mention for OHS Professional of the Year at 2022 OHS Honours.

Honourable Mention: Ryan Rodrigues, Enbridge


OHS Team of the Year

Winner: BC Municipal Safety Association

Linamar has won Honourable Mention for OHS Team of the Year at 2022 OHS Honours.

Honourable Mention: Linamar


Best Use of Safety Technology

Photo: Air Canada

Winner: Air Canada

Honourable Mention: City of Surrey


OHS Culture Award

Photo: Air Canada

Winner: Air Canada

A MacKinnon & Olding crew on board the HMCS Sackville, which is Canada’s oldest warship. It’s now a museum ship, which the company painted back to its original colours.

Honourable Mention: MacKinnon & Olding


Best Safety Communications Program

Screen grab courtesy Compass Group Canada from the Nudge app.

Winner: Compass Group Canada

Photo: Linamar

Honourable Mention: Linamar


Top 25 Under 40

Oluwadotun Akinsiku was named to OHS Canada’s Top 25 Under 40 list for 2022.

Top 25 Under 40 – See the full list


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