Congratulations to Safety Program Director Jacquelyn Oduro, who has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Women in Safety! This prestigious honour highlights her unwavering commitment to workplace safety.
Education and Professional Affiliations
Jac (as she is often called by her colleagues) holds a university degree from the University of Manitoba and a diploma in Occupational Safety and Health from Red River College. She is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and a Canadian Health and Safety Consultant. She serves as the education chair for the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) board.
“I believe that safety systems should be designed to add value to businesses, and this can only be achieved by prioritizing the safety and well-being of people. I recognize that many business
systems can often become bogged down with unnecessary red tape and to-do items that may not necessarily result in a safer workplace.”
Early Challenges and Determination
Jac’s career journey was not a linear one. She started a family earlier in life, delaying her career plans. Nevertheless, she was resolute in catching up and acquiring the necessary experience. Balancing family life, work, and education, she absorbed every bit of knowledge she could and gained her CRSP designation through diligent efforts. “Through hard work, I was able to gain my CRSP designation by taking a high volume of night classes in a short amount of time. I worked relentlessly and my hunger for knowledge and experience paved the way for some great opportunities.”
Professional Achievements and Pursuits
With over 15 years of experience in health and safety, Jac has established herself as a trusted consultant in various industries, including motor vehicle, service, property management, manufacturing, and construction. Her passion for workplace safety, combined with her humanistic and business-minded approach, enables her to develop customized safety solutions that add value to businesses while ensuring employee well-being. She also co-runs a successful real estate business, The Hinterlands Creative Suites Co., with her husband.
Human-Centric and Business-Minded Approach to Workplace Safety
“One of my strongest professional qualities is my passion for workplace safety, which I approach with a humanistic and business mind perspective,” she says.
“I believe that safety systems should be designed to add value to businesses, and this can only be achieved by prioritizing the safety and well-being of people. I recognize that many business systems can often become bogged down with unnecessary red tape and to-do items that may not necessarily result in a safer workplace. Instead, I strive to work closely with businesses to identify better and more meaningful ways to keep their employees safe while also adding value to their operations. My approach is not just about complying with regulations and meeting safety standards but about truly understanding the unique needs and challenges of each business and its employees. I strive to put myself in the shoes of business owners and, through open communication and collaboration, seek to develop customized safety solutions that work for everyone involved.”
Her desire is to work with businesses as a testament to making a positive impact on the lives of others. And she believes that her passion for workplace safety and ability to approach it from a human and business perspective help distinguish her in the safety sector.
Currently focused on injury and damage prevention in the workplace, Jac believes her most
significant accomplishments lie ahead. Her dedication to workplace safety and her unique
approach set her apart in the safety sector. She seeks to create a lasting positive impact on the
lives of others by working closely with businesses to develop tailored safety solutions that
benefit all stakeholders.