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New Council to Advise on Workplace Health and Safety

McGuinty Government Committed to Preventing Workplace Injury and Illness


Ontario has finalized the membership of its Prevention Council, which will work to help improve health and safety and protect workers across the province.

The council will provide support for the Chief Prevention Officer and advise the Minister of Labour on the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses, and the development of a provincial occupational health and safety strategy.

The members on the council – set to hold its first meeting on September 28, 2012 – are:

Labour representatives

  • Patrick Dillon, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer, Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
  • Colin Grieve, Occupational Disease Worker Advocate, Hamilton and Ontario Professional Firefighters Associations
  • Nancy Hutchison, Secretary Treasurer, Ontario Federation of Labour
  • Bryan Neath, Regional Director – Ontario, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada

Non-union worker representative

  • Linda Vannucci, Director, Toronto Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic

Employer representatives

Occupational health and safety expert

  • Graeme Norval, Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto

WSIB representative

  • Susanna Zagar, Chief Strategist, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Protecting workers on the job is part of the McGuinty government's continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries, while creating jobs.


  • The Prevention Council will report to the Minister of Labour through Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis.
  • Ontario began appointing members to the Prevention Council in August 2012.
  • Since the launch of Safe At Work Ontario in June 2008, the province's team of more than 400 health and safety inspectors conducted more than 160,000 proactive and 66,000 reactive field visits, issued more than 360,000 compliance orders and conducted 25 proactive inspection blitzes.


Read more about Prevention Council members.

Find out more about how Ontario’s first Chief Prevention Officer is helping improve worker health and safety.

Bill Killorn, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7708
Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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