BC Safety Authority releases 2014 Annual Report

New Westminster, BC, June 1, 2015—BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today released its 2014 Annual Report, which provides an overview of BCSA’s operational and financial performance in relation to targets set in the organization’s 2014-2016 Business Plan.

BCSA issues statement following jury recommendations from Lakeland Mills Coroner’s Inquest

New Westminster, BC, May 15, 2015—Phil Gothe, Vice-President of Technical Programs for BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today issued the following statement regarding the jury recommendations resulting from the BC Coroner’s Service Inquest into the Lakeland Mills explosion and fire:

Gas and electrical equipment safety in wildfires

Dry conditions and current weather patterns have contributed to an elevated risk of wildfires across many parts of the province.  For residents in areas with a high risk of fire, there are potential hazards associated with gas and electrical equipment.  BC Safety Authority (BCSA) reminds homeowners and businesses to take precautions with gas and electrical appliances if fire, evacuation, or loss of power due to fire is expected.

Wake Up & Learn for Electrical Contractors/FSRs (MyConnection focus)

16 June 2015 - 7:00 am - 8:30 am

There is a parkade at the back of the building that allows for 2 hours of free parking.
BC Safety Authority
505 6th Street
New Westminster
V3L 0E1
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Telephone: 7783962171
Email: learning@safetyauthority.ca

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15-33 VP, Legal and Policy, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

New Westminster

In a rapidly changing and dynamic world, safety remains an essential need. BC Safety Authority works with industry, businesses and government to ensure the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. Established eleven years ago, BCSA is an independent, self-funded organization that takes an innovative approach to safety. Moving away from a focus on compliance, BCSA employs a knowledge-based business model which identifies and addresses risk. The result is better safety outcomes now and for future generations.

An opportunity currently exists to join BCSA as VP Legal and Policy, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Reporting directly to the President and CEO, this position plays a key role in enabling BCSA’s business strategy. As trusted advisor to the executive and the Board, you will assess risk and formulate plans of action that assist BCSA in operating effectively within a regulatory framework. Your mandate will include ensuring that decisions to act within existing legislation, or to propose legislative change, are made with a view to furthering the goals of BCSA.

Bringing passion and commitment to your teams, you will provide executive leadership to the Legal and Policy departments. You will assist the Board in meeting its oversight responsibilities and you will advise on succession for Board appointments.

This is a position for a strategic thinker who can both guide and motivate. The ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of legal experience including experience in-house and as Corporate Secretary. Experience in a regulatory field is an asset. If you have business acumen and the ability to influence, this is an opportunity to use those skills while playing a meaningful role in keeping British Columbia safe.

BCSA embraces diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply. You will find an open and cohesive environment based on authenticity, accountability and simplicity.

For more information, or to apply, please forward your CV to Stephanie Hacksel at shacksel@zsa.ca. Ref. #24612

As this is an exclusive ZSA search, all CVs sent directly to BC Safety Authority will be re-directed to ZSA Legal Recruitment.


Close Date: Open Until Filled

BC Safety Authority releases 2014 State of Safety Report

New Westminster, BC, May 1, 2015—BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today released its 2014 State of Safety Report, a comprehensive overview of BCSA’s activities and information analysis, including data on installation and operating assessments, incident investigations, as well as research and enforcement activities.  The report is designed to help people understand technical trends and use the knowledge to make informed safety decisions.

Lunch & Learn for Gas/Electrical (MyConnection Focus)

27 May 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Legends Whistler
2036 London Lane
V0N 1B2
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Email: marisa.mihailoff@safetyauthority.ca

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Karen Bazylewski

Coquitlam, BC
Director since: 
April 10, 2015
Latest Date for Retirement: 
April 10, 2021
Appointed By: 
Positions Held: 

Member, Finance & Audit Committee
Member, Strategic Advisory Committee

Karen Bazylewski has  been active in the construction industry for over 35 years  and is a project manager for Professional Mechanical Ltd.  She is a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of  BC and the British Columbia  Construction Association. She is a former Board member of  both the Construction Industry Training Organization (Chair,  Program Standards Committee) and the Vancouver Regional  Construction Association (VCRA) (Executive, Education,  Awards of Excellence (Chair),  Partnership, Manufacturers and Suppliers (Chair) and Trade  Contractors Committees). She is also a past member and  president of the Canadian Construction Women Association  (CCW). Karen was the recipient of the VRCA/CCW Outstanding  Women in Construction Award  in 2002.

BC Safety Authority promotes Railway Safety Week

New Westminster, BC, April 29, 2015—BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today joins the BC Provincial Committee on Rail Safety Public Outreach to promote Railway Safety Week from April 27 to May 3, 2015.

“Safety is our top priority in the operation of British Columbia’s railway systems,” said Eric Samuelson, BCSA Railway Safety Manager.  “We endeavour to provide the public with a high level of confidence that our province’s rail operations are safe as we transport people, goods and materials.” 

15-29 Safety Officer, Gas

Williams Lake
$35.30/hour to $40.88/hour


The Safety Officer is accountable to the Regional Business Leader for maintaining and enhancing public safety by educating the public and industry and ensuring that codes, regulations and standards of safety are understood and observed.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Ensure that safety codes, regulations and standards are upheld with regard to a specific technology within an established geographical area by conducting inspections, evaluating/auditing client work, and raising public awareness.
  • Educate clients on how to meet safety requirements by providing on-site demonstrations or over-the-phone support.
  • Document inspections to ensure work meets Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  • Maintain expertise on rapidly changing technology by staying up-to-date on relevant industry changes and upgrading own knowledge and skill on an ongoing basis.
  • Develop new Safety Officers by providing on-the-job training, regular mentoring and ongoing technical support.


  • Requires completion of a trade school certification program, an apprenticeship in related technology. Preference for a two year diploma from a recognized Institute of Technology.
  • Four years of experience with a BC Class B gas fitter license and two years of experience with a BC Class A gas fitter license.
  • Knowledge of audit programs and risk assessment techniques.
  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Ability to work in a computerized environment and use common software.
  • A Valid BC Drivers’ License and a willingness to travel.
  • Skilled at managing tense and conflict situations. Relying on persuasion rather than enforcement to ensure safety requirements are observed.
  • Will be required to successfully complete a Gas Inspector’s Certificate of Qualification Examination prior to an offer of employment being made. Successful completion is defined as a 70% or better score.



If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete this application procedure:

  1. Copy and paste the questions (below) to your email and provide an answer to each question.
  2. Save your cover letter and resume into one document, preferably a PDF file, quoting competition number 15-29.
  3. Attach additional documents as may be required.
  4. Apply Now.



  1. Do you currently work or have you previously worked for BC Safety Authority?
    (Response: Yes or No). If yes, please provide your position and department.
  2. Are you legally entitled to work in Canada? (Response: Yes or No).
  3. If you are on a work or study permit, please provide the expiry date. 
  4. Have you completed a Trade School Certification Program in a related technology? (Response: Yes or No).
  5. Do you have a minimum of four years of experience with a BC Class B gas fitter license? (Response: Yes or No).
  6. Do you have a minimum of two years of experience with a BC Class A gas fitter license? (Response: Yes or No).
  7. Do you have knowledge of audit programs and risk assessment techniques? (Response: Yes or No).
  8. Do you have an ability to work in a computerized environment and use common software? (Response: Yes or No).
  9. 9.     Do you have a valid BC Drivers’ License? (Response: Yes or No).



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