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                                2017 TSSA Safety Awards Program

Nominate an individual or organization with this form today.

TSSA believes that safety is a shared responsibility. We all share a desire to make Ontario safer. We all play a part in the safety system.

For that reason, TSSA created its Safety Awards program in 2015 as a way to formally acknowledge those individuals and organizations who work in our regulated sectors – fuels, elevating and amusements devices, boilers and pressure vessels, operating engineers, ski lifts, and upholstered and stuffed articles – and have made significant contributions to public safety in Ontario.

There are two award categories – Impact and Legacy. These simple designations provide general context for nominations as diverse as the people and industry sectors we regulate. Both provide TSSA the opportunity to acknowledge acts or initiatives that go beyond mere regulatory compliance.


  •   Both recognize acts and initiatives that enhance public safety for Ontarians
  •   Legacy takes into consideration the enduring aspect of the initiative being acknowledged
  •   Nominations submitted to TSSA by external stakeholders
  •   Annual
  •   Recipients honoured at TSSA’s Annual General Meeting held every September in Toronto


Nominations for the 2017 Impact and Legacy awards close June 1, but will be accepted throughout the year for future consideration.

Do you know of someone, (individual or organization, including yourself), who should be considered for an Impact or Legacy award?

We want to hear from you! Download a nomination form and send it to us:

  Email:  safetyawards@tssa.org

  Regular mail:
  TSSA Safety Awards
  345 Carlingview Drive
  Toronto, ON M9W 6N9

Meet TSSA's 2016 Leaders in Safety

Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance (Ontario) and Six Nations Natural Gas were celebrated as the recipients of the 2016 TSSA Safety Awards at its annual general meeting held September 27 in Toronto.

“This year’s winners represent the breadth of TSSA’s regulated sectors in fuels and ski lifts and reflect a commitment to public safety that is both admirable and worthy of recognition,” said TSSA President and CEO Michael Beard. “This year’s recipients not only brought a greater level of safety to those around them. They reinforced the notion that safety is a shared responsibility in extraordinary ways.”

Enbridge Gas Distribution, IMPACT Award recipient

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. was selected for its outstanding work to raise public awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning and other risks associated with natural gas. Its ‘Six Second Safety’ campaign used short, attention-grabbing videos to educate homeowners about the importance of maintaining natural-gas fueled appliances and installing carbon monoxide detectors. The campaign earned over a million views on social media and even more through a host of radio and online ads and brought greater awareness of a serious issue in an easily accessible and memorable way.

CSIA Ontario, IMPACT Award recipient

The Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA) - Ontario was acknowledged with a TSSA Safety Award for its work as a frontline ambassador for ski lift safety. Working at Ontario’s ski hills, CSIA instructors teach beginner skiers and boarders how to get on and off the lift safely. Their dedication, guidance, and effective safety efforts ensure safety at Ontario’s ski hills, both going up the hill and coming down.

Six Nations Natural Gas, IMPACT Award recipient

Six Nations Natural Gas Limited (SNNG), the first natural gas utility owned and built by a First Nation community, also received a TSSA Safety Award for putting safety at the forefront of its operations. In 1988, SNNG acquired the assets of a gas utility with a failing infrastructure. Not content with leaking metal pipes, SNNG immediately replaced the line and developed a risk management system to enhance service and safety. They also partnered with Ontario One Call to promote safe excavating practices.

Meet the recipients of the inaugural 2015 TSSA Safety Awards

L-R - Jim Douglas (ORCGA), Dr. Kathryn Woodcock (Ryerson University), John Gignac (Hawkins-Gignac Foundation), Todd McKone (West Perth and Perth East Fire Departments)

A Ryerson University professor who studies the safety of roller coasters and other amusement rides; a firefighter from Perth County turned film producer; a safety advocate who lost four members of his family to carbon monoxide poisoning; and, an industry association focused on protecting underground infrastructure were honoured as the winners of TSSA’s inaugural safety awards.

The prestigious awards celebrating leaders in public safety were presented September 29, 2015 at a ceremony held during TSSA’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto. Launched earlier this spring, TSSA’s Safety Awards program celebrates individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to public safety in Ontario in TSSA’s regulated sectors: Fuels; Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Operating Engineers; Elevating and Amusement Devices and Ski Lifts; and, Upholstered and Stuffed Articles.

“This year’s winners were truly noteworthy, both for their accomplishments and for their motivations,” said TSSA President and CEO Michael Beard. “The four outstanding recipients - Kathryn Woodcock, Perth County Fire Departments, the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA), and John Gignac of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation - not only enhanced public safety in Ontario in extraordinary ways, they reinforced the notion that safety is a shared responsibility,” added Mr. Beard.

Dr. Woodcock’s research with Ryerson University’s THRILL (Tools for Holistic Ride Inspection Learning) Laboratory focuses on human factors engineering and amusement ride designs. Her highly unique and innovative work balancing safety and fun has made a significant contribution to the safety of amusement parks across North America.

Todd McKone, Fire Prevention Officer with the Perth County Fire Departments, rallied his small community in Eastern Ontario to produce ‘The Wake Up Call’, a dramatic public safety video on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. The collective efforts of the community demonstrated the power of partnerships in enhancing public safety.

The ORCGA has brought utilities, municipalities and contractors together to reduce the risk of pipeline hits and damage to other underground infrastructure, which can result in gas leaks, flooding, explosions, and injuries. By promoting safe excavation practices and championing the creation of the Ontario One Call system for free locates of utility pipes and cables, the ORCGA has established a legacy in public safety in Ontario.

John Gignac, Founder and Executive Director of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation, took on the cause of carbon monoxide (CO) awareness after losing four members of his family in a CO poisoning incident. His tireless advocacy resulted in the passing of the Hawkins-Gignac Act mandating CO alarms in all Ontario homes. Following a personal tragedy Mr. Gignac found the strength, courage and persistence to make Ontario a safer place.

“The recipients of TSSA’s 2015 Safety Awards embody the spirit of partnership that keeps Ontarians safe and are an inspiration to us all. This is the sole reason we created the awards, to shine a light on the work that makes us safer, every day,” said Mr. Beard.

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