A small sample of Sue's involvement in major initiatives, her expertise and accomplishments: 

Program leadership

  • Ontario’s After School program: Led the establishment provincial program standards, a comprehensive evaluation framework, developed a new government grant accountability system and launched a new $10 million provincial after school program for marginalized children and youth delivered by community organizations.

  • Canada’s first video contest for youth: Developed and delivered Canada’s first cross-Canada initiative for youth, engaging all Canadian provinces and territories and the federal government.

  • Community events: Chaired major community events exceeding outreach and fundraising goals.

Workplace Health and Safety

  • 70% reduction in workplace injuries to teenagers: Delivered multi-disciplinary provincial and national young worker safety initiatives including in-school student education, campaigns, web-based and social media outreach, contests, employer awareness and compliance and parent engagement.

  • Safety education embedded in Ontario school system: Workplace heath and safety has been required learning for Ontario students since 1999.

  • Ministry of Labour health and safety inspector, manager and industrial specialist: including: workplace safety audits, investigations, compliance expertise, established sector strategies, set standards for workplaces and inspectors, policy development and developed Ontario’s powered lift truck standards.

  • Whole school approach: Developed and published internationally a holistic strategy for schools to address the safety of students, staff and visitors.

Outreach, Collaboration and Education


  • Keynote and session speaker including: World Congress on Occupational Health and Safety: Germany 2014: Mainstreaming Health and Safety in Education: Italy 2012; Ontario teachers conferences; Ontario and Canadian employer conferences; International Association of Labour Investigators conference; Canadian Society of Safety Engineering conferences, University Faculties of Education. Addressed countless provincial, national and international audiences on workplace safety topics

  • Publications: The series includes a broad spectrum of newsletters, resources and information support for employers, teachers and youth

  • Campaigns: Collaboration on provincial and national multi-media campaigns to raise awareness, compliance and/or participation


  • Ontario’s Youth Strategy: As a founding member of the Ontario government youth strategy development and implementation team, contributed to the overall strategy and inclusion of working youth.

  • Ontario education system: Established a collaborative, sustained working relationship with education partners to advance workplace safety education for students

  • Stakeholder engagement: Developed a stakeholder engagement strategy, partner engagement and consultation standards.


  • E-based learning programs: Developed and launched several resources including: Work Smart Campus, Canada’s first e-workplace safety leadership program for post-secondary students; Passport to Safety aimed at youth and workplace leaders; Work Smart Ontario, a web site for youth, parents and employers of youth.

  • Ontario teacher support system: Established and fostered a province-wide support system to support Ontario teachers who deliver health and safety lessons to students

  • Safety education for people with special learning needs: Among the suite of safety education resources developed and published, the only resource of its kind Canada to educate special needs learners about workplace safety - a 200-page heath and safety resource is now in its third printing.