Ms. Marianne Levitsky
Consultant on Workplace Health and Safety

Ms. Levitsky is a professional workplace health and safety analyst with over 20 years of experience with the Government of Ontario and many years of Canadian and international consulting assignments (including the Middle East and volunteer work in India and Tanzania).

Ms. Levitsky's career includes numerous assignments with senior responsibilities for the Ontario Ministry of Labour, WSIB and the Ontario Workplace Health and Safety Agency (during the original launch of OHS certification training). She is experienced in best practice research and consultation processes involving workers, unions and employers. In particular, she has managed projects entailing development of guidelines for health and safety audits and programs, a literature review on Best Work Practices and Health and Safety Outcomes, a Health and Safety Best Practices Workbook, annual environmental scans on developments pertinent to health and safety, and a health and safety benchmarking project. She has co-ordinated stakeholder consultations on designated substance regulations, health and safety accreditation and first aid.

Since 2007, Ms. Levitsky has conducted dozens of projects for clients in the public and private sectors. She co-led consultation workshops with Aboriginal groups for whom she developed National Occupational Standards for environmental positions. She has developed health and safety plans for public sector projects, including A Health and Safety Plan in the Aftermath of the Toronto Sunrise Propane Explosion. Ms. Levitsky has also reviewed and developed occupational health and safety programs, policies and procedures for leading public sector, energy and property management employers, including CBRE, Bentall Kennedy, Abu Dhabi Oil Company, and the Toronto District School Board. She is experienced in developing and delivering training programs for diverse audiences, from graduate university students to front-line construction workers. Ms. Levitsky has also conducted workplace surveys for a Canadian property management firm, and two Middle East oil and gas companies, where she administered and analyzed the UK Health and Safety Executive Management Standards Indicator Tool (examining factors related to workplace culture, stress and psychosocial health). Ms. Levitsky is the founding president of Workplace Health Without Borders, an international charity devoted to promoting occupational health around the world.

From 2013 to 2014, Ms. Levitsky was Senior Occupational Health & Safety Consultant for SPR's project for the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, to examine the Health and Safety of Children's Aid Workers in Ontario. She was the principal researcher and author of the report on best practices for this project. She was also principal researcher for SPR's follow-up Study on Peer Support Practices and Technological Aids to Workplace Health. Most recently, she was lead consultant for SPR's 2018-2019 Survey of Workplace Stress in Ontario Youth Correctional Facilities, for the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ontario Public Services Employees Union.

Ms. Levitsky's health and safety contributions have been recognized through awards from professional bodies, including the Hugh Nelson Award for excellence in occupational hygiene from the Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario, and the Yant Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association for contributions to the profession.