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.
Chief Safety Services officer
Construction Safety Nova Scotia
Damon is the Chief Safety Services Officer at Construction Safety Nova Scotia, an industry founded and funded not for profit association. He has been with this organization for the last ten years in a senior management role where he oversees the development and delivery of Occupational Health and Safety programs to its membership across Nova Scotia. Previous to this, Damon spent five years at IMP Aerospace doing logistics and continuous improvement for the Egyptian helicopter overhaul program.
A graduate of Dalhousie Universities Industrial Engineering program in 2002. Damon is also a Certified Health and Safety Consultant, and a Canadian Association Executive. Damon is also part of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Association’s Technical Committee, whose goal is to harmonize OH&S programs and services across the country.
Chief Inspector/Manager, Fuel Safety Section
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Technical Safety Division
Paul has worked in Fuel Safety since 2002 serving as a Fuel Safety Inspector and most recently as the Chief Inspector/Manager of the Fuel Safety Section. Paul is well respected in the fuel industry and has extensive experience, having held various roles from technician to management positions as well as having been self-employed.
The fuel safety team in Technical Safety is responsible for the interpretation, application and enforcement of the Fuel Safety Regulations and applicable Codes for the province related to oil and gas. This is done through supporting clients with permits, licenses and inspections that ensure safe operation of fuel related equipment and the individuals who operate and install that equipment. Paul works closely with his Technical Safety counterparts responsible for Boiler, Power Engineering, Welding, Elevator, Amusement and Electrical safety, as well as Occupational Health and Safety.
Fuel safety regularly interacts with and provides technical expertise for a wide range of stakeholders including individuals, technicians, contractors, small and large business, industry associations, insurance companies, emergency response agencies and government departments. Paul, as Chief Inspector for Fuel Safety serves on several national code technical committees and interprovincial regulatory bodies.
Workplace Drug and Alcohol Consultant
Nadine Wentzell Consulting Inc.
Nadine Wentzell is committed to building current, effective, and industry-specific workplace drug and alcohol programs. As a Workplace Drug and Alcohol Consultant, she has over 25 years’ experience dealing with the health and safety risks of substance abuse in the workplace. Nadine’s experience as a pharmacist gives her particular expertise in addressing the many problems associated with drug use in the workplace; it’s this experience that is consistently identified by her clients as being invaluable when faced with the multi-faceted challenges of drug use.
As a seasoned facilitator and educator, Nadine gets to the heart of the issues promptly. Her collaborative and transparent approach enable her to identify and address her client’s needs promptly, with a customized approach that works across all organizational levels.
Nadine works with her clients to implement the infrastructure required to support a comprehensive drug and alcohol program. Her expertise includes policy development, supervisor training and employee education, as well as offering a collegial network of health care professionals required for an effective program. A growing component of her work includes program audits post implementation, to ensure established drug and alcohol programs are meeting identified goals and objectives.
Nadine’s strongest skill is in her ability to help her clients address this evolving and multi-faceted health and safety risk with ease and confidence. She fosters culture change to achieve the ultimate goal of safe workplaces and healthy people.
Chair and Instructor, Public Health
Cape Breton University
Helen Mersereau is an Instructor of Public Health, and a member of Cape Breton Safety First committee. She works in all areas of occupational health and safety, and is very interested in promoting safety cultures on Cape Breton Island. Helen is a certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), a Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) and a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).
Occupational Health and Safety Officer
Nova Scotia Department of Labour & Advanced Education
Blaise MacNeil is an Occupational Health and Safety Officer within the OH&S Division having joined Labour and Advanced Education in January 2006. The Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Division is under one of three safety branches within Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education (LAE). The OH&S Division concentrates its efforts on safe and healthy workplaces, work practices, and safety standards protecting the general public. Blaise has conducted inspections and investigations and facilitated information sessions in occupational health and safety to hundreds of companies, government agencies, and workers. The Division seeks to continuously improve the provision of its services and focuses on the promotion of the internal responsibility system (IRS). Prior to joining LAE, Blaise had regulatory enforcement experience as an inspector with the Federal Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Nova Scotia Department of Environment.
Blaise hopes to dispel the myth that OH&S Officers are only out to impose penalties and that people should be wary of OH&S Officers. OHS Officers do more than just enforcement such as raising awareness about injury prevention and being a source of information to help prevent workplace incidents. Blaise believes that safe and healthy workplaces are created by people who care.
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.