Sudburian Marianne Matichuk has been named the new chair of the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) board.
The organization provides health and safety consulting, training, events and resources to communities throughout Ontario.
“We’re very excited about Marianne’s appointment,” Lynn Brownell, WSPS president and CEO, in a Sept. 18 news release.
“She has a strong health and safety background and truly understands the challenges faced by the industries we serve. We see many opportunities ahead.”
Matichuk has been a member of the WSPS board since 2016.
She has more than 30 years of health and safety, political and business experience in several roles, including the first elected female mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury and inaugural chief administrative officer of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH).
A business graduate of Cambrian College, Matichuk holds Canadian registered safety professional, certified health and safety consultant, and certified lead auditor designations. She is also a certified nutrition manager. As the principal consultant of M. Matichuk & Associates, she continues her work in health and safety and government relations.
In 2017, Matichuk was appointed as governor for the board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals and sits on the board for the Sudbury Manitoulin Children’s Foundation. She is also the president of Business & Professional Women of Greater Sudbury.
For her work, she has received the Health and Safety Ontario Leadership Award of Merit, the Greater Sudbury Police Services Award of Appreciation, and the Huntington University Award of Merit. She has also been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for her service to Greater Sudbury and all of Canada.
“Working with the dedicated team at WSPS is truly an honour and a privilege,” Matichuk said in the release. “I look forward to making a difference in ensuring safety in the workplace and most importantly, bringing workers home safe.”