In the beginning

The Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame was developed to honour individuals of noteworthy achievement in the field of Health and Safety that have made lasting impacts to the province of Saskatchewan. In this way the Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame records their accomplishments for future generations. The Hall was concieved as a way to give recognition to the people that have permantly shaped and impacted safety in our province. These individuals have positively changed our attitudes, processes and culture of our society and the large majority continue to go unrecognized.

Will Putz

Will Putz

Will Putz was the first inductee into the Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame in February 2009. He worked tirelessly as a safety champion throughout his career. He began working with the Saskatchewan Safety Council in 1994 as a contract instructor and became a full time member of the Council staff in 1996. During his time at the Saskatchewan Safety Council, he served in several positions including Occupational Safety Coordinator, Occoupational Safety Manager and Manager of Special Projects.

One of his primary duties during his time at the Safety Council was Coordinating the annual Industrial Safety Seminar from 1996 to 2011. Through this time the annual Industrial Safety Seminar grew in scope and size to become one fo the premier safety events in western Canada

Throughout his safety career spanning over 22 years, Putz signficantly contributed to many areas of safety beyond the Seminars, including Fire Control School, First Aid, CPR, Defensive Driving, Forklift Training, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, the Transporation of Dangerous Goods system, Collision Avoidance, Incident Investigation, and Basic Occupational Health and Safety, responsible for training over ten thousand parcicipants.

His volunteer activities have included managing the Central Registration and Inquiry Bureau and delivering a variety of Emergency Services training courses for Canadian Red Cross Society. He served as Charter President for Regina Food for Learning Inc and was a Board Member of Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger (REACH). He was a member of the Board of Directors for the South Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering for 11 years and a member of the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week Provincial Planning Committee and the Saskatchewan Joint Industry Committee.

Dr. Ron Ailsby

Dr. Ron Ailsby

Dr. Ron Ailsby is no stranger to the safety community in Saskatchewan. An Orthopedic Surgeon and a member of the Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Safety Council, Ailsby has significantly contributed to the development and implementation of several safety related initiatives.

Dr. Ailsby served as a Team Doctor for the Regina Pats Hockey Team and the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club for 30 years. Also active in the community as a volunteer, he served as a medical consultant for the Regina Master Games and Western Canada Summer Games. He has worked with the University of Saskatchewan on its DOT Multidisciplinary Accident Investigations Team. Presently he is working with Orthopedics Overseas and over the last ten years has taught surgical techniques in Peru, Costa Rica and St. Lucia as part of their volunteer programs.

In past years, Ailsby was also involved with the Saskatchewan Academy of Sports Medicine in the implementation of Physician guidelines used in the assessment of contact sport concussions and promoted a province wide ligament injury prevention program for High School sports. He has also had a key role with the Saskatchewan Medical association in the development of the Provincial Emergency Medical Technician Program. He helped the Saskatchewan Safety Council lobby the major railroads to install reflectors at Saskatchewan railroad crossings.

Currently, Dr. Ailsby is leading the initiation of the Saskatchewan Safety Council’s Senior Fall Prevention Program.

Les Donnelly

Les Donnelly

Les Donnelly has had a significant impact on safety in the province of Saskatchewan. He served as Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Safety Council from 1970 to 1983 where he initiated many essential programs and events that aimed to raise awareness about the importance of safety in the workplace as well as in the home.

Under Donnelly’s guidance and persistence, Saskatchewan became the first province in Canada to achieve meaningful results in seatbelt awareness. Seatbelt usage soared from 6% to 65% in 1976 because of his vision of a safer Saskatchewan.

Among his many achievements he started Occupational Health and Safety training programs, Forklift training, Fire Control School, Confined Space Entry and H2S training, Motorcycle training, School Bus Safety, Snowmobile Safety, Professional Driver Improvement training and the Industrial Safety Seminar.

Donnelly’s accomplishments spanned outside of the Safety Council as well. He helped to start the South Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and was involved in many community organizations including the United Way, Government House Historical Society, Martha House and the Canadian Club.

Naidene Thompson

Naidene Thompson

Naidene Thompson was a groundbreaker in safety and injury prevention in the field of nursing. She became one of the first Occupational Health nurses in Saskatchewan, and through this, was involved in workplace health, safety and injury prevention.

