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Manager, Life, Safety, and Security

KBRS - Natalie
Brampton, Ontario (CA)
$83, 610 - $99, 086
Closing date
Apr 12, 2023

Manager, Life, Safety, and Security

Algoma University

Location: Brampton, ON  

Department: Facilities

Reference # MG-16990

About Algoma University

Since its establishment in 1965 as Algoma University College in Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma University has increasingly assumed a national leadership role in supporting the university sector’s response to Truth, Healing and Reconciliation. Algoma’s Special Mission is guided by the 7 Grandfather Teachings and Honouring Commitments, and is twofold in nature:

to be a teaching-oriented university that provides programs in liberal arts and sciences and professional programs, primarily at the undergraduate level, with a focus on the needs of Northern Ontario; and to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Indigenous communities and other communities in keeping with the history of Algoma University and its geographic site. With campuses located in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton and Timmins, the tri-campus model that has emerged at Algoma University leverages the unique strengths, opportunities and broader community needs of each geographic location. Through this model, Algoma provides students with rich experiential learning experiences and research opportunities across liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines.

Algoma University is committed to being a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and respectful learning community; one that values the opportunities to learn from and with students, staff, and visitors from all parts of the world. Currently, Algoma University is home to over 5,000 students representing over 50 different countries, more than 430 full-time and part-time faculty and over 150 support staff and administrative personnel.

Manager, Life, Safety & Security Opportunity

Reporting to the Director, Facilities, the Manager, Life, Safety & Security is a key member of Algoma University’s leadership team that will lead environmental health and safety, emergency planning and preparedness, and security management, with the responsibility of ensuring a safe operation on all campus buildings and facilities located in Brampton and Sault Ste. Marie. With management capabilities and a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the Manager designs, implements, reports, and maintains the incident management command structure and related processes, while leading staff and handling external stakeholder relationships with vendors and service providers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide senior-level oversight and direction on ensuring best practices for institutional and environmental health and safety are in place at all campuses.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with all health and safety-related legislation including, but not limited to, the Ontario Health and Safety Act (OH&S), the Ministry of Labour, and The Employment Standards Act.
  • Manage the relationship with regulatory OH&S compliance program officials and act as the key liaison with local inspectors.
  • Oversee the University’s hazardous waste program and transportation of dangerous goods in accordance with relevant internal policies, procedures, and applicable legislation.
  • Under the general direction of the Vice President, Finance & Operations (VPFO), oversee University-wide legislative compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) as it applies to areas of emergency management, life, safety, and security.
  • Establish procedures for data collection of university-wide incident reporting within the University to ensure centralized data tracking and reporting of all workplace and student/community incidents and accidents, including compliance with the Workers’ Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). 
  • Ensure the completion of Workplace Inspections, which includes the monitoring of equipment, materials, and processes to ensure they do not present a safety or health hazard to employees, or to the general public, and are in compliance with safety standards and government regulations.
  • Oversee and manage investigations related to any related environmental concerns (e.g. air quality) and make recommendations for investments in new systems or structures, as appropriate and required. 
  • Provide expertise and leadership in establishing appropriate procedures and reporting on all health and safety-related matters.  This may include, but is not limited to, complaints management and response processes, documentation, and management of all health and safety-related accidents, spills, injuries, etc. which may occur on a post-secondary campus and ensure they are properly investigated, tracked, and reported. 
  • Prepare summary reports and risk assessments for the Board of Governors as needed or upon request.
  • Lead the development, implementation, and maintenance of all Emergency Preparedness plans for all campuses and campus buildings as required including, but not limited to, regulated requirements such as Fire Safety Plans, Emergency Response Plans, Lockdown Drills, Active Shooter Plans/Drills, etc.
  • Oversee the execution of emergency preparedness drills as required including, but not limited to, Fire Drills, Active Shooter Drills, Lockdown drills, etc. 
  • Oversee security services and related procedures, access, and controls at all campus locations and buildings, as applicable. 
  • Establish procedures and training needed for security services on campus to be supportive and respectful of the University’s Indigenous history, equity, diversity and inclusion, and cross-cultural values in responding to emergencies or incidents on campus.

Manager, Life, Safety & Security Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in Environmental Safety, Occupational Safety, and Health, or related discipline is required
  • Five (5) years of experience working in health and safety, with a minimum of two (2) years in a supervisor/management role in a complex unionized environment, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience required.
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience as a member of an HR team in a diverse, multicultural workforce, within a complex public sector environment (preferably in post-secondary education) including, but not limited to, service-based organizations.

Knowledge and Skills

  • First Aid CPR with AED certification is required.
  • Association for Canadian Registered Safety Professionals Certification is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, WSIB, and associated Codes & Standards required.
  • Ability to demonstrate a sound understanding of leadership and people management.
  • Demonstrated ability in using a consultative and collaborative approach in building relationships.
  • Incident management experience with a proven ability to work through security incidents and challenges while leading others through action plans and analysis.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities, with demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing, understanding, and being, considered an asset.
  • Critical thinking, conflict management, and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to deal with a variety of individuals and organizations.
  • Ability to maintain privileged and confidential information.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and prioritize activities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficient in the use of computer applications, including ADP and Google Suite.
  • Vulnerable Persons Police Record check is required.
  • Commitment to understanding Algoma University’s Special Mission, the Seven Grandfather Teachings, and AU’s values with respect to equity, diversity, inclusion, Decolonization, and Indigenization. 

How To Apply  

To express interest in this opportunity please apply online by clicking:

For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact Mark Gillis, Partner, at or Natalie Lagace, Recruitment Specialist, at If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please let Mark know.

Algoma University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity within our community and is an equal opportunity employer. The university invites and encourages applications from all qualified candidates from equity-seeking groups, (Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQQIPA+ persons) who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by Algoma University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. The successful candidate, as a condition of employment, will be required to provide a Police Vulnerable Sector Check.

Algoma University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact or Mark Gillis, Partner, at or Natalie Lagace, Recruitment Specialist, at

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