Government of Canada announces new CCOHS president

The Government of Canada has announced Stevan Horvath as the new president of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. He is set to replace the organization's current president, S. Len Hong, on Aprill 11, 2011.

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Labour, announced the appointment of Stevan Horvath as full-time President of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, effective April 11, 2011, according to a statement released by the government.

"I am pleased that Mr. Horvath has accepted this position," said Minister Raitt. "With 25 years of experience in business leadership, and 10 years of experience in the field of health and safety, Mr. Horvath will definitely be an asset to the Centre."

Horvath is presently the Vice-President of Operations for Advanced Inc., a leading supplier of audio visual solutions serving the corporate, government and education markets in Ontario. For more than 10 years, he held a number of positions— including chairman— on the Board of Directors for the Industrial Accident Prevention Association, a not-for-profit health and safety organization operating in Ontario. Throughout his career, Mr. Horvath has also occupied several senior management positions in both private and public corporations.

Horvath holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen's University and an Industrial Hygiene Certificate from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In addition, he is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, located in Hamilton, Ontario, was created in 1978 to promote the fundamental right of Canadians to a healthy and safe working environment. Governed by a tripartite council representing the federal, provincial and territorial governments, employers and workers, the Centre provides Canadians with unbiased and relevant information that supports responsible decision making on health and safety issues in the workplace.