Spring Cleaning for a Cause: EHSP hosts book drive for Calgary Reads

EHSP employees got ahead on their spring cleaning and decluttered their book shelves for EHSP’s first ever Spring Book Drive, held in April 2018. The month-long event resulted in a 1 cubic metre box, filled to the brim with books. All books collected were donated to the CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale, a 3-day fundraising event for Calgary Reads.

Calgary Reads is a non-profit organization that helps support schools and communities to provide free books and literacy resources to children and families across Alberta. Supported by thousands of Calgarians bringing in their gently used books, the Big Book Sale is Calgary Reads’ biggest fundraiser.

The 16th annual Big Book Sale was held on May 11 – 13, 2018 at the Calgary Curling Club. Calgary Reads raised $345,000 from the event. The funds will be used year-round to support the organization’s initiatives and programs.

“Supporting this cause is a sustainable practice,” Paul MacKinnon, Partner at EHSP, said. “Children’s literacy contributes to the social sustainability of communities by bringing families together and enhancing education opportunities.”

“The book drive also aligns with EHSP’s sustainability mission. We’re maximizing the materials and resources we already have by using the books on our dusty bookshelves to help grow the minds of young readers.”

In case you missed this year’s Big Book Sale, Calgary Reads accepts gently used books throughout the year and are always welcoming more volunteers. For more information on Calgary Reads, the Big Book Sale, and how you can contribute, check out their website:

CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale 2018

2018 CSE

Glyn Jones on Judging Panel for 2018 Canada’s Safest Employer

Glyn Jones will join a panel of twenty-four health and safety industry leaders to determine the safest employers in Canada as part of the 2018 Canada’s Safest Employers Awards, presented by Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine (COS Magazine).

The Awards recognize Canadian companies that have achieved outstanding results in the promotion of health and safety to their employees. Nominations are open until June 1, 2018.

There are 10 industry-specific categories available: Building and Construction; Health Care; Mining and Natural Resources; Transportation; Chemistry; Manufacturing; Oil and Gas; Public Sector / Non-profit; Services; and Utilities and Electrical. There are also four special award portfolios which include: Wellness Award; Psychological Safety Award; Young Worker Safety Award; and Canada’s Best Health + Safety Culture Award.

Mr. Jones will be part of the thirteen-person panel to judge the winners of the industry-specific categories. He was also a judge for the same categories in 2011.

For more information on the Awards, please visit their website: http://www.safestemployers.com/

EHSP Safety Specialist on University of Alberta’s OH&S Advisory Committee

Jennifer McEnhill, project manager and safety specialist with EHSP’s Edmonton Safety Risk Management division, was appointed to be a member of the University of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Program Advisory Committee.

As a member, Ms. McEnhill will work with other OH&S experts to provide the University with advice on curriculum development, program review and updates necessary to keeping their program relevant and top of class. She will also be part of the group discussing ways to improve the program delivery and how the University can increase linkages to other safety professional societies and sectors.

Glyn Jones, Partner with EHSP, said, “This is a testament of the marketplace’s view of Jenn and her role as a leader in the safety field, and within EHSP.”

Congratulations on your appointment, Jenn. We’re excited to see how you will help grow the safety profession!

PMP

EHSP Project Manager Achieves PMP Designation

We are proud to announce that Erin Standen, project manager with EHSP’s Safety and Risk Management division, successfully passed her Project Management Professional (PMP) exam on February 15, 2018.

The PMP is an important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Obtaining the designation requires completion of a rigorous program of study and passing the PMP exam. Holding the PMP signifies that you understand and speak the global language of project management and are ready to help your company be leaders in efficient and effective project execution.

Ms. Standen provides workplace safety solutions and conducts health and safety audits. She adds PMP to her list of designations, which already includes Canadian Registered Safety Professional and Radiation Safety Officer. This accomplishment will be significant to EHSP’s mission of providing effective and efficient health and safety consulting services.

Congratulations on your achievement Erin!

2018 Service Awards

EHSP Honors Service Awardees

On January 20, 2018, EHSP recognized employees celebrating their 2-year, 5-year, and 10-year anniversaries with the company. The awarding ceremony was held during the annual EHSP Winter Party at the Rose and Crown Pub in Calgary, Alberta.

The awardees were:

2 Years

  • Justin Cybulsky, Project Coordinator – Calgary
  • Tim Ambery, Project Coordinator – Ottawa

5 Years

  • Ashley Bonser, Project Manager – Calgary
  • Jennifer McEnhill, Project Manager – Edmonton

10 Years

  • Brian Denny, Operations Manager – Calgary

EHSP started this tradition of commemorating the services of long term employees in 2015 when EHSP reached their 10-year milestone. Glyn Jones, Senior Partner at EHSP, said, “As a company just out of the start-up phase, it is important to acknowledge the hard work our employees have put in. To date, we have recognized 3 service levels.”

“We recognize employees who have been with us for 2 years, which is the time it takes to become a fully competent and contributing member of the team. The next level is 5 years of service, which symbolizes the first few steps taken on the journey towards becoming a ‘leader of the ranks.’ Finally, we have the 10 years of service level for employees who have stayed the course and have shown the leadership necessary to becoming a significant part of the company’s past and future.”

The awards took the form of silver clocks, varied in size and design, depending on the service level. “To some, the clock symbolizes a feeling of time pressure, which every successful consultant would have inevitably felt at some point in their career. A clock is also a reminder that time is valued, a limited resource that needs to be spent carefully, and invested in things that matter.”

“We have chosen a clock as the official EHSP service award because it tells time, reminding the recipient when they check the time that their contribution has been significant, and they are a valued and respected member of the EHSP team.”

Congratulations to the 2018 service awardees! We look forward to seeing you grow more in your career and with EHSP.

EHSP Adds 3 New CRSPs to Our Roster

The June 2017 Canadian Registered Safety Professional Exam (CRSPEX) proved to be a fruitful experience for EHSP. We are proud to announce that three more of our health and safety consultants can now add “CRSP” to their title. Congratulations to Kevin Schmidt, Operations Manager (Ottawa), Nancy Lee Fortin, Project Manager (Ottawa), and Ashley Bonser, Project Manager (Calgary)!

Tenacity and commitment to process were key ingredients that they brought to the preparation for this exam. Amidst all their work responsibilities, they were still able to focus on working towards and eventually achieving their goal.

Having the CRSP designation indicates a safety professional’s technical competence with the capacity to deliver service excellence. We look to our newly minted, Ottawa-based CRSPs to lead our team as we continue to grow our safety and risk management services in Ontario. We also eagerly await all the great things that Ashley will accomplish as she settles into her role of Project Manager for the Calgary branch’s Industrial Hygiene division.

Congratulations again Kevin, Nancy, and Ashley!

Our Edmonton office has moved

We are excited to announce that our Edmonton office has moved to a new location. Our new address is 4940 – 87 Street NW, Edmonton, AB  T6E 5W3.

To accommodate the continuous growth of our business in Northern Alberta, we have moved to a 3000 ft2 unit that has its own training room, a large board/meeting room, a full kitchen, and several offices. The unit is on the main floor, giving our visitors easy access to us. Free parking is also available.

Please note that while the address has changed, our contact information remains the same. For any service inquiries, we can be reached at 1.877.243.6838. You can also contact our Edmonton Operations Manager Bill Martin at 780.395.0700 or at bmartin@ehsp.ca.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new Edmonton home.