With 40 years of construction and project management experience Gord joined the Alberta Elevating Devices And Amusement Rides Safety Association (AEDARSA) in 2005 after spending 17 years as Director of Operations for the Calgary Olympic Development Association.
Gord’s experience in the ski industry and his involvement as Co-Chair for the passenger ropeway technical council with the Safety Codes Council of Alberta made him a natural fit working at AEDARSA. In 2006 Gord became involved in the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation of Canada and quickly became involved in all aspects of the foundation taking up his passion for safety and helping to educate children.
As Chairman Gord has helped lead the foundation through some difficult times but now finds the organization going in the right direction with a great Board of Directors and an excellent part time Executive Director in Alison Whittaker. Recently appointed to the United States Foundation of EESF as Canadian Regent the foundation looks forward to getting back to our mandate of educating children on elevator and escalator safety and safe use of these devices.
Stephanie started her career in the elevator industry in 2004 working in the field as an Elevating Device Mechanic-In-Training. She joined the Technical Standards and Safety Authority in 2005, training as an QEI Certified Elevating Device Inspector. Working at TSSA has allowed Stephanie to expand her certifications which includes amusement rides, and NAARSO Level 1.
Stephanie’s passion with safety brought her interests to National Association Elevator Safety Authorities (NAESA) becoming the Treasurer/Secretary of the Canadian Region in 2015 and then Vice Chairman in 2019. She expanded her portfolio and joined NAESA International Boards, including NAESA Board of Directors, Board of Certification and the Secretary of the Executive Committee. Stephanie actively educates women in STEM based careers through participation in Women in Trades and Skills Ontario events.
In January 2020, Stephanie joined the EESFC family to share in their mission of elevator/escalator rider education. Stephanie looks forward to working with the other members of EEFSC in promoting and educating safety to riders of all ages while at home, in the workplace or out in the everyday world.
Steve started the Elevator Industry in 1991 working for Adams Elevator and in 1997 became the Director of Branch Operations for North America. In 2004 I moved companies and started GAL Canada which is now a Vantage company and started as the General Manager and opened the operation in February 2005! ECI was purchased in 2006 by the Glaser family and ECI was amalgamated it with GAL Canada in 2011. Currently Steve is President of GAL Canada and is located in Mississauga, Ontario.
Steve was on the NAEC board from 2013 until 2016 and was on the CECA board from 1995 to 2004 and became Supplier Chair of both associations. Being both on the NAEC and CECA boards allowed me to meet many great industry people that became good friends and many of them mentored me along the way. I joined EESFC in 1996 (I think?) and was also on the EESF board for a few years back in 1999. This has also been a great experience and is such a great cause I have been very happy being part of such a worthy association!
I enjoy golf, travelling and most sports and have been married 32 years and have two children. My youngest son is an Elevator Mechanic here in Toronto. Having a Grandfather that was in the Elevator Industry in the UK it appears that Elevators run in our veins!
Nav Chahal is the Manager of the Transportation at Technical Safety BC, his portfolio includes Elevating Devices, Amusement Rides, Passenger Ropeways and Railway. He has been involved in the elevating devices industry for almost 20 years and the last 10 working for a provincial regulator. He has background in mechanical engineering and is a member of ASME and CSA code committees
Alison Whittaker is the Executive Director for the Foundation. She along with Gord Pattison worked together to revive the Foundation in 2020. Her hopes are to bring the program to children country wide in 2021
Tom Rennick is a founding member of the Foundation & holds the positions of Treasurer .
Tom is a licensed EDM-T , who has worked in the Industry for nearly 40 years. In that time Tom has worked in all facets of the Elevator business globally. He has worked in the Supply & Manufacturing side as well as the Contracting side of the business. In the past has as well serviced on the CECA & NAEC Board of Directors