Biographies of the Board of Governors

Tareq Al-Zabet, Ph.D., CRSP Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Toronto, ON

Tareq Al-Zabet, Board Governor, is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, in Ontario. Dr. Al-Zabet holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences. Dr. Al-Zabet has over 25 years experience working in multiple jurisdictions, including Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and internationally. Dr. Al-Zabet has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® since 2011.

Paul Andre, CRSP, President and CEO (Acting), Workplace Safety North, North Bay, ON

Paul Andre, Board Chair, is currently President and CEO (acting) of Workplace Safety North (WSN), a not-for-profit health and safety association in the province of Ontario that serves the forestry, mining and pulp and paper sectors along with community based clients of Northern Ontario. He has held a number of senior positions including Vice-President of Prevention Services for WSN and Senior Advisor to the Prevention Office of the Ministry of Labour. He holds a forestry technician and technologist diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College and a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Ryerson University. He has worked in the occupational health and safety field for over 25 years. Mr. Andre has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® since 1996.

Robin Angel, BSC, MSc, CRSP, Regional Director Occupational Health and Safety Division, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Halifax, NS

Robin Angel, Board Governor, is currently the Regional Director Occupational Health and Safety Division, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Robin has diverse experience in the disciplines of occupational health and safety, environmental management, industrial hygiene, and quality assurance systems. Her experience includes chemical manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, oil refinery operations, corporate industrial hygiene, tire manufacturing and occupational health and safety programs. As an expert in the field of health and safety management, she maintains currency on new and changing regulatory requirements, policies or initiatives. Robin has represented industry during negotiations with regulatory authorities for environmental permits, approvals, and/or licenses. Ms. Angel has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® since 2006.

Paul Belair, MBA, CRSP, Director HSEQ, Keller Canada, Spruce Grove, AB

Paul Belair, Board Governor, is currently the Director HSEQ for Keller Canada, the largest Geo-Technical construction organization in Canada, which is part of the Keller Group, the largest in the world. After spending nearly 25 years in the field of Occupational Health & Safety and Corporate Business Management, Paul knows how to develop and fully integrate HSE into an organizations’ overall business strategies and goals. Paul believes by moving HSE from a vertically aligned function to a horizontally integrated system throughout an organization, it will result in long-term, sustainable top level HSE and business performance. Paul’s experience covers a wide range of industries and jurisdictions including utilities (nuclear, fossil fuel, etc.), the construction industry (large project management and head office), industrial, chemical process, automotive and the service sector. Paul holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario, BASc degree, a diploma in Safety Engineering Technology and a certificate in Occupational Hygiene and Safety Program Management. Additionally, Paul is a licensed Paralegal through the Law Society of Upper Canada and a Certified Health and Safety Consultant through the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers. Mr. Belair has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® since 2005.

Andrea Cotroneo, LLB, Vice President & General Counsel, Capital One Canada, Toronto, ON

Andrea Cotroneo, Board Governor & Public Member, is Vice President & General Counsel for Capital One Canada and is based in Toronto, Ontario. Andrea acts as the lead legal advisor for the Capital One Canada. Regarded as a thought leader in the payments industry in Canada, Ms. Cotroneo has been appointed to consultative committees, has testified before numerous governmental committees, and is a frequent panelist at industry events. Ms. Cotroneo holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Languages from Laurentian University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa, and has completed several executive management training courses. Ms. Cotroneo has served as public member of the BCRSP since 2014.

Kevin J. Dawson, MBA, PEng, CRSP, Consultant, Omnius Consulting, Halifax, NS 

Kevin Dawson, Board Vice Chair, is currently the principal consultant at Omnius consulting in Halifax, NS. Prior to forming Omnius, Kevin was the Manager, Safety & Health at Nalcor Energy. Mr. Dawson holds an B.Eng. (Mech) and an MBA from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mr. Dawson is a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and has served as the CSSE Avalon Chapter Chair. He is also a past Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association. Mr. Dawson has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® since 1998.

Alireza Golbabai, CRSP, Sr. HR Consultant, Occupational Health, Safety and Disability Mgmt, City of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Ali Golbabai, Board Governor, is currently the Sr. HR Consultant, OHS & Disability Management for the City of Toronto. His experience includes developing and overseeing frontline and management focused integrated management system frameworks, operational strategic plans, Six-Sigma and change management projects involving productivity and work culture improvement. Ali is registered as a Chartered Member with IOSH and holds the CRM designation granted by GRMI. Mr. Golbabai has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® since 2013.

