2015 Health and Safety Scholarship Winners Announced

May 6, 2015 – Hamilton, ON – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) announced the winners of the 2015 Dick Martin Scholarship Award. This annual award, open to students in occupational health and safety programs at Canadian universities and colleges, was established to encourage interest in the field of workplace health and safety.

The two recipients, Florence Janvier (Quebec) and Genevieve Fox (British Columbia) will each be awarded $3000. In addition, their respective academic institutions, the University of Montreal and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), will each receive $500.

A major part of the evaluation criteria for the award is based on essays written by the applicants. Genevieve Fox’s essay on violence prevention, and Florence Janvier’s essay on risk assessments on bisphenol A (BPA), both presented an interesting perspective and a thorough understanding of their chosen subject matter.

Scholarship winners are announced during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week (May 3-9, 2015) to focus the attention of working Canadians, workplace safety and health partners, the general public and students who have chosen occupational health and safety as a profession, on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. 

Quick facts

  • CCOHS’ Council of Governors established the Dick Martin Scholarship Award fund in 2002 in the memory of Dick Martin, a past Governor on the CCOHS Council and a pioneer of workplace health and safety in Canada.
  • Awarded annually, this $3000 national scholarship is available to any student enrolled, either full-time or part-time, in an occupational health and safety related course or program leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma or degree at an accredited college or university in Canada. Programs include mine safety, occupational or industrial health and safety, industrial hygiene, safety management or other related safety degree program.
  • To apply for the award, post-secondary students are invited to submit a 1000-1200 word essay, cover letter and completed online application form. Applications for the 2016 scholarship award will be accepted starting in October 2015 until January 31, 2016.
  • At Mr. Martin's request, donations in his memory are received by CCOHS and used to maintain a scholarship in his name. Contact scholarship@ccohs.ca to inquire about making a donation.


“We’re pleased to support students in the pursuit of higher education, and hope this award empowers them with knowledge and training to become the next generation’s leaders in occupational health and safety,” says Steve Horvath, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

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