As a role model for female safety professionals throughout the province, Naidene was influential as, in many cases, the first woman in a male dominated industry. She was one of the first females to become an active member of the South Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the first female Industrial Safety Seminar Chair, the first female President of the Saskatchewan Safety Council, the first female Safety Professional of the Year recipient and now, is the first female to be inducted into the Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame.

Naidene helped to launch the Saskatchewan Occupational Health Nurses group, which led to the formation of the Saskatchewan Occupational Health Nurses Special Interest Group, of which she is a life member. As well as being a nurse, Naidene trained as an Industrial Emergency Medical Technician, taught WHMIS, CPR and First Aid and has a Certificate in Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Studies from the University of Regina. She was also a certified audiometric technician and was a member of the committee for the revision of the Occupational Health and Safety regulation for noise control and hearing conservation. Naidene was instrumental in the development of the Employee Assistance Program for both the City of Regina and IPSCO (now EVRAZ), and served as the manager of the IPSCO Program.

In addition to being the longest serving President of the Saskatchewan Safety Council, she served on it’s Board of Directors for nine years and was also on the Council’s Industrial Safety Seminar steering committee for 19 years. She was honored by the Council with a life membership in 2000.

Barry Muir

Barry Muir

The contributions that Barry has made to safety and injury prevention, and in particular motorcycle safety, are immense, as is his dedication and commitment.

Barry has been actively involved with the Motorcycle Safety Program in Regina, as well as throughout the province for the past 32 years. He is always willing to share his expertise and knowledge and has consistently maintained his ultimate goal of making motorcycling safe and enjoyable for everyone. In 1999, he was honored by the Canada Safety Council for 20 years of voluntary service with the Motorcycle Safety Program and in 2005 he received the R.M. Rowley award for volunteer of the year.

Barry is a retired high school teacher, having taught for 35 years with the Regina Public School Division. He has also coached fastball, as well as started the first girls soccer team at Thom Collegiate and the first girls wrestling team at Campbell Collegiate.

In addition, he has volunteered his time to teach downhill skiing, as well as serving as a volunteer ski patroller and first aid provider. This volunteer experience led him to volunteering as a first aid provider at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, working the Bobsleigh, Luge and opening ceremonies, for which he was awarded the Winter Olympics volunteer medal.

Barry has also worked with the Canadian Recreational Canoe Association in the development of canoe training and safety standards for Canada.

He is presently employed by the Saskatchewan Safety Council as the Supervising Chief Instructor for Motorcycle Training.

Wayne Summach

Wayne Summach

Wayne Summach’s contributions to safety and injury prevention are numerous and his dedication and commitment unquestionable.

Wayne has been actively involved in Occupational Health and Safety for over 30 years and is presently employed as Cameco’s Program Manager, Emergency Preparedness. This involves providing health and safety advice and support to international operations, as well as overseeing the site emergency response programs, directing the transportation spill response program, monitoring air carrier incidents and follow-up, and taking the lead in resolving safety related issues. He is also a Corporate Management System Lead Auditor, leading audit teams in ground and air transportation audits for the corporate internal safety, health, environment and quality audit program. Wayne is also a certified Health and Safety Consultant, a certified human resource professional and a first aid instructor.

Prior to joining Cameco, he worked for PCS Mining as a Safety and Training Coordinator, as well as their Safety and Loss Control Coordinator. He was also employed by the City of Saskatoon as an Occupational Safety Officer and as the Manager of Occupational Health and Safety.

In addition to working full time in injury prevention, Wayne has been actively involved as a volunteer in the safety community. He has been a board member for the Saskatchewan Safety Council for over 20 years, serving as both President and Vice President. Wayne has served as the Regional Vice President for the Manitoba/Saskatchewan Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and is currently a member of their ethics committee. He has been a member of the Northern Light Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering for over 27 years and has been the past Chair of the Industrial Safety Seminar and active planning member since 1988. Throughout his career, Wayne has participated and judged in the Saskatchewan Mining Association and the Annual Provincial Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition. Wayne is also an active member of the North American Occupational Health and Safety organizational committee.

In 2000 he was honored as the Safety Professional of the Year and in 2007, he was awarded the outstanding service award for dedication and commitment in the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering community and the occupational health and safety profession. In 2010, he was awarded the R.M. Rowley Award for Volunteer of the Year.

