Judging for OHS Honours is done by our volunteer, independent expert panel. Here’s a look at the judging panel for the 2023 competition:
Maureen Shaw has spent over 30 years as a leader in Occupational Health and Safety – provincially, nationally and internationally. She is the former President and CEO of IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) headquartered in Toronto, and led IAPA in the development of its Healthy Workplace Model, which integrates leadership, physical health and safety, wellness and psychological health into organizational strategy and culture. The Healthy Workplace framework and model has been adopted by the World Health Organization as their global strategy. Maureen is a thought leader, lecturer and presenter in boardrooms, conferences and in the education community, and is a regular writer and contributor on organizational wellness and mental health for Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine. Maureen is a lifelong learner and teacher of organizational leadership, governance, and people.
Maureen has been recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership, including being one of 60 Canadians to be recipients of the Inaugural Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; being recognized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) for her “contribution and commitment to the worldwide advancement of occupational safety and health”; receiving the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation, also referred to as the Canada 125 Medal; being a recipient of the Calgary YWCA Woman of Distinction in Business, Labour, and the Professions Award; and, receiving the Canada Safety Council National Award.
Maureen is passionate about all things creative. She encourages innovation and creativity in all aspects of life and work, and is a lifelong love of reading, writing, visual and performing arts.
Shelagh started her EMS career with Humboldt Ambulance in 1990, followed by a 20-year career as an Advanced Care Paramedic with MD Ambulance Care Ltd. in Saskatoon. After sustaining a workplace injury, she participated in multiple therapy programs and return to work accommodations and was eventually assigned to her first industrial contract on the Lanigan Potash Mine.
While working on this site, Shelagh started to understand how and why her workplace injury occurred and she developed a passion to learn more about injury incidents, prevention and a process for managing return to work programs on site.
Shelagh has now worked with clients and employers from Baffin Island to Vancouver Island and in multiple industries including, Oil and Gas, Potash Mining, Hydro Electrical Mega Project, Steel Fabrication and Erection, Civic Government and Transit Operations just to name a few.
Prior to the global pandemic, Shelagh became certified as a Psychological Health & Safety Advisor through the Canadian Mental Health Association with the ability to implement and monitor mental health programs and complex psychological RTW programs for her clients. In 2022, Shelagh became a certified Mental Health First Aid facilitator with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
She is passionate about helping injured workers and supporting employers with her experience and knowledge to return workers as early and as safely as possible to their pre-injury employment. As a specialist she strives to capitalize on advances in technology, social networks and remote work force alternatives to set new standards of excellence.
In September of 2022, Shelagh was inducted into the inaugural OHS Canada Hall of Fame in Toronto as one of three Canadians. Her experience and commitment to helping ALL injured workers in the workplace continues to drive her to provide education and awareness as it pertains to mental health and a psychologically safe workplace environment.