The Conference Board of Canada

Council for Safe Workplaces

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The field of workplace health and safety is constantly evolving. So are the risks that impact employee safety. Can your organization stay ahead of the curve?

Stay current with emerging health and safety topics and innovative solutions. The Council for Safe Workplaces (CSW) provides a confidential venue where senior and executive health and safety professionals can come together for peer-to-peer sharing and learning. With impactful insights from thought leaders, experts, and peers, this council is your source for leading-edge, evidence-based workplace safety information. Join CSW today.

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Who should join?

CSW welcomes executives, senior leaders, and directors responsible for health and safety in their organizations. Members are drawn from various sectors across Canada to ensure comprehensive, inclusive discussions.

Key objectives

  • Create a space for facilitated dialogue and peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing on timely and relevant health and safety topics with thought leaders from across Canada.
  • Present sessions with leading health and safety experts and practitioners who stay on top of emerging and contemporary topics and offer innovative and practical solutions.
  • Establish a welcoming and engaged community of health and safety professionals where members can grow their connections to better meet their organization’s safety objectives.

Benefits of membership


Expand your network of health and safety peers and develop productive, trusted relationships in an intimate and confidential forum.

Connect with experts

Hear from recognized experts and practitioners through interactive presentations and round table discussions, gaining tangible learnings you can take back to your organization.


Keep your finger on the pulse of health and safety trends with access to The Conference Board of Canada's workplace health events and research.

Current members

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alberta Municipal Health & Safety Association
  • Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
  • Bruce Power LP
  • Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
  • City of Saskatoon
  • Fraser Health Authority
  • Marine Atlantic Inc.
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc.
  • Power Workers' Union
  • Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA)
  • Steps to Success Counselling, Consulting
  • The City of Calgary
  • Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
  • WorkSafeNB
  • Yukon Public Service Commission

I’m excited about the Council for Safe Workplaces (CSW) and the opportunity to lead real change, together with other leaders. As a founding member of CBoC’s Health and Safety Leadership Centre, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services has always been dedicated to keeping people safe at work. The CSW represents a new chapter, with a focus on research, evidence-based data, sharing and learning, and tackling the topics that are key for workplaces to emerge from the pandemic better and safer.

Lynn Brownell, President & CEO, WSPS

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Member activity

Next session

September 16, 2022

Theme: Psychological Safety

Networking Lunch and Members Round Table

Toronto, Ontario

Previous sessions

June 1, 2022

Theme: The redefinition of work, webinar in coordination with Minerva Canada
(Agenda TBC)

  • Derrick Leue, President and CEO, PROLINK; Christopher Spasoff, OHS Lawyer, F2 Legal Counsel

April 19, 2022

Theme: Focus group: employee mental health and wellbeing
(Agenda TBC)

  • Member Discussion

April 27, 2022

Theme: HR trends and metrics
(Agenda TBC)

  • Lauren Florko, Senior Research Associate, Human Capital, The Conference Board of Canada

April 5–7, 2022

Theme: Breaking through: modern methods for creating engagement and supporting retention in a virtual world (view agenda)

  • Dan Pontefract
  • Dr. Lisa Bélanger
  • Hamza Khan
  • Anthony McLean
  • Tina Varughese
  • and many more

March 1, 2022

Theme: Reinforcing safety training through micro-learning

  • Tamara Vatcher, Partner, Training Works; Tim O’Leary, Senior Advisor, Training Works

Recent themes

  • Workplace violence and harassment
  • How to have supportive conversations: fostering healthy workplace communication
  • Burnout, resilience and self-awareness
  • Vaccine policy
  • Research highlights
  • The intersections between health and safety and privacy
  • Personal restoration
  • Respect and civility

Advisory board

Bryan Halsey

Bryan Halsey

CMIOSH, Safety Director, Governance and Oversight Bruce Power

Craig Hrynchuk

Craig Hrynchuk

Executive Director, Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA)

Henrietta Van hulle

Henrietta Van hulle

RN, BN, MHSM, COHN(c), CRSP, CDMP, Vice President, Client Outreach Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA)

Lynn Brownell

Lynn Brownell

President & CEO, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Tim Petersen

Tim Petersen

CPA, CA, WorkSafeNB/Travail sécuritaire NB, Acting President and CEO/Président et chef de la direction par intérim

Recent releases and events

Two people sitting at a desk with a laptop and talking
C-Suite Challenge: Attracting and Retaining Talent Through Global Volatility

Organizations planning to return to the office full-time need to understand that their employees may have a different agenda and that it may impact the organization’s ability to attract and retain talent. Overwhelming research shows that many employees who have been working from home for the past two years do not want, and are not willing, to return to the office full-time.

Issue briefing  |  7-min read
August 11, 2022

Views From the Front Line: Taking the Pulse of Canada’s Healthcare Professionals

In the fourth wave of the pandemic, here is what Canadian clinicians want you to know about how it has affected their work practices and personal well-being. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on those at the front lines of healthcare. Reports of physicians, nurses, and other essential healthcare workers experiencing fatigue, burnout, and mental health crises are becoming more frequent, as are stories of professionals thinking of leaving or who have already quit.

Summary for executives  |  4-min read
December 7, 2021

Assessing the Risk: The Occupational Stress Injury Resiliency Tool

How do first responders in Canada experience occupational stress? Together, The Conference Board of Canada and the Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) created a tool to assess first responders’ occupational stress injury risks. This tool’s development stemmed from PSHSA’s ongoing work to support employees and employers in preventing mental injury.

Issue briefing  |  12-min read
December 7, 2021

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Council for Safe Workplaces

Stay on top of emerging health and safety topics and innovative solutions through peer-to-peer sharing and learning. Join CSW today.

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