The Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association.
Ron Dion (1946-2012): Ron was a long term employee for The Redpath Group in North Bay, retiring as Manager – Safety & Training. He worked in the mining industry for many years and his contribution towards safety was immeasurable. Ron dedicated much time supporting the Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association including many years on the Board of Directors and also serving as Chairman for a few years. He loved golf and after his passing, his passion for golf inspired others to initiate the Ron Dion Memorial Golf Tournament, an annual gathering in North Bay with people from all member firms that play in his memory. Ron will always be remembered for his interesting stories, bright personality and big smile.
Represented many organizations and has been involved for more than 30 years and still attends the meetings.
Robert J McLean
Mining career began in Kirkland Lake Ontario in 1963 and lasted 50 + years. Worked as a miner, supervisor, captain and mine superintendent. Worked for several contractors, including Boland, Raise Mining ,Redpath, Dynatec, MacIsaac, Moran Mining, Canadian Mine Services , Huron Mining, Houston Lake Mining and Cementation. Mine Rescue teams for many years, including Provincial Champions in Elliot Lake. Involvement with the OMCSA began in the late 70’s as a member, director, Vice Chair and Chairman. The OMCSA is one if not the best Safety Associations in Canada. Keep up the good work. It was a great pleasure working and sharing concerns and ideas with such a great group and l will never forget the years devoted towards the safety of our workers.
Represented MASHA (WSN). He said “The meetings are excellent and that we need to take the message home.”
Silvio Bertrand 1943-2012: Silvio was a key figure in Safety within the mining industry having worked all over North America. Having first started working as a miner in 1962 at the Pamour Mine in South Porcupine, Ontario, through his days with Mining Corp of Canada, Lac Minerals, Ram Raising and BLM to his final position and home for 20 years with Alex MacIntyre and Associates Ltd as Corporate Safety Superintendent. A wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry allowed Silvio to become well known and highly respected. His proactiveness and motivation when it came to the Safety of all was second to none. A dynamic individual who will be well missed by an industry that he helped lead to the forefront of Safety that we have today.
Brian has been involved in the OMCSA for many years and has served as Chairman.
Representing Ross-Finlay, Glenn Served 8 years as a member of the OMCSA Board of Directors, was one of the main champions of the OMCSA Innovation Award, and , assisted other OMCSA members in making presentations on behalf of the OMCSA at the annual MASHA Conferences. Also served as president (3 years) and member of the Board of Directors (7 years) of the Quebec mine contracting association (AEMQ).
Constance “Punch” Beaudry
I joined the O.M.C.S.A. In 1990 when I started working for a contractor. I participated with association at all levels, from member, to elected Director to vise-chairman to chairmen and for the last year as representative for Xstrata as an associate member. I am proud to be able to say, that with the help and dedication of great people such as Ron Dion, Denis Beaudion, Glenn Morton, Robert MacLean, Gilles Bertrand and Charlie Toeppner, we were able to make a difference.
Do to all the hard work of all past members, I feel that the O.M.C.S.A. has made a name for itself in the mining industry that we can all be proud of.
Many years of service representing WSN.
Denis Beaudoin (1953-2016): Mr. Beaudoin was the Secretary / Treasurer of the Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association and Past President of the Mines Accident Prevention Association of Manitoba. Additionally, he was a Director with the AEMQ, Quebec Mining Contractors Safety Association, Board Member of the Mid-North Chapter of the CSSE and sat on various safety and health sub-committees throughout the mining industry, and was a member of the Mining Industry Human Resources Council Standing Committee on Certification, as well as a board member of MiHR. Denis was the long-time Safety Director for Aurora Quarrying and Cementation Canada.