Pacific Safety – Partners in Workplace Safety – Safety Consultants Vancouver, BC Partners in Workplace Safety

Meet the Team

Fernando De Melo

Fernando De Melo CHSC

Principal Consultant & CEO

Scott Lescak

Scott Lescak CRSP

Senior Advisor, Consulting Services Manager 

Jeremy Ryan CRSP

Senior Advisor


team-james

James Rai Dip. T OHS

Safety Advisor

Sarah Slater

Sarah Slater B Sc

Safety Advisor

Rachael McMahon

Safety Advisor


Allison Buchhorn

Safety Advisor

Chris Jaillet

Safety Advisor

Mauricio Severino

Safety Advisor


Adelina Ortega

Safety Administrator

Barbara McNab

Office Administrator


Fernando De Melo CHSC

Principal Consultant & CEO

With over 25 years’ experience as a safety professional and a real passion for working with people, Fernando founded Pacific Safety in 2008. His vision was to attract like-minded, high performing safety professionals who shared his passion and want to help reducing risk, eliminating harm, and increasing wellness in the workplace.

Fernando has been a long standing, active member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and is a Certified Health and Safety Consultant since 2009. His professional career has been deeply rooted in British Columbia. He spent 15 years in the classroom teaching Occupational First Aid, Instructor Development Programs and WorkSafeBC Education Partner courses. He was the Director of Training with the Care Institute of Safety and Health Inc., and EMS Plus Safety Services Inc.  His experience as a professional adult facilitator was the foundation for his excellence in communication approach to advising today.

Safety is about people. We work hard to build strong lasting relationships with our clients by creating an environment where we can share knowledge both ways. It’s because of this philosophy that we’ve been able to help clients implement practical and workable solutions to improve safety performance. It’s not a one shot answer, it’s ongoing, and it’s a continuous improvement model.”

He considers himself fortunate to have established long term client relationships with the Vancouver Airport Authority, Franklin Roofing Systems, TG Schulz General Contracting, Orca Steel Fabrication, Sure Span Construction, Seiko Construction, City of Port Coquitlam and Mitchell Project Management.

Fernando is committed to being an active leader in the safety industry by building a sustainable world class professional services firm.

“By surrounding ourselves with the smartest, the passionate, the brightest people in our industry we’ll create the best value for our clients and a world class professional services firm.”


Scott Lescak CRSP

Senior Advisor, Consulting Services Manager 

Scott is a health, safety, and environmental professional, and senior advisor with Pacific Safety.  Scott has over 15 years of working experience in health and safety. He has implemented and worked with quality, environmental, and H&S management systems in the manufacturing, waste management, mining, construction, and aviation industries in the UK, U.S and Canada.  His understanding of management systems has allowed him to gain a solid insight into the importance of performance management from floor to board levels.

He achieved a NEBOSH certificate in Health and Safety in Scotland and a certificate of Environmental Practice in Canada.

Based on his experience and his education, Scott has developed a strong expertise in:

  • Risk assessment and management
  • HSE Management Systems
  • Auditing
  • Performance Management

His recent work experience includes work for:

  • YVR Vancouver Airport (Senior safety advisor)
  • Walter Energy (Group HSE Coordinator-Mining)
  • Eazyfone Group (HSE projects Manager)

Scott is also an OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 certified lead auditor.


Jeremy Ryan CRSP

Safety Advisor

Jeremy is an ambitious safety professional with 6 years of health and safety experience, and over 10 years work experience in heavy industry. He has extensive experience in oil and gas, light rail, environmental and construction sectors. He has had success in developing and implementing new and existing safety programs and is often found in the field, tackling safety issues at the worksite. His most recent role was with an environmental services company, where he managed the safety program for 6 branches across BC.

Jeremy holds a diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from the University of New Brunswick and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).


James Rai Dip T. OHS

Safety Advisor

James Rai is a pragmatic Safety Advisor with a background in Kinesiology, Ergonomics and Rehabilitation. James achieved a Diploma in health & safety from BCIT to complement his skillset in 2015. He has implemented and worked with health and safety management systems in Facilities & Trades divisions, school boards, manufacturing plants, and most recently, property management companies.

