Chad Bradley Scholarship Award


Deadline for Entries

Applications will be accepted starting April 1 and must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 31 of each year. Submissions received before or after these dates will not be considered.

The CCOHS Council of Governors established this scholarship to honour the memory of Governor Catherine (Chad) Bradley, who passed away in 2018, to inspire and encourage women across Canada to pursue careers in the occupational health and safety field.

Award Criteria

Awarded annually, this $3,000 national scholarship is available to women pursuing careers in the field of occupational health and safety.


The scholarship is available to women enrolled in a full or part-time 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 occupational or industrial health and safety, industrial hygiene, safety management or other related safety degree program.

*Students do not have to be Canadian citizens. However, they must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in Canada.

Note: CCOHS employees, children, or relatives of employees are not eligible for this scholarship award.

How to Apply

To apply for the scholarship, students are required to submit an essay and a completed online application form.

Essay Criteria and Evaluation

Essays must meet the following format requirements:

  • 12-point font, double-spaced
  • 500-800 words
  • Word count must be included in the essay
  • Pages must be numbered
  • Applicant's name and address must not appear on each page of the essay.

Essays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Why they are pursuing their education in occupational health and safety; their motivation and inspiration; what/how they expect to contribute to the field and/or safe work;
  • Other achievements and activities that demonstrate commitment to and involvement in their community, workplace, or school.

The application and essay submitted will be evaluated by a panel of judges (representing labour, government, employers) comprised of members of the CCOHS Council of Governors along with the President and CEO of CCOHS.

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’s 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.