The Caribbean Branch hosted its Annual General Meeting on Friday 25th May, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Mr. Mark Loquan, President of The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, delivered the feature address. Specially invited guests included Mr Brenton Phillips International Relationship Manager from IOSH, Ms. Carolyn Sancho, Executive Director of OSHA, Mr. David St. Clair, Executive Committee Member of the Safety Council of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Ronald Brunton, Director Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago and representatives from the School of Business and Computer Sciences (SBCS), who promoted their programs geared towards careers in Occupational Safety and Health
Mrs. Shazara Ali Bocas-Ramlogan, newly appointed Communications Coordinator, opened the event with a warm welcome to all and acted as event chair for the evening’s proceedings.
Figure 1: Outgoing Executive Committee Member Stephen Arneaud and newly appointed Secretary Jenelle Duff greeted members to the Caribbean Branch AGM
Figure 2: The Caribbean Branch AGM kicks off with Communication Coordinator, Mrs. Shazara Ali Bocas-Ramlogan, chairing the evening's proceedings
The meeting began with a video message from the current IOSH President, Mr. Craig Foyle. He began with a welcome to all IOSH members to the AGM and extended thanks to members for their continued service to the branch and to the IOSH membership as a whole. He then gave a brief WORK 2022 update which is centred around enhancement, collaboration, and influence to bring about faster, long-lasting progress in the safety, health and wellbeing of working people worldwide.
Following the IOSH President’s message, the feature address entitled “The Perspective of Occupational Safety and Health in Trinidad and Tobago in 2018” was delivered by Mr. Loquan. His discourse was well received as he expounded on key areas that are critical to the development of health and safety in the region, addressing topics such as competency and training, process safety, leadership in safety, development of health and safety standards, lessons learned sharing, auditing and continuous improvement. The Caribbean Branch was appreciative of the time taken by Mr. Loquan to share his experiences.
Figure 3: Featured Speaker, Mr. Mark Loquan, delivered the featured address
Figure 4: Outgoing Chair, Mr. Curt Cadet, is present with a token of appreciation for his four years of service as Caribbean Branch Chair by newly appointed treasurer, Ms. Ria Sooknarine
Mr. Cadet was invited to say a few words as the outgoing Chair for the Caribbean Branch for the past four years. He began by summarizing the work conducted by the Executive Committee over the last year. He also took the opportunity to comment on feedback given in recent times which stated that IOSH members of the branch often question the benefits of membership. Mr. Cadet emphasised the fact that to be a member calls for service to help promote the mission that IOSH seeks to fulfil and not to simply use membership as a means to promote one’s career. He reminded the audience that the Executive Committee meets every month and performs many duties behind the scenes that are often unheralded. He strongly advised that moving forward we should all ask ourselves what we can do to boost the Caribbean Branch and by extension IOSH forward.
After his contribution, a special award was presented to Mr. Cadet by Ms. Ria Sooknarine on behalf of the rest of the Executive Committee and the Caribbean Branch for his hard work and dedication over the past four years.
The IOSH International Relationship Manager, Mr. Brenton Phillips, then delivered a message from Immediate Past IOSH President, Mr. Graham Parker. During the message, he brought public recognition to the work that the Caribbean Branch has accomplished under the leadership of Mr. Curt Cadet.
Mr. Phillips, then briefly reiterated the “IOSH Work 2022” global strategy, highlighting its vision to enhance the occupational safety and health profession, build strategic collaborative partnerships across industries and strengthen its influence globally through impactful research and development.
Mr Phillips also remarked on his appreciation of the Executive Committee’s efforts to host him during his stay. He then took the opportunity to present each Executive Committee Member with a Certificate of Appreciation for their work over the past year. Special mention was also made to outgoing Executive Committee Member Mr. Stephen Arneaud for his years of service on the committee and the assistance he provided.
Figure 5-10: International Branch Relations Manager, Mr. Brenton Phillips, presented the 2017-2018 Committee Members with Certificates of Appreciation for their service.
Following this, the results of the 2018/2019 elections to the Executive Committee were announced; which were as follows:
|Position||Appointed Executive Member|
|Communications Coordinator/ Executive Committee Member||Shazara Ali Bocas-Ramlogan|
|Communications Coordinator/ Executive Committee Member||Karen Lopez|
|Professional Development Coordinator/ Executive Committee Member||Anthony Rochford|
|Professional Development Coordinator/ Executive Committee Member||Navin Ragoo|
|Barbados Country Coordinator/ Executive Committee Member||LeKeisha Jordon|
|Executive Committee Member||Curt Cadet|
|Executive Committee Member||Alina Dhandoo|
Newly appointed chair, Mr. Jason Maitland was invited to say a few words. He used this opportunity to reiterate the sentiments expressed in the contribution made by Mr. Cadet by centring his speech around the phrase “What’s in it for me?” He outlined the numerous benefits of IOSH Newly appointed chair, Mr. Jason Maitland was invited to say a few words. He used this opportunity to reiterate the sentiments expressed in the contribution made by Mr. Cadet by centring his speech around the phrase “What’s in it for me?” He outlined the numerous benefits of IOSH membership and extended and invitation to all present to step up and utilize their talents to make an active contribution for the Caribbean Branch, IOSH and the safety profession as a whole.
Mr. Maitland concluded the evening by thanking all for attending and supporting the initiatives of the Caribbean Branch. Sincere appreciation was expressed to Mr. Loquan for sharing his thoughts on “The Perspective of Occupational Safety and Health in Trinidad and Tobago in 2018” and to Mr. Brenton Phillips for his contribution. Specially invited guests and representatives of SBCS were also thanked for their time and effort in promoting their programs geared towards careers in Occupational Safety and Health. Appreciation was also extended to all who assisted in arranging the event.