Pat Bolger is an environment, health, safety and risk management (EHSR) professional with 45 years of EHSR experience in industry, government and consulting.
Pat has worked on projects in Canada, United States, Peru, Chile, Guyana, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, South Africa, India Papua New Guinea and Australia. He has also supported projects remotely in Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Grenada and Ghana.
As a result of his global experience, spanning 6 continents, Pat has worked under a wide range of legal, social and political frameworks. He has a valuable appreciation of different multicultural perspectives for resolving environment, health, safety and risk management issues.
Pat has 19 years of EHSR safety experience working in the mining and power generation sectors. This included roles of Environment Effects Specialist and Division Environment Coordinator (Inco Limited), Corporate