Best In Safety 2023

  Recognizing the safety professionals and companies across Canada who have excelled and raised the bar

All throughout 2023, Key Media’s 30-strong Intelligence Unit researched and produced a series of Special Reports, each showcasing the top-performing safety professionals and companies across a number of important professional categories.

All of our 172 published reports over the past 12 months have already attracted 2.4 million online pageviews, as we’ve crowned 5,044 deserving winners globally.

In the process, 14,000 readers across Canada have been sent our surveys. The culmination of all that extensive reporting is our annual Best in Safety digital edition.

The Best in Safety recognizes the safety award winners from 2023’s Special Reports and features a combined 353 individuals and companies from the sector.

This prestigious list provides a definitive annual collection of those who have delivered outstanding results, introduced new initiatives, refined existing working practices, and also acted as a source of inspiration to colleagues.

Winner of Canada’s Top Women in Safety, Jacquelyn Oduro, says, “Achieving the recognition was a proud moment for me and the Sales & Service Safety Association (S2SA). This award goes beyond acknowledging my 15 years in this field; it’s a stepping stone toward the future. It’s not just a personal achievement but a reflection of the collaborative efforts of the entire S2SA team who prioritize workplace safety and well-being.”

While Canadian Safety Group’s Sarah Wilson adds, “We here at CSG are reflecting on our 2023 safety awards with pride and excitement. As we step into 2024, our wish is for continued enhancement of worker safety, innovation in training delivery, and surpassing even our own expectations.”

This annual guide was curated and published by Canadian Occupational Safety.

We also thank all the following industry bodies for their help with our reports:

  • Canada Safety Council

  • Women in Occupational Health & Safety Society

  • Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC

  • Workplace Safety North

  • Wellness Works Canada

  • The Canadian Institute of Workplace Bullying Resources

Below is the Best in Safety. We hope you enjoy discovering those who we believe are shining brightest and building a better future for the safety industry.


Best In Safety 2023

How we choose the best 

Each year, our research team sends out thousands of surveys to the safety industry, which it then follows up with phone interviews to find out just who the industry thinks is worthy of recognition. The shortlisted finalists are then put in front of our judging panel to help make a final decision on who to include.

2,357,286 Pageviews of the 'Best In' page

216 Surveys we sent out globally in 2023

172 Special reports we produced globally in 2023

About the supporting associations

Canada Safety Council

The Canada Safety Council is an independent, knowledge-based, charitable organization dedicated to the cause of safety. It provides national leadership in safety through information, education and collaboration. The Council is Canada’s voice and resource for safety.

As a not-for-profit, non-government organization, the Council draws upon the dedication and commitment of its directors, committee members and instructors. Contributions from corporate and individual members enable a small professional staff to maintain programming and respond to inquiries from the public, professionals, the media and others.

The Council’s mission is to lead the national effort to reduce preventable deaths, injuries and economic loss in public and private places throughout Canada. The organization serves as a credible, reliable resource for safety information, education and awareness in all aspects of Canadian life – in traffic, at home, at work and at leisure.

Focusing on safety education as the key to long-range reductions in avoidable deaths and injuries, the Council serves as a national resource for safety programs, working with and through partner organizations that deliver and/or fund these programs.

Women in Occupational Health & Safety Society

Incorporated as a not-for-profit society in 2017, the Women in Occupational Health & Safety Society (WOHSS) is a grass-roots organization that is dedicated to supporting women working in occupational health and safety (OH&S). WOHSS is committed to building a better future for women in occupational health and safety.

The board of directors is comprised of professionals from across the country, representing a diverse cross-section of the occupational health and safety profession. The board represents leaders of different backgrounds, experiences, and career paths, all dedicated to one common goal: to build a better future for women working in OH&S.

Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC

The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC is the industry-driven, not-for-profit health and safety association for manufacturers and food processors in British Columbia. We exist to provide confidential, professional support to manufacturing and food processing companies to help them improve their health and safety performance by building effective systems to prevent workplace injuries.

Our goal is to assist members and clients in enhancing their health and safety management systems, safeguarding workers and reducing related costs.

What we do
We work hand in hand with your organization to help you build an effective and sustainable health and safety management system. If you do not have an occupational health and safety (OHS) resource or program in place, we can work with your team to help you build one.

We offer a number of trainings, tools, resources, and professional advisory services to help your business become a healthier and safer place to work. Whether in a classroom or on your shop floor, we go the extra mile so you can achieve your objectives.

Workplace Safety North

An independent not-for-profit, Workplace Safety North (WSN) is one of four sector-based health and safety associations in Ontario. Headquartered in northern Ontario, WSN provides government-approved province-wide workplace health and safety training and services for the mining and forest products industries. Its vision is ‘Every worker, home safe and healthy.’

With health and safety specialists located across the province, WSN and its legacy organizations have been helping make Ontario workplaces safer for more than 100 years. As a leading provider of health and safety training and consulting, businesses call upon WSN for expert advice and information.

Services include the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Health and Safety Excellence program, the Safe Workplace Ontario safety certification program, and online and on-site health and safety consulting and training.

Virtual, in-person, and on-site training includes the following government-approved courses: Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification, Working at Heights Safety Training, and mining and forestry common core mandatory skills training. Related courses include Competent Supervisor, Workplace Mental Health Series, and Mine Rescue.

A proud partner in Ontario’s occupational health and safety system, WSN is recognized by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, and WSIB as a designated trainer and service provider.

Wellness Works Canada

Wellness Works Canada is your independent, not-for-profit workplace health and performance association. It supports workplace health and well-being practitioners and employers in building healthy, high-performing work cultures in alignment with your health and safety management system. It supports its members and the public with evidence-informed tools, resources, and accreditation to support employee well-being and organizational performance and achieve its vision of a healthy population and a high-performing economy.

The Canadian Institute of Workplace Bullying Resources

The Canadian Institute of Workplace Bullying Resources’ (CIWBR) mission is to provide services to individual and corporate clients with dignity, inclusion, and integrity using evidence-based practices and approaches with openness and transparency.

Through their work, their mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and corporations. CIWBR’s goal is to provide early intervention where they can and to provide repair and restoration of health functioning for those in need of help.

For workplaces, the mission is to provide counselling, consulting, and coaching services that lead to psychological health and safety for all. CIWBR Mandate: Providing prevention, early intervention, restorative, and repair services for psychological safety in the workplace.