Mike is the co-owner of two small businesses in southeast BC. Over the last twenty-five years, he has been involved in the forest industry and the power utility industry as both an employee, manager and owner.
In 2008, Mike bought into an established powerline consultant based out of Cranbrook, BC. A year after becoming an owner, one of his crew members was electrocuted while working on a high voltage line.
The lineman survived his brush with 14,000 volts but not before losing an arm and a leg. As the Safety Coordinator at the time of the accident, Mike faced the deep scrutiny of multiple regulatory agencies as they audited the company’s safety program. “The audit could find no real fault with the safety manual”, says Mike, “I had created the correct set of rules but not the correct mindset or safety culture.” Mike is committed to sharing the hard lessons learned with other employers. His goal is to create a strong safety culture within his companies and encourage the development of safety programs that promote inclusion and commitment at all levels.