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

Meet the Team

Fernando De Melo <em>CHSC</em>

Fernando De Melo CHSC

Principal Consultant & CEO

Mike Pearson <em>CRSP</em>

Mike Pearson CRSP

Senior Consultant / Consulting Services Manager

Sarah Slater <em>B Sc</em>

Sarah Slater B Sc

Manager of Operations

Jeremy Ryan <em>CRSP</em>

Jeremy Ryan CRSP

Senior Safety Advisor - Team Lead

Kevin Brown <em>CRSP</em>

Kevin Brown CRSP

Senior Safety Advisor

James Rai <em>Dip T. OHS</em>

James Rai Dip T. OHS

Safety Advisor - Team Lead

Rachael McMahon

Rachael McMahon

Safety Advisor

Dakota Henderson

Dakota Henderson

Safety Advisor

Adrian Mac Donnell

Adrian Mac Donnell

Safety Advisor

Rebecca Wells

Rebecca Wells

Safety Advisor

Shawn Pauls

Shawn Pauls

Safety Advisor

Adelina Ortega

Adelina Ortega

Safety Advisor

Kayleigh Howie

Kayleigh Howie

Safety Advisor

Adriana Almeida

Adriana Almeida

Safety Advisor

Sidney Kwong <em>B.Sc Kin</em>

Sidney Kwong B.Sc Kin

Safety Advisor

Barbara McNabb

Barbara McNabb

Office Administrator


Fernando De Melo <em>CHSC</em>

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.”


Mike Pearson <em>CRSP</em>

Mike Pearson CRSP

Senior Consultant / Consulting Services Manager

Mike Pearson is a Senior Consultant and Lead Integrator with Pacific Safety.  Born and raised in Vancouver, he is an OHS leader with over 20 years of experience. Mike is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP).  Mike’s passion for protecting others from harm is born from his long career as a warehouse worker and his family history of volunteerism.

Mike achieved his diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in 2002.  He was recruited to work as a Safety Analyst for BCRTC (Skytrain) where he worked until 2007 after which he moved to work with WorkSafeBC as an Industry Specialist.  This role provided him with a leadership opportunity with industry leaders in Manufacturing to help launch the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC (formerly FIOSA-MIOSA).  After five years with Industry and Labour Services he moved back to BCRTC to help them develop a Contractor Safety Management Program for their Capital development program.  In 2014 Ballard Power Systems recruited Mike to be their Manager of Environment Health and Safety.

During his professional career Mike has been active with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) as a board member and supported the BCIT OH&S Program Advisory Council.  Outside work he is active to say the least, completing 4 Ironman Triathlons.


Sarah Slater <em>B Sc</em>

Sarah Slater B Sc

Manager of Operations

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.

Jeremy Ryan <em>CRSP</em>

Jeremy Ryan CRSP

Senior Safety Advisor - Team Lead

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).


Kevin Brown <em>CRSP</em>

Kevin Brown CRSP

Senior Safety Advisor

Kevin Brown is a Senior Safety Advisor on the Contractor Safety Team with Pacific Safety. He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). After retiring from the Royal Canadian Navy in 2011, Kevin moved to Vancouver from Halifax NS to begin a career in Health & Safety. As an OH&S professional he has experience in managing and maintaining Safety Management Systems (SMS) in a variety of industries such as marine transportation, heavy industrial construction for projects at Canadian Natural Resources and Rio Tinto, commercial & residential construction and railway maintenance and rehabilitations services.

Kevin believes that in order to have a successful SMS there must be open and collaborative communications between all stakeholders of an organization. As a Safety Professional, his focus is to help bring the various levels of an organization together and develop a comprehensive and inclusive SMS that encourages ownership and accountability by employees. Positive and constructive engagement will encourage employee buy-in and ownership of the programs, ultimately providing a positive and safe work environment for all employees.


James Rai <em>Dip T. OHS</em>

James Rai Dip T. OHS

Safety Advisor - Team Lead

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.


