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Keeping Albertans safe

Exposure to different areas in the OH&S field helped Ian in his role as Health and Safety strategist

Mar 30, 2020 in Student Stories

Ian Hooper, B. Comm.
Director of Partnerships in Injury Reduction — Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
Graduate of Occupational Health and Safety Certificate (2008)

Ian Hooper, director of Partnerships in Injury Reduction at the Alberta government, is a believer in the value of learning. “The world is changing fast, and continuing education is the only way to keep fresh and up to date,” he says.

Ian had a Bachelor of Commerce under his belt and many years of professional experience in the field when he decided to enrol in the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate.

“Many of my colleagues had taken the program and said great things about it,” he recalls. “I had recently joined the Partnerships team, and the courses provided a much broader exposure to some of the Health and Safety areas. I found that the program helped me a lot.”

With the increased focus on Health and Safety by employers, trained OH&S professionals have become prized commodities in the job market. “The certificate from the Faculty of Extension is a powerful asset for those who are applying for jobs in OH&S professions or wishing to move ahead in their careers,” Ian explains. “I always suggest it to my staff and to people coming aboard Partnerships.”

Being a student in the Faculty of Extension OH&S program was a very positive and rewarding experience that helped me with my career.