Our 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.


Board of Directors

CSSE is self-governed by a board of voluntary directors elected by the membership. The Board is comprised of four Executive Officers (President, Vice-President/Treasurer, Immediate Past President and Secretary), one Education Director and five Regional Vice Presidents. The Executive Director serves in a ex-officio, non-voting role.  

The Board is responsible for the overall direction and operation of CSSE on a national level, and establishes and implements policies and procedures to advance the objectives of the Society. All levels of the Society are supported by AssociationsFirst, a management firm, based out of Toronto, Ontario.

Click for a list of past CSSE Presidents.

Kathy Tull, CRSP
Richmond, BC

Email: president@csse.org

Trevor Johnson, CHSC, CRSP
Systemera Inc.
Edmonton, AB

Past President
Jim B. Hopkins, CHSC, CRSP
OC Transpo
Ottawa, ON

Deirdre O-Reilly, CHSC
Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Halifax, NS

Executive Director
Perry Ruehlen, CAE
CSSE National Office
Toronto, ON

Regional Vice President British Columbia & Yukon
Lynn Cohoe, CRSP
First Canada
Chilliwack, BC

Regional Vice President Alberta, NWT & NT
Glyn Jones, M.A.Sc, P.Eng, CIH, CRSP
EHS Partnerships Ltd
Calgary, AB

Regional Vice President Manitoba & Saskatchewan
Patrick Hauser, CRSP
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK

Regional Vice President Ontario & Quebec
Thomas Abercrombie, CHSC, CRSP
Ministry of Labour
Ottawa, ON

Regional Vice President Atlantic Canada
Barry Fitzgerald, CRSP, B. Tech.
Government of Newfoundland & Labrador
St. John's, NL

Education Director
Roberta Sheng-Taylor, CHSC, CRSP, Dipl.Adult Education
Ledcorp Construction
Vancouver, BC