In this issue:
Vol. 15/No. 1 Fall 2015


2015 ICBC-Minerva Board Members

ICBC Award finalists (see story below for 2015 ICBC Competition “Sustains”)

I’m extremely pleased with Minerva Canada’s numerous accomplishments over the past year including advancing some new initiatives that will carry into 2016.

In 2015, we saw 160 engineering professors participate in our one-day Learning Forums held at McGill University, Queen’s University and York University. We also saw over 50 business professors attend a Learning Forum organized by Fanshawe College and Brock University at Fanshawe. Our Learning Forum activities continue to be one of our core educational activities drawing rave reviews from those attending.

The development of our second round of Teaching Modules was well underway in 2015 and included new universities and industry organizations in creating them. With 12 modules already on Minerva’s website, we hope to see another 10 modules on our website early next year.

Our student award activities continued to generate very strong participation from engineering, business students.

Minerva’s many accomplishments this year are a reflection of the hard work, endless assistance and support from our many volunteers from industry, government, academia and H&S professional associations who make up our Board of Directors and Working Groups. I am also very grateful to our many sponsors whose continued support and financial assistance make our efforts at Minerva Canada to advance health and safety education possible. Without this support, Minerva would not exist as an organization.

I’m also very pleased to see the progress we made this year in advancing another new engineering student award with details to be announced next year. We are also looking forward next year to the results of a study, which Minerva has contracted St. Mary’s University to do, on how best to advance Health and Safety education in our Canadian Business Schools and what’s needed.

All in all, it’s been another busy year for Minerva Canada. Our many accomplishments are a reflection of the hard work, endless assistance and support from our many volunteers from industry, government, academia and H&S professional associations who make up our Board of Directors and Working Groups. I am also very grateful to our many sponsors whose continued support and financial assistance make our efforts at Minerva Canada to advance health and safety education possible. Without this support, Minerva would not exist as an organization.

I hope you will enjoy this edition of Update as well as the new look of our website. We welcome your comments and suggestions by contacting us at minerva@safetymanagementeducation.com.

A.E. Pasteris
Chairman and President
Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc.



Created to help post-secondary teachers deliver the health and safety information so important to Canada’s future engineers and corporate leaders, the Minerva Canada Engineering Student Health and Safety Teaching Modules Project, which began in 2011, continues to expand its offerings. This ambitious multi-phased $250,000 initiative, has delivered on its promise of creating and making these valuable resources available, with 12 on our website and numerous more in the hopper. Currently accessible:

  1. Nano Safety Module
  2. Risk Management
  3. Codes, Standards Regulation
  4. Hazard and Risk Identification
  5. Quantitative Risk Assessment Modules
  6. Engineering Ethics
  7. Process Safety Management
  8. Electrical Safety, Hazardous Energy
  9. Dust Hazard and Explosions
  10. Radiation Safety
  11. Robotics Safety
  12. Crisis and Emergency Management
  13. Laboratory Safety

“I am very impressed with the content and diversity of the student teaching modules developed so far,” says Lauren Bradshaw, Chemist and Safety Coordinator for the Faculty of Engineering, University of Regina. “I would like to make these modules available to our students, faculty and staff.”

In the work:

  1. Nanotechnology
  2. Advanced Chemical Safety
  3. Transportation Safety
  4. Leadership and Project Management Excellence through Discipline Management Systems
  5. Incident Investigation and Causal Analysis
  6. Field Safety Considerations and its Design Implications
  7. Incorporating Safety into Engineering Teams and the Design Process
  8. Human Factors Design
  9. Making the Business case for Safety-Communicating Health and Safety
  10. Bio Risk

The project has garnered a lot of support. Funded by Minerva Canada, its industry sponsors, the Ontario Government and Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that provides research grants to universities based on an industry need, it has unanimously been endorsed by the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science.

An ever-growing roster of post-secondary institutions from across Canada – Dalhousie, University of Toronto, Ryerson, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Western Ontario, Laurentian, University of Waterloo, University of Manitoba, Queen’s, University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, and Fanshawe College – are involved in the creation of the modules. Teams comprising engineering professors and student interns work on the development of one or more modules, alongside industry experts such as Nova Chemicals, Trimac, Imperial Oil, Bruce Power, BC Hydro, General Motors, and Shell Canada.

