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Craig McPherson — Corporate Health & Safety Manager

Since 2012, Craig has held numerous positions leading Health and Safety programs in the energy industry. He has for many years been involved in the development of corporate practices, standards and guidelines for specialized organizations. Craig now leads PowerTel in creating, improving, and implementing the safety policies that define the organization. Well known and respected in his field across the country, Craig’s priority is to maintain PowerTel’s leadership role in safety initiatives in the High Voltage trade.

Previous Positions in Safety Leadership:
  • Safety Advisor – North American Operations – Talisman Energy (Oil and Gas)
  • Safety Dedicated Assistant Project Manager – SNC Lavalin Transmission and Distribution
  • Field Safety Advisor – Iconic Power Systems – High Voltage Substation Construction
  • Safety Manager – Iconic Power Systems – High Voltage Substation Construction

Health and Safety Training Received:
  • Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)
  • Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP)
  • National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Certificate – University of Alberta
  • Tap Root Lead Investigator

  • Association Involvement:
    • Alberta Construction Safety Association – Internal COR Auditor
    • Utility Safety Operations and Leadership Network (USOLN)


    • Mark Bender — Health & Safety Manager

      Mark joined PowerTel in 2015 and has been refining and improving our policies and programs ever since. Having spent 34 years at Hydro One, Mark understands what it takes to operate a safe and productive organization. He incorporates all Health and Safety initiatives into our comprehensive Health, Safety, and Training program, and ensures compliance by all field personnel.

      Previous Positions in Safety Leadership:
      • Customer Operations Manager – Hydro One

      Health and Safety Training Received:
      • COR Internal Auditor
      • IHSA Training Partner for Working at Heights
      • Hydro One Certified Internal Workwell Auditor
      • Red Seal Certified Powerline Technician
      • Joint Health and Safety Committee Member Training
      • Utility Work Protection Code

      • Association Involvement:
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