Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer gets up-close and personal with construction sector

CPO Ron Kelusky sharing opinions and ideas with senior H&R Construction Management officials at the Sonic Condos project at Don Mills Rd. and Eglinton Ave. East.

Last month Tickner and Associates had the privilege of inspecting some of our clients’ construction projects with Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer, Ron Kelusky. Mr. Kelusky has a long history of public service and, has been for years, one of the province’s strongest advocates for health and safety.

Prior to this appointment as Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer on March 12, 2018, Mr. Kelusky was President and CEO of Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA). PSHSA is responsible for providing health and safety services and advice to over 10,000 firms and 1.67 million workers across Ontario’s public, broader public, not for profit and private sectors in health and community care, education and culture, municipal and provincial government, public safety and emergency services, and First Nations communities.

Mr. Kelusky’s leadership experience spans the public, private and Not-for-Profit sectors. Prior to joining the Canadian Red Cross, Ron was President of GestureTek Health, a health care technology startup focused on the development and introduction of leading edge virtual reality medical technology into global health markets. He is the holder of two registered patents no. 8577081 and 20120082353 for Mobile Video Based Therapy.

CPO getting a tour of The Diamond Condominiums project on Yonge St.

Mr. Kelusky has also served as Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of March of Dimes and for more than 28 years worked with the City of Toronto. In the last 5 years with the City of Toronto, he served as Chief and General Manager of Toronto Emergency Medical Services. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Diplomas in Health and Human Resources, is a Certified Municipal Manager (CMM III) and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.

Taking a first-hand look at the Sonic Condos project at Don Mills Rd. and Eglinton Ave. East (owner/developer , DonMeg Developments Ltd. /Construction Manager, H&R Construction Management and The Diamond Condominiums on Yonge St., south of Finch Ave. (Builder, Diamante Development Corp./General Constructor, Ledcor Construction Group, there was so much to take in.

Tickner and Associate’s President and CEO Roger Tickner with Ron Kelusky

The field trip was spent exchanging information, ideas and safety solutions with senior site officials, on the importance of understanding the root causes of workplace injuries; worker training/education; and ultimately, how to make job sites and workplaces safer .