2013 Lieutenant Governor Safety Award Winners Named


(L-R) Ken Higginbotham (FPMAG), Corrie Archer, Peter Cook, Barry Cavens, Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC, Catherine Roome, Danny Cox, Brian Cook, Alan Fitzpatrick (The Nechako Group)

In December 2013, six recipients from multiple technology sectors received BC’s highest safety honour at BC Safety Authority’s 8th Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of technical systems safety in BC. Among those honoured was Corrie Archer, who was presented with the award for Excellence in Elevating Devices Safety.

2013 Recipients:

Excellence in Electrical Safety

Brian Cook, PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services 

Brian Cook is a licensed electrical contractor and registered electrical field safety representative with over 36 years in the electrical industry.  He has published numerous papers on electrical safety and has authored and delivered curriculum on electrical systems at the University of British Columbia.  As the founder and president of PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services, Mr. Cook has made significant contributions to electrical safety by working with the home insurance industry to carry out risk assessments of residential electrical systems.

Excellence in Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety

Nechako Green Energy

Vanderhoof-based Nechako Green Energy is the first biomass heat recovery plant in the Canadian forest industry, taking steam waste from the company’s mill operations and turning it into electric power.  This innovative technology creates opportunities to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of sawmills, and offers the potential to provide surplus power to new projects in support of economic development in northern communities.  Nechako Lumber Company Ltd was one of the first companies to submit a Safety Management Plan under the Alternative Safety Approaches regulation, introduced in April 2011, and is the first company to have its plan accepted by BC Safety Authority  They are recipients of BC Hydro’s Powersmart Award and were named Clean Energy BC’s 2012 Project of the Year.

Excellence in Gas Safety

Barry Cavens, Cavens and Associates

Barry Cavens has over 40 years experience as a professional engineer, during which time he has served on numerous provincial and national committees, including CSA and BCSA Technology Advisory Committees.  He has contributed his expertise to the development of improved codes and standards in the gas industry in both Canada and the United States.  Throughout his career, Mr. Cavens has contributed to the development of emergency response plans for utilities and other organizations and has demonstrated a commitment to gas safety awareness and education initiatives, including the Call Before You Dig program.

Excellence in Elevating Safety

Corrie Archer, Otis Elevator Co.

Corrie Archer is the current chair of BCSA's Elevating Devices Technology Advisory Committee. With almost 42 years of international experience in elevating, he has been actively involved in the development of British Columbia elevating safety codes and standards for the past two decades.  Mr. Archer’s commitment to education and training within the elevating industry is evident is his instrumental role in the development and implementation of the Elevating Devices Mechanics Certification Program.

Excellence in Passenger Ropeway Safety

D’Angelo (Danny) Cox, Dan Cox Consulting

Danny Cox is a professional engineer who has worked in the ski lift industry since the 1970s.  Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in evolving a culture of safety within the industry.  As chair of the Z98 Technical Committee, Mr. Cox contributed to the development of significant safety standard changes, and his comprehensive knowledge of ski lift technology and operations has enhanced industry safety in Canada, the United States and Australia.  He is currently an independent consultant and contributor to Intrawest’s Global Risk Management efforts.

Excellence in Systems Safety (multi-technology)

Forest Products Manufacturing Advisory Group (FPMAG)

The Forest Products Manufacturing Advisory Group (FPMAG) is an industry group made up of mill operators, representing an estimated 70% of raw wood production in BC.  Following two fatal mill explosions in 2012, the group established a task force to better understand and manage risks created by combustible wood dust.  FPMAG has worked collaboratively with regulators, including BCSA, to facilitate compliance with the combustible dust hazard Safety Order and to develop an audit standard.  FPMAG members have demonstrated compliance in their own facilities, and have worked actively to engage non-members in risk reduction efforts.  Many FPMAG members have also initiated plans to extend these safety enhancements and training to their facilities outside BC.

2013 Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors:


Murphy Oil Company Ltd.
Nechako Lumber Co. Ld.
British Columbia Construction Association


APEG Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC
FIOSA MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC


Black Press


Vancouver Regional Construction Association


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