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New interim CEO announced for Workplace Safety North

Former paramedic, miner leads health and safety association
Mike Parent has been appointed interim president and CEO of Workplace Safety North (WSN).

NORTH BAY — Oct. 3, 2023: The Workplace Safety North board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Parent as interim president and chief executive officer of Workplace Safety North (WSN). Mike served as WSN's vice-president of health and safety services since 2015, and is a former paramedic, miner, mine rescue volunteer, and mining health and safety manager.

Lydia Renton, the chair of WSN's board of directors, indicated that, “The board was unanimous in their choice of Mike as interim CEO and is confident that he will lead the organization in building on its successes and executing a transformative strategic plan designed to bring every worker home safe and healthy.”

With more than eight years’ experience in Ontario’s prevention system, Mike has established a reputation as a strong and collaborative leader in health and safety promotion. “I got into health and safety because I wanted to make a difference,” says Parent. “As interim president and CEO, this is an opportunity to make a difference at a provincial level.”

As a senior leader, Parent managed a team of mining health and safety consultants, trainers and specialists. His expert industry knowledge will help drive innovation in the provincial mine rescue program, health and safety products, training programs, and outreach strategies for the province’s mining and forest products operations.

Former WSN president and CEO Paul Andre has retired. During his tenure, WSN was the proud recipient of the Platinum Level Award of Excellence from Excellence Canada, a national authority on organizational excellence established by Industry Canada.

New phase in health and safety

Health and safety in Ontario has entered a new phase as the industry focuses on proactive research in reducing risks to protect workers.

“WSN health and safety specialists and mine rescue officers help companies assess health and safety risks, prepare for and respond to emergencies, and meet or exceed their legislative requirements,” says Parent. “This very dedicated group works to ensure, as our vision states, that, at the end of each work day, every worker returns home safe and healthy.”

The board of directors will initiate a search to identify a permanent CEO.

About Workplace Safety North: An independent not-for-profit, Workplace Safety North (WSN) is one of four sector-based health and safety associations in Ontario. Headquartered in NOntario, WSN administers the provincial mine rescue program and provides provincewide, ministry-approved workplace health and safety training and services for the mining and forest products industries. With health and safety specialists located across the province, WSN and its legacy organizations have been helping make Ontario workplaces safer for more than 100 years. A leading provider of health and safety training and consulting, businesses call upon WSN for expert advice and information. For more information, visit