Energy Safety Canada brings together the best of two industry leaders in safety - Enform and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA). Energy Safety Canada will be a respected, globally recognized authority with deep oil and gas safety expertise that improves safe work performance.
As a new national voice, Energy Safety Canada will advance the work of its legacy organizations, to reach a goal of zero injuries and incidents. We are focused on creating standards to help the oil and gas industry arrive at one clear, simple and agreed-upon way of performing work safely.
For all of us in Canada's oil and gas industry, safety is changing for the better.
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Energy Safety Canada, a not-for-profit association, was created by the merger of Enform Canada (Enform) and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) on October 2, 2017. Energy Safety Canada is the national safety association for the oil and gas industry. Representing workers and employers, Energy Safety Canada's focus is to develop and support common industry safety standards, ensure effective learning systems, share data analysis and safety expertise with workers and employers, and advocate for worker health and safety.
With offices in Calgary, Fort McMurray and Nisku, Alberta; Fort St. John, British Columbia; and Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Energy Safety Canada works with many partners to deliver safety training and services nationally.
John has worked for more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry, holding a variety of successive senior leadership roles primarily focused on oil sands operations. Including, serving as Vice President, Oil Sands at Shell Canada. He has also played a central role in shaping the vision, purpose and benefits of a merged safety association since it was proposed in 2015. Download PDF
Murray is a former member of Enform's Board of Directors and former General Manager for Shell Canada's Greater Deep Basin. He has held a variety of progressive leadership roles in his 30-year career in the industry. Murray has served as Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainable Development for Shell's Heavy Oil division and as Crisis Chief of Staff for Shell in Canada. Download PDF
Hugh has practiced corporate, commercial and resource law for more than 40 years and has held senior legal executive positions in large oil and gas organizations, including Petro-Canada. Hugh was a steward of the merger between Enform Canada and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA), providing legal and business guidance. Download PDF
As Vice President and Chief Safety Officer for Energy Safety Canada, Paula provides strategic leadership over the development of safety training and initiatives to reduce injury and illness in the Canadian oil & gas industry Download PDF
Ron joins Energy Safety Canada as Vice President, Operations. With more than 30 years of oil and gas industry experience, Ron builds on his extensive operations and project management knowledge to champion operational performance for Energy Safety Canada. Formerly on secondment from Suncor as a member of the Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) leadership, he joined our team when OSSA and Enform merged to become Energy Safety Canada in October 2017. Download PDF
Carol is responsible for stakeholder relations, brand and communications management. She also provides leadership and strategic oversight in all aspects of management and operation for the PetroLMI division. Her more than 30 years of experience working in all aspects of business include: business journalist, vice president of a communications consulting firm, manager of media relations for one of Canada's largest energy companies, and vice president of strategic communications for a national public affairs firm. Download PDF
As Vice President, Finance and Chief Privacy Officer, Rick is responsible for Energy Safety Canada's accounting, contracts, business analysis and the operation of its Calgary facilities. Rick served as a senior accountant at Price Waterhouse, and then as controller at Indel-Davis Ltd. where his strong analysis skills and leadership resulted in significant cost efficiencies for the organization. Download PDF
Energy Safety Canada's Board of Directors will be made up of a combination of representatives of the six trade associations and representation from the Oil Sands CEO Council. There will be industry representation from the following sectors: services, conventional exploration and production, pipeline, and oil sands, as well as members-at-large.
With an oil strike in Turner Valley, Alberta launched Canada's energy industry in the early 1900s. Resources were abundant, but experience was in short supply. Workers were expected to learn on the job - and avoid the dangers of a drilling rig's many moving and often oil-slicked parts: pulleys, wheels, cogs, belts, gears, chains, ropes, planks, tools and equipment.
Not everyone could and worker injuries and deaths occurred. In 1938, the Calgary Herald described working on an oil drilling rig "as one of the most hazardous occupations in the world."
As the industry grew and advanced, so too has the role of safety. In 1949, the Petroleum Industry Training Service (PITS) was formed to equip oil and gas workers with the knowledge and skills needed to be safer on the job.
Gone are the days when workers would walk off a farm field or out of a high school classroom and on to a rig without knowing the safety risks-and how to avoid them.
With unparalleled development, oil and gas has seen profound changes since that first discovery well in Turner Valley. Canada's diverse energy sector now includes all matters of resource extraction and processing, with presence from coast to coast to coast.
Companies have made worker safety as much a part of their operations as advancing technologies, maximizing production and delivering shareholder value.
In an industry known for its up and down business cycles, worker safety is now an unfailing constant. For the past 10 years, the companies, workers, contractors, trade associations and other stakeholders in our industry have collectively worked towards a common goal of zero injuries and incidents.
Formed on October 2, 2017 through the merger of Enform Canada (Enform) and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA), the new organization now represents one voice for safety in the oil and gas industry across the country.
"The merger of these two organizations signals a new day for our industry," says John Rhind, Energy Safety Canada's CEO. "Energy Safety Canada will advance the work of its legacy organizations to prevent incidents and to improve the tools, systems and the communications that will accelerate safe work performance."
Energy Safety Canada will represent and advocate for the industry's most valuable resource: workers. For workers, that means a reduction in duplicate training and more consistent safety rules from worksite to worksite.
"I've been a frontline worker in this industry," adds Rhind. "I know that workers often experience different sets of safety rules from site to site, which can be confusing and frustrating. Having a single set of safety standards will make it easier for both workers and companies. When we drive complexity out of the system, the result is reduced confusion and safer worksites."
Through collaboration, industry will pool its expertise and work together to find simple, agreed-upon safety solutions and standards. In turn, these solutions and standards will save time and money, and increase efficiency.
"This merger marks progress in driving continuous improvement in safe work performance across the entire industry," says Murray Elliott, President, Energy Safety Canada. "We expect that safety performance will improve faster and provide benefits both to workers and companies."
Energy Safety Canada will be a one-stop-shop for safety expertise; a hub of safety knowledge that delivers effective learning, shares improved safety data analytics, and advocates for the health and safety of those working in the industry and those impacted by industry activity.
Elliott emphasizes, "With our new organization, oil and gas safety in Canada is changing for the better. Our goal is the same as industry's - zero injuries, zero incidents."
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