All modules are free for any professor to download and use and most of the modules also have a set of questions to test students’ learning.

“It’s our generous and committed sponsors that make it possible for Minerva Canada to embark on projects like this,” says Tony Pasteris, President and Chair, Minerva Canada.

In addition to Mitacs, the project has received a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Mitacs and special added funding from DuPont Canada, Imperial Oil Limited, General Motors, Bruce Power, Nova Chemicals, Shell Canada, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals. Other important financial sponsors of this initiative include Erco Worldwide, BASF, CF Industries, MIRARCO, Canada Post, Chemtrade Logistics, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, H.L.Blachford, Dow Chemical, Nexen.

For more information about the modules and how to support this initiative, contact minerva@safetymanagementeducation.com

Record attendance as Forum popularity grows

The 2015 Minerva Learning Forums held from April to June at four Ontario post-secondary institutions – York University, Fanshawe College (co-hosted by Brock University), McGill University and Queen’s University – enjoyed a record attendance of over 200 engineering and business professors, and participants from industry, government, academia and health and safety associations. With a goal to promote more awareness of health and safety management and ensure it is included in the curricula, the objectives were ambitious:

  • To present key safety, health and environmental (SHE) concepts, leading safety teaching techniques, safe practices and technologies
  • To identify obligatory regulations and need for SHE education
  • To provide perspectives from industry and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB)
  • To introduce professors to Minerva’s new Teaching Modules and obtain input from attendees
  • To provide valuable teaching materials

Since the first forum in 2004, these national events continue to evolve. This year saw a Quebec university as a host for the first time. And Minerva also continues its inclusive academic focus by reaching out to not only engineering professors, but business faculty as well by conducting the Fanshawe/Brock forum at Fanshawe’s Lawrence Kinlin School of Business.

“Incorporating more health and safety education into the curricula of engineering and business schools is a journey that will require a cultural change in the safety mindset across all our universities and colleges,” said Tony Pasteris, President and CEO, Minerva Canada. “But because engineering and business schools graduate most of our future corporate leaders, in our belief, it’s an important and valuable and needed exercise.”

York Forum

Graeme Norval, University of Toronto, leads panel discussion at the York University Forum.

The Minerva Forum Planning Committee included members from Minerva’s Board of Directors as well as Minerva’s academic hosts from the four universities and colleges who had conference calls every other week since late January.

“How have we succeeded in staying together and pushing ahead with these and other initiatives?” asked Pasteris. “Because of our strong partnership with industry, academia, government and health and safety associations.”

York Highlights
“I am very proud that Ed [Secnik] and I have pooled safety, security, and supporting staff to attend and present,” said Alidad Amirfazli, one of the organizers of the York Forum held on April 23. “This is a good forum for identifying projects for students.”

Among the highlights from a robust day of presentations:

  • Ben Smith, Materials Engineering student, Dalhousie, provided an overview of a study his school did to see how best to integrate Teaching Modules into Dalhousie’s curriculum. “Our goal was for professors to adopt a module relevant to their courses, then adapt that module to suit their teaching style,” Smith explained. Funded by Shell Canada and working with Dr. Paul Amyotte, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Dalhousie, Smith was tasked with moving the project forward. After weeks of preparation, communications with professors, and defining a working procedure, he shared some thoughts and lessons learned:
    • Be persistent. Reach out multiple times. “Many professors thanked me for that.”
    • Understand that you can use modules in different ways. “Professors thought you had to drag and drop the whole thing. In reality, the modules are very adaptable.”
    • If courses are too full to add SHE, consider implementing a certificate-based self-study program (especially easy to do as all modules are available online)
  • Dr. Deborah McPhee, Associate Professor, Goodman School of Business, Brock University, who has written a book,
    Engineers as Entrepreneurs: Health and Safety Issues, specifically for business schools, is undertaking a study on small and medium sized enterprises, young workers and safety culture. “We need a better understanding of the nature of workplace environments for young workers and the extent to which safety culture exists in small business. Traditional job paths are changing – there are now more entrepreneurial endeavours. When teaching, remember that many of your students may be starting their own business.” The study, still in its infancy, will be the first of its kind.
    York Forum

    Dr. Deborah McPhee at the York University Forum.

