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 4,000 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.

View the list of past CSSE Presidents

Kathy Tull

Kathy Tull, CRSP
Richmond, BC

Email: president@csse.org
Trevor Johnson

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

Jim Hopkins

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

Deirdre O-Reilly

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

Perry Ruehlen

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

Buck Page

Regional Vice President British Columbia & Yukon
Buck Page, CRSP
New Westminster, BC

Raeleigne VanPatten

Regional Vice President Alberta, NWT & NU
Raeleigne Van Patten, CRSP
Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd
Edmonton, AB

Patrick Hauser

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

Patrick's Bio (PDF)

Sue McLaren

Regional Vice President Ontario & Quebec
Sue McLaren, CHSC, RN, COHN(C)
McLaren Health and Safety Consulting
Cobden, ON

Sue's Bio (PDF)

Barry Fitzgerald

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

Robert Montgomery

Education Director
Robert Montgomery, CRSP, CHSC
Mountain Industrial Safety Services Inc.
Calgary, AB

Robert's Bio (PDF)