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Annual General Meeting 2019

2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

IHSA’s 2019 Annual General Meeting was an opportunity to hand out some well-deserved awards to individuals and firms that made great strides in health and safety last year. The event, which took place in October at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga, also offered insight into the current state of health and safety in Ontario, and the successes achieved by IHSA members in the past year.

Board of Directors (BOD)

The Management Co-chair of the Board, David Johnston, kicked off the event by highlighting some of IHSA’s major safety achievements over the past year, noting that we are entering a new phase at IHSA:

“As we head toward 2020, which will be IHSA’s tenth year of providing health and safety resources to its membership, we will continue to strive to provide those resources in an efficient and cost-effective manner, to those companies, both large and small that keep Ontario growing, moving, and powered up as we move forward toward a safe and healthy future,” said Johnston.

Names both new and well known to IHSA members were announced as the IHSA Board of Directors for 2020 and the remainder of 2019. The new slate is as follows:

  • Brad Reid, Teamsters Canada – Local 91
  • Len Poirier, Unifor
  • Amanda Hall, Midland Transport Limited
  • Michael Frolick, Transpro Freight Systems Limited
  • Rick Baric, Carpenter’s District Council of Ontario
  • Robert Love, Alberici Constructors
  • Tony Di Maria, BACU (Brick & Allied Craft Union)
  • Darrin Husack, ConDrain Group
  • Michael Leone, Procon Constructors Inc.
  • Glen Drewes, IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) - Local 402
  • Tom Nicholls, Power Workers’ Union
  • Dave Johnston, Toronto Hydro
  • Michael Dauncey, Mattamy Homes
  • Ivano Libricciosa, Oshawa Power & Utilities Corporation
  • Sandro Pinto, LIUNA Local 183

IHSA also honoured the members of our Board of Directors that retired over the past year. The list of retirees includes:

  • Tom Lachance, TESC Contracting Company Ltd. – June 14, 2010
  • Claudio Mazzotta, Drywall Acoustic Lathing & Insulation – Local 675 – June 14, 2010
  • Don Schultz, Millwrights Regional Council of Ontario – March 28, 2013
  • Brian MacDonald, Teamsters Canada - Local 91 – September 17, 2014

IHSA’s CEO Enzo Garritano

IHSA’s CEO Enzo Garritano provided the audience with an overview of some of IHSA’s accomplishments since the previous meeting. This included the move to house administrative staff under one roof at 21 Voyager Court S, the opening of the Ottawa Skills Development Centre, our efforts with COR™ and more.

Minister of Labour

Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton addressed the crowd of about 130 people about what the government is working on in terms of health and safety and also took questions from the audience on a variety of topics such as accreditation, funding, and more.

Performance Achievement Milestone Awards

The Performance Achievement Milestone Award recognizes IHSA member firms that have achieved a specific number of work hours (based on their firm size) without a lost-time injury (LTI).

Formerly known as The President’s Award, the name and criteria for this award program has been changed to account for the new firm size requirement.

This year’s successful firms are:

Firm Size (FTEs)
(Hours without a lost-time injury)
Less than 100
250,000 Hours
Jan. 1, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2018
G-Tel Engineering Inc.
More than 300
1.5 Million Hours
Nov. 25, 2016 - May 31, 2019
Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc.
1.5 Million Hours
June 26, 2012 – May 31, 2019
Oshawa Power
Less than 100
500,000 Hours
July 11, 2016 – Mar. 31, 2019
Peak Engineering & Construction Ltd.
Less than 100
250,000 Hours
Jan. 1, 2016 – Feb. 1, 2018
Wm. Groves Ltd.
Less than 100
250,000 Hours
Jan. 1, 2015 - Dec. 31, 2017

Gil Samson Award

The Gil Samson Award, first presented in 1988, is named after a former CSAO General Manager who played a major role in creating the network of Labour-Management Health and Safety Committees. The award recognizes the extraordinary achievements of a Labour-Management Committee. A substantial donation from past CSAO President, Don Gaffney helped to make this award possible.

The Gil Samson Award honours the Labour-Management Committee that has contributed to the advancement of occupational health and safety by virtue of a program, publication or other accomplishment.

This year’s Gil Samson Award was presented to the Demolition Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee. Omar Passos, Jonathan Zuber, and Margaret Taylor received the award on behalf of the committee.

The inscription on the plaque reads:

The committee has accomplished many of its initiatives over the past year, such as:

  • Identifying the need to address occupational disease in construction and working with the Environmental Abatement Council of Ontario (EACO) to develop a guideline to standardize the content and format of a designated substance survey.
  • Researching the use of respirators and identifying fit testing as a shortcoming due to the hazards associated with the use of irritant smoke. The committee issued a letter to the CSA regarding respirator smoke testing and the effects that it has on workers.
  • Developing a safety advisory for working around skid steers.
  • Engaging with the ESA and the Electrical Trade Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee on electrical service disconnects. The Committee co-chairs explained the issues of inconsistent electrical disconnects and the hazards they create. With input from the Electrical Trade Committee, the chairs were better prepared to address proposed legislative changes in the demolition section of the construction regulation.

We thank the committee for its continued efforts for the betterment of worker health and safety in Ontario.

Roy A. Phinnemore Award

The Roy A. Phinnemore Award is named in honour of a past CSAO Executive Director whose dedication to construction safety inspired others during CSAO’s formative years. The award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to health and safety.

This year’s Roy A. Phinnemore Award was presented to Erin Oliver.

The inscription on the plaque reads:

Erin Oliver embodies all of the established criteria of this award through her numerous contributions to health and safety in the construction industry. She has dedicated her career to serving this cause and she continues to be heavily involved in research. She also makes significant contributions at the provincial level by serving on the Prevention Council of Ontario.

She is beloved amongst colleagues, and other professionals for her passion, determination, and initiative, which continues to shape the landscape of illness and injury prevention in Ontario.

Erin’s leadership goes beyond the realm of operational safety and she has spent her time on an abundance of committees, associations, and other memberships. Erin is currently an associate professor at the University of Toronto and previously, she was an associate professor at the University of Guelph—Humber campus. Erin has used her knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist on multiple research projects that are helping to change the landscape of how safety in the industry is perceived and embraced.

Upon the conclusion of the meeting, the afternoon was used to host the various co-chairs of IHSA’s Labour-Management Section 21 Committees, trade and regional committees so that they may take part in a strategic planning session to strategize for the coming year.

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