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About Ergo-Safety

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 again chosen to serve the National Capital Region. Please be assured that we meet and exceed all the mandatory requirements of NMSO E60ZH-190000/023/ZH.

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.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian College pf Certified Professional Ergonomists (CCCPE)
  • Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE)
  • College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (CKO)


Best Solution Award from the Retail Council of Canada


  • Certified Ergonomists
  • Registered Kinesiologists
  • Registered Physiotherapists

Our Team

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.


Alyssa Ashton, R.Kin, B.SC. KIN, MA. HK

President of Ergo-Safety

Alyssa has worked as an Ergonomic Consultant for the past 4 years and has worked as a Registered Kinesiologist within a clinical rehabilitation center for 10 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 working with Ergo-Safety Alyssa has conducted thousands of office and industrial ergonomic assessments. Alyssa developed Ergo-Safety’s virtual assessment protocol and has been performing hundreds of remote assessments through the Covid-19 pandemic. Alyssa is the primary presenter for Ergo-Safety’s ergonomic awareness sessions.


  • Honours Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Kinetics – University of Ottawa, 2013

  • Masters of Arts with specialization in Human Kinetics – University of Ottawa, 2017

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Kinesiologist, member of the College of Kinesiology of Ontario, since 2013

  • Member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association, since 2013

  • Member in good standing of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists, since 2018

Sue Hanel

Sue Hanel, CCPE, R.Kin, B.Sc.

Ergonomist and Founder of Ergo-Safety


Sue is a Certified Ergonomist and Registered Kinesiologist with over 28 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

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Canadian Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) since 2004

  • Registered Kinesiologist

  • 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

Madi Stratis, Reg Kin, B.Sc. Kin

Ergonomic Consultant

Madi has over four years of practical experience in conducting ergonomic assessments, and 8 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Kinesiologist; 10379 since 2013

  • Member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association since 2012

For more information, feel free to contact us.

Ergo-Safety Inc

 Ottawa, Ontario

Service Area

  • Ottawa and surrounding areas
  • Eastern Ontario
  • Canada Wide

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