Awards & Accomplishments


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.


Governments, the education community, stakeholders and her community have recognized Sue’s many accomplishments.

Province of Ontario Amethyst Award for outstanding achievement

  • 2014: It’s Your Job safety video contest – Canada’s first young worker health and safety initiative.

  • 2012: Ontario’s After School Program.

  • 2004:  For helping to achieve a vision where young people in Ontario are free from work-related injury and illness.

Safety Communities Canada award: national leadership for workplace safety for young workers.

Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary International.

Ontario Council for Technological Education:

  • 2014: In recognition for supporting technical education.

Ontario Cooperative Education Association:

  • 2014: Friend of OCEA: For leadership and contributions to cooperative and experiential learning.

Ontario Cooperative Education Award

Ontario Cooperative Education Award

Sue Boychuk has worked tirelessly to achieve a vision of an Ontario where young people are free from work-related injury and illness. Known as a creative and determined individual, she is being recognized for her work with partners in the public and private sectors to develop Live Safe! Work Smart!, a campaign to inform students of their rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Sue’s contributions have helped make Ontario’s workplaces among the safest in the world.
— Office of the Premier, Dalton McGuinty on 2004 Amethyst Award