Training Instructors & Resource Development Team

Madiha Akbar


Training and Resource Development Specialist

As a Training & Resource Development Specialist, Madiha will be using her experience in learning and development to create and review health and safety training materials and courses, and supporting instructors in the field. SheĀ hopes that through her work with the MSABC, sheĀ can help raise awareness of who we are, what we stand for, and how we can help manufacturers and other organizations be safe.

Arnold Clark

Learning and Development Specialist

In 2022, Arnold joined the Manufacturing Alliance of BC as a Learning and Development Specialist bringing more than a decade of experience in instructional designā€”for big organizations, such as Cummins (Power Generation), and small ones, like Pacific Blue Cross.

He oversees the maintenance and operations of the MSABC Learning Centre, a Learning Management System (LMS) and works collaboratively with the Training & Development team and other internal teams in curriculum development projects.

Dr. Steve Conway


Mental Health and Wellness Director

Dr. Steve Conway brings more than 30 years experience in mental health services and leadership to his role as Mental Health and Wellness Director at the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC. Drawing on his background as an educator and expertise in providing mental health services to diverse populations and clinical issues in a wide range of settings, Steve delivers personalizedĀ workshops, leadership consulting, and coachingĀ on workplace mental health issues.

Rosa Diaz


Training & Development Manager

An industrial engineer by profession, Rosa chose to work in the health and safety field very early on. Her father had a workplace accident that affected the family in many ways and prompted her to dedicate her career to helping to prevent workplace accidents.

Heidi Hare


Senior Safety Advisor

Heidi Hare has more than 14 years of occupational health and safety experience, in safety training for utilities, construction, heavy industry, and post-secondary continuing education and occupational hygiene programs. She has developed staff orientation in health and safety practices for industrial, laboratory, and office and has been actively involved in strategic communications with government, provincial health, corporate partners, and scientific researchers.

Robert Paddon


OHS Training Instructor

Robert has managed safety as a tradesperson, shop manager, safety professional, and a learning and development professional. As an OHS trainer with the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, Robert delivers instructor-led courses in Joint Health and Safety, Risk Assessment, Hazard ID, and more. He also supports the development of courses.

Sasan Tahvili

OHS Technical Advisor

Sasan is a highly skilled and motivated occupational health and safety professional with more than 8 years of experience specifically in safety and more than 25 years of work experience in the manufacturing industry. He has a proven track record of assisting employers in providing safe workplaces for their employees and is passionate about what he does. Sasan is dedicated to delivering high-quality results and providing exceptional services to his clients.

Gavin Thomas


Safety Advisor

Gavin Thomas is a safety professional with more than 25 yearsā€™ experience in emergency management, fire safety, and occupational health and safety. His expertise spans operational, tactical, and strategic emergency response, as well as fire and safety inspections, auditing, and enforcement.