Board of Directors
The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada is a self-governing organization. Overall authority and responsibility rest with its Board of Directors. The Directors are chosen for their good sense, practiced judgment and broad experience and are elected independently from the business, academic, legal, health care and other communities and from labour, industry and government. The Board of Governors is an independent body. It is also, by policy, a multi-partite body. The Board seeks and maintains representation from the three traditional sectors of industry, government and labour. To this traditional triumvirate is added a fourth group of independent, knowledgeable and experienced people who support the Institute’s mission
Member of the board
Tim Armstrong, Q.C., has practiced law in the private and public sectors since 1960. He joined the Ontario public service in 1974 as Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, served as Deputy Minister of Labour, from 1976 to 1986, was appointed Ontario’s Agent General in Tokyo for the Asia Pacific Region by Premier Peterson (1986-1990) was selected Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology by Bob Rae, 1991-1992,
In October 2004, John Beaucage was elected as Grand Council Chief to serve the 42-member First Nations of the Anishinabek Nation. John was re-elected in 2006, by acclamation, a rare occurrence in the history of one of Canada’s oldest First Nation, political organizations.
Since graduation from University of Toronto’s faculties of Business and Law, Arnie Cader has been involved with the development, structuring, restructuring, growth and management of a diverse range of private and public Canadian
Patrick J. Dillon is the Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario; a position he has held since January of 1997. Patrick began his career in the construction industry as an apprentice electrician
Stephen Hunt was named Director of USW District 3 in April 2004. A miner and union member his entire working life, Hunt became a Steelworker in 1973 and was appointed as a staff representative in 1984. In 1995, he became District 3 Education, Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator.
In 2004, he led the USW merger with the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada, which made the USW the largest forest workers union in Canada. In 2005 he co-chaired a Steelworkers Forest Fatalities Summit that reviewed the industry’s safety record and made recommendations for improvements. He spearheaded the union’s Stop the Killing campaign, which in 2006 successfully pushed for an investigation by the Canadian Auditor General, who issued a report in 2008 that was critical of the government’s safety measures.
Hunt has been involved in negotiations with companies in the copper, coal, potash and forest products industries. In 2007, he chaired negotiations for over 8,000 woodworkers. He holds a charter director designation from DeGroote Business School at McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada. He lives in Steveston, British Columbia.
Buzz Hargrove, OC, is the former National President of the Canadian Auto Workers trade union. He is currently serving as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management.
The Honourable R. Roy McMurty, OC, O.ONT, QC, Counsel, Hull and Hull LLP
The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, Q.C., has a long-standing record of public and community service. McMurtry practiced law as a trial counsel for 17 years before being elected to the Ontario legislature in 1975. Upon election, he was appointed to the Cabinet of Premier William G. Davis as the Attorney General of Ontario,
In 1985, McMurtry was appointed Canada’s High Commissioner to Great Britain, a post which he held until late 1988. In 1991 he was appointed Associate Chief Justice of the Superior Court in Ontario and then Chief Justice of that court in 1994. In February 1996 he was appointed Chief Justice of Ontario, a capacity in which he served for over 11 years until May 30, 2007. McMurtry was selected as a recipient of the Order of Ontario in 2007 and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009. He has been the chancellor for York University since 2008.
Ms. Cynthia Morton has been the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation since July 24, 2017. Prior to joining Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation, Ms. Morton served as the Chief Executive Officer of eHealth Ontario since September 2014 until 2017.
She served as a Senior-Vice President and General Counsel of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. She was responsible for implementing an electronic health record system for
Labour Co-Chair of the Ontario Mining Health Safety and Prevention Review, January 2014 – June 2015. (MHSPR was set up to perform a thorough review of Ontario’s mining industry and to provide the Ontario Minister of Labour with a report containing recommendations to make the mining industry safer and healthier for its workforce.)
– Member of the Board of Directors of the Workers Health & Safety Centre, 1992 – 1996.
– Member of the Council of Ontario Sectoral Health & Safety Organizations, 1994 – 1996.
(COSHSO was an organization set up to oversee joint initiatives in health and safety training between labour and management organizations in Ontario.)
– Member of the Joint Steering Committee on Hazardous Substances and its Biomedical Surveillance Task Force, 1992 – 1996.
(The JSCHS and the BMSTF were committees appointed by the Ontario Minister of Labour with a directive to arrive at a consensus between labour and management in Ontario and to give advice to the Minister about: permissible exposure levels for regulated chemicals and substances; new regulations relating to workplace monitoring; new regulations relating to the provision of medical monitoring as well as the protocols for such monitoring programs.)
