About CSSE

Our Mission and Vision

The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) is the leading professional association for health, safety and environmental practitioners in Canada. CSSE shapes the safety profession in Canada by working collaboratively with its members and partners. This is done by providing timely and relevant safety information and developing safety professionals. We collaborate with industry, governmental agencies, and other safety organizations to promote a greater awareness of health, safety, and environmental issues across Canada. CSSE is recognized as an objective voice for excellence in safety in workplaces and communities.

CSSE is a national organization, supporting the operation of local Chapters all across the country. Chapters provide local forums for information exchange and networking among safety practitioners. 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 - CSSE 2020

CSSE's strategic plan helps the Board guide the organization towards the vision and establishes a decision-making framework to help the Board stay on track throughout the planning cycle leading to the year 2020. The plan was built on the 2013 member needs survey, an online engagement with all members in May 2014 and in-depth interviews with key stakeholders. Using this data, the Board outlined six Key Result Areas to guide the organization's resources:

  1. Connecting with Chapters, Members and Prospective Members: CSSE will have a diversity of communication vehicles that meaningfully engage chapters, members and prospective members.
  2. Defining the Profession: CSSE will collaboratively define the safety profession, which has been embraced by safety practitioners, employers and other stakeholders.
  3. Professional Development Innovation: CSSE will provide professional development opportunities that are easily accessible and that are aligned with the competencies of the safety profession.
  4. Being the Voice of the Profession both Nationally and Internationally: CSSE will be a trusted as an objective, "go-to" organization on safety issues.
  5. Research and Information Resource: CSSE will be a valued resource for safety information that is timely and relevant to its members.
  6. Governance, Leadership and Succession: CSSE's governance practices will effectively support the evolving needs of the organization.


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 over 5,000 members across Canada, the United States, and around the world working together to enhance the health, safety and environmental profession.

CSSE Staff

Wayne Glover

  • Board of Directors
  • Ethics Committee
  • Outreach Committee and projects
  • Conference Committee
  • Executive
  • Partnerships
  • Marketing
  • Governance Support
  • Financial Overview
  • Board Working Groups
  • Member Relations

Perry Ruehlen

  • NAOSH Week
  • NAOSH Week Launch Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Chapters
  • Practice Groups

Bill Stedwill

  • Education Committee
  • Instructor Development
  • Course curriculum

Karim Jiwan

  • Financials

Renzo Pella

  • Awards Committee

Terry Cunningham

  • Conference Committee
  • Conference logistics
  • Education contracts

Michael Reid

  • Communications and Committee Support
  • Social Media
  • Editorial Advisory Committee
  • Contact
  • CSSE & Beyond
  • Journal
  • Spotlight On...

Sheri Laudy

  • Education Support
  • CHSC Applications
  • Inquiries
  • CHSC Maintenance Program
  • CHSC Audit

Myra Chong

  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Chargeback Preparation

Charles Ng

  • Membership, renewal and new members

Tammy White

  • Course Registrations
  • Conference Registrations
  • Weekly reports

Wil deGast

  • Career Depot
  • Website maintenance
  • IT support

Past CSSE Presidents

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

  • 2012-2014 - 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