  • Alidad Amirfazil, York, presented the importance of linking ethics and safety. “You have to hit students multiple times, painting a picture for them early on that safety should be a consideration, so they get the message and internalize that safety is a key issue.” He suggested utilizing cases that have both moral and safety components, like the Walkerton water quality tragedy and the Lac Megantic rail disaster.
  • A panel discussion: Teaching about Safety – Best Practices and Examples, featured Marc A. Rosen, UOIT, Graeme Norval, University of Toronto, Ben Smith, Dalhousie University, Ralph Buchal, Western University, Paula Klink, CEAB, and John Dony, National Safety Council (USA). Participants in this lively, interactive session shared what, in their experience, works with students, how to integrate more SHE topics into the curriculum, and resources. Key takeaways from the ensuing discussion:
    • “I’ve seen great success with first year student groups who are given projects to solve problems through engineering. They often come up with patentable solutions! We are always astounded by young engineers who get it if they are given the challenge to solve the problem.” Vic Pakalnis, President & CEO, MIRARCO Mining Innovation, Laurentian University.
    • “There is a huge opportunity presented by looking at university and college labs – the roles and responsibilities of both personnel and the students – and the application of corporate industrial SHE models to those labs.” John Dony.
    • “In year one, there tends to be some confusion around terminology. When we talk about health and safety, we talk about it all, not just occupational.” Ralph Buchal.

Based on the feedback from participants, it proved to be a very valuable day:

  • “I like coming back to the Forums to get re-energized, and found the panel and getting updates on CEAB (Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board) particularly valuable.” Jacob Friedman, Ryerson University
  • “I’ve had the opportunity to attend a number of these forums. It’s like going home to others who get it.” Elizabeth Mills, CEO, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
  • “It’s fantastic to have the faculty involved in these discussions. This forum is engineering-centric, but I can see the parallels for my area. I’m happy to be here and wondering if it can be expanded into live arts.” Terry Wright, School of Arts, Media and Performance, York University
  • “It has been a very interesting day. I really liked the panel presentation because we are just starting the engineering school and it is valuable to hear about accreditation. I will definitely use the modules.” Ahmed Eldvasti, Civil Engineering, York University
The forum wrapped up with an Awards reception and dinner, featuring speakers Ayumi Bailly, Minerva Board Member and Director, Stakeholder and Partner Relations Branch, Ontario Ministry of Labour, and Elizabeth Mills, CEO, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services.

“We need to celebrate what engineers do best – keep us safe,” said Mills. “Our next challenge is to get everyone on board. What should the teaching modules be for those above the professor level, ie. presidents, deans and provosts? What are their pain points? We need to speak to that.”

Mills was one of this year’s recipients of the Minerva Education Awards of Honour, presented at the reception.

Dinner speaker Ayumi Bailly, Ontario Ministry of Labour

McGill Forum Highlights

Dinner speaker Ayumi Bailly, Ontario Ministry of Labour

The Minerva Safety Forum was held at McGill University on June 9. There were 44 attendees from several local universities (McGill, Polytechnique, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), ETS and University of Ottawa) and representatives from local industry and consulting firms (Cansolv and Pyrogenesis).

A key topic was the integration of safety modules into the undergraduate curriculum (with individual modules such as risk management, risk assessment and management and electrical and nanotechnology safety highlighted). Other topics included integration of safety culture into industry (John Blachford from H. L. Blachford & Sons Ltd.) and integrating occupational health and safety into a mechanical engineering curriculum (Prof. Sylvie Nadeau, ÉTS). The day ended with a lively panel discussion on risk management and safety as new Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) student attributes are included in the accreditation process.

Here’s what participants had to say:

  • “We believe in safety and risk management and we want to introduce such concepts in our curriculum. On the other hand, we believe that practitioners are the ones best placed to offer such training. This is why we believe an outside partner, like Minerva, that has a pan-Canadian reach across universities and industries should act as the integrator and to some extent, as the driver as they can voice our needs and identify resources across Canada.” Sylvain Coulombe, Chair, Dept. of Chem. Eng., McGill
  • “As the host of the forum, we hoped to inject some of the content from the forum, such as the safety modules, into our undergraduate curriculum, particularly our process design course. We hope this will encourage students to constantly incorporate safety aspects as they continue through their careers in the process industries. We would be interested in hosting a future forum, after we have incorporated some of the take-away aspects into our curriculum.” Milan Maric, Dept. of Chem. Eng., McGill

Fanshawe-Brock Forum Highlights

Fanshawe Learning Forum Group

Fanshawe Learning Forum Group

Over 50 provincial and national academic and industrial colleagues attended the Fanshawe-Brock Learning Forum, held on May 1 at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Academic participants included faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as recent graduates from Canadian colleges and Universities.

