Health & Safety Committee

The BC Wine Grape Council Health & Safety Committee mandate is to:

  • Identify health & safety issues,
  • Educate the industry by developing and offering training programs; and,
  • Create resources for small and medium-sized wineries and vineyards. 

In addition to Wine Grape Industry members, the Committee include Stakeholder representatives from: 

The H&S Committee meets 3 - 4 times per year and has an active role in facilitating workshops throughout the year.  Workshops are generally low-cost ways for BCWGC Members to ensure staff is staying up-to-date with current OHS topics.  Workshops are hosted in the Okanagan as well as in the Fraser Valley.  Previous workshops included Pesticide Management, Confined Spaces, Airblast Sprayer Training, Tractor Safety, Wildlife Management, and Forklift Training.  Sandra Oldfield is Chair of the H&S Committee; Rebecca Mikulic is Board Liaison.

The Health & Safety Committee has also developed the Health and Safety for Small and Medium-sized Wineries handbook in partnership with WorkSafe BC.  This guide is complementary to all BC Wineries and can be accessed in the Guides section of our website:

Mandate: Identify health & safety issues, educate the industry by developing and offering training programs, and creating resources for wineries and vineyards.

Current Committee Members Include:

Chair:  Daneen Skilling

Board Liaison: Kent MacDonald

Recording Secretary:  Kate Durisek, Executive Director, BCWGC 


Erik Olexa  (Arterra)

Robert Cleave (MRS)

John Bremmer (Mt. Kobau)

Reto Gebert (St. Hubertus)

Matt Mavety (Blue Mountain)

Dave Carson (Consultant)

Ashley Stasuk (Frind)

External Partners

Laura Feeny - Health Canada PMRA

Steve Marino - WorkSafe

Ron Macciborski - AgSafe

Kyle Hart - AgSafe

Sheldon McKee – Orenda Safety

Tyrion Miskell - BC Grapegrowers Association

Heidi Hare - Manufacturing Safety Alliance

Dareece Tomyn - Manufacturing Safety Alliance