Workplace Safety North and Ontario Mine Rescue announce new president and CEO

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Former paramedic, miner leads health and safety association

Mike Parent, CRSP, CSP, has officially been announced as president and CEO of Workplace Safety North, the Ontario health and safety association that provides provincially approved training and services to mining and forest products sectors.

The Board of Directors of Workplace Safety North has officially appointed Mike Parent, CRSP, CSP, as its president and CEO. Parent, who stepped into the interim role in September 2023, has now been confirmed in the position.

With a background as a paramedic, miner, mine rescue volunteer, and mining health and safety manager, Parent brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He has been a pivotal figure at WSN since 2015, serving as vice-president of health and safety services, and interim president and CEO. Parent’s extensive tenure within Ontario’s prevention system has cemented his reputation as a collaborative leader dedicated to health and safety advocacy. He aims to enhance the WSN legacy by spearheading a strategic plan that continues to ensure the well-being of every worker.

“I entered the health and safety field to make a difference,” says Parent. “Now, as president and CEO, I have the chance to impact safety on a provincial scale.”

During his time as a senior leader, Parent led a team of mining health and safety consultants, trainers, and specialists. His industry expertise is set to drive innovation in the provincial mine rescue program, as well as in the development of health and safety products, training programs, and outreach initiatives for Ontario’s mining and forest products sectors.

“We are delighted to welcome Mike as the new president and CEO of Workplace Safety North and Ontario Mine Rescue,” says Lydia Renton, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Mike’s proven track record in occupational health and safety, coupled with his strategic vision and leadership skills, make him the ideal choice to lead our organization into the future.”

A new era in health and safety
Ontario’s health and safety landscape is evolving, with a renewed focus on proactive research aimed at reducing workplace risks.

“WSN Health and Safety Specialists and Mine Rescue Officers are dedicated to helping companies assess risks, prepare for emergencies, and comply with legislative requirements,” notes Parent. “Our vision remains that every worker returns home safe and healthy at the end of each workday.”

About Workplace Safety North
Workplace Safety North (WSN) is an independent not-for-profit and one of four sector-based health and safety associations in Ontario. Headquartered in northern Ontario, WSN oversees the provincial mine rescue program and delivers Ministry-approved workplace health and safety training and services across the mining and forest products industries.

Ontario Mine Rescue (OMR) safeguards the heart of Ontario’s mining operations by offering unparalleled emergency response and specialized training. OMR is committed to ensuring that mine rescue teams are prepared to respond effectively to emergencies, protecting the lives and health of miners across Ontario.

For over a century, WSN and its legacy organizations have been instrumental in enhancing workplace safety across Ontario. Known for its expertise in health and safety training and consulting, WSN is a trusted resource for businesses seeking to improve workplace safety standards. For more information, visit workplacesafetynorth.ca.


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