Chad Bradley Scholarship Award


Deadline for Entries

Essays are to be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on August 31st of each year. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

The CCOHS Council of Governors has established this scholarship to honour the memory of Governor Catherine (Chad) Bradley, who passed away in 2018.

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.

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

The essay must be 500-800 words on 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; and 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 and 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.