Director of Health, Safety & Risk

Oakville, ON Full-time $100000.00-$150000.00/year

Who We Are

We are a dynamic, growth-oriented, and safety-focused company. Our organization has been deemed to be an “essential service” by providing collection and processing of Waste and Recyclables that keep our communities clean and safe.  With customer service and safety as our focus, we are looking for an energetic and driven leader to support our growing company and play a crucial role in the circular economy. Emterra is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, a certified diverse supplier of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), the Canadian Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBE) and WEConnect International.

Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Health, Safety & Risk will lead and manage all Safety, Compliance and Risk functions within Emterra Group’s operations located in BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the state of Michigan. The focus of delivery on all processes and programs will be safe, effective, prevention-based practices that strive for measurable results and excellent customer service. This position plays a critical role in acting as an advocate for safety and will demonstrate principles and practices that will optimize a safe environment for all.
What You Will Achieve in This Role:

  • Work with senior leadership to set organizational risk management and health and safety goals.
  • Work with all cross functional teams to raise the bar in safety culture and build an environment where safety is a way of life.
  • Develop targeted KPI’s that will roll-up to a monthly, quarterly, and annual dashboard to clearly identify successes and areas for improvement.
  • Conduct statistical/trend analysis of vehicle collision, near misses, workplace incidents and coordinate action plans and preventive measures with senior leadership and operating managers. 
  • Expedite corporate wide standardization of programs and policies, reporting, analysis, and evaluation of risk issues and trends in an effort to develop and implement mitigation mechanisms in support of staff and community safety and organization-wide risk mitigation.
  • Prepare safety policies and procedures and provide support in implementing these policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with staff and leaders to identify and develop strategies and training for improving staff safety and promoting a ‘Safety First’ culture.
  • Ensure that federal, provincial, state, and local safety laws, regulations, codes, and rules are observed, and that OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements are met.
  • Develop and monitor policies and procedural guidelines to reduce liability and exposure from employee injuries, vehicle collisions and public safety issues. 
  • Develop instructional, operational and safety manuals for the operating managers and Health and Safety Specialists.
  • Conduct investigations of workplace accidents, injuries, and job site safety and make recommendations to correct any issues and put in place preventive measures to correct unsafe behaviours.
  • Act as a resource in the development, maintenance, and improvement of quality improvement processes including creating action plans to address areas of improvement and ensure follow-up actions are completed.
  • Oversee and facilitate the implementation of the annual Insurance Renewal process.
  • Participate in industry and other safety associations maintaining the company profile, monitoring trends, and competitor programs.
  • Provide expertise and training to all employees on issues related to safety.
  • Develop training materials that reduce employees' exposure to hazardous materials and situations
  • Create a high-performance team.
  • Model accountability, responsibility, and the values of Emterra to the team.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field; Risk Management Certificate/program completion an asset.
  • Minimum ten (10) years of progressive leadership experience in health and safety and risk management in a transportation and/or manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in federal, provincial, state, and local safety laws, regulations, codes, OHSA and substance abuse legislation.
  • Excellent understanding of operational excellence, quality improvement, change management and service innovation with expertise in utilizing quality improvement tools.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitation, collaboration and negotiation with multiple stakeholders and service providers.
  • Advanced knowledge of data management, statistical analysis, and data visualization.
  • Strong attention to detail and effective project management and negotiation skills.
  • Leadership style that supports a learning environment and competencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in enterprise risk management frameworks, insurance management process, claims management, and contracts/agreements in the transportation or manufacturing sector.
  • Solid familiarity with emergency preparedness, incident management, and pandemic and communicable disease planning.
  • Flexible, self-directed, and able to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate initiative and adaptability; able to prioritize conflicting demands and work within tight timelines.
  • Excellent computer skills with working knowledge of various software, including Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent interpersonal and effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel across Canada and the United States. 

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