I run my own consulting company Good Sense Group and I am a safety advisor for S&T Group. Originally from Sault Ste Marie Ontario, I graduated high school from St Mary’s College. I started my career in the trades sector with Northern Quality Products in 2006. In 2007 I moved to Alberta to pursue work in the oilfield. From 2007 – 2010 I worked as a carpenter and a scaffolder eventually earning a journeyman scaffolding ticket. In 2010 I returned to school at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where I achieved a Construction Safety Officer Certification. After completing this certification I incorporated my own consulting company and worked as a consultant through Good Sense Safety on a Husky Energy mega oilsands project. In December 2011 Husky Energy approached me and asked if I would consider consulting directly for them. This was an amazing opportunity for myself and my company and I accepted their offer. For the next 3 years I worked as a safety consultant for Husky Energy. The lessons I learned and the experienced I gained in this role has proven to be invaluable to me throughout my career. The Husky Energy role led to an offer from a consulting firm in Calgary who asked me to join their team as the Operations Manager. In late 2014 I accepted this role and stayed with Highmark Safety until early 2016. In 2016 oil prices had declined to less than $35 / barrel and the Alberta economy was marred in a deep recession. I decided it was a good opportunity to return to Ontario.
When I returned to Sault Ste Marie I began working with S&T Group as their safety advisor. Since that time I have taken on an expanded role as the lead of a 2 year COR certification project. I have also incorporated a new Ontario based company Good Sense Group. My new company continues to focus on health and safety consulting but also conducts investigations into workplace harassment and provides technology services for worker and fleet management. Currently I have clients in Ontario and Alberta in a variety of sectors.
During the past 12 years I have also continued my education and professional development. In 2012 I completed Occupational Health and Safety studies from the University of New Brunswick and in 2017 I successfully obtained a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) certification, one of the top certifications in my field. In order to obtain my CRSP I had to prove I met the requirements for formal education, professional development, years of experience, obtain letters of reference, attend and in person interview and finally pass a 200 question practical knowledge exam. The entire process took me just under 1 year to complete. Less than 10% of all safety people in all industry hold this certification and a very small % of the people who do are 35 years old and under. This has been one of the key professional developments of my career and will continue to benefit me as my career continues.
I look forward to continuing my career by helping people get home safe each day they go to work, continuing to my education and professional development and continuing to provide professional service to my clients through Good Sense Group.