The forum began with welcome messages from Mary Pierce, Chair of Business School, Dr. Bernard Cecil, Academic Vice President of Fanshawe College as well as Dr. Deborah McPhee on behalf of Dr. Don Cyr, Dean of the Business School, Brock University, The Hon. Deborah Matthews, MPP London North, and Tony Pasteris, Chairman and President, Minerva Canada.

A number of Fanshawe students participated in organizing this event with many academic participants reporting positive learnings from the forum. Based on the follow-up messages received from participants, the forum succeeded in linking students with industry. As the lead host site of the event, Fanshawe was very impressed by all the positive feedback received from the participants and believe the forum was a success!

Queen’s Forum Highlights
The June Forum at Queen’s also proved productive for participants, featuring presentations from academics, government and industry. Among the highlights:

  • George Gritziotis, Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer, emphasized the importance of the inclusion of health and safety in a university education and went on to discuss the changes in the regulatory regime and training for health and safety;
  • Gail Meadows of PruVax spoke about the safety culture in the vaccine manufacturing industry;
  • Andy Ashworth, an engineer with Bombardier, presented how the company integrates safety into its design process.

In addition, a lively panel discussion saw Forum attendees interact with panel members Graeme Norval and Morgan Davidson, University of Toronto, Marc Aucoin, University of Waterloo, Jeff Pieper, Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, Tiffany Sabiston, Lafarge Canada, and Marianna Kontopoulou, David Mody and Mario Morin of Queen’s University.

Watch for details of the 2016 Learning Forums.


The brainchild of founding members Bruce Power, The Conference Board of Canada and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network is a group of leaders – CEOs, Directors, operational and informal leaders – who are stepping beyond the bounds of their own organizations to spur health and safety transformation on a much larger scale. Minerva is proud to be a member of this initiative.

“Network members are forward-thinking leaders who embrace their role, both collectively and individually, as champions and influencers in the growth of sustainable businesses and communities,” says Elizabeth Mills, WSPS President & CEO. “We are working together to shape health and safety policy, exchange knowledge and ideas, and we will be collaborating with other provincial networks on the development of a strategy to create a truly Canadian culture of health and safety.” Through the Network, Mills will call on CEOs to sponsor Minerva Canada’s Engineering Student Health and Safety Teaching Modules.


5th Annual Minerva Canada Education Awards of Honour Presented

Ben Smith, [right] on behalf of Dr. Paul Amyotte, accepts his award from Minerva Chairman and President Tony Pasteris

Tony Pasteris [right] presents one of two Minerva Canada Education Awards of Honour to Elizabeth Mills, President & CEO of WSPS.

Recipients of this year’s Minerva Education Awards of Honour are Elizabeth Mills, President and CEO of the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), and Dr. Paul Amyotte, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Dalhousie University, and past President of Engineers Canada. The awards, established in 2011, recognize individuals from academia, government, industry and health and safety associations for their long-standing contributions to advance health and safety education in Canadian post-secondary teaching institutions. “In a way, it’s our own Education Hall of Fame,” says Minerva Chairman and President Tony Pasteris, who presented the Awards at the 2015 Learning Forum held at York University in April.

Mills was recognized for her outstanding contributions as a health and safety ambassador in government, business and academic spheres. A strong supporter of Minerva, she was instrumental in opening the doors for it to participate in the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network, a collaboration of corporate leaders committed to building a province-wide culture of health and safety.

WSPS is a dynamic $43 million, not-for-profit organization charged with the responsibility to make Ontario and Canada’s employees healthier and safer and to make businesses more prosperous. When Mills joined WSPS in 2009, she came with the desire to put health and safety solutions within the reach of every employer and employee in Ontario, and embraced the vision to eliminate all work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

“She truly shares Minerva’s vision and has over several years contributed to furthering the interests of students and professors alike, working closely with several universities on leadership programs – even reaching beyond the confines of her own organization to touch diverse communities across Ontario,” says Pasteris. “From the first day I met Elizabeth, she has always been a strong believer and advocate for requesting needed education enhancements to help reduce Ontario’s injuries and illnesses.”

