ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Liz Horvath
President and Founder
 

With over 20 years of experience, Liz specializes in coaching organizations, teams and individuals to improve their results by breaking through barriers that cause chronic stress and impact their ability to flourish.

 

Liz established Hale out of a strong desire to help workers at all levels achieve their professional goals while minimizing the risk of chronic disease, disability and premature death from chronic stress. Her compassion for people and drive for continuous learning have been the hallmarks of her success.

“Let’s make work a great part of life!” ©

Speaking from the Heart

Liz is a passionate and effective speaker who engages her audiences with her unique blend of personal stories, professional experience and subject matter expertise. In addition to speaking for organizations privately, she has been inspiring audiences across Canada at numerous conferences and events. Read more

Unique Skills and Expertise

Liz has an in-depth understanding of occupational health and safety laws and standards, workers’ compensation, disability management and employee wellness. She knows from experience that protecting and promoting the mental health of workers is the foundation to success and sustainability.

She is highly skilled at:

  • Development and integration of occupational health and safety management systems

  • Risk assessment and auditing

  • Training development and delivery

  • Mentoring to develop psychologically safe and healthy leadership skills

  • Fostering trust between management and workers

  • Building consensus among people with diverse interests

  • Inspiring intrinsic motivation and effective action

  • Evaluating the impact of health and safety on organizational results

Background

Liz’s career began with 18 years in the service and hospitality industry, honing her interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.

 

She later managed health and safety and workers’ compensation for unionized manufacturing facilities in the packaging, food and automotive industries, resulting in significant improvements in health and safety, productivity, and morale and reduction in costs.

 

As Senior OHS Consultant for one of Canada’s top occupational health and safety lawyers, Liz helped with defense of complex cases, developed and delivered successful training programs, and provided consulting services for clients in various industries across Canada.

 

During her time with CSA Group, Liz successfully managed several national multi-stakeholder Standards Development Committees (some with up to 60 members from across Canada from various industries representing diverse interests). Under her leadership, these committees wrestled difficult and controversial issues with grace and sensitivity, resulting in the publication of ground-breaking National Standards in occupational and psychological health and safety, including:

 

  • CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700 – 803/2013
    Psychological health and safety in the workplace – Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation

 

  • CAN/CSA Z1001-13
    Occupational health and safety training

 

  • CAN/CSA Z1002-12
    Occupational health and safety – Hazard identification and elimination and risk assessment and control

 

  • CAN/CSA-ISO 31000-10
    Risk management – Principles and guidelines

 

  • CSA Z1006-08
    Management of work in confined spaces

 

Liz founded Hale in 2013 to focus on her mission to make work a great part of life for as many people as possible.

Insightful Publications

Liz loves providing valuable and practical information to help employees succeed. She has been published in numerous industry magazines including:

  • Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine

  • Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association Journal,

  • Co-author of “Occupational Health and Safety Compliance in Ontario, Third Edition”

 

Recent publications include:
 

 

  • The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada – Toward a Standard for Psychological Health and Safety
    by Leanne Fournier and Mary Ann Baynton  

    Liz contributed to the development of the book.

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  • Regular contributor to the "Hale Health and Safety Solutions" Blog
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Awards and Accolades

  • In 2013, Liz received an Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Director of Corporate Affairs & Communications, CSA Group, for her work in the leading the development of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

 

  • In 2017, Liz was one of the honoured guests at the Great-West Life Gala for "A Decade of Advancing Workplace Mental Health in Canada", in recognition for her contribution to the field.

Memberships

  • Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals

  • Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)

  • Crisis & Trauma Institute

  • Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA)

  • International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH)

  • Lean in Canada

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