TORONTO, ONT. — Tim Armstrong, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Horvath as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute.
Mr. Horvath, who will assume the office in December 2015, is succeeding the Hon. Steve Mahoney, who is stepping down after more than three years in the role to pursue new business opportunities and community work.
“Steve Horvath is an accomplished leader with a track record of success in creating value for stakeholders and promoting integration of prevention and workplace health into the culture of an organization,” says Mr. Armstrong. “His extensive public and private sector experience will contribute greatly to our continued success preventing cancer, occupational illness and injury from unacceptable exposure to radiation.”
For the past five years, Mr. Horvath has been the President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, a national organization that is dedicated to promoting the total health and well being of working Canadians. In addition to his leadership at the CCOHS, Mr. Horvath has held senior executive positions with companies in the technology, manufacturing and service sectors including responsibilities as President and CEO of multi-national companies.
“I am inspired by the opportunity to build on the sterling reputation of the Institute for providing trusted solutions and to work with people who have common values and a shared vision of a safer and healthier world,” says Mr. Horvath. “I look forward to continuing my passion for effecting positive change and creating a healthy environment for all.”
Under the energetic leadership of Mr. Mahoney, appointed President and CEO of RSIC in September 2012, the Institute’s activities in training, professional services and government and private sector partnerships have grown significantly. Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Mahoney was an accomplished politician — serving as a Mississauga City Councillor and as an MPP and small business advocate at Queen’s Park and as a cabinet minister in the Federal Parliament — and was the Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board for six years.
“I can’t thank enough the women and men of the Radiation Safety Institute and their dedication to the Institute’s mission to prevent cancer in the workplace, in people’s homes and in the public institutions of Canada,” says Mr. Mahoney. “My years with the Institute have been extremely rewarding, and I am confident that this dynamic not-for-profit organization is in good hands under Mr. Horvath’s leadership. I look forward to the new opportunities on my horizon and spending more time with my wife Katie and our sons and their families.”
Mr. Horvath will also be carrying on the legacy of Dr. Fergal Nolan, a founding member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and its first President and CEO — a role he held for nearly 30 years and during which he helped grow the Institute from its origins in Elliot Lake into a national organization renowned for its independence, strict impartiality and “good science in plain language.”
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About the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada:
The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada is a non-partisan, non-governmental body promoting safety in relation to radiation exposure in the workplace and in homes, schools and the environment. It was founded in 1980 as a direct, independent response to the human disaster in Elliot Lake, Ont., where more than 220 otherwise healthy miners died from excessive exposure to radiation in the uranium mines.