Scholarship Aims to Encourage Women to Pursue Careers in Occupational Health and Safety

June 22, 2020 – Hamilton, ON – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting women enrolled in post-secondary education who are pursuing careers in the field of occupational health and safety to apply for the Chad Bradley Scholarship Award.

The Chad Bradley Scholarship Award was established by CCOHS' Council of Governors to honour the memory of former governor Catherine (Chad) Bradley and pay tribute to her efforts as a leader in health and safety. The Council hopes the scholarship will inspire and encourage women across Canada to pursue careers in the male-dominated occupational health and safety field.

The $3,000 scholarship is open to women enrolled in either a full or part-time program leading to an occupational health and safety designation from an accredited college or university in Canada. Candidates are encouraged to apply online and will be required to submit a 500-800 word essay detailing why they are pursuing their education in occupational health and safety; their motivation and inspiration; what and how they expect to contribute to the field and/or safe work; and other achievements and activities that demonstrate a commitment to and involvement in their community, workplace, or school.

Essays and applications submitted will be evaluated by a panel of judges (representing labour, government, employers) comprised of members of the CCOHS Council of Governors and the President and CEO of CCOHS.

The entry deadline for the Chad Bradley Scholarship Award is August 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST and winners will be announced in the Fall of 2020. Information about Chad Bradley as well as full details about the scholarship and how to apply are available on the CCOHS Website:

About Chad Bradley

Chad was a passionate and enthusiastic bilingual occupational health and safety leader with nearly 30 years of dedication to advancing workplace safety in Canada. She was recognized by her contributions as Présidente de l’Association québécoise pour l’hygiène, la santé et la sécurité du travail, Management of Confined Spaces, Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications (FETCO) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) committees, and certification by Queen’s University in Workplace Mental Health Leadership. Chad held a Master of Science in Occupational Health (McGill University) and was one of a small number of Canadians to maintain dual certification by both the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. During her 19-year tenure at Bell Canada, she developed contractor safety, confined spaces, safety, emergency, training, auditing and numerous other health and safety programs. As a pioneer in women’s leadership in the industry, Chad’s commitment and contributions were widely known and instrumental in protecting the lives of workers and promoting women in health and safety. Chad Bradley passed away in August of 2018.


“Although we are seeing more women in health and safety, it remains a field widely dominated by men. We are hoping that opportunities such as this will encourage women to pursue their passion and increase the female presence and leadership in the health and safety profession.”

- Anne Tennier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

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