Workplace Safety North announces new CEO and VPs

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Paul Andre, Mike Parent and Ted Hanley lead northern Ontario health and safety association

Paul Andre, WSN President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul AndreWorkplace Safety North (WSN) is pleased to announce Paul Andre as President and Chief Executive Officer. Paul served as Vice President of Prevention Services at WSN since 2010, and acting President and CEO since June 2017.

“I believe the strength of WSN is rooted in its people and our ability evolves to meet a constantly changing occupational health and safety landscape,” says Paul Andre. “We continue to anticipate and be responsive to provincial occupational health and safety needs, and as the only safe workplace association physically located in the north, with our staff located across the vast geography of northern Ontario, WSN is uniquely positioned to support the resource-based sector, and the community-based businesses of northern Ontario.”

The former CEO and Field Services Manager of the Pulp and Paper Health and Safety Association has more than 25 years’ experience in Ontario’s prevention system, and also volunteers as Chair of the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.  

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.  

Mike Parent, WSN Vice President of Prevention Services

Mike ParentMike Parent has been appointed as new Vice President of Prevention Services effective May 14, 2018. Mike served as WSN Director of Mining since 2015. 

“I was born and raised in northern Ontario, so I’m sensitive to the unique needs of the north and plan to align WSN resources and services to help support northern employers,” says Mike Parent. “I’m also looking forward to building on the cutting edge safety culture audit program WSN developed that focuses on leading indicators.”

Mike has a diverse background which includes work as a paramedic and underground miner before shifting into a career in health and safety. Before joining WSN, he was Corporate Health and Safety Manager at KGHM International. Mike has expertise in health and safety planning for large operations and mining construction projects.

Ted Hanley, WSN Vice President of Mine Rescue and Emergency Services 

Ted HanleyTed Hanley has been appointed as new Vice President of Mine Rescue and Emergency Services. Ted has been the general manager of Ontario Mine Rescue since August 2014. 

“Next year marks the 90th anniversary of the Ontario Mine Rescue program,” says Ted Hanley. “Since 1929, the commitment to emergency preparedness and the dedication of volunteer mine rescuers province-wide has demonstrated the unwavering compassion felt for their fellow miners. Together, mine rescue volunteers, mine rescue coordinators, mine rescue officers and mine management will continue to improve our response capability and prepare for the events we hope will never occur. Thank you volunteers past and present for your service to the mining community.”

Prior to starting with WSN, Hanley had been an active volunteer with Ontario Mine Rescue since 2008, and a dedicated member of the mine rescue competition team at Glencore Kidd Operations in Timmins. Ted holds a Bachelor Degree of Applied Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University.

Your health and safety partner 

A change of leadership brings new energy and possibilities for any organization and the team that supports it. Paul, Mike, and Ted will lead WSN in building on its successes to bring every worker home safe and healthy.   

An independent not-for-profit, WSN is one of four sector-based health and safety associations in Ontario, and provides province-wide Ministry-approved workplace health and safety training and services for the mining and forest products industries, as well as for businesses across northern Ontario.