– Labour Co-Chair of Small Business Advisory Committee established through the Ontario Workplace Health and Safety Agency, 1993 – 1996.
(The SBAC was a joint labour and management committee appointed by the Ontario Minister of Labour to give advice to the Minister with respect to health and safety regulations for Ontario’s small business sector.)
– Alternate member of the Ontario Mining Legislative Review Committee, 1992 – 1996.
(The MLRC is a joint labour and management committee appointed by the Ontario Minister of Labour to give advice to the Minister with respect to health and safety regulations for the Ontario mining industry.)
– Member of Green Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee, 1993 – 1994.
(GIMAC was a tripartite committee appointed by the Ontario Minister of Environment and Energy to give advice on Green Industry Technology issues. Its report was published in November 1994.)
– Member of Ontario Premier’s Labour and Management Advisory Council Secretariat to study Workers’ Compensation Reform, 1993.
– Participated as a member in the Governor General’s Canadian Study Conference, June 1991.
(The GGCSC is a multi-partite structure established to provide opportunities for Canada’s potential future leaders to share occupational and life experiences and thought processes with each other, over a 21 day period of intense interaction in various regional settings throughout Canada.)
– Author and/or co-author and/or instructor of numerous worker education materials on occupational health and safety as well as other topics.
– Author and/or co-author of various briefs and submissions to government agencies.
– Negotiator in workplace contract negotiations.
– Representative of workers and families at various Public Tribunals and Coroner’s Inquests.
– Canadian Delegate to the International Labour Organization meeting to develop an International Standard for Health and Safety in the Mines, June 1994.
– Canadian Delegate to the International Labour Organization reconvened meeting to complete the development of an International Standard for Health and Safety in the Mines, June 1995.
– Member of the Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee, 1998 – 2003.
(MSHRAC is a Federal Advisory Committee that gives advice on mining safety and health research matters to the US Government through NIOSH – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.)
Frank began his career in the nuclear industry with Ontario Hydro, where he held a variety of management positions. This included experience in a number of disciplines including engineering, operations, quality assurance, safety and inspection.
Dave has worked in the electrical power industry in Canada for the past 50 years. He commenced his work in the Electrical Power Industry as a Generating Plant Operator in the sixties for Ontario Hydro. Progressed through the Operator classifications.
Advisory Council Members
Leo W Gerard, LLD, International President, United Steelworkers
Ken Neumann, Canadian National Director, United Steelworkers
The Radiation Safety Institute Staff
National Office Team / Toronto
Vic Pakalnis, Interim President and CEO
Mr. Pakalnis took charge of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada in the capacity of its Interim President and CEO on October 1, 2019.Vic Pakalnis has a rich and diverse background in the mining industry, government and academic institutions. In 1972, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering and in 1976, obtained a Master’s Degree in Engineering, both from McGill University. In 1994, Vic garnered his wall with yet another Master’s Degree, this time in Business Administration from Queen’s University. In 2007, he was appointed the 2007-2008 Ontario Public Service Amethyst Fellow in Public Policy at Queen’s University School of Policy Studies, where he taught courses in the MPA, MIR and Mining Engineering Programs on policy implementation, project management, and
occupational health and safety.
Before his entry in the Government of Ontario in 1978, Vic worked in various mines in the province: Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Kerr Addison Mines, Inco Mines Ltd. as well as the Iron Ore Company of Canada. Vic had a 32 year career in provincial government at the Ontario Ministry of Labour. He worked as the Chief Mining Engineer, Provincial Director of Mining, Director of Industrial Health & Safety, Regional Director of Eastern Ontario (which included corporate and program responsibilities for Health and Safety Programs and Employment Standards) and Operations Director for Human Resources (which required him to recruit and train over two hundred new inspectors). Amongst his successes, Vic was also one of the founding members and past Chair of the Eastern Ontario Regional Directors’ Council and the Provincial Interministerial Council and in 2010, was elected as president of the 88,000-member Ontario Public Service Quarter Century Club. Furthermore, he chaired the tripartite Provincial inquiry into Health and Safety in the Pulp and Paper industry and co-led the Early Wins Team within the Internal Administration Restructuring Project in 1995, a project that was charged with reducing the cost of administration within the Ontario Public Service by $300M.
Due to his experience and influence in the Canadian Mining Safety community, Vic has appeared on radio and television networks such as CNN, BNN, CBC and CTV as a commentator on health and safety issues, in particular the Chilean Mine Rescue Operation in 2010. He is the author of a number of papers on varying subjects such as: mine safety, public policy, training and organizational design.
