Erol Toyata BA, CRSP, CRM

The combination of education, diverse work experience, and natural people skills make Erol the perfect choice as one of UNBC’s OH&S online course instructors.

Erol began his career almost thirty years ago as a medic in the northern BC and Alberta oil and gas industry before becoming manger and co-owner of one of Prince George’s largest and busiest silviculture companies. While there, his many duties included supervising over eighty employees every busy tree planting season while still making time to design a new disability management program that significantly reduced injuries.

In 1999, Erol joined Canfor in a variety of senior safety and production roles in the Woods and Pulp/Paper divisions. He conducted onsite inspections, trained staff in areas such as confined spaces and material handling, advanced his own occupational health and safety credentials as well as launching new safety auditing and hazard mitigation strategies.

Erol joined the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in 2010 as the Risk and Safety Manager. In this role, Erol was a keen campus collaborator while advocating for stronger policies in areas such as contractor safety, incident tracking and reporting, and disability management. He also developed the first comprehensive incident statistical review and analysis for future budgeting.

At the end of 2012, Erol relocated to Edmonton where he returned to the energy sector. In his current position as Senior Safety Inspector with Enbridge Pipelines, he manages multi-jurisdictional OH&S rules and regulations, oversees the national Tank Division inspection program and created a new safety onboarding program for new and returning Enbridge employees.

Erol is an alumni of UNBC with a BA in Political Science and a Masters of Science in Business Administration (MSc). He also holds a Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety from BCIT and is an accredited member of the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCSRP), Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and Canadian Risk Management (CRM).