Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
John A. Foster

Highly Experienced Management System Auditor and System Developer – Over 300 audits completed.

  • 15 Years Consulting Experience to the Food Industry
  • International ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001 Registration Auditor
  • Education/research background in animal nutrition and ecology
  • Team Leader for Large Industry Audits

John Foster is a Certified Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC External OSSE Auditor.

He is professionally bonded and insured as a Professional Biologist in BC and has over 35 years of consulting experience in Canada and internationally.

John currently holds the following Auditor accreditations:

  • Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence (OSSE) Auditor
  • Trucking Safety Council of BC (COR) Auditor
  • Environmental Compliance and Management System Lead Auditor (ECO Canada)
  • OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety) Lead Auditor, Auditing Association of Canada

John is also an Accredited Verifier for Green Marine, and Towards Sustainable Mining (Mining Association of Canada). He is a Contract Registration Auditor for SGS International (ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018 and OHSAS 18001).

John has led over 400 environment, compliance and health & safety audits for federal, provincial and municipal government agencies and a wide variety of private industrial and institutional organizations including manufacturing and food industry clients.  His auditing experience includes above ground and underground mining, forestry (pulp & paper, sawmills, and wood treatment plants), highways and transit facilities, bus operations, hydroelectric facilities, electrical transmission, water treatment, chemical plants, marine terminals, ferries, ship construction and repair.

Some of John’s selected food and manufacturing industry experience in Canada and the US includes:

  • Completing ISO registration and surveillance audits of several of Nestle’s largest North American plants, including one plant with over 5500 workers.
  • Developing environmental and emergency management systems for 26 DairyWorld (Saputo) plants in eight (8) Canadian provinces.
  • Auditing a wide variety of food operations including:
    • Liquid milk
    • Ice cream and frozen confections
    • Juice plants
    • Candy and chocolate factories
    • Bakeries
    • Meat preparation
    • Fish/shellfish processing plants
    • Packaged and frozen instant dinner plants
    • Food transportation systems
    • Food research laboratories
    • Institutional cafeterias
    • Specialty ethnic food operations
  • Auditing manufacturing/service company operations including:
    • Automobile parts
    • Automobile/Truck leasing
    • Plastic molding
    • Printing and Labeling
    • Paper box/packaging
    • Sawmills and Plywood mills
    • Pulp and Paper Mills
    • Styrofoam molding
    • Lamp and fixture manufacturing
    • Oil & gas refining
    • Fertilizer manufacturing
    • Pipe manufacturing
    • Medical supplies
    • Electronic control manufacturing
    • Computer/electronics re-manufacturing
    • Metal roofing/flashing


John A. Foster
John Foster
Senior Management System Specialist
3712 Bedwell Bay Rd.
Belcarra, BC
Canada V3H 4R5