Chief Executive Officer
Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Stuart MacLean was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia in January of 2012. Stuart drives the WCB’s strategic vision while overseeing all facets of the WCB’s operations. Stuart is a true safety champion with an unwavering passion for preventing workplace injury. He works with partners in government and the private sector and is committed to
making Nova Scotia the safest place to work in Canada.
Stuart originally joined the WCB in 1986. His passion for occupational health and safety quickly grew as he assumed leadership roles in many of the WCB’s operational divisions. He saw first-hand the impact of
workplace injuries and fatalities on workers and their families and determined early on that with appropriate leadership, focus on best practice, discipline and collaboration, Nova Scotia could emerge as
a leader in workplace safety and health. In support of that goal, Stuart played a lead role in developing Nova Scotia’s prevention strategy, and his leadership helped to guide a new WCB service model that provides better support for workers and employers.
Stuart has a business degree from Acadia University, an Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s University, and has earned his ICD.D designation from Rotman’s School of Business. As an active volunteer in the community, Stuart currently serves as the Past- Chair of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater Halifax, and serves on the Board of Governors for Acadia University. He has also served on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Stuart’s tireless efforts to improve health and safety are making a positive difference in Nova Scotia, and are recognized nationally, regionally and locally.
Shelley A. Rowan
Vice President, Prevention and Service Delivery
Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Shelley Rowan is a passionate safety champion who has played a pivotal role in developing and delivering comprehensive strategies to strengthen Nova Scotia’s prevention and return to work approaches.
Shelley joined WCB Nova Scotia in 1998. She currently serves as Vice President, Prevention and Service Delivery, leading WCB’s injury prevention and return to work efforts as well as all aspects of WCB’s service delivery to workers and employers.
Shelley’s career in public service has spanned a number of assignments, from federal crown corporations to regional health authorities.
Shelley is also an active volunteer in her community and serves on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and Mount Saint Vincent University.
Kelly Johnston - Noseworthy
Relationship Manager, IST - Cape Breton Service Unit
Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Kelly is the Relationship Manger for the Cape Breton Service Team of the Workers’ Compensation Board of NS where she has worked for over 19 years. Kelly guides the workplaces through the Workers’ Compensation system as a trusted advisor ensuring a clear understanding of the strategic importance of workplace safety and the importance of safe and timely return to work. She is a respected industry advisor on prevention and return to work through working closely with best-practice leaders and industry/safety associations.
She joined the Board originally in 1998 in the position of Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor where she saw the impact of workplace injuries on workers, their families and the employer and assisted them in returning injured workers to the workforce in suitable employment. She also worked as a Case Manager and Program Manager until moving to her current position of Relationship Manager in the summer of 2010. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Advanced Major in Sociology / Psychology) from St. Francis Xavier University, a Diploma in Disability Management from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Social Services from Cape Breton University.
Volunteer, Threads of Life
Wally Power is retired from his role working in the lab at a pulp and paper mill. He has served as a worker representative on the Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, and a director for East Novability. Wally’s life and career were profoundly affected by a workplace injury when he was a young man. Today he is a family member of Threads of Life, a director on the Threads of Life board, and a member of its speakers bureau.
Threads of Life helps families heal after they are affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. It is currently working with more than 2,700 family members from across Canada. Threads of Life promotes public awareness and accountability for workplace health and safety. Its mission is to lead and inspire a culture shift where work-related injuries and illnesses are morally, socially and economically unacceptable. Many
Occupational Health & Safety Manager, East Coast Mobile Medical
Mr. Dooley has completed studies in the field of Occupational Health & Safety from Ryerson University, and the Alberta Construction Safety Association.
Dion has been with East Coast Mobile Medical for 9 years and is certified as a trainer under the US Department of Transportation for drug & alcohol collections and is responsible for training all new drug & alcohol technicians and provides Drug & Alcohol Awareness in the Workplace Training, plus other Occupational Health & Safety Consulting.
Occupational Health and Safety Manager
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Karen Butterworth, is currently the Occupational Health and Safety Manager for the Cape Breton Municipality and has been for the last 12 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Mount Saint Vincent University, her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Environmental Health from Cape Breton University, and her Masters of Science Applied in Occupational Health Sciences from McGill University. Karen has been a past member of the Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Council. Karen has previously worked for both the provincial and federal governments before moving to the private sector as a consultant for local environmental and engineering firm.
Karen has deep commitment to and passion for improving health and safety in the workplace through communication, information sharing, and networking opportunities with other organizations. Karen has seen first hand success of this sharing and networking within her own organization, other municipalities and agencies across Canada.
Chief Operating Officer
Municipal Ready-Mix Lid.
Ryan Clarke is a graduate of the Technical University of Nova Scotia in Civil Engineering and joined Municipal Ready-Mix Ltd. in 2013 in Sydney as their Chief Operating Officer. Ryan has over 20 years’ experience in the Roadbuilding and Construction Industry with stops at Granite Construction, Lafarge Canada and Dexter Construction. Ryan sits on the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Roadbuilder’s Association and in 3rd year of Chairing the Safety Portfolio.
Independent Safety Consultant
Michael Byrne & Associates Inc.
