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Prevention Council Members 2012

An 11-member Prevention Council advises the Minister of Labour on a wide range of issues, including (among others):

  • prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses
  • development of a provincial occupational health and safety strategy, and
  • any significant proposed changes to funding and delivery of services under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

Council membership reflects representation from a broad range of organizations and interests. The members report to the minister through Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis.

There are four representatives each for labour and employers, one for non-union workers and one for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. There is also a workplace health and safety expert.

Patrick Dillon
Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario — 1997 – present (labour representative)

  • Apprentice construction industry electrician,1961; journeyman 1966
  • Business Manager of Local 105 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (following 18 years in the construction industry)
  • Executive Chairman of the IBEW Construction Council of Ontario, 1991.

Government of Ontario appointments

  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board committees (Human Resources and Compensation, Chair; Health and Safety; Governance)
  • Infrastructure Ontario board of directors
  • 2015 Toronto-Greater Golden Horseshoe Pan Am Games Committee
  • Appointments Council for the Ontario College of Trades


  • Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance.
  • Advisory Board of Correctional Services Canada
  • various construction industry boards, including:
    • Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS)
    • Construction Sector Council of Canada
    • Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre
    • De Novo Treatment Centre


  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition of “outstanding contributions to the Province of Ontario and the people of Canada,” 2012

Colin Grieve
Occupational Disease Worker Advocate for Hamilton and Ontario Professional Firefighters (labour representative)

  • Ex-police officer, City of Guelph
  • Firefighter, City of Hamilton, 1987 – present
  • Advocate for ill and deceased firefighters with respect to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and occupational disease, 1997 – present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc.
  • Member, Research Advisory Council, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
  • Occupational Disease Committee Co-Chair, Ontario Professional Firefighters Association

Nancy Hutchison
Secretary Treasurer, Ontario Federation of Labour (labour representative)

  • First woman employed at the Campbell Red Lake Gold Mill, 1977
  • Worked in the mining industry in Red Lake Ontario for 19 years at Campbell Red Lake Gold Mine and the Dickenson Gold Mine.
  • Served as an executive member of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 950 in Red Lake.
  • International staff representative, USW, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, 1995
  • Steelworkers Health & Safety Coordinator, Ontario and Atlantic Provinces, 1997
  • Canadian National Health, Safety & Environment Department Leader, USW, 2011


  • Board of Directors, Workers Health & Safety Centre
  • Board of Directors, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers
  • Mining Legislative Review Committee (Ontario)
  • Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), Canadian Council, executive
  • Council of Governors, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Health & Safety and Workers’ Compensation Board Committees, Ontario Federation of Labour
  • Mining Advisory Committee, Workplace Safety North
  • Labour & Injured Worker Advisory Group, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Past member

  • Occupational Disease Panel, WSIB

Bryan Neath
Regional Director – Ontario, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (labour representative)

  • three decades within the labour movement, beginning with Zehrs Markets in the 1970s
  • helped to form Union of Food and Commercial Workers Canada, Local 1977, becoming Secretary –Treasurer in 1979
  • UFCW International representative for Canada, 1989
  • Ontario Assistant to the National Director, UFCW, 1993
  • Special Assistant to National Director, UFCW, 1999


  • Vice-president, Ontario Federation of Labour
  • member various Canadian Labour Congress committees.
  • board member Workers Health & Safety Centre
  • board member Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers


  • Regional Director – Ontario, UFCW, where he oversees planning and coordinating programs and initiatives for youth, labour education, health and safety, and collective bargaining, and organizing
  • Administrator, UFCW National Defence Fund, (serves members across Canada during strikes and lockouts
  • Labour Co-Chair, Canadian Food Industry Council
  • Chair of UFCW Trusteed Dental Fund – Ontario.

