Vice President, Rapid Transit Operations Safety

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 Rapid Transit Operations Office is seeking a Vice President, Rapid Transit Operations Safety. Supporting the Chief Operating Officer, Rapid Transit, you will provide oversight and technical expertise and advice in the fields of health and safety, and safety assurance, as well as provide senior leadership in the development and execution of a strategy and supporting framework to achieve world-class safety on all transit and related projects which are program managed and/or owned by Metrolinx. This role will be focused on Rapid Transit Operations as well as maintenance / SOGR (including related construction activities), engineering, etc. for both Rapid Transit and GO & UP.

As an operational safety leader, the VP will ensure standards and safety practices are met and maintained and will demonstrate exceptional knowledge and experience of planning and delivering of construction projects in a rail environment based on international good practice.

What will I be doing?

  • Leads the oversight and safety assurance of sound safety management plans applicable to a wide variety of procurement models.
  • Accountable for developing and implementing an effective organizational framework, within a matrix-oriented environment, to support the Integrated Health and Safety / Project Delivery Teams.
  • Provides senior leadership and oversight in the establishment and management of KPI’s, trends and metrics to actively monitor Safety and contractor performance, set safety standards, guide continuous improvement, and inform executive decision-making.
  • Oversees the maintenance and application of information systems to analyze safety and environmental performance and prepare reports.
  • Through expert knowledge and deep experience, leads and enables the implementation of international best practices, standards, and methodologies in Construction Safety.
  • Leads the monitoring and management of construction health and safety risk.
  • Works collaboratively with all partners and external stakeholders.
  • Directs and oversees the implementation and improvement of safety audit systems.
  • Establishes processes, controls, and measures to ensure appropriate expense allocation, cost management, and overall fiscal responsibility
  • Lead the development and implementation of construction safety leadership and culture transformation program
  • Works collaboratively with members of the Senior Management Team (SMT) regarding growth and organizational plans.
  • Leads the Integrated Health and Safety Teams with respect to hazard identification and control, practices and standards, project monitoring, construction contractor management, regulatory requirements, notifications to external authorities, etc.
  • Maintains current knowledge of international health, hygiene and safety theories, best practices, approaches, and technologies for incorporation into advancing the safety culture and construction safety management plans.
  • Leads and oversees the development of Safety programs, policies, procedures, processes, tools, and training.
  • Leads and oversees the implementation and improvement of audit systems to evaluate the ongoing performance of safety management systems and health and safety programs.
  • Minimizes corporate liability by working with internal and external stakeholders to identify and manage risk and resolve escalating issues.
  • Sets the direction to ensure that planning objectives are delivered on time and in budget.
  • Develops and manages annual and long-term budgets and staffing plans that adhere to corporate standards and applicable legislation.
  • Monitors project and program progress to deliver program objectives on time and within budget, and achieve anticipated business results
  • Creates a working environment that is aligned with the organization’s desire to be an “employer of choice”

What Skills and Qualifications Do I Need?

  • Completion of a degree in Occupational Health and Safety, or a related field or a combination of education, training, and experience deemed equivalent. MBA is an asset.
  • Demonstrated progressive senior leadership/management experience in directing the development, implementation and maintenance of health and safety policies, procedures, processes, tools and training for construction safety management plans and programs in the fields of health, hygiene, and safety.
  • One or more of the following designations: National Construction Safety Officer, National Examination Board in Occupational Safety & Health, International Certificate, Certified Canadian Registered Safety Professional, Certified Fire Protection Specialist, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Construction Health and Safety Technician, Professional Engineer, Project Management Institute credentials is required.
  • Knowledge of Canadian Rail Operating Rules and Transport Canada Safety Rules.
  • Knowledge of legislative and regulatory requirements governing health and safety and the construction industry.
  • Knowledge of safety assurance, including audits.
  • Knowledge of risk management systems and processes to lead the identification and mitigation of safety risks.
  • Knowledge of business improvement processes and performance analytics.
  • Knowledge of labour and health and safety legislation.
  • Knowledge of construction procurement models and contract language.
  • Knowledge of change management/transformation principles/best practices.

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 orientations.


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 .

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 is 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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