Students Awarded Health and Safety Scholarships


April 28, 2016 – Hamilton, ON – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) announced the winners of the 2016 Dick Martin Scholarship Award  today. 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, Kari Bergerud (Alberta) and Harry Wiseman (Newfoundland) will each be awarded $3000. In addition, their respective academic institutions, Grant MacEwan University and Keyin College, will each receive $500.

Scholarship winners are announced in conjunction with North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week (May 1-7, 2016) to focus the attention of workers in Canada, workplace safety and health partners, the general public and students who are pursuing 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Contact to inquire about making a donation to the scholarship fund.


“It’s encouraging to see such a high level of passion around occupational health and safety coming from students.  I am confident their enthusiasm will translate into positive contributions to health and safety in Canadian workplaces,” said Gareth Jones, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer at CCOHS.  “I congratulate Kari and Harry on their achievements and wish them all the best as they launch into their careers.”

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