Michael Byrne is an Independent Safety Consultant specializing in strategic and action planning, leadership development, organizational safety culture continuum, risk management and professional development of Safety Champions.
Mike has garnered extensive experience as a Global Executive and Safety Professional and has established his credibility throughout the mining industry as a Transformational Leader, Innovator and Safety Coach. Mike has spent 20+ years advocating for Health and Safety in the extractive Industry, applying his expertise to all areas of mining, from Exploration through Reclamation. Mike has worked extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America.
Mike’s career path progressed from a grassroots Exploration Safety Advisor to Global Executive for Health, Safety and Risk Management with a globally recognized Mining company, operating on five continents. Mike brings with him a unique perspective in that he has “hands on understanding” of the challenges facing the Industry and the ability to connect with all levels of an organization. His proactive involvement and leadership approach has been recognized as having had a significant impact on industry transformation. Mike’s measure of success is not based on immediate outcomes, but rather on long term sustainability.
As a committed Safety Advocate Mike operates under the premise that an Embedded Safety Culture can only be fostered under strong leadership that is aligned on common beliefs, vision and direction. Leaders must be committed and visible and must present a united approach in order to successfully steer the organization along the safety continuum. The workforce must be actively engaged and empowered to take ownership for safety and be given the tools and support to develop as Safety Champions.
Mike works with key members to enhance their understanding of managing risk health and safety exposures, identifying opportunities as well as building on successful practises currently in place. These fundamentals enabled companies to confidently move forward in building a sustainable Culture of Safety throughout their organization.
Executive Director, Occupational Health and Safety
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education
After graduating from the University of New Brunswick in 1983 with a BSc in Resource Management, Harold started his career with Lunenburg County Forrest Management Group and then moved to the Department of Natural Resources in both the South Shore and Annapolis Valley. In 2001 Harold moved into the role of Director of Parks and Recreation and in 2015 acquired his current position as Executive Director of OHS. Harold has been recognized for his work with the John Currie Award for achievement in education and promotion of forestry in the province. He also received the Nova Scotia Federal Council Award for acknowledgment of his contributions towards interdepartmental and intergovernmental collaboration with respect to advancing Sable Island to receive a National Park designation. Most recently Harold was honoured with the Premier’s Award of Excellence for his leadership role in the development of Parks and Protected Areas.
Chief Client Officer, SafeStart
Don’s working background includes over 25 years of experience in instructional design, vocational education, e-learning, industrial education, and health and safety training.
As a motivational speaker on 24/7 safety concepts, he has been a frequent presenter at corporate health and safety meetings, as well as NSC, ASSE and VPPPA conferences at both the national and local level.
He has also presented briefings on 24/7 safety to the leadership of all branches of the U.S. Armed Services at the Pentagon, and has taught classes on various subjects at safety schools and organizations across North America and around the world. Don donates all his speaking fees to charities that improve the safety of communities.
Construction Safety Nova Scotia
Isaac Hill began his journey in construction safety when he worked for a commercial and residential glass company. His hands-on experience from the field helped him build a strong foundation in understanding the proper safety requirements for a workplace. His continued interest in safety led him to the Construction Safety Nova Scotia where he has been working as an Occupational Health & Safety Advisor for nearly five years. Isaac is primarily involved with developing safety programs, as well as educating members on how to integrate their own safety programs into the workplace. He is particularly passionate about NSCSA’s Safety Mentoring Program and works closely with members to reduce time loss claims and injury. He is known by many as a “dedicated safety professional that makes a difference,” and is an asset to the regional safety community. Isaac recently attained his Canadian Registered Safety Professional’s designation (CRSP).
Occupational Health and Safety Manager, AWARE-NS
Heather Matthews is the Occupational Health and Safety Manager with AWARE-NS, the Health and Community Services Safety Association, where she is responsible for the development and delivery of leading safety practices and initiative.
Before joining AWARE-NS, she was the Corporate Health and Safety Manager for Ocean Nutrition Canada, a Global Bio Science company, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Health and Safety program. Developing a strong safety culture though leadership, training and education has been the primary focus in her career.
She received her Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Housing and Facility Management from Mount Saint Vincent University. She completed her Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Ryerson University.
Heather is a seasoned safety professional with over 20 years of experience in promoting a positive Health and Safety culture in a variety work environments.
OHS/Clinical Services Coordinator
Breton Ability Centre
Courtney graduated from CBU nursing program in 2009. After graduating, she started working at Breton Ability Centre (then Braemore home) as a nurse. She has worked in many different management roles throughout the organization and has been working as the OHS and employee wellness team lead since 2015. BAC began their journey with WCB and Advanced labor is 2016.
Marine Atlantic Inc.
Gerard is originally from Buchans, a small mining community in central Newfoundland; he has 25 years’ experience in banking and Community Economic Development. Prior to joining Marine Atlantic, he owned and operated his own business, an Imperial Oil fuel distribution plant. In 2007 Gerard join Marine Atlantic in Port aux Basques, NL as an Assistant Terminal Manager and was later promoted to Terminal Manager. In 2012 he became manager of the North Sydney terminal.
In 2015 Gerard received the President’s award for the implementation of a computerized “drop trailer management system” and in 2016 he received the President’s Award for commitment to safety and developing the terminal OSH committees.