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Prevention Council

Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
400 University Avenue, 14th Floor
Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1, ss. 22.2(1) (opens a new window)

The Council provides advice (a) to the Minister on the appointment of a Chief Prevention Officer and any other matter as determined by the Minister; (b) to the Chief Prevention Officer on the prevention of workplace injuries and occupational diseases, for the purposes of the provincial occupational health and safety strategy and the annual report under section 22.3 of the Act, and on any significant proposed changes to the funding and delivery of services for the prevention of workplace injuries and occupational diseases.


The Council is composed of members appointed by the Minister and includes representatives from each of the following groups: 1. Trade unions and provincial labour organizations; 2. Employers; and 3. Non-unionized workers, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and persons with occupational health and safety expertise.

In appointing members of the Council, the Minister ensures that an equal number of members are appointed to represent the trade unions and provincial labour organizations


•    Ability to set strategic direction, articulate and work towards a vision, and oversee the implementation of plans and strategies to deliver efficient, effective and high-quality services.
•    Comprehensive knowledge of the legislation under the agency’s jurisdiction and related laws or the ability to acquire such knowledge.
•    Knowledge of the occupational health and safety and prevention issues facing Ontario.
•    Understanding of the diverse nature of prevention in workplaces.
•    Effective communication and interpersonal skills to positively influence and communicate with staff, stakeholders and the public; decision-making, negotiation and dispute resolution skills.
•    Understanding of government values and a commitment to working within government’s agency accountability structure.
•    Understanding of the agency’s rules of practice and supporting procedures.
•    Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
•    Understanding of health and safety from employee and economic points of view (i.e. understand value of health and safety and its impacts from human and productivity standpoints).
•    Proven track record in administering health and safety in workplaces in at least one industry sector.
•    Proven ability to interact with employers, supervisors and workers.
•    Credibility in the health and safety community (demonstrated through successful relationships with clients, partners, and stakeholders).


Determined by the Minister.

The Prevention Council meets at least four times per year, with additional meetings scheduled as required. Meetings take place primarily in the Greater Toronto Area.

Appointees are eligible to receive expenses.

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. Member (Part-Time) DUSTIN PHILP
04-Aug-2020 - 03-Aug-2023
2. Member (Part-Time) BLAIR ALLIN
11-Aug-2020 - 10-Aug-2023
st. catherines
3. Member (Part-Time) SANDRO PINTO
10-Nov-2020 - 09-Nov-2023
4. Member (Part-Time) BRIAN ARNOLD
16-Nov-2020 - 15-Nov-2023
5. Member (Part-Time) CORA DEMARCO
16-Nov-2020 - 15-Nov-2023
6. Member (Part-Time) BILL MADER
30-Mar-2021 - 29-Mar-2024
my brydges
7. Member (Part-Time) STEPHEN CHAPLIN
30-Mar-2021 - 29-Mar-2024
8. Member (Part-Time) RODNEY COOK
16-May-2021 - 15-May-2024
9. Member (Part-Time) LEE-ANNE LYON-BARTLEY
13-Dec-2021 - 12-Dec-2024
10. Member (Part-Time) COLIN DERAAF
20-Dec-2022 - 19-Dec-2025
11. Member (Part-Time) JAMES ST. JOHN
20-Dec-2022 - 19-Dec-2025
12. Member (Part-Time) PATRICK BOURGEOIS
20-Dec-2022 - 19-Dec-2025
st johns
13. Member (Part-Time) ERNEST PETER ROWE
03-Feb-2023 - 02-Feb-2026
14. Member (Part-Time) ROGER TICKNER
16-Feb-2023 - 15-Feb-2026
richmond hill