About CSSE

Our Mission and Vision 

The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) is the leading health, safety and environmental organization for professionals in Canada. We work with industry, governmental agencies, and other safety organizations to promote a greater awareness of health, safety, and environmental issues in workplaces and communities across the nation and around the world. Our vision is "An Advocate for Safety in Every Workplace".

CSSE is a national organization, supporting the operation of 36 local Chapters. Chapters provide local forums for information exchange and networking among professionals. Through Chapter meetings and activities, members promote and enhance the profile of the profession in communities throughout Canada.

Our mission is to be the resource for professional development, knowledge and information exchange to our members, our profession and the Canadian public.

Strategic Directions

In the fall of 2002, CSSE embarked on a new strategic path that led to many new and exciting changes. Responding to a strategic study that looked in depth at not only member needs but also the new economic climate, the association landscape, and other critical factors, CSSE devised a new strategy that focused on fulfilling membership needs and desires. CSSE heard what members and potential members were saying loud and clear and responded accordingly. In a series of new initiatives, CSSE continues to strive to be the leading organization for health, safety, and loss prevention practitioners.

For the past six years, the CSSE Board of Directors has been continually exploring new initiatives to ensure that CSSE stays at the forefront of member services and embraces new technologies and other modes of knowledge exchange to ensure that CSSE is the source for knowledge when it comes to OH&S. To make our vision a reality we will continue to strive to not only meet but exceed our members' expectations for information, professional development, and networking.

The Society's strategic directions are:

  • Information and Knowledge Exchange and Networking
  • Organizational Development
  • Professional Development

This strategy of continual renewal and implementation of cutting edge technologies will position the CSSE as the premier organization for Canadian health, safety and environmental practitioners.


CSSE was founded in 1949 by a small group of dedicated individuals drawn together in the common cause of accident prevention. It grew from a provincially-based organization to become Canada's largest national and most established professional organization for health and safety practitioners. Today, we have 5,000 members across Canada, the United States, and around the world working together to enhance the health, safety and environmental profession.

Past CSSE Presidents

(If you can assist in filling in CSSE presidents prior to 1967, please email us.)

  • 2012-Present - Andrew Cooper
  • 2010-2012 - Peter Sturm
  • 2008-2010 - Art Nordholm
  • 2006-2008 - Eldeen Pozniak
  • 2004-2006 - Paul Therriault
  • 2002-2004 - John Boerefyn
  • 2000-2002 - James Allan
  • 1998-2000 - Gary Davies
  • 1996-1998 - Peggy Johnson
  • 1994-1996 - Barrie Simoneau
  • 1992-1994 - Bill Denault
  • 1990-1992 - Allan Kettles
  • 1988-1990 - Gary T. Spencer
  • 1986-1988 - Thomas J. Murphy
  • 1984-1986 - Chuck Tallon
  • 1983-1984 - Ronald G. Shorten
  • 1981-1983 - Tim Meadley
  • 1979-1981 - Robert Wright
  • 1977-1979 - Avery A. Spencer
  • 1975-1977 - Cec Harris
  • 1973-1975 - R. K. Dailey
  • 1972-1973 - Tom Surman
  • 1970-1972 - D. N. Storey
  • 1969-1970 - Percy Pritchard
  • 1968-1969 - John A. Fletcher
  • 1967-1968 - J. E. Bingleman