The BC Forest Safety Council is pleased to announce the appointment of the Director, SAFE Companies

NANAIMO, BC, June 13, 2016  - Cherie Whelan will be joining the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) as Director, SAFE Companies on June 27, 2016, bringing more than 20 years of diverse health and safety experience to her new role.

The recipient of numerous health and safety awards1 of excellence, Cherie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, and a certified OHSMS / OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor and ISO 14001-Environemntal Lead Auditor. She was most recently TransAlta Energy’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Team Lead, TransAlta Corporation’s lead EHS auditor and TransAlta Corporation’s total safety governance supervisor. Earlier in her career, Cherie worked as the EHS investigation lead for Suncor Energy and was a claims auditor and account manager for the Alberta Worker’s Compensation Board, and the lead Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) investigator for the Government of Alberta.

Cherie brings a solid understanding of effective health and safety system design and implementation to her new role. She is also a well-respected investigator, facilitator and leader who has worked with companies, contractors and sub-contractors throughout her career to improve safety outcomes. Her personal motivation is ensuring proper due diligence and worker safety, in turn supporting both improved operational performance and increased social license.

“I am pleased to welcome Cherie to the leadership team at the BCFSC and know that industry will benefit significantly from her knowledge and experience. Leading the team of safety advisors and the SAFE Companies prequalification program and audit system, Cherie will be able to fine-tune greater efficiencies and streamline processes while continuing to build an excellent ongoing working relationship with WorkSafeBC, industry associations and government agencies,” said Rob Moonen, the BCFSC’s CEO.

“I am excited about my new role and look forward to being of service to the forest harvesting and forest manufacturing industries. I am particularly pleased to join a health and safety association focused on being responsive to industry and worker needs. We are all on this safety journey together and by staying focused on the needs of frontline workers we will secure continuous operational and safety improvements. Getting to zero is achievable,” said Cherie Whelan.

The BC Forest Safety Council is a not-for-profit society dedicated to supporting industry to eliminate fatalities and reduce serious injuries. It was founded more than 10 years ago and is supported by all major forestry organizations in BC. It works with forestry employers, unions, workers, contractors and the provincial government and other agencies to implement changes necessary to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in the forest sector, sawmills and pellet industries. www.bcforestsafe.org

Cherie Whelan joins the BC Forest Safety Council as Director, SAFE Companies on June 27, 2016.

For more information, please call Pam Agnew ABC, BCFSC, at 250-824-5186 or 1-877-741-1060.

1. Awards include: Greg Outhouse Memorial Award of Safety Excellence CSSE (Canadian Society of Safety Engineers); Friend of Wood Buffalo ACSA (Alberta Construction Safety Association); and Safe Communities Outstanding Member at Large.

June 13, 2016
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