Chair's Message July 2022

Summer is here and we are in full swing.

Highlights from the Board of Governors

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility) Task Force 

The IDEA Task Force is in the process of finalizing a Rainbow Land Acknowledgement that will be posted on the BCRSP website. The BCRSP has entered into a partnership agreement with the Canadian Association for Black Health & Safety Professionals (CABHSP). The IDEA task force has started working on mutually beneficial initiatives.

The BCRSP has also joined the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB) as a non-aboriginal business member.

What has the board been doing?

The June Board of Governors meeting and 2022 Annual General Meeting was held June 11-13 (June 13 was the AGM). We had 119 certificants join us virtually and twelve in person. Participants engaged in a Q&A forum and provided insight and feedback. Thank you to everyone who joined. It is very beneficial and meaningful to hear your concerns, questions, and comments.

During the AGM, three governors were elected to the BCRSP governing board. I would like to express a warm welcome to Larry Masotti, David Larson and Natalie Carscadden. I also extend my thanks to the two governors whose terms have come to an end, David Johnston and Tehzin Chadwick. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the safety profession.

What have committees been doing?

I also want to give a big shout out to all the members of the BCRSP Committees. Did you know that we have twelve operational committees that include close to 300 volunteers! Without these amazing volunteers we would not be able to sustain the level of high-quality products and services to our existing and new certificants. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

If you are a member of one of the committees and you would like a letter addressed to your employer acknowledging your volunteer work, please send an email to  Also stay tuned for opportunities to obtain BCRSP merchandise. We are in the process of developing a pop-up virtual store where you can order branded items. 

An amazing opportunity!

BCRSP is seeking volunteer assessors for its new accreditation program. If you are interested in knowing more about this opportunity or if you know someone who would be interested, please go to the BCRSP website to obtain additional information. Acting as a volunteer assessor will qualify for continuing professional development points so if you are looking for an opportunity to earn points beyond traditional professional development activities, please take a look at the assessor application form and consider applying if you meet the requirements. 

Promoting the profession – Spotlight on a CRST and Governor

Governor Will Rowan spearheaded an initiative within his company to promote and gain support for the CRST and CRSP designations. Will invited BCRSP to present at an EHS team town hall meeting and the Chair and Executive Director of the BCRSP joined Will in highlighting the value of employing a BCRSP certified safety practitioner and the requirements for certification. Will was also able to create a mutually beneficial pricing agreement for the application fee between his company and the BCRSP where it is win-win for employees, the employer and certificant. Great job and well done Will!! If your company employs 20 or more safety practitioners who may be interested in obtaining certification with the BCRSP, please contact the BCRSP’s Executive Director to discuss a presentation opportunity from the BCRSP.

Changes to the Executive Committee 

At the beginning of July, a vote for two executive committee positions, Secretary and Treasurer, was held. The successful candidates are Mark Fernandes and David Larson as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Thank you to the governing board for nominating your peers and congratulations to Mark and David.

Coming soon – BCRSP Musings will include interesting tidbits from each of the board members so that you can learn a little bit about each one of them.

On behalf of the BCRSP, I wish you a wonderful, happy, enjoyable summer.

Stay safe,