Morley Nelson

Morley Nelson

Morley Nelson was instrumental in the field of Industrial Firefighting. He played a key role in the development of the Saskatchewan Safety Council’s Fire Control School and continued as a volunteer instructor for many years. The Council’s Fire Control School was the first of its kind in Saskatchewan, and became the standard for the development of every other Fire Training Program in the province.

Working for Mosaic Canada, known then as Kalium Chemicals, Morley became the first Industrial firefighter in Saskatchewan to receive the exemplary Fire Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada. Among many other honours bestowed upon him, he has also received the Saskatchewan Safety Professional of the Year Award, the Saskatchewan Mining Association’s Distinguished Service Award and England’s Penner International Emergency Response Award.

He has been actively involved in Mine Rescue Competitions for over 40 years, training rescue teams and acting as a Judge in both the Annual Event and in the Emergency Response In-House Competitions. He can be credited with assisting in the development of the Mine Rescue Firefighting Competition, and helped to establish the annual Industrial Firefighter’s Competition. He also initiated the first volunteer Firefighter’s Challenge in Saskatchewan and assisted and judged many First Nation’s Firefighting Competitions.

Morley is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, and has been an instructor with the Saskatchewan Firefighter’s Association, St. John Ambulance, as well as with his own consulting company Shermor Holdings. He has also been a dedicated volunteer to many provincial volunteer Fire Departments across the province who have relied on his advice and assistance in obtaining essential, cost-effective firefighting equipment.

Early in his retirement, Morley traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he recognized the need for quality equipment to help the Firefighters who were struggling with little or no equipment. In the eleven years that followed, he personally collected and delivered literally tons of equipment donated by fire departments across Canada and the United States. He spent the winter months throughout those eleven years voluntarily instructing the Bomberos in the use of the donated equipment. In gratitude, he was named the First Honorary Bombero (Firefighter) for the Department of Puerto Vallarta Firefighters.

Victor Kowalsky

Victor Kowalsky’s attitude towards safety and injury prevention was influential to many safety professionals across Saskatchewan. Victor was actively involved in Occupational Health and Safety until his untimely passing in 2003. At that time he was Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Forest Industries Safety Association. Acting as their first director, he established and developed the organization out of Prince Albert.

During his safety career, he was instrumental in the establishment and growth of the Northern Light Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, laying the foundation and developing the governance model for the present day chapter. Through dedication and the mentoring of others, Victor took the small chapter and developed it into an active and vibrant one that continues to contribute to the safety community locally, regionally and nationally.

He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Provincial North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) committee which continues to plan and hold the NAOSH event each year in communities throughout North America.

In the 1990’s, Victor was the driving force behind the CSSE Professional Development Conference in Saskatchewan. Through his commitment and dedicated fundraising effort, Victor helped to set an attendance record for the conference, as well as assisted in it being the most financially successful conference the CSSE had ever put on.

Victor was an active member of the Saskatchewan Safety Council’s Industrial Safety Seminar for many years and was the CSSE’s Regional Vice President for the Saskatchewan region. He also served in every executive position of the CSSE’s Northern Light Chapter.

Steve Wallace

Steve Wallace

Through his dedication and commitment to injury prevention, Steve Wallace has made considerable contributions to injury prevention in the province of Saskatchewan. Currently, Steve is the Safety Director of the Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan, a position he has held for the past 16 years. He began his safety career in the mining industry, which lead him to becoming the Occupational Safety Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Safety Council. Prior to that, he was a Firefighter with the City of Regina Fire Department.

His professional activities and achievements have been numerous. He received his Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation in 1989, and at that time was the youngest person in the province to attain this professional designation. He also received his Construction Safety Officer (CSO) designation in 2003, and his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation in 2004.

During his career he has taken, taught and developed countless courses. Many of these have been at the advanced or Train the Trainer level including WHMIS, Safety Excellence Leadership, Principles of Health and Safety, Claims Management, TDG, Confined Space, Fall Protection, Fire Training, and Rigging and Hoisting to name a few. He also developed and wrote the Saskatchewan Safety Council’s WHMIS manual, as well as its original Fire Control School manual. He can be credited with the development of the Heavy Construction Safety Association’s Confined Space manual and Power Mobile equipment manual.