James has been engaged with the Vancouver Airport Authority Property Management Group assisting with the implementation of a customized Safety Management System. This project required that James worked with the Senior Directors and management team to:

  • Provide immediate safety support for all stakeholders
  • Establish a Corporate Risk Registry
  • Develop a corporate safety manual
  • Develop a Tenant and Facilities safety manual
  • Develop guidelines for a Contractor Safety Management Program

What organizations need to do, in terms of health and safety, and what they’re capable of doing at this moment in time, are sometimes two different things. James carries on the philosophy of Pacific Safety of finding what works best for the individuals by thinking of real-world application of ideas.


Sarah Slater B Sc

Safety Advisor

Sarah joined our team in April 2017 as a Safety Advisor. She has a Bachelors Degree in Applied Environmental Science from Strathclyde University in Scotland and NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. Sarah most recently worked as a Training Superintendent and Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) Advisor for a waste management and recycling company that operated 6 facilities in British Columbia. She also comes to us with seven years experience in the Aluminum industry as a Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Specialist, specializing in Training & Development and Safety & Environmental Management Systems.

Sarah is experienced with the following project activities:

  • Training Management Program development and implementation
  • Management Systems development and implementation
  • Incident Investigation & Corrective Action Management
  • Auditing Management Systems in preparation for Certificate of Recognition.

Rachael McMahon

Safety Advisor

Rachael McMahon has a Bachelors Degree, majoring in Mathematics, from Aberystwyth University in Wales. She is a certified safety officer and brings a range of OH&S experience in residential, commercial, and industrial construction, and is working on her NEBOSH certificate and Diploma.

Rachael is experienced with:

  • WHMIS management
  • Aerial work platform/mobile equipment
  • Fall protection
  • Confined space
  • Hazard Identification and control
  • Risk assessment and management
  • OH&S Program reviews
  • Site inspections
  • Incident investigation

Allison Buchhorn

Safety Advisor

Full bio coming soon…


Chris Jaillet

Safety Advisor

Chris comes to Pacific Safety after a long career in the oil and gas industry where he started as a ‘roughneck’ on the oil rigs to establishing and running a self-owned safety consulting company serving the oil and gas industry. Chris brings with him a broad spectrum of knowledge from years of experience in commercial and industrial construction as well as an extensive military background. After achieving an OH&S certification through the University of New Brunswick Chris has spent the last 3 years working managing safety for a large crane company in Alberta’s Oil Sands. Chris currently supports our Contractor Safety Advising team.


Mauricio Severino

Safety Advisor

Mauricio is enthusiastic about safety and continuous improvement, having worked in manufacturing and Oil & Gas companies for over ten years. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidade Federal Fluminense in Brazil and has vast experience in implementing, maintaining and continuously improving Safety, Quality, Health and Environmental management systems. Training and working with people is his passion and he believes that delivering a clear and accurate message regarding safe and efficient practices through campaigns is paramount for creating a strong safety culture. Also, he has worked as Senior Quality Engineer, responsible for delivering training in Continuous Improvement Techniques (Lean Enterprise) to employees from support and manufacturing areas, aimed at reducing wastes and risks in order to seek excellence.


Adelina Ortega

Safety Administrator

Adelina joined Pacific Safety in January of 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Environmental Hygiene from the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (ITCR). Most recently her work was as a Health & Safety Advisor contracted out to Amazon Support Services in Costa Rica.  She designed, coordinated and developed their Safety Management System, Emergency Response Program and Ergonomics Program. Her attention to detail and commitment to the identification, evaluation and design of solutions for work related health and safety issues has made her a natural fit for the standards of excellence that Pacific Safety Consulting has become known for.


Barbara McNab

Office Administrator

Barbara is an administrative professional with over 15 years of practical experience. Barbara spent 5 years in the not for profit sector managing office operations and special projects. Her attention to detail combined with her exceptional customer service keep us on track to deliver a high quality of service.