Thirty years in the health and safety sector, some on the front lines and some in administration, will serve Marianne Matichuk well as inaugural chief administration officer of a research institute.
Her political connections won’t hurt, either, when Matichuk goes looking for money to pay for projects to be conducted by Laurentian University’s Centre for Research in Occupation Safety and Health (CROSH).
The former city mayor has decades of experience in the field, some of it reactive when she worked in health care, and some preventive, as a health and safety professional with the City of Greater Sudbury and Vale Ltd. Matichuk will be responsible for expanding CROSH’s capacity and steering its efforts to achieve key priorities.
CROSH has an advisory board, whose members from industry, labour and other fields identify health and safety projects for researchers to work on.
One of those priorities is the launch of a mobile research laboratory, M-CROSH, for which the board has high hopes. M-CROSH will be equipped so researchers can travel to the field, interview people working in different sectors, and return to the mobile lab with their findings.
M-CROSH will make it easier for researchers to collect data — and suggestions for improvement — from people working on the front lines. Matichuk and CROSH’s board and researchers are also excited about a study on mental health in the workplace, funded by Vale Ltd. and United Steelworkers, called Mining Mental Health.
In the last five years, CROSH has amalgamated research expertise from several disciplines, forged alliances with business and labour, and raised $3 million to build state-of-the art research lab facilities, said Leo Gerard.
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