Throughout his career, Steve has contributed several safety articles to publications such as OHS Canada. He regularly speaks at safety conferences across Canada and has taught the Safety Auditor course at the University of Regina.

When he is not working to promote injury prevention, Steve is busy as a volunteer in the community. In addition to his 30 year safety career, he volunteers as a First Responder with the North Shore First Responders, is a volunteer Firefighter with the Silton Fire Department, currently holding the position of Fire Chief. He has also been the EMO coordinator for the area since 1996.

Steve continues to be an active volunteer with the Safety Council through its Fire Control School and the Industrial Safety Seminar Steering Committee. He has served on the Council’s Board of Directors as President, Vice President and Treasurer, and was a volunteer Motorcycle Instructor for over 20 years.

Currently, he is the Fire Competition Coordinator for the Provincial Mine Rescue Competition and has been a volunteer Judge since 1987. He also sits on the selection committee for the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board Safe Employer and Safe Worker Awards, and has been actively involved with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering for over 20 years. He is the current Chair of the Regional Screening Committee for the CRSP designation.

Steve has received numerous awards throughout his 30 year safety career including the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering President’s Award, the Canadian Registered Safety Professional’s Volunteer of the Year Award, the Saskatchewan Safety Professional of the Year Award and the Saskatchewan Safety Council’s Volunteer of the Year Award to name a few.

Carl Shiels

Carl Shiels was actively involved in traffic safety during the 1970’s and 80’s and played a significant role in reducing the number of traffic fatalities from almost 1 a day, 350 per year on average, to the present 5 year average of around 130. When you crunch these numbers over the last 30 years, Carl’s worked help to save the lives of over 6500 people.

In 1972, Carl was the lead in a University of Saskatchewan study of Fatal Motor Vehicle Collisions. He attended the scene of these crashes to determine what caused the crash, how it could have been prevented and how the consequences of the crash could have been reduced.

This lead to him being seconded to the government to help with the Safety 77 campaign, where he helped to draft our seatbelt legislation, one of the first in Canada, and managed the public awareness campaign for its July 1, 1977.

In 1978, he developed Saskatchewan’s Child restraint legislation, the first in the country, which would serve as a model for all the other provinces.

From there he moved to the Highway Traffic Board and was responsible for the administration of its Driver Education and Safety Programs, including the truck safety inspection system.

While there he helped to develop the Traffic Accident Information System. This system turned out to be the best in the country, able to generate data the following year, whereas most systems take 2 to 5 years.

He also volunteered with the Saskatchewan Safety Council, serving on its board and as President, doing everything from getting funds to program development, and was actively involved in the Safe Grad movement of the late 70’s and early 80’s and the development of a school bus driver training program, again the first of its kind in Canada.

During this time Carl was a person with tremendous vision and was willing to work behind the scenes to make a real difference in the lives of every man, woman and child in the province.

Dennis Harrison

Dennis Harrison has dedicated his career to being an active safety professional and he has set a great example for others to follow. Dennis started his career in injury prevention with SaskTel, working as the Manager of Safety & Environment retiring from that position in 2005. After his initial retirement he continued to work and joined SAHO as their Director of Workplace Health, Safety & Education Services for five years and then he joined PCL Construction Management Inc. as a Safety Coordinator where he is presently employed.

While at SaskTel he assisted in the development and introduction of a corporate wide hands-on driver training program that included a skid school component, and an internal licensing program. In addition to this he was actively involved in coordinating a SaskTel motor vehicle roadeo and introduced a safety management program at both SaskTel and the Health Regions.

During his career he has developed a number of safety training courses and has instructed over 60 safety training programs. In addition to providing numerous safety articles for SaskTel and SAHO’s internal publications he has developed and implemented over 150 safety policy/procedures and safe work processes and has contributed articles to the Canadian OH&S Publications Magazine.

In his spare time he has been actively involved with the Saskatchewan Safety Council, and has been on their board for 17 years, serving on their executive committee as Treasurer, Vice President, and President.

During his term as President he raised the bar for the Council, and helped it grow from a small non-profit into a professional safety organization. He has also served on its seminar steering committee for a number of years and was actively involved in its traffic division.

Dennis is also a long time actively involved member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering. He was Vice president of the Canadian Telephone Safety Association and has been involved with the Joint Industry Committee, the Contractor Safety Awareness Association, the Saskatchewan Environmental Industry Managers Association, the Waste Reduction Council of Saskatchewan, and Environmental Services of Alberta.