Vic is a proud member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Society of Mining Engineers, the Canadian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. He serves on the Board of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada as well as the Board of Minerva Canada, which promotes the introduction of occupational health and safety in schools.
In July 2012, he became President and CEO of MIRARCO Mining Innovation; a not-for profit corporation with 50 researchers and revenues of $4M. On November 1st 2016, he was appointed Associate VP at Laurentian Mining Innovation Technology, an umbrella organization composed of 225 researchers at Laurentian University. .
Dr. Curtis Caldwell, Chief Scientist
Dr. Curtis Caldwell, Chief Scientist Dr. Caldwell has over 25 years of experience as a Medical Physicist and Radiation Safety Consultant. Before joining the Institute, he held positions as a hospital-based Radiation Physicist and Corporate RSO, as well as being a Class II RSO for a commercial cyclotron facility.
As a partner in an award-winning consulting firm, he has provided radiation safety services, nationally and internationally, to numerous Nuclear Medicine and X-ray facilities and industrial users of x-ray equipment and radioactive sources. He has held academic appointments in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, as well as the Department of Physics, Ryerson University. Dr. Caldwell has been active in academic research, having more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. As Chief Scientist, Dr. Caldwell is responsible for providing direction to the Institute’s scientific staff, including Radiation Protection Services, National Laboratory Operations, and National Education Programs.
Bruce Sylvester, CFO
Mr. Sylvester is an accomplished accountant and finance executive with over 45 years of senior management experience, including engagements as CFO for both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. In addition to leading the financial operations of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada, Mr, Sylvester is spearheading the organization’s administrative and operational transformation.
Tara Hargreaves Staff Scientist and Manager of Training (B.Sc., Physics and Mathematics, Guelph; M.Sc., Astronomy, McMaster)
Ms. Hargreaves is Staff Scientist and Manager of Training. In addition to her teaching and course development activities, she has conducted EMF (electromagnetic field) surveys for clients ranging from small businesses to nuclear power plants. Ms. Hargreaves is a member of the Canadian Radiation Protection Association and the Health Physics Society, and has completed training in Quality Control Testing at the Michener Institute.
Natalia Mozayani, Executive Director
Together with the members of the Executive Team, Ms. Mozayani is responsible for the Institute’s overall strategic direction. In addition, she manages RSIC marketing and communications’ portfolio, and leads business development initiatives. Ms Mozayani brings years of experience in implementation of international development projects and strong business management skills.
Maria Costa, Coordinator, Administrative Services
Ms. Costa maintains the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada’s databases and takes care of administrative duties at the National Education Centre.
Fergal Nolan National Laboratories Team / Saskatoon
Brian Bjorndal, Manager of the National Laboratories
Mr. Bjorndal brings over 20 years experience in radiation safety and occupational health and safety in industry, academia and research. Before joining the Institute, he held positions as Director, Workplace Safety and Environmental Protection with the University of Saskatchewan, and Manager Safety and Radiation with AREVA Resources.
Octavian Mavrichi, Radiation Scientist
Mr. Mavrichi is responsible for data analysis, quality assurance and related research for all services offered by the laboratory. He also participates in delivering our training courses in Saskatoon.
Jolene Miner, Coordinator of Radon Testing & Administrative Services
Jolene is the Coordinator of Radon Testing & Administrative Services at the Institute’s National Laboratories. In addition to being the friendly voice who answers questions about radon and radon testing when you call our toll-free number, she is certified as a Radon Measurement Professional by C-NRPP and coordinates the Institute’s Home Radon Testing Program which is performed in our C-NRPP certified Radon Analytical Laboratory.
Kaley Lowe , Laboratory Technologist
Ms. Lowe is responsible for all laboratory processing and work procedures related to the PAD Dosimetry service as well as instrument calibrations and maintenance/repairs at the National Laboratories.
Brandi Klassen, Laboratory Assistant
Ms. Klassen assists in a variety of laboratory services including our PAD Dosimetry service, and radon monitoring service.
Pam Lynn, Laboratory Assistant
Ms. Lynn performs a variety of lab related activities at our National Laboratory in Saskatoon. She is involved in the PAD Dosimetry Service and the Postal Quality Assurance program.
Seung Bang, Laboratory Assistant
Mr. Bang performs a variety of lab related activities in our National Laboratory in Saskatoon, SK.
Barb Lemon, Office Administrator
Barb is responsible for invoicing and Accounts Receivable duties at the National Laboratory.