Board of Directors


Candys Ballanger-Michaud, WSN CEO

Candys Ballanger-Michaud is the inaugural CEO of WSN, which has been formed to amalgamate MASHA (Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association), OFSWA (Ontario Forestry Safe Workplace Association), and PPHSA (Pulp and Paper Health and Safety Association).

A strategic change leader with over 25 years of experience in the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Candys has a proven track record of transforming service delivery while advancing health and safety in Northern Ontario. As Director, Northern Region – Operations Division with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, she achieved reductions in workplace incidents through working with partners within an integrated health and safety framework.

Having moved to Northern Ontario in the early nineties while progressing through a variety of leadership roles within the OPS, Candys has demonstrated the skills and approaches required to improve the culture of health and safety in Northern Ontario business. She has received many awards in recognition of her dedication and leadership towards development in the North.

Dwight Harper, Chair

Dwight Harper is the Chair of Workplace Safety North and has a diverse work history.  Dwight has worked in the mining industry for the past 18 years and has been directly involved in health and safety for the last 12 years, as a union representative. He was elected by his peers to the position of full-time Health and Safety Officer at the Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations – a Glencore Company Smelter in Falconbridge for 8 years and served as both President and Vice-President of CAW Local 598 Mine, Mill and  Smelter Workers. Dwight held the position of Vice-Chair on the Board of Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association for several years and was recently recruited to the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) advisory board.

Dwight has been an instructor for the Workers Health and Safety Centre since 1999 and continues to teach health and safety throughout the province.

Dwight says his passion for health and safety is only superseded by his desire to attain zero harm. Read the interview.


Clyde Healey, BA, CHRP

Clyde Healey is the Vice-Chair of Workplace Safety North and is the former Vice President of Corporate Services for PUC Services Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie. While employed with the utility he ushered in the deregulation changes of 1998, as a member of the Steering Committee which had been formed to set up the new private enterprise corporation. The Committee developed the model for the new corporation including the development of a business strategy that allowed for the transformation to new competitive business units, and drew up the By-laws and organizational structure.

Prior to joining the Utility he had been a Human Resources Officer with the Sault Ste. Marie Board of Education.  Mr. Healey joined the Army Reserve in 1967, as a junior officer in an Artillery Regiment. He progressed through the officer ranks to become the Commanding Office with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving in the military he also lead the organization through a restructuring of the ways in which the military transacted its business. He commanded the regiment on two separate occasions for a total of 10 years, and held the appointment of Deputy Commander of Northern Ontario District Headquarters, retiring after 26 years of service in 1999.

His leadership skills have been developed through a diverse variety of experiences which include senior manager position in the Utility sector, a Command position in the Military and variety of volunteer experiences. He holds a Bachelors Degree, Teaching Certification, Human Resources Certification, Emergency Preparedness training, extensive Health and Safety training.


John O'Brien, B.Admin, CRSP

John O’Brien, a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay, has been involved in the health and safety field for many years at the local, regional and national levels. He has a degree in Business Administration from Lakehead University and a CRSP [Canadian Registered Safety Professional] designation.

John’s career spans some 35 years in municipal government as a senior manager and occupational health and safety specialist. He currently owns and operates his training and consulting company, JOB Training & Development, that focuses on occupational health and safety issues and solutions.

John’s volunteer contribution highlights include: past member Board of Governors, Lakehead University; 20 years with the IAPA/WSPS safety association; past Chair and current member, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering; current member, Thunder Bay Safe Communities Board;  past Chair and current member Forum North Health & Safety Conference.

Lance McKillop

Lance has over 34 years of experience in the Pulp and Paper industry and currently works for Resolute Forest Products in Thunder Bay. He has been directly involved in advancing health and safety at Resolute for over 20 years and has recently completed his Occupational Health and Safety Certification through Ryerson University.

Lance has held several positions during his career, including Shift Crew Leader, Site Safety Coordinator, and Site Training Coordinator. It was in his position as Site Safety Coordinator that Lance realized he has a passion for workplace health and safety. He firmly believes in the vision of every worker, home safe and healthy.

Marshall Greensides, CRSP

Marshall Greensides is Corporate Health and Safety Coordinator for Norampac, a division of Cascades Canada Inc, and has been with Norampac since 2001. Marshall has worked within the field of occupational health and safety for 13 years.

He obtained the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation in 2005, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Pulp and Paper Health and Safety Association (PPSHA) from 2004 to 2009.

John Benoit, BA, CRSP-NP

John Benoit has been involved with health and safety for over 20 years, and recently retired from his position as Manager, Occupational Health and Safety, at Laurentian University in Sudbury for over 13 years.

John is a member of various committees on the WSN Board including the Finance and Audit Committee and the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee and previously served on the (Enterprise) Risk Management Committee.

John volunteered with the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) and Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) for over ten years, and played an integral role on the WSPS/IAPA Health and Safety Conference Planning Committee. In addition to promoting the conference across Northern Ontario, he was involved with the Young Workers Awareness Program. Since 2004, John volunteers with Camp BUCKO, a summer camp for children in Ontario recovering from burn injuries.

Gaëtan Carrier

Gaëtan Carrier has been involved in health and safety for over 20 years and has been the health and safety worker's representative at Tembec Hearst Sawmill since 1997. He has also been the Chair for the United Steel Workers Local 1-2995 H&S Council since it started in 2005. Gaëtan has served on the Ontario Forestry Safe Workplace Association (OFSWA) Board since 2005. Gaëtan has been a Board Member for Workplace Safety North since the start of the new venture.

Gaëtan served as a volunteer for 8 years on the Saint François Xavier Parent Council. Since 1994, Gaëtan has been an active member of the Nordic Regional H&S Committee on which he has served as secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair. Gaëtan has also been part of the Mattice-Val Coté Volunteer Fire Department and is now the Training Officer. Gaëtan is actively involved with the Young Workers Awareness Program for the United Steel Workers (USW).

Gaëtan is trained as an instructor to deliver material for Tembec, the Canadian Labour Council (CLC), the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), the Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC), the Ontario Fire College (trainer facilitator) and a Master Trainer with IAPA.

Sandra Haddad, Vice-Chair

Sandra Haddad works throughout Canada, but she is a person who appreciates the very distinct nature and beauty of the North.  She is a noted advocate in the areas of Health and Safety, and has always had a role in promoting its direction in Ontario.  

She has served as a volunteer on many not for profit Boards, and holds a particular interest in reaching out to our Youth, whether through training, provision of bursaries, or taking students in on programs.

As a business owner in the North, she comprehends the challenges and distinct differences our Northern Ontario businesses face daily.  Sandra has worked in all facets of industry, including all of the resource industries that drive our Northern economy.


Tim Bremner

Located in North Bay, Canada, Mr. Bremner has more than 30 years of experience in global drilling operations. He has been with Foraco since July 2006. Mr. Bremner was responsible for Foraco’s start-up operations in eastern Canada and its western Canadian operations through acquisitions. Mr. Bremner is also involved in building Foraco’s presence in the U.S. Prior to joining Foraco, Mr. Bremner held several senior management positions between 1990 and 2006 with Boart Longyear, a global drilling services provider based in Utah, including Director of Sales and Marketing, Regional General Manager and Vice-President of Drilling Services. From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Bremner acted as General Manager at Logan Drilling Group, a drilling company based in Nova Scotia. He began his career in the drilling industry with Longyear Canada in 1981. Mr. Bremner holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.