During his career he has received the RCMP Commanding Officer’s Certificate, the R. M. Rowley Award as the Safety Council’s Volunteer of the year and was Saskatchewan’s Safety Professional of the year in 1993.

Dennis has consistently demonstrated his belief in injury prevention. His dedication and support to the promotion of safety in Saskatchewan, has made him a very valuable asset to the entire province and left a lasting impression on the entire safety profession in the province.

Graham Linton

Graham has been involved with the Safety Council, the Saskatchewan Mining Association, the Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters, the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs and the Industrial Firefighting competition.

In the field of Industrial firefighting, Graham was in on the ground floor. He played a key role in the development of the Saskatchewan Safety Council’s Fire Control School and has been an instructor at the school for over 30 years. This Fire School was the first of its kind in Saskatchewan, with every other Fire Training Program in the province tracing its roots back to it. He has also assisted the Council by sitting on the steering committee of its Safety Seminar for the last 25 years and was one of the key people who helped to steer the committee during its growth years.

He has been actively involved in Mine Rescue Competitions for over 28 years, training rescue teams, and acting as a Judge and Marshall at the Annual Event and in Emergency Response In-House Competitions such as the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Fire Fighter's Rodeo.

And he has been involved with the Industrial Fire and Rescue Competition since its inception. Not only did he participate in its development but over the years he has judged competitions, developed event criteria, sat on the steering committee and acted as a marshal.

He has also participated on the committee for the annual fire chief’s convention and has been a level 1 firefighter and an Instructor/Evaluator for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters Association.

He has assisted the SMA in the development of both its firefighting competition and its Fire Extinguisher TTT program as well as the standardization of fire training program in Saskatchewan through the University of Regina’s extension program.

Over the years he has been, and still is a mentor to many generations of safety professionals and his unique sense of humor always makes working with him a memorable experience.

In summary, Graham has always been gracious with his time and knowledge and always encouraging to new safety people.

He helped and was involved in many of the “fire training/fire competition” events we now consider to be standard such as the Council’s fire school, the SMA firefighting competition and the industrial firefighter’s competition. Without Graham’s involvement these events would either not exist today or would not be near the success that they are today.

Lyle Jacobson

Lyle Jacobson is a career safety professional having worked in a number of injury prevention positions and currently working full time as a Safety Program Consultant for the Heavy Construction Safety Association .

He was a founding member of the Early Safety Training Committee and played an instrumental role in its formation. He is also a founding member of the Weyburn & Area Safety Council and a founding partner in the South East Safety and Environmental Seminar.

Mr. Jacobson also participated in many other safety organizations including the Saskatchewan Road Ambulance Association, the Heavy Construction Safety Association Board of Directors and the Advisory Committee for Regulation changes and was highly involved in the south east area Oil Spill Cooperative for many years.

Lyle is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (C.R.S.P.) and Construction Safety Officer (C.S.O.) He is an experienced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and former EMT instructor, as well as a graduate of the Auxiliary Police Training Program.

Lyle served on the Executive of the South Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) for many years.

Lyle’s safety training is an ongoing process; each year he enrolls in a number of programs. The courses he has either instructed or taken are too numerous to mention.

He has written numerous articles and publications throughout his career, including safety alerts, safety programs and safety courses. An example of one of his programs is the Ground disturbance Level 2 course, of which Lyle was the primary developer in partnership with the Energy Training Institute.

He has dedicated more than 25 years in the safety industry specifically and many years before that in related fields such as Emergency Medical Services.

In his safety career, he has achieved astounding successes. One of his most cherished accomplishments took place over many years while working for Carson Welding and Maintenance Ltd. Lyle and his employer worked jointly with Saskatchewan WCB to organize a pilot project as part of the process of establishing a new provincial program which has become critical to current Safety Management Systems in this province known now as the Return to Work system. Lyle proved the capability and economic viability of the program when they astounded their WCB rate code by working over one million man hours with no time lost, and went on to achieve a milestone of over 3 million man hours worked without a lost time incident.