“I’m truly pleased to be one of Minerva’s great ambassadors in supporting its mission and it’s an honour for me to be a recipient of this year’s Award,” says Mills. “We are proud to be part of the community that Minerva has built and join with it in creating value for WSPS, the prevention system, and all workplaces across the province.”

Dr. Amyotte was recognized for his many contributions to furthering health and safety and risk management in the education of engineers. As past President of Engineers Canada and a former Chair of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, he was a key architect in prescribing more inclusion of safety and risk management in the new engineering student attributes. In addition, he was one of the key architects who organized the first Minerva Summer Institute for engineering professors in 2004 at Sarnia, Ontario. He oversaw one of Minerva’s teaching modules and is currently leading an effort at Dalhousie to see how best to incorporate Minerva’s H&S engineering student teaching modules into its curriculum – this work will be shared and will benefit other Engineering schools in Canada.

“Dr. Amyotte, is truly respected by all his peers for his health and safety knowledge and commitment. I’m delighted that he is a winner of this year’s award and am proud to be able to include him as a former member of Minerva’s Board of Directors,” says Pasteris. “Paul’s leadership at Dalhousie is the reason why they are where they are today. Dalhousie is a real trailblazer.”

Addressing Both Safety and Health: 2015 James Ham Safe Design Awards Winners Shine

[left to right] Tony Pasteris, James Ham Award winner Iman Chalabi, and Larry Masotti

A hearty congratulations to Iman Chalabi, an engineering undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, who clinched this year’s top prize. Chalabi impressed the judges for his design of a ‘smart tank’ rail car that renders crude oil cargo non-flammable in the event of a train derailment or collision.

“I’ve always wanted to participate in the Minerva competition and have had several ideas over the past few years,” said Chalabi. “But when I read a news article about the accident in Quebec, I decided I wanted to work on that problem.” Chalabi was referring to the July 2013 derailment tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

“Our awards committee liked this concept,” explained Vic Pakalnis, President & CEO, MIRARCO Mining Innovation, “Iman’s design is a practical approach that could reduce the consequences of an incident.”

The team of Alex Dragojlov, Ben MacNally, Kevin Mitchell, Osama Siddique and Kyle Stewart, all mechanical engineering undergraduate students at McMaster University, took second prize for designing a system to address musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) related injuries in the upper and lower back brought about by repetitive tasks and awkward work environments.

Chalabi was awarded the first prize of $3,500, and the runner-up team $1,500. Elizabeth Mills, CEO of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), and Pasteris presented the awards at the WSPS Partners in Prevention Conference in Mississauga, Ontario on April 30.

The team from McMaster University accept their awards for second prize.

The annual competition challenges Canadian university engineering students to make an original contribution toward integrating safety into engineering design. The award honours former University of Toronto President and Dean James Milton Ham whose Royal Commission Report on Health and Safety led to the creation of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act in 1979. Professor Ham served as Dean of U of T Engineering from 1966 to 1976 and as U of T President from 1978 to 1983.

So strong were the submissions this year that two other teams warrant an honourable mention. The University of British Columbia engineering team of Andrew Wong, Kome Eto and Ada Liu designed and built a prototype of a hydraulic portable valve operator and conducted field tests. Also, the U of T team of Shatha Abuelaish, Fei Ba, Priyadeep Jaswal and Alex Lui worked very closely with the Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association and received strong endorsement for their design of a web and mobile-based system for capturing firefighters’ exposure and medical data.

“I commend all these students from the University of Toronto, McMaster and the University of British Columbia for their unique and innovative designs,” said Pasteris. “They will clearly be among our future champions of health and safety in the workforce.”

Students interested in entering the 2016 competition should visit www.safetymanagementeducation.com/james-ham-safe-design-awards/ for rules, entry form and important dates.

2015 ICBC Competition “Sustains” Its Appeal

2015 ICBC, Minerva Board members

Congratulations go to the teams from Simon Fraser, Dalhousie and Concordia universities for clinching the Minerva-sponsored Health and Safety Human Resources event at this year’s Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (I.C.B.C.) held at Queen’s University. The case study, hosted by Canada Cement Lafarge, focused on Sustainability. I.C.B.C., Canada’s premier undergraduate business case competition annually attracts close to 250 attendees, including competitors from around the world as well as judges, faculty advisors, student organizers and volunteers from over 40 universities and 10 countries.

