Board of Directors


Paul Andre, WSN President and CEO

Paul Andre was appointed as acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Workplace Safety North on July 1, 2017. Paul served as Vice President of Prevention Services at WSN since 2010, and is the former CEO and Field Services Manager of the Pulp and Paper Health and Safety Association. With more than 25 years’ experience in Ontario’s prevention system, he also volunteers on the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (read the interview).

Through his work with boards of directors as well as industry and prevention system partners, Paul has established a reputation as a strong and collaborative leader in health and safety promotion, and leads WSN in building on its successes and executing a transformative strategic plan designed to bring every worker home safe and healthy.

Sandra Haddad, 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.


Lydia Renton, B.Sc., CIH, ROH, FAIHA, Vice-Chair

Lydia N. Renton, B.Sc., CIH, ROH, FAIHA is the Director, Occupational Hygiene, Safety & Security with BluMetric Environmental Inc, an engineering and IH/OHS consulting firm headquartered in Ottawa. Initial work was for the Canadian federal government departments of Labour Canada and Health Canada. Several years were spent performing evaluations of workplaces for the Ontario Ministry of Labour in Eastern Ontario. She joined Bell-Northern Research in 1989 as corporate hygienist and had several roles, including manager of EHS, Nortel Semiconductors. She served on the Board of Directors of the WHSA (Workplace Health and Safety Agency) (2000-2002) as an Order in Council appointment. By actively developing, delivering and participating in loss control, health, safety and environment programs, she has guided, advised, trained and consulted to Senior Management, Health and Safety Committees, unions and employees in Canada and globally. She was honored by OHAO (Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario) with the Hugh Nelson Award of Excellence in 2008, and by the AIHA as a Fellow in 2014. She has volunteered on several Boards, and was the President and on the Board of the CRBOH (Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists) (2000-2004); was Chair and Past Chair of the ABIH Board of Directors (2009 -2014); and is currently Chair of the AIHA FellowsSIG (2015-present) and Board of Directors for WHWB (Workplace Health Without Borders (2017-present). Lydia is co-Chief Oral Examiner for CRBOH, and an AIHA Distinguished Lecturer (2015). She is a recognized Cyanide Code auditor for the ICMI (International Cyanide Management Code) for gold mining operations.

Dwight Harper

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 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.

Marshall Greensides, CRSP

Marshall Greensides is Production Manager, Succession Team, Ontario Sheet Plants, for Cascades Containerboard Packaging. 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.

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.