Canadian Occupational Safety

January/February 2021

Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine is the premier workplace health and safety publication in Canada. We cover a wide range of topics ranging from office to heavy industry, and from general safety management to specific workplace hazards.

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Page 30 of 47 31 What happened on the day? Though they weren't exactly what we had planned at the start of the year, our virtual event ended up being a roaring success! "It was different [than previous years] clearly because we're in a COVID world, but it was very enjoyable to see the different categories. I think people take a lot of pleasure from participating. And I think it's great that despite COVID, [COS] has succeeded in keeping people's attention focused on something that is important for all of us. It was a great event," said Phil Verster, CEO and president of Metrolinx, and winner of our 2020 CEO of the Year award. Our revamped virtual awards saw the arrival of a series of panels graciously sponsored by industry heavy-hitters MSA The Safety Company, Avetta, Bruce Power, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and WSIB Ontario. Our digital event opened at 12 p.m. EST. Throughout the afternoon, we hosted panels with our finalists on hot button topics in the OHS sphere, such as how COVID has impacted the construction industry, how to build a career in safety and how to be a good safety leader (you can find more on the panels in this issue). We all learned a lot, and I'm sure that many of you saw some familiar faces. Then, at 3 p.m. EST, our MC, Global News host and journalist Mike Arsenault, announced all of this year's winners — live! You can discover more on our finalists and winners in the next few pages. Massive congratulations to this year's nominees and winners — and a huge thank you to all those who attended Canada's Safest Employers Awards. We're already looking forward to next year… 2019 WINNERS Building and construction: Gold winner – Modern Niagara Silver winners – Borger Group of Companies, Plan Group Inc. Mining and natural resources: Gold winner – Cementation Canada Silver winners – Ausenco, Klohn Crippen Berger Transportation: Gold winner – Jazz Aviation Utilities and electrical: Gold winner – Kitchener Wilmot-Hydro Silver winners – Burlington Hydro Inc., Waterloo North Hydro Healthcare: Gold winner – GE Healthcare Silver winner – Canadian Blood Services Manufacturing: Gold winner – Michelin Pictou County Silver winners – Farnell Packaging, Rock-Tech Oil and gas: Gold winner – Primoris Canada Silver winners – Birchcliff Energy Ltd., Pronghorn Controls, Weatherford Chemistry: Gold winner – BASF Canada Public sector/non-profit: Gold winner – Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) Silver winners – Port Saint John, Saskatchewan Government Insurance Services: Gold winner – Morguard Silver winners – Niagara Casinos, Western Camp Services Ltd. Psychological safety: Gold winner – Waterloo North Hydro Inc. Silver winner – Niagara Casinos Wellness: Gold winner – Niagara Casinos Silver winners – GSK, Mackenzie Health Young worker safety: Gold winner – Outland Youth Employment Program by Dexterra Silver winner – Pronghorn Controls Canada's best health + safety culture: Gold winner – Borger Group of Companies Silver winners – Horizon North Logistics, Modern Niagara, Niagara Casinos

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