Graeme Norval
Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto (occupational health and safety expert)

Chemical engineering

  • expertise in the manufacture and safe handling of inorganic chemicals, such as chlorine, caustic soda, sulphuric acid and sodium hypochlorite bleach
  • worked on a variety of capacity expansion and process improvements projects (as an engineer in industry, and recently as an engineering consultant)

University of Toronto

  • Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto (teaches fundamentals of process design and process safety management, and safe design of chemical processes)
  • Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator (responsible for administrative and staffing aspects of the undergraduate program)

Minerva Canada (not-for-profit organization focused on improving the teaching of health and safety at universities and colleges)

  • teaches at various Minerva workshops
  • helps develop various e-learning modules for undergraduate students across Canada

Michael Oxley
President and Chief Financial Officer, DuPont Canada (employer representative)

  • joined DuPont Canada Financial Services in Montreal, 1975
  • variety of roles, DuPont Pension Management Unit, Mississauga (1980 to 1989), the last of which was Manager Equities (accountable for portfolios of publicly traded and private equities)
  • various senior financial management roles for most of the company’s businesses (1989 to 2000) including corporate development, medical products, performance coatings, engineering polymers, and Nylon
  • Treasurer, Director of Financial Operations, Investor Relations Officer, 2000.
  • Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance (Nutrition and Health Platform), 2003
  • Director of Customer Care, 2008


  • elected to Board of Directors of the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association, 2009
  • appointed Chair of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, 2011

Gloria Rajkumar
Founder and CEO, SIMAC Canada Inc. (Superior Independent Medical Assessment Centres) (employer representative)

  • with 18 years of insurance industry experience Ms. Rajkumar founded SIMAC Medical Assessments to address identified gaps in quality and customer service being provided in the industry.
  • SIMAC was ranked #46 in Canada’s Top 200 Fastest Growing Companies by PROFIT in 2011
  • adopted environmental preservation and “green” initiatives in her company
  • supports numerous charitable foundations through donations and corporate fundraising activities, including: Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC); Starlight Children’s Foundation; and Toronto Hospital for Sick Children


  • RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2011)
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist (2011)
  • Ranked #4 in Canada’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs, PROFIT Magazine, October 2010
  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award (2010)
  • Business Achievement Award, Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce (2010)
  • WXN TOP 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women (2011)


  • Women President’s Organization
  • WeConnect Canada (Certified Diversity Supplier)
  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce
  • Toronto Board of Trade
  • Women’s Executive Network (WXN)
  • Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network

John Sauger
Executive Vice President, Project Management and Construction, Bruce Power (employer representative)

Bruce Power

  • Vice President, Bruce A Restart, Bruce Power, 2008
  • Executive Vice President, Project Management and Construction, 2010

Maine Yankee commercial nuclear plant

  • Decommissioning Manager, late 1990s

Pickering A Restart Project

  • Director of Outages, 2001
  • Director of Construction (expedited Pickering 4 return to service), 2005

Shaw Group (engineering, design, construction and maintenance services)

  • Senior Vice President, directed projects commissioned by U.S. government, including:
    • design and construction of a helicopter facility in Afghanistan
    • a mixed oxide fuel conversion plant in South Carolina
    • Hurricane Katrina reconstruction assignments in New Orleans

Roy Slack
President, Cementation Canada Inc. (employer representative)

  • established Cementation Canada Inc., a mining contracting and engineering company, 2002
  • Cementation responsible for projects such as
    • the longest and largest-diameter raise ever bored in the Canadian Shield
    • the deepest mine shaft in the world outside South Africa (Kidd Mine, Timmins)

Company awards

  • one of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers,” 2007, 2008
  • North Bay Business of the Year
  • Northern Ontario Business of the Year


  • influenced mechanization of mine shaft sinking, including use of independent work platforms to enable concurrent installation of shaft furnishings, thereby increasing productivity and safety while decreasing construction cost.

Linda Vannucci
Director, Toronto Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic (non-union worker representative)

  • appears before the Ontario Labour Relations Board on behalf of low income non-union workers alleging that they have been fired for raising health and safety concerns
  • acts for injured workers at Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Appeal Resolution Office and Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.


  • community programmer/outreach worker in low income housing, Etobicoke, 1975-1978
  • community legal worker, York Community Services (represented Italian-speaking injured workers), 1979-1983.
  • staff lawyer, Toronto Workers’ Health & Safety Legal Clinic 1989-2008.


  • B.A., State University of New York at Oswego
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, 1986
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1988

Susanna Zagar
Chief Strategy Officer, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB representative)


  • Associate Deputy Minister at Infrastructure Ontario, a crown corporation wholly owned by the province
  • Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy, Program Development and Dispute Resolution Services, Ontario Ministry of Labour


  • B.A., Criminology, Simon Fraser University
  • Ivey School of Business Executive Program, University of Western Ontario
  • Queen's Public Executive Program, Queen's University