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Workplace Safety North, Ontario Mine Rescue appoint new CEO

The Board of Directors of Workplace Safety North (WSM) announced Monday it has appointed Mike Parent, CRSP, CSP, as its president and chief executive officer. Parent stepped into the interim role in September 2023.

Parent has a background as a paramedic, miner, mine rescue volunteer, and mining health and safety manager. He has been a pivotal figure at WSN since 2015, the organization said, serving as vice president of Health and Safety Services, as well as interim president and CEO.

Parent has extensive tenure within Ontario’s prevention system and aims to enhance the WSN legacy by spearheading a strategic plan that continues to ensure the well-being of every worker.

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, WSM said.

“We are delighted to welcome Mike as the new President and CEO of Workplace Safety North and Ontario Mine Rescue,” Lydia Renton, chair of the board of directors, said in a statement.

 “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.”

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,” Parent said. “Our vision remains that every worker returns home safe and healthy at the end of each workday.”

Source: MINING.COM – Read More