Executive Director/ Employer Advisor
OEA’s first employee since 2008 and holding senior leadership positions in Occupational Health, Safety, Environmental, Occupational Health Nursing and Human Resources, Mary Morris is Executive Director and Senior Employer Advisor with the Office of the Employer Advisor, Nova Scotia Society.
Mary has worked for 30 years in the field of Occupational Health and Safety and Occupational Health Nursing in unionized and non-unionized settings; provincial and federal workplaces. With extensive experience participating on various Boards of Directors, committees, government legislation reviews and numerous consultations, Mary has co-authored published articles and presented at numerous local and national conferences on topics related to workplace health and safety, HR processes, appeals, accident investigation and case management and accommodation.
One of 30 nurses across Canada and two in Nova Scotia, Mary is a recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Nursing. The medal, presented by the Canadian Nurses Association in Ottawa on March 5, 2013, recognizes her outstanding nursing practice and exemplary contributions to the health of Canadians.
Mary is a graduate of Dalhousie University School of Nursing and certified with the Canadian Occupational Health Nursing Association, (1987), the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses, (United States), the Canadian Board of Registered Safety Professionals, CRSP (1988) and the Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia, CHRP (1997). She is also a past award-recipient of the Peer Award of Excellence from HRANS.
Her expertise in developing and implementing disability, case management and attendance management programs, HR policy and program design, has assisted employers throughout Canada in telecommunications, manufacturing, land development, construction, tourism/hotels/gaming, aviation, long haul trucking/transportation and brewing industries.