On July 4th, the world lost a champion for worker health and safety with the sudden passing of Frank Saunders. In his career, he worked in the nuclear industry as the Vice President of Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs at Bruce Power in Ontario. Frank also served with many organizations to promote worker health and safety.
Frank played an important role in the history of the BC Safety Charter (now the Executive Health and Safety Council of BC). Because of his commitment, The BC Charter has received the financial support of Bruce Power since its inception and Frank was a regular at the annual roundtable events.
He was an extraordinary man who was committed to supporting health and safety leadership. He was deeply involved with Minerva Canada – an organization that brings together leaders from business and education to influence the curriculum of post-secondary institutions to ensure that future leaders create healthier and safer workplaces.
Maureen Shaw, former President and CEO of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) knew Frank for more than 15 years and describes him as the most down to earth person you could ever get to know. He had a great sense of humour and enjoyed telling a good story.
“Frank’s passion and commitment were incredible,” said Maureen. “When it comes to the qualities of leadership – respect, trust, empathy – he ticked every box.”
“We do all this work and we never know how many lives we save but we do know that Frank was a part of saving many lives and making a difference in the health and safety of many, many workers across this country.”
The thoughts of everyone at the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC are with Frank’s family during this difficult time. The health and safety community has lost a friend and Frank Saunders will be deeply missed.