Minerva Board members Lynn Smith, Vic Pakalnis, Steve Horvath, Peter Sturm and Larry Masotti, acted as judges of the six student team presentations in the Human Resources Venue that involved the analysis of a case study focused on health and safety and sustainability.

The ICBC case studies sponsored by Minerva Canada are on its website.

2015 Robert W. Campbell Award from the National Safety Council
This year’s winner, Honeywell Aerospace, delivers technologies, products and services to virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. It received the award for outstanding business achievement through the integration of employee health, safety and environment management. Leveraging its well-documented business and management system and integrating Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Honeywell Aerospace has experienced significant improvements year over year in these key areas.

The award selection process includes rigorous assessments such as site visits and comprehensive evaluations of an organization’s integration of its EHS management system and the impact it has on the bottom line. The Award is promoted by an international partnership of 21 organizations, including Minerva Canada. It seeks nominees worldwide and, this year, Minerva’s Board members Tony Pasteris and Peter Sturm each reviewed two submissions. For more, visit www.thecampbellinstitute.org/campbell-award/campbell-award.

Accolades Continue for Minerva Board Member

Minerva Board member Anis Haque, PhD, PEng, Senior Instructor and Associate Director of Students, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary, received a Teaching Excellence Award earlier this year from the university. This recognition follows on the heels of his selection as a recipient in 2014 of a Minerva Education Award of Honour.

“On behalf of all of us at Minerva Canada, I congratulate Anis on receiving this award,” says Tony Pasteris, Chairman and President, Minerva Canada. “It truly recognizes his teaching accomplishments.”

According to Gord Winkel, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta, “Anis has always been a real supporter of engineering safety and risk management. Add to this the recognition of his teaching excellence, we know he will continue to positively influence many students on risk management effectiveness.”

New Minerva Vice-President Wins Prestigious Engineering Society Award

[left to right] Dave Turner, chair of the CSSE awards committee, Peter Sturm and Jim Hopkins, President, CSSE (Credit: Erin Petruska)

Congratulations to Peter Sturm, Minerva Vice President and owner of Sturm Consulting, who was named The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) Safety Professional of the Year at a ceremony in Ottawa this September. Sturm, who sits on a number of volunteer boards including the Centre for Safety and Health Sustainability, the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals, and the CSA Group, recently took on the role of Vice President of Minerva Canada.

The award recognizes outstanding service to the CSSE community or the OH&S profession.

“I want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the recognition,” said Sturm. “I truly appreciate it, and let’s continue with the great work that we do.”

Minerva created the new position of Vice President and appointed Sturm. His role will include advancing Minerva’s strategic priorities.

“Well done, Peter,” says fellow Minerva Board member Vic Pakalnis of MIRARCO Mining Innovation, Laurentian University, “You are a true champion for safety!” Read more.

Minerva Gets Around

Where We’ve Presented in Past Year
Panel Participation at Engineers without Borders Conference, Montreal, January.

– CIAC Chemistry 2015 Conference conference, Toronto, April.

Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) Symposium, Vancouver, May.

– Worksafe BC Meeting, Vancouver, May.

Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference, Halifax, June.

European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH) Joint Workshop on Mainstreaming OSH into Education, Spain, October.

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) on Advancing Health and Safety Education In Canadian Post Secondary Teaching Institutions, July.

– Meeting at the University of Windsor School of Business, Windsor, October.

– ICSMRI 2015 International Mining conference, Sudbury, October.

– Meeting with Ontario College Occupational Safety, Health Administrators, October, Seneca College, Toronto, October.

– Meeting with National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science, Halifax, November.

[left to right] Yves Hamelin, Arkema Canada, Minerva’s Tony Pasteris and Avinash Baskar, BASF Canada, were part of a panel discussion at the Engineers without Borders conference.

[left to right] Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault, Minerva’s Larry Masotti, Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, and Minerva’s Tony Pasteris at the ICSMRI Mining conference in October.

Minerva Gets Ink

Engineering Dimensions

– “DuPont Canada Supports Gound-breaking Health and Safety Training for Engineering Students,” DuPont Inside the Oval, May.

