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30 NS CEOs sign groundbreaking health & safety charter

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October 14, 2015
For immediate release

HALIFAX, NS – On October 8th, 30 top executives from across Nova Scotia committed to do all they can to make Nova Scotia the safest place to work and live in Canada.

The CEOs signed the Nova Scotia Health and Safety Leadership Charter, committing them to reducing injuries in their workplaces. The Charter is the first of its kind in Nova Scotia and stands as a public declaration by the CEOs to do better on health and safety.

Jeff MacLean, President of Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. is one of five CEOs who have volunteered to serve on the CEO Steering Committee, which will establish the goals and develop an action plan for the upcoming year.

“Michelin is proud to support this initiative and engage with other businesses and organizations in Nova Scotia, all who share the belief that a safer province is a more productive and prosperous province,” said Mr. MacLean. “The leaders who join this initiative have all agreed to share best practices and with this senior leadership commitment, we will all improve the health and safety performance in Nova Scotia.”

“We’re signing the Charter to raise awareness and encourage every business leader in Nova Scotia to make safety a priority,” says Jason Shannon, COO of Shannex Incorporated. “Safe workplaces are a right of every employee and something that should be at the top of business planning agendas.”

Over the next weeks and months, the Steering Committee will work to engage more Nova Scotia businesses and organizations, and will start implementing internal and external health and safety strategies.

“Safety leadership is an essential part of a strong safety culture,” says Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “These 30 leaders are showing they’re committed to creating a better future for workers in this province. I applaud their efforts, and encourage more top executives across Nova Scotia to join them.”

Companies whose top executives signed the Charter include:

Acadia University
Acadian Seaplants Ltd.
Atlantic Crane & Material Handling
Dalhousie University
Department of Labour and Advanced Education
Emera Utility Services
Falck Safety Services Canada
Halifax Harbour Bridges
High Liner Foods
IMP Group
IWK Health Authority
Intertape Polymer
Kohltech International
Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.
Mount Saint Vincent University
Municipal Group of Companies
Northern Pulp
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Oxford Frozen Foods
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Port Hawkesbury Paper
Pratt & Whitney Canada
Saint Mary’s University
Scotsburn Ice Cream Company
Shannex Incorporated
Sobeys Inc.
Staples Inc.
Tandus Centiva
Workers’ Compensation Board

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PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Thirty top executives from across Nova Scotia have signed the province’s first-ever CEO Safety Charter, publicly promising to do all they can to make Nova Scotia the safest place to work and live in Canada. At the signing ceremony, held at Nova Scotia Power’s head offices on October 8th, they were joined by colleagues who had signed a similar charter in British Columbia.

L to R: Jason Shannon, COO, Shannex Incorporated; Bruce Chapman, General Manager, Northern Pulp; John Young, General Manager, PCL Constructors Canada; Ken MacLean, Municipal Group of Companies; Mike Dunning, Sobeys Inc.; Rick Gibbs, President, Neutron Factory Works, British Columbia; Steve Snider, CEO, Halifax Harbour Bridges; Stephane Turbine, General Manager of Halifax Operations, Pratt & Whitney; Joel Carroll, CEO, Falck Safety Services Canada; Ray Ivany, President, Acadia University; Jean-Paul Deveau, President, Acadian Seaplants Ltd.; Cecila MacLellan, Director, Contact Centre Operations, Staples Inc.; David Hoffman, Co-CEO, Oxford Frozen Foods; Janet Knox, CEO, Nova Scotia Health Authority; Marc Dube, Port Hawkesbury Paper; Tracey Kitch, CEO, IWK Health Authority; John Kennedy, Operations Manager, Intertape Polymer; Jack Miner, President, Atlantic Crane and Material Handling; Fraser Gray, VP Manufacturing, Tandus Centiva; Stuart MacLean, CEO, WCB Nova Scotia; Bob Hanf, President and CEO, Nova Scotia Power Inc.; Jeff MacLean, President, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.; Ramona Lumpkin, President, Mount Saint Vincent University. Signatories missing from photo: Dalhousie University, Department of Labour and Advanced Educaiton, Emera Utility Services, High Liner Foods, IMP Group, Kohltech International, Saint Mary’s University, Scotsburn Ice Cream Company.

For more information, contact:

Harris McNamara
Emera | Director, Safety
T. (902) 428-6669
E. harris.mcnamara@emera.com