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.
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.
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.
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.