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Director (Construction Phase), Safety Light Rail Transit (LRT)

Remote Toronto, ON

Metrolinx is connecting communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Metrolinx operates GO Transit and UP Express, as well as the PRESTO fare payment system. We are also building new and improved rapid transit, including GO Expansion, Light Rail Transit routes, and major expansions to Toronto’s subway system, to get people where they need to go, better, faster and easier. Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

At Metrolinx, equity, diversity and inclusion are essential to living our values of serving with passion, thinking forward and playing as a team.

Our Operations (GO & UP) Division is looking for Director (Construction Phase), Safety Light Rail Transit (LRT). This role will lead safety team responsible to provide safety oversight to the Metrolinx LRT project delivery team, throughout the entire LRT project life cycle (including project initiation, planning and designs, build, performance and monitoring) to ensure the construction projects meet Metrolinx’s highest standards for safety and compliance. This position will lead the development, implementation and maintenance of safety programs and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and policies, using their knowledge of safety system assurance, occupational health safety and operational readiness.

What will I be doing?

  • Responsible to provide senior leadership in the development and execution of a strategy and supporting framework to achieve world-class construction safety on all transit and related projects.
  • Leading the development, implementation, and management of construction safety standards, policies, procedures, and programs for transportation construction projects for LRT meet or exceed regulatory requirements and industry standards.
  • Leading the participation in project planning and risk assessment to identify potential safety hazards through the project life cycle and support the development of strategies to mitigate risks. Work closely with internal project leads, third party contractors, and construction teams to ensure that safety is integrated into all phases of the project lifecycle.
  • Review the planning of safety measures before the construction phase of a project begins and review of safety-conducive design, identifying potential hazards, ensuring that the site and equipment are safe and in compliance with regulatory requirements and developing strategies to minimize or eliminate them before construction activities begin.
  • Embeds safety culture transformation initiatives into the business by working closely with stakeholders and counterparts in the Capital Projects Group, including the implementation of a new Safety Management System and a Safety Management Information System.
  • Through expert knowledge and deep experience, leads and enables the implementation of international best practices, standards and methodologies in construction safety through the project life cycle.
  • Provides senior leadership and oversight in the establishment and management of key performance indicators (KPIs), trends and metrics to actively monitor safety through the project lifecycle and contractor performance, set safety standards, guide continuous improvement and inform executive decision-making.
  • Lead the develop and maintain relationships with regulatory agencies and other safety organizations to ensure compliance with safety regulation and best practices. Works collaboratively with all partners (e.g. Infrastructure Ontario) and external stakeholders (e.g. vendors/contractor organizations).
  • Develops and manages annual and long-term budgets and staffing plans that adhere to corporate standards and applicable legislation; Sets the direction to ensure that planning objectives are delivered on time and within budget.
  • Provides oversight to and expert technical/functional leadership/advice to the safety team, in a matrix-oriented environment, to support/guide and influence the administration/implementation of construction safety management plans across Metrolinx.

What Skills and Qualifications Do I Need

  • Completion of a degree in Safety Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Engineering, or a related field – or a combination of education, training, and experience deemed equivalent. Master of Safety or Masters of Business Administration (MBA) an asset.
  • Minimum 10 years’ progressive senior leadership/management experience in safety management for transportation construction projects.
  • Knowledge of design and construction for light rail transit, tunneling, underground stations, storage and maintenance facilities, operating system, and related works.
  • Knowledge of construction procurement models and contract language.
  • Strong knowledge of safety assurance, including audits, to oversee construction safety management plan compliance with legislative and regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Experience developing and implementing safety policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Knowledge of risk management systems and processes to lead the identification and mitigation of safety risks
  • Knowledge of business improvement processes and performance analytics to direct the maintenance and testing of safety management system elements and to establish performance standards.
  • Knowledge of Safety Systems Assurance Precursor
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety to support Delivery Partner (DP) Teams with OHS training, competency and assessment.
  • Knowledge of Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) and Transport Canada Safety Rules (TCSR) is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Contract Law, Construction Liens Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Environmental Assessment Act, and the requirements of the Professional Engineers Act.
  • Knowledge of project management principles and practices to lead and manage simultaneous projects to tight deadlines and to monitor project adherence to timelines and objectives.
  • Knowledge of budgetary management techniques, methods and practices and budget development and management processes.
  • Highly developed analytical, problem solving and organizational skills to manage multiple challenges in a diversified business/matrix model environment.

Don’t Meet Every Requirement

If you’re excited about working with Metrolinx but your past experience doesn’t quite align with every qualification of this posting, we encourage you to apply. You just might be the right candidate for this or other roles. We are always looking for great talent to join our team.We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from members of equity-deserving communities, including those who identify as Indigenous, Black, racialized, women, people with disabilities, and people with diverse gender identities, expressions and sexual orientation.


We value the unique skills and experiences each person brings to Metrolinx and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment. We are committed to the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act so if you require accommodation during the hiring process, please let our Recruitment team know by contacting us at: 416-202-5601 or email [email protected].

Application Process:

All applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Metrolinx will be using email to communicate with you for all job competitions. It is your responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence, we recommend that you check your email regularly. If no response is received, we will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing the opportunity. Please be advised that a Criminal Record Check may be required of the successful candidate. Should it be determined that any background information provided be misleading, inaccurate or incorrect, Metrolinx reserves the right to discontinue with the consideration of your application.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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