Safety Champions recognized at 2022 Safety First in Cape Breton SymposiumMay 11, 2022

Sydney, NS – Safety was top-of-mind on May 4 as more than 200 professionals representing several industries gathered at Membertou Trade & Convention Centre for the 2022 Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium, hosted by the Cape Breton Partnership in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration and WCB Nova Scotia.

A key highlight of the day was the 2022 Safety First in Cape Breton Awards ceremony, presented by Protocase, where occupational health and safety champions were recognized for their contributions in building a strong safety culture and going above and beyond to make their workplace, and all of Cape Breton – Unama’ki, the safest place to do business.

The 2022 Safety First in Cape Breton Awards recipients include:

  • Safety Culture Champion Award: Victoria Co-operative Fisheries Ltd.
  • Engagement Ally Award: Paul Kehoe, Health & Safety Supervisor, Port Hawkesbury Paper, and Craig Thiel, Manager, Occupational Health & Safety Eastern Zone, Nova Scotia Health
  • Innovation Expert Award: Krista MacInnis, Administrative Assistant, Municipality of the County of Inverness.

“The Safety First in Cape Breton Network created these awards to honour employers and employees across a diverse range of organizations who are committed to making our Island’s workplaces the safest places to work and do business,” said Tyler Mattheis, President & CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “It was a privilege to be able to celebrate and recognize these organizations and individuals in person, and alongside our partners who help make this event such a success, and who work hard every day to improve workplace safety for all of us.”

The 2022 Symposium welcomed more than 200 delegates to the 10th annual Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium this year. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, visit an industry trade show, and participate in interactive breakout sessions that underscored how safety can be ingrained into our workplace cultures and everyday lives.

The Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium is the only event of its kind in Cape Breton – Unama’ki and is committed to making the Island the safest place to work and do business by prioritizing physical, psychosocial, and mental health of the workforce in our region. For additional details on the Safety First in Cape Breton Network, Symposium, and Awards please visit


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Cape Breton Partnership
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About the Cape Breton Partnership

The Cape Breton Partnership is Cape Breton – Unama’ki’s private sector-led economic development organization that supports companies and entrepreneurs by promoting our island as a great place to live, work, and invest; growing a culture that values and celebrates creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; and connecting entrepreneurs and companies to the resources they need to succeed. Learn more at

About the Safety First Cape Breton Network
The Safety First Network demonstrates Leadership by providing safe work environments for employees, distributing online newsletters to share with industry about safety related topics, highlight the work of the Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration, and WCB Nova Scotia, while showcasing the safety champions in the Cape Breton – Unama’ki region. 

Maureen Grover, Victoria Co-operative Fisheries accepts award from Fred Jeffers, Executive Director OHS Division, Labour, Skills and Immigration

Craig Thiel, Nova Scotia Health receiving the Engagement Ally Award from Kelly Johnston-Noseworthy, WCB Nova Scotia

Paul Kehoe, Port Hawkesbury Paper accepts the Engagement Ally Award from Ryan MacBurnie, Nova Scotia Power

Krista MacInnis from the Municipality of Inverness accepts the Innovation Expert Award from MJ MacDonald, CEO, Construction Safety NS