With much appreciation for his contribution to the work of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada and its Board of Directors, we announce the retirement of Tim Armstrong Q.C., O. Ont. From the RSIC Board as of June, 2023. While stepping away from an active Director position, Tim will continue to share his insight and advice with the RSIC Board through his membership on its Advisory Council and his position as Chair Emeritus. Tim has been a Member of the Board since 2006 and became Chair of the Board in shortly after joining. Under his leadership during this term, Tim brought together an exceptional tripartite Board, a diverse group of incredibly talented and passionate individuals.
In the realm of labour rights and public service, there are rare individuals who stand out as beacons of justice and positive change. Tim Armstrong is one such exceptional figure, whose career and roles have shaped the landscape of labour law and administration in Ontario. From his notable work in labour and administrative law litigation to his influential positions as Deputy Minister and Advisor to the Premier, Tim’s contributions have left an indelible mark on the province and beyond. Today, as he retires from the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada (RSIC) Board, we express our profound gratitude for his unwavering commitment to making the world a safer and fairer place.
With a diverse range of prestigious roles, from his impactful work in labour law to his pivotal contributions in the realm of radiation safety, Tim’s dedication to public service cannot be underappreciated.
Championing Labour Rights:
Throughout his career, Tim Armstrong distinguished himself as a champion of labour rights. His expertise in labour law litigation earned him a reputation as a formidable advocate for workers’ rights, tirelessly fighting for fair treatment and just compensation. With a genuine passion for protecting the rights of the marginalized and underserved, Tim’s work has become a testament to the power of law in ensuring a more equitable society.
Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board:
As Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Tim Armstrong wielded his knowledge and experience to preside over critical labour disputes, fostering an environment of open dialogue and resolution. Under his guidance, the Board became a beacon of hope for workers seeking justice and fairness in their workplace. His commitment to impartiality and fairness ensured that decisions made under his watch upheld the principles of justice and equality.
Deputy Minister of Labour of Ontario (1976-1986):
Serving as the Deputy Minister of Labour for a decade, Tim Armstrong held a significant role in shaping labour policy and governance in Ontario. His leadership in this capacity was marked by a relentless dedication to improving working conditions, advocating for occupational safety, and enhancing the overall well-being of the labour force. Tim’s strategic vision and understanding of labour issues transformed the landscape of labour relations in the province.
Tim was a major driving force between the changes to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act after the Royal Commission on the Health and Safety of Workers in Mines, more commonly known as the Ham Commission Report. The Ham Commission was called to investigate excess lung cancer and silicosis in underground uranium miners in Elliot Lake, Ontario after a wildcat strike over health and safety concerns. The three rights of knowledge, contributive responsibility, and direct responsibility found in all modern health and safety legislation in Canada came from the Ham Commission Report.
The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada was formed as a response to the human disaster that occurred in Elliot Lake. Having someone so close to this facet of Ontario and Canadian history be Chair of the Board helped to keep RSIC focused on its mission to promote radiation safety and awareness through sharing science and best practice. The Board, management and staff at the Institute wish Tim all the best and thank him for his decades of dedicated service to making our vision of enhanced radiation awareness and safety in workplaces and communities a reality.
Agent General for the Asia-Pacific Region for Ontario:
In recognition of his exceptional skills in diplomacy and trade, Tim Armstrong was appointed as the Agent General for the Asia-Pacific Region for Ontario. In this capacity, he played a vital role in fostering economic relations and promoting Ontario’s interests in the global marketplace. His diplomatic acumen and dedication to advancing trade opportunities contributed significantly to the province’s economic growth.
Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade, and Technology of Ontario:
Tim’s versatile expertise extended beyond labour matters, and he proved instrumental in advancing Ontario’s industrial and technological sectors as the Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade, and Technology. His leadership helped position the province as a hub of innovation and competitiveness on the world stage.
Advisor to the Premier of Ontario on Special Files and Economic Development:
As an Advisor to the Premier on special files and economic development, Tim Armstrong’s counsel was invaluable in steering Ontario towards sustainable growth and prosperity. His visionary ideas and strategic thinking paved the way for impactful initiatives that addressed critical challenges and fostered inclusive economic development.
Chair of the Radiation Safety Institute Board since 2006:
For nearly two decades, Tim served as the Chair of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada Board, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to public safety and the well-being of communities. Under his leadership, the RSIC made significant strides in advancing radiation safety education, research, and policy, leaving a lasting impact on the field.
Tim Armstrong’s career journey is a testament to the power of dedication, compassion, and expertise in shaping a better society. As a champion of labour rights and a trailblazer in public service, he leaves behind a lasting legacy of positive change and a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals. Today, we celebrate Tim’s exceptional contributions and express our heartfelt gratitude for his exceptional commitment to health and safety and to making the world a better place. As we move forward, we carry with us the lessons learned from Tim’s exemplary leadership and the principles he embodied. Together, with his continued guidance and wisdom on the RSIC Advisory Council, we will chart a path towards greater advancements in health and safety in Canada. Thank you, Tim, for your outstanding service and your unwavering dedication. Your retirement from the RSIC Board marks the end of an extraordinary era, but it also heralds a new chapter of continued growth, progress, and shared achievements. Together, we shall build upon your legacy and work towards new achievements.