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WSP Canada

Regional Manager, Health, Safety & Envrionment - Quebec

Montreal, QC
Full Time
2 days ago
The Opportunity:

The Regional Manager - HSE Risks Prevention Expertise Delivery for the region of Quebec is responsible for ensuring that the regional team of advisors, under his/her supervision, is consistently & competently proactively supporting and overseeing the Business Sectors' staff & employees in implementing WSP Canada's processes & controls for the prevention of injuries, illnesses, and environmental impacts, arising from activities of employees and subcontractors.

The Regional Manager ensures that the expertise delivery provided by the Risk Prevention Advisors is aligned with WSP Canada's HSE Management System, regional regulatory requirements, as well as the orientations provided by the HSE VP and the Director of HSE Risks Prevention Expertise Delivery.

The Regional Manager is also the Business Partner of the Regional Executive Vice-President of Quebec; as such the Regional Manager must provide a fact-based and actionable picture to the EVP of the situation of the Region's HSE performance, areas of weaknesses, and opportunities of improvements, and must provide advice to the EVP on how to positively influence the region towards continually improving injury prevention.

The Regional Manager - HSE Risk Prevention Expertise Delivery, must be able to articulate what prevention of I&I is all about in term of processes which his/her team of Advisors need to focus on, rather than on the reactive ones.

When overseeing the work of his/her team of advisors and advising the Operations, the Regional Manager must be able to regularly make links between concrete situations and WSP's OHS policy and the following principles:
  • All tasks and all projects which contain high risks activities (significant OHS hazards and/or significant environmental aspects), are subject to a formal risk assessment and determination of countermeasures (controls)
  • Controls are selected according to the Hierarchy of Controls (HoC), aiming to eliminate the hazards/env. aspects, and when not possible, combining controls in descending order of effectiveness to minimise the risks as low as reasonably practicable.
  • The HSE planning activities (risk assessment & determination of effective controls) are carried out at different phases of the Project Delivery Lifecyle, and as such, HSE Management must be integral to the Project Delivery Framework
  • The effectiveness of controls and their adherence is measured, monitored, and/or observed, not presumed.
  • Employees are given the tools, resources, and training to safely do their jobs, as identified in the HoC
  • Events (incident, non-compliance, & nearmiss) reporting is encouraged as an opportunity to learn about the deficiencies of the controls, not as a way to find culprits.
  • The HSE Team assesses the actual/potential severity and the frequency of the events. Those found significant are investigated and analysed using a robust root cause analysis process, which aims at implementing effective corrective action to eliminate the identified systemic causes.
  • Employees at all levels & functions are consulted and participate in the identification of hazards/significant env. aspects & determination of their controls, their evaluation of performance, and their improvement, and events investigation
  • Managers and Leaders go to the Gemba (location of the actual work) to observe how the work is done, how risks are identified and mitigated through the hierarchy of controls, and verify with the workers if the means are their disposal are sufficient, adequate & effective
  • Contractors & third-parties' hazards are identified & assessed; their significant risks controlled as they arise for their activities & operation that impact WSP's employees, as they impact their own employees & other interested parties

Why choose WSP?

We value and are committed to upholding a culture of inclusion and belonging

• Our Flexible Work Policy - we recognize the importance of balance in our lives and encourage you to prioritize the balance in yours. We will support you on and off the job so you can be fully present in both your work and home lives.

• A Canadian success story - we're proud to wear the red and white of this beautiful country and show the world what Canada has to offer.

• Enhance the world around you - from the environment to the highways, to the buildings and the terrain, WSP is the fabric of Canada.

• Outstanding career opportunities - we're growing and pushing ourselves every day to be greater than yesterday - we're open to your ideas and trying new things.

• A phenomenal collaborative culture and a workforce filled with genuinely good people who are doing humbly important work. Come find out for yourself what it's like to be a part of our journey.

We offer attractive pay, flexible work options, a great corporate culture, comprehensive and employee-focused benefits including virtual healthcare and a wellness platform as well as great savings programs, and a clear vision for the future.


