The Government of Canada Announces the Appointment of a New Governor to the
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the
Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced the
appointment of Mr. Sylvester Wong as governor representing the Northwest
Territories on the Council of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Occupational
Health and Safety Board (CCOHS), effective immediately.
"Mr. Wong has a great deal of experience in the field of occupational health
and safety," said Minister Blackburn. "His combined experience and practical
knowledge should prove to be an asset to the Centre."
Mr. Wong has gained extensive experience in occupational health and safety.
From 1982 to 1996, he worked as Mining Engineer and Inspector of mines for the
Government of the Northwest Territories. Mr. Wong then held the position of
Chief Inspector of Mines, Workers' Compensation Board until 2007, and is now
Vice President, Prevention Services, Workers' Safety and Compensation
Commission, both for the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Mr. Wong has shown his commitment to occupational health and safety through
his involvement in a number of committees, including the Association of Workers'
Compensation Boards of Canada's Safety Prevention Committee, and the Workers'
Safety and Compensation Commission's Stakeholder Focus Committee.
Mr. Wong holds a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta.
He is a professional engineer registered with the Association of Professionals,
Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of the Northwest Territories and
Nunavut, and with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and
Geophysicists of Alberta.
The internationally known CCOHS, located in Hamilton, Ontario, was created in
1978 to promote the fundamental right of Canadians to a healthy and safe working
environment. Governed by 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.