As you can see his contributions to injury prevention are immense, as is his dedication and commitment. Throughout his career, he has always made a difference and he continues to do so on a daily basis. A quote from the local paper in the community where Lyle was working at the time. “As Mr. Jacobson was leaving the hospital, the patient’s three year old daughter approached him and said ”Thank-you for saving my daddy”

Craig McAuley

Craig became involved in all areas of injury prevention within days of starting his career as a safety professional.

He has developed numerous safety training courses for the construction industry and trained thousands of students through 100’s of industry courses from Safety Management, Confined Space Entry, WHMIS, Safety Auditing and a host of other health and safety courses.

He has developed and lectured programs on Auditing Health and Safety Programs for the University of Alberta. He has also presented at numerous industry conferences and events.

Craig participated on the committee that developed the Canadian Construction Association’s Gold Seal (GSC designation) for Construction Safety Coordinators and participated with the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations on the development of the “National Standard” for the Construction Safety Officer (CSO) designation accepted across Canada.

He also was a member of the National Technical Committee which developed the National Certificate of Recognition Audit for the Construction Industry in Canada. Craig participated as an Employer Representative on the 2010 Workers Compensation Act Committee of Review and participated on the Provincial OHS Advisory Committee for Building Capacity in Occupational Health and Safety.

He led the development of the Framework of Standards for Safety Programs, Audits and Certification for Saskatchewan Industries and was a co-founder and Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Joint Industry Committee. Beyond developing programs for the safety profession, Craig also recognized the need to mentor new people starting out in the field of health and safety.

Craig actively participated on the Provincial Advisory Group Task team which developed the curriculum framework for the SIAST OHS Practitioner Applied Certificate program and continued as an Advisory Group member for the program after it was launched. He also acted as a lecturer for the program as needed. Some of the initiatives that Craig is most proud of is his involvement with raising safety awareness in youth.

Craig developed the Provincial and National Workplace Safety Competition for Skills Canada. He Co-developed the Competition Safety Standards Program (Safety Program) for all Skills Canada competitions; which was also used during the World Skills Competitions when it was hosted by Canada.

Craig also was responsible for offering one of the first free safety orientation programs (CSTS) to Saskatchewan High Schools at no charge for their students. For his entire career Craig has not only been involved with injury prevention, he has been a true leader in the province of Saskatchewan and has made a significant and lasting impact.

Eldeen Pozniak

Eldeen is one of the most recognizable safety professionals today. Not only in Saskatchewan… not only in Canada… but throughout the world.

Eldeen has provided executive – level multi-project management, oversight and direction of the safety management system, program elements and organizational culture from strategic and action plans to on-site implementation throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Northern Ireland, UAW, Bahrain and the United States; primarily in the mining, construction, manufacturing and government sectors.

Locally Eldeen has been a professor for the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan and a lecturer for SIAST. She has worked with dozens of local organizations bringing her world expertise to Saskatchewan.

Internationally her organization, Pozniak Safety Associates has worked with government agencies in the GCC region Al Alin Municipality of the United Arab Emirates to write and develop their occupational health and safety regulations and to setup their overseeing regulatory body.

Pozniak’s have also worked on projects such as the senior level strategic action plans for implementation of Safety Management System and Risk Management on the Dubai World Project Palm Island.

Not only is Eldeen sought after internationally for her contribution on program and regulatory development, she is also a sought after speaker for such events as the International Organization for Safety and Health, the American Society of Safety Engineering Professional Development conferences, the World Congress on Safety and Health at work and IIR Management middle Eastern Conferences.

She has also spoken within Canada at the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Professional Development Conferences along with many Saskatchewan Industrial Safety Seminars. Eldeen has been actively involved in her local CSSE chapter Northern Lights and has volunteered with the Saskatchewan Safety Councils Industrial Safety Seminar Steering Committee. She also served nationally as Regional Vice President, President and Past President of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.

She currently is the President-elect of the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations which represents health and safety practitioners from 11 different countries and spearheads international collaboration for injury prevention.

She has been published many, many times in various magazines, newspapers and publications. Eldeen has previously been recognized as the Saskatchewan Safety Professional of the Year, the Canadian Safety Professional of the Year, the American Society of Safety Engineers 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety, Health and Environment, and the YWCA Women of Distinction award.

Eldeen can often be heard saying that she takes “Saskatchewan to the World and the World to Saskatchewan”. She has forever changed injury prevention around the world and here within Saskatchewan.