Ergo-Safety was founded in 1992 by Sue Hanel. We believe it is in everyone’s best interest that our customers receive the highest quality ergonomic care possible. We therefore ensure that our assessors have the latest ergonomics-related knowledge and skills through an established quality assurance program, continued education, and our own reviews of new ergonomics studies, practices, evaluation tools, and techniques.
A Trusted Government Partner
In March of 2012, Public Works and Government Services Canada issued a National Master Standing Offer (NMSO) for office workstation evaluations. We were successfully chosen to serve the National Capital Region and were re-issued an NMSO for the period of December 2016 to 2018.
Public Works and Government Services Canada has granted us Designated Organization Screening at the Reliability Status level and all our team members Reliability Status clearance. We have a broad understanding of Federal and Provincial Health and Safety legislation and have adapted our practices accordingly. We work with several public sector unions and are as comfortable dealing with their concerns as with those of management.
Best Solution Award from the Retail Council of Canada
At Ergo-Safety, we believe that individuals working in the field of ergonomics should be certified by the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists (CCCPE) or be registered Kinesiologists or Physiotherapists.
The CCCPE regulates the practice of ergonomics and ergonomists within Canada. Their monitoring ensures that people who practice ergonomics have the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the discipline as well as adequate familiarity, competency, and experience with the tools and methods used to apply that knowledge.
Sue Hanel, CCPE, R.Kin, B.Sc.
President of Ergo-Safety
Sue is a Certified Ergonomist and Registered Kinesiologist with over 25 years of practical ergonomics consulting and training experience. Since founding Ergo-Safety in 1992, Sue has conducted thousands of office workstation assessments, delivered dozens of ergonomics training sessions, and established an extensive network of ergonomic professionals across both the National Capital Region and Canada.
While working on contract for the Retail Council of Canada, Sue was awarded the Best Solution Award in recognition of her outstanding achievement and innovation in the Ontario Service Alliance safety program.
Sue is known as the “Ergo Lady.” She can be spotted driving around the greater Ottawa-Gatineau area. Keep an eye out for her!
B.Sc. in Kinesiology with Honours from the University of Waterloo
Business Management Studies Certificate from the Ontario Management Development Program at Sheridan College
Certified Canadian Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) since 2004
Member in good standing of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists since 1986
Member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association
Co-founder of the Ottawa Ergonomics Group since 1993 and co-chair since 2001
Alyssa Ashton, R.Kin, B.SC. KIN, MA. HK
Bilingual Ergonomic Consultant
Alyssa has worked as a Registered Kinesiologist for the past 5 years and experience in a clinical rehabilitation center for 8 years. She completed her Masters of Arts with specialization in Human Kinetics in which she completed her thesis entitled “Conceptualizing Rehabilitative Practices in Aquatic Settings in Canada”. Since then, she has changed her focus from research to the practical implementation and prevention as an ergonomic consultant. Alyssa has a great level of experience providing exercise programs, rehabilitative therapies and reducing pain. She is now building her knowledge base to prevent injury and chronic pain through office and industrial ergonomic application.
Honours Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Human Kinetics from University of Ottawa, 2013
Masters of Arts with specialization in Human Kinetics from University of Ottawa, 2017
Registered Kinesiologist, member of the College of Kinesiology of Ontario, since 2013
Member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association, since 2013
Madi Stratis, Reg Kin, B.Sc. Kin
Madi has over four years of practical experience in conducting ergonomic assessments, and 6 years as a working Kinesiologist. As a graduate of York University, Madi has worked in a wide variety of environments completing evaluations such as office and industrial ergonomic assessments, job site assessments, functional evaluations for the insurance industry and post-offer employment testing. As a Kinesiologist, she is thriving in her field, having seen all angles of injury and injury prevention. She has implemented exercise programs with her previous experience in physical therapy clinics and carried this knowledge over into her ergonomic career. She recognizes the need for prevention and wellness, and leads by example.
Honours Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Kinesiology from York University.
Registered Kinesiologist; 10379 since 2013
Member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association since 2012; #8003