Rachael McMahon

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

Dakota Henderson

Dakota Henderson

Safety Advisor

Dakota Henderson is a Safety Advisor with the YVR Contractor Safety Department. Dakota has a Red Seal Certification in Carpentry from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and he has most recently achieved his NCSO certification and renewed his Internal COR Auditor designation from the British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance. Currently enrolled at the University of Fredericton, he is pursuing his CRSP in Safety.

Dakota has over twenty-five years of field and management experience in construction, education, manufacturing, and forestry. He is well versed with the workplace technologies, systems and processes in these industries, as well as the health and safety issues related to these environments.  Dakota provides a high level of familiarity with construction-safety.


Adrian Mac Donnell

Adrian Mac Donnell

Safety Advisor

Adrian Mac Donnell is a Safety Advisor in the YVR Contractor Safety. Adrian achieved his bachelor degree, in Environmental Health and Safety Systems from the National University of Galway, Ireland. He moved to British Columbia in 2016 and has worked in both the medical and construction field.

Adrian is extremely passionate about safety and enjoys the diversity this industry provides. He has experience in the medical field including CE approval on machines, risk assessments and air and water sampling. He was also part of the team that implemented pictogram risk assessments throughout the workplace which simplified work tasks and provided a key understanding of the task in hand. He has conducted toolbox talks, evacuation procedures, site inspections and believes communication, passion and a willingness to learn is key to a strong safety culture.


Rebecca Wells

Rebecca Wells

Safety Advisor

Rebecca is a dedicated safety professional who has extensive field experience in construction and heavy industry. Over the last 10 years she has worked as a CSO in BC and Alberta. Her training coupled with her extensive field experience has allowed her to forge relationships easily. Through her solid administrative, communication and leadership competencies, Rebecca brings energy and commitment to achieve full customer satisfaction.


Shawn Pauls

Shawn Pauls

Safety Advisor

Shawn is a competent and committed Health & Safety Professional with 4+ years of experience in the construction field. Being knowledgeable in the Acts and Regulations, Incident Reporting, Site Auditing, Return to Work Programs and the creation of Safe Work Procedures, has earned him respect in the industry. Having a passion for people has earned him the respect of his peers. Shawn is currently working on his Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes at the University of Fredericton.


Adelina Ortega

Adelina Ortega

Safety Advisor

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 was part of a team that 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.


Kayleigh Howie

Kayleigh Howie

Safety Advisor

Kayleigh Howie is a Safety Advisor, currently working with our YVR Contractor Safety team.  Achieving her Bachelors degree in Environmental Geography from University of Guelph, Kayleigh went on to work as a Health and Safety Consultant implementing health and safety programs for construction and manufacturing companies.  Her experience as a Health and Safety Officer is in both the construction and hospitality industries.

Kayleigh’s professional experience spans the following areas:

  • COR (Certificate of Recognition) program development
  • Health and safety program implementation
  • Training development and facilitation
  • Site inspections
  • Incident investigations.

Adriana Almeida

Adriana Almeida

Safety Advisor

Originally from Brazil, Adriana Almeida moved to Newfoundland in 2016, where she completed a graduate diploma in Safety and Risk Engineering from Memorial University. Adriana brings with her a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Safety Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

Adriana has 6 years of OHS experience as an HSE Analyst and Coordinator in the oil and gas industry in Brazil. The last project she was involved with was onboard a 7th generation drillship, where she worked as a Safety Advisor to ensure safety of the drillship’s demobilization phase, dealing with heavy lift operations, cutting, welding, working at heights, scaffold assembly, and others. She is very adaptable to different work environments, having worked in the office and out in the field of big multinational companies.


Sidney Kwong <em>B.Sc Kin</em>

Sidney Kwong B.Sc Kin

Safety Advisor

Sidney Kwong is a Safety Advisor, with the Client Services Team at Pacific Safety.   Sidney moved to British Columbia in 2000 and achieved his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University.  He continued his studies and completed the Occupational Health and Safety Diploma program at BCIT. Sidney was previously a Safety Specialist who helped with developing safety programs and conducting gap analyses for clients who wished to achieve COR certification. He is working towards his CRSP designation and hopes to use his education and work experience to make a positive difference.


Barbara McNabb

Barbara McNabb

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.