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 36 of 47 37 INNOVATIVE AUTOMATION designs and builds industrial automation equipment, mostly for the automotive industry. Steve Loftus has led Innovative Automation as President since late 2014, and the company has tripled in the number of employees and sales since then. Throughout this period he remained focused on the people, and today has cultivated a workforce that trusts and respects him and appreciates his fact-based decision-making approach. Steve leads the company by instilling values of trust and respect, and encourages teamwork, collaboration, and new this year-- intrapreneurship. Our culture of trust, respect and fostering creativity allowed two of our young workers (under age 30) to come forward with ideas on how we could make a difference in the fight against COVID19. Within 7 days we had a Face Shield assembly line built, products sourced, and family members lined up to run production. Within 11 days we had delivered 10,000 face shields to our local hospitals with orders for more than 200,000 units. As of April 16, 2020, we are working closely with Health Canada and NGEN to obtain approvals necessary to produce 250 TidalPump ventilators per week. The best part of our culture is that we all learn from each other, no matter where we sit on the org chart, and that we LOVE to solve problems together. Art Forster, Forster Group David Gandossi, Mercer International Inc. Jeff Tonken, Birchcliff Energy Ltd. Stephen Loftus, Innovative Automation Inc Yves Tremblay, Pronghorn Controls Ltd. Metrolinx Saskatoon Transit Voyago Transportation STEPHEN LOFTUS Innovative Automation Inc PHIL VERSTER Metrolinx This award recognizes the CEO who has driven successful safety strategies from the top by putting people first and championing innovative safety values. Our judges will be looking for: Evidence of the CEO's leadership skills which inspire, engage and excite the workforce about safety; demonstrated commitment to the safety function as a strategic business objective at the executive management level; and actively drives safety initiatives (alongside their safety leader/ team) through open and continuous communication and support. CEO OF THE YEAR GOLD WINNER EXCELLENCE AWARDS GOLD WINNER EXCELLENCE AWARDS This category is designed to recognize a public transit employer that has an exemplary health and safety record. Entrants must explain how they ensure the health and safety of anyone who works on or off their premises or facilities. Includes transportation services by land, air and sea provided by for-profit or publicly funded employers. JAZZ AVIATION LP CANADA'S SAFEST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYER EXCELLENCE AWARD EXC ELLE N C E A W ARD CANADA'S SAFEST EMPLOYERS AWARDS 2020

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