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2016 Safety Professional of the Year

Since 1985, the two Saskatchewan chapters of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the Saskatchewan Safety Council have closely examined the province’s safety landscape to discover and acknowledge individuals who made a real difference in the field of health and safety over the previous year.

Each year, during the Council’s Industrial Safety Seminar, the Ed Amalo Memorial Award is presented to the Safety Professional of the Year by the previous year’s recipient. In the months leading up to the event, nominations are put forward to a selection panel by the two CSSE Chapters, as well as individuals, companies and other organizations.

This year, the 2016 Safety Professional of the Year was awarded to Bob Ocrane.2016 Safety Professional of the Year, Bob Ocrane (left) receiving the Ed Amalo Memorial Award from Ryan Bast, 2015 Safety Professional of the Year

Bob’s “second career” in safety extends back to 1998 when he began developing safety programs for a grain processing facility in Biggar, SK. Today, Bob holds a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan, a certificate in Safety from the University of Alberta, and is employed as a Safety Officer for ILTA Grain. He believes in keeping a positive attitude and claims there are two things that make his job very rewarding… witnessing workers using their safety training; and, seeing older employees educating young workers on safety hazards in the workplace.

Always working tirelessly to influence others in preventing injuries, Bob has made his past places of employment safer for co-workers and contractors. As a CSSE volunteer, Bob has held various executive roles within the Northern Lights Chapter. 

Bob’s volunteer efforts as a Coordinator with the Saskatoon Steps for Life walk (a fundraiser for families who have suffered as a result of a workplace tragedy) have contributed significantly to the success it is today.

Nomination information is available on the Saskatchewan Safety Council Website www.sasksafety.org

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