What you can expect to do here:
  • Ensure consistent & competent implementation by the team of HSE Risk Prevention Advisors of WSP Canada's HSE Management System.
  • Manage the workload amongst his/her team of Advisors, ensuring that the high-risks projects are given the proportion of time/resource defined in the workload management plan defined by the Director, HSE Risks Prevention Expertise Delivery.
  • Liaise with WSP's internal Clients to ensure smooth integration of their HSE risk prevention priorities and requirements and ensure coordination of risk prevention measures between the external clients and WSP, including those for risks arising from the activities of the Clients' own subcontractors.
  • Support the Director, HSE Risks Prevention Expertise Delivery, who owns the following processes, in their implementation and continuous improvement
  • HSE Planning in the complete lifecycle of Project Delivery, including
  • Go/No Go HSE Assessment
  • Impact to proposal of HSE needs
  • Project Risk Assessment & Safety Plan (PRASP)
  • HSE Risks controlled by the Clients and/or the Prime Subcontractors
  • Project-Specific HSE Prevention Program submittal to Clients
  • WSP as a Prime Contractor
  • Field-Level Risk Assessment (FLRA)
  • Behavioural Based Safety (Positive Observations, Stop Work interventions, Regional HSW Recognition/Award)
  • Leadership Visible Engagements
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response
  • Coordinate & ensure competent involvement of the Advisors in the investigation, root cause analysis, and corrective/preventive action process:
  • Supporting locally and on site the Experts, High-Risks Prevention, in investigation of actual & potential incidents of serious injuries & fatalities
  • Performing investigation, RCA & CAPA of recordable I&Is

People Leadership
  • Develop the competence & aptitude of their team of Risk Prevention Advisors, through continuous learning, feedback on their performance, and coaching on areas to improve
  • Set Advisors' personal performance objectives both in line with their development needs and the objectives set by the HSE VP and the Director, HSE Risks Prevention Expertise Delivery
  • Be a change agent which leads by example, for his/her own team as well as for internal & external clients; apply change management best practices when facing resistance to change.

What you'll bring to WSP:
  • Bachelor's degree in a related discipline (Engineering, OHS, Environment)
  • Designation of Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) or Registered Industrial Hygienist (ROH)
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a leadership position in HSE, weighted to OHS
  • Bilingualism (French/English) required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of HSE legislation, occupational HSE compliance requirements and regulatory structure in Western Canadian jurisdictions
  • Expertise and knowledge of best-in-class HSE Management System, including programs, standards, processes and requirements, risk assessment processes and techniques and training in hazard recognition, assessment, and control
  • Experience in incident investigation & root cause analysis (Sologic™ technique an asset)

Skills & Attributes
  • Effective workload & capacity management
  • Thorough understanding of HSE management processes, able to link daily manifestation of HSE issues to the processes that are supposed to control those
  • Delivering fact-based and well-structured messages in a range of different formats, e.g., presentation, written messages, investigations, etc.
  • Active coach, actively giving and seeking constructive feedback
  • Change agent within his/her team and internal/external clients, striving for development & improvement, challenging the status quo
  • Customer-focused, understanding that the ultimate clients of HSE Risk Prevention Processes are the field workers and Project Managers
  • Problem-solver, coaching employees at all levels & third parties to find solutions which eliminate the systemic root causes of the problems
  • Great networking skills, able to work at multiple levels of the organization, from field team members to Senior Leadership
  • Living the Gemba with a belief in 'walking the talk' and working as a member of a team
  • Dynamic & constructive can-do attitude

Placement in the Organization
  • Reports to the Canadian Director HSE Risk Prevention Expertise Delivery. Key internal clients are Sectors' Directors, Project Managers, People Leaders, and their employees at all levels, and the Western Region EVP
  • Required to travel frequently across Québec to project sites to visit team/internal clients/external clients.

WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 65,000 team members across the globe. In Canada, our 12,000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transportation networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.


  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable

Please Note:

Health and Safety is a core paramount value of WSP. Given the importance of keeping one another safe it is expected that you comply with our Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) policy at all times as well as client HSE policies when working at client locations.

Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).

WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from agencies. For more information please READ THE FULL POLICY.
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