John M. Hollohan, B.Sc., B.A.Sc., CRSP, Director of Safety, EMERA Inc., Halifax, NS

John Hollohan, Board Secretary-Treasurer, has over 25 years in the health and safety profession in which he has held various senior management positions in both the public and private industries. Currently, Mr. Hollohan is Director of Safety with EMERA Inc. in Halifax, NS. Mr. Hollohan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Memorial University and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Ryerson University. He is currently working on a Master's Certificate in Organizational Development from Queen's University. Mr. Hollohan has served on numerous national Boards and Associations, and is Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association OHS Committee, and represents the BCRSP on the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organisations (INSHPO). Mr. Hollohan has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® since 1999.

David Johnston, CRSP, Director, Environment Health and Safety, Toronto Hydro, Toronto, ON

David Johnston, Board Governor, is a seasoned environment, health and safety professional with over 35 years’ experience. He is currently employed by Toronto Hydro as the Director, Environment, Health and Safety. David has worked throughout Canada and the United States gaining experience in variety of industries including metal refining and smelting; chemical products; aerospace; automotive; agri-business; biofuels; and electrical utilities. In addition to his full-time job, he is a tireless volunteer contributing to the advancement of safety and the profession in multiple capacities. As well as serving on the BCRSP Board of Governors, he currently co-chairs the Ontario Electrical Utilities Provincial Labour-Management Safety Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors - Infrastructure Health and Safety Association; Editorial Board - Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine; Provincial Coroner’s Advisory Committee on Construction Fatalities; CSA Z1002 Technical Committee; and the Canadian Electricity Association’s National Safety Committee and National Sustainability Committee. In 2013, he was selected as Canada’s Safety Leader of the Year. Mr. Johnston has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® since 1999.

Dale Shafer, MBA, CRSP, Director, Operational Management Assurance, Barrick Gold Corporation, Toronto, ON

Dale Shafer, Board Governor, has over 27 years of experience in the mining, refining, petro-chemical and energy industries. Dale holds certificates in Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental Resource Management and Management Development from the University of Alberta. He completed a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) through the Athabasca University in 2016. Dale has enjoyed a diverse and challenging career, having developed safety people and programs in Canada and abroad, including locations in Cuba and Madagascar. He has held operations and corporate safety manager roles on projects and operations leadership teams for several organizations, including Sherritt International Corporation, Detour Gold Corporation and Nexen Energy. He currently works for Barrick Gold Corporation in the capacity of Director, Operational Management Assurance. Dale is looking forward to helping the BCRSP achieve its vision of “safe and healthy workplaces through certification.” Mr. Shafer has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® since 2006.

Monica A. Szabo, CRSP, Executive Director, Public Services Health and Safety Association, Burlington, ON

Monica A. Szabo, Board Governor, has over 25 years of experience in environment, health and safety, and is a senior leader who has built a reputation for developing progressive and results-oriented health and safety solutions for the broader public sector. In her current role as Executive Director, Government, Municipal and Public Safety, Monica is responsible for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of product and service delivery with a focus on the broad strategic goals and objectives of PSHSA. Monica works collaboratively with staff, senior executives, councils, boards and unions, and looks forward to continuing her work to significantly improve results for clients in the public sector. In addition to holding a CRSP, Monica is a Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH), an ABIH/BCSP Certified Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST) and a Certified Municipal Manager (CMM III). She completed the Queen’s Operations Leadership Program in 2006 and the Niagara Institutes’ Executive Leadership program in 2015. Ms. Szabo has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® since 1993.

Dave Turner, MBA, PEng, CMSP, CRSP, President & Lead OHS Specialist, Turner Safety Systems Ltd., Maple Creek, SK

Dave Turner, Board Past Chair, is the President and Lead OHS Specialist for Turner Safety Systems Ltd in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. Mr. Turner graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1973 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Mining Engineering and holds an MBA from City University of Seattle. He is a member of Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and serves on the CSSE Awards Committee. Mr. Turner has been a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® since 2001.

Nicola (Nikki) Wright, CAE, Executive Director, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals

Nikki Wright, is currently the Executive Director of BCRSP and Vice President of Fletcher Wright Associates Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario. Ms. Wright holds a BA (Hons) from Trent University and received her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) in 2009. Ms. Wright is a member of CSAE, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). In 2004, Ms. Wright was the recipient of the MPI Toronto Chapter President's Award, has served on numerous committees and task forces, and has authored several articles for various association publications. Ms. Wright has been the Board's Executive Director since January 1, 2011.