Workplace Safety North announces new appointments for board of directors

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Sandra Haddad assumes leadership of northern health and safety association board 

Photo of Sandra Haddad, Board Chair, Workplace Safety NorthEffective December 1, Sandra Haddad is appointed chair of the board of directors at Workplace Safety North (WSN), and Lydia Renton is announced as vice-chair. 

As past vice-chair, Haddad already has seven years of experience on the WSN board, and served as chair on three of the committees. She has more than 25 years of occupational health and safety experience in Ontario, including as senior adjudicator for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), and as the WSIB program director for a national private sector employer.

“I am excited about the future at WSN,” says Haddad, “and I plan to focus on wellness issues, including mental health and substance use. The north is my home and I want it to continue to be the best place to live and work.”

Haddad is past chair of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association, past chair of the advisory council to the Office of the Employer Advisor, and past vice-chair of St. John Ambulance. 

A member of the Canadian Society for Safety Engineering and registered member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Haddad is also a designated Certified Health and Safety Consultant, and Certified Disability Management Professional through the International Disability Management Standards Council.

As a business owner based in Sudbury, Haddad knows the challenges and distinct differences northern Ontario businesses face daily, and has worked in all facets of industry, including all the resource industries that drive the northern economy. 

Past chair Dwight Harper will continue to serve on the board. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as Chair,” says Harper. “Having been involved with the creation of WSN from the three legacy organizations, I’ve witnessed firsthand and been a part of its evolution, and it is with pride that I can say that WSN continues to set new benchmarks in health and safety and is well-respected in the province.” 

Lydia Renton is the new vice-chair of the Board. Renton is Director, Occupational Hygiene, Safety and Security with BluMetric Environmental, an engineering and consulting firm headquartered in Ottawa, with northern offices in Sudbury and Thunder Bay. She brings career experience from Nortel, and federal and provincial government.