– “Value of safety training in engineering promoted at annual forum,” Engineering Dimensions, July/August, page 19
“Put Evolving H&S Education to Work for You”, WSPS Newsletter


President & Chair: A.E. (TONY) PASTERIS
Retired from Imperial Oil Limited
Unionville, Ontario

Vice President: PETER STURM
Past President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
BCRSP Board Member
Sturm Consulting
Toronto, Ontario

Secretary/Treasurer: LARRY MASOTTI
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
Mississauga, Ontario

Meeting Coordinator: PRIYA KHABRE
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
Mississauga, Ontario

Director, Stakeholder and Partner Relations Branch
Ontario Ministry of Labour

Past President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
EHS Department – University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

R. Dalla Via Environmental Health and Safety Consulting Ltd.
Brampton, Ontario

Professor, Human Resource Management
Okanagan School of Business
Okanagan College, British Columbia

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
Manager System Safety, BCRTC Ltd.
Vancouver, B.C.

President & CEO
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
Hamilton, Ontario

General Manager, Safety and Health
Canada Post
Ottawa, Ontario

Assoc. Professor, Goodman School of Business
Brock University
St. Catherines, Ontario

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Coord.
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

President & CEO
MIRARCO Mining Innovation, Laurentian University
Sudbury, Ontario

CEO, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
Toronto, Ontario

Vice-President, Safety & Industrial Services
Trimac Transportation Ltd.
Calgary, Alberta

Professor and Founding Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Oshawa, Ontario

Associate Dean, Design Education
Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Vice President, Nuclear Oversight & Regulatory Affairs
Bruce Power
Tiverton, Ontario

Haskayne School of Business
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Engineering – Special Projects & Operations
GM Canadian Regional Engineering Centre
Oshawa, Ontario

Region Canada SHE Manager
E. I. du Pont Canada Company
Kingston, Ontario

Vice Chair- Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
President – Turner Safety Systems Ltd.
Maple Creek, Saskatchewan

Senior Health & Safety Officer
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Ottawa, Ontario

A heartfelt thank you goes out to outgoing Board members John Foster, SHEA, Product Stewardship & Sustainability Manager, E.I. DuPont Canada, and Maria Papoutsis, Director, Health & Safety Policy Branch, Ontario Ministry of Labour. Minerva Canada greatly appreciates all the time and effort they both put in to improving the organization and making healthy and safe workplaces a stronger focus in post-secondary education.


Minerva Canada’s sponsors from industry, academia, government and H&S associations include a growing list of organizations committed to principles that combine efficiency and productivity within an effective Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) management culture.

Minerva Canada was initiated in the mid ‘80’s from Project Minerva, first started in the USA by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). We extend a special note of appreciation to the five founding sponsor organizations of Minerva, with which we continue to enjoy a fruitful relationship.

  1. Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)
  2. Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA), now called Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
  3. Imperial Oil Limited
  4. E.I.du Pont Canada Company
  5. General Motors of Canada

And it is with deep gratitude that we acknowledge all our sponsors and close-working partners:

University and college financial and/or in-kind supporters of Learning Forums:

New website launched
Be sure to check out our newly revamped website at www.safetymanagementeducation.com. In addition to its great look and ease of navigation, you will find useful information and a host of new resources to assist with teaching health and safety in colleges and universities. Features include:

We appreciate your feedback. Tell us what you think: minerva@safetymanagementeducation.com.

WorkSmart Campus
An e-course for teaching health and safety management, including an e-test that can be used to confirm compliance with Graduate Attributes.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Largest health and safety association in Canada with excellent resource material.

Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead)
Building tool for students to self-assess leadership attributes, both individually and team wise that will allow them to track progress over the years and give them tools to grow and develop.

WorkSafe BC “Safety at Work”
Online resource for workplace injury prevention information from WorkSafeBC and elsewhere on the Internet. The industries and topics provide safety news, updates and resources.


Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc.
5110 Creekbank Road, Suite 300
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
L4W 0A1
Tel: 1 877 494 9777 ext 2220
Email: minerva@safetymanagementeducation.com

Chairman & President: A.E (Tony) Pasteris
Email: minerva@safetymanagementeducation.com

Editor: Susan Baka
Bay Communications & Marketing Inc.
Email: sbaka@baycomm.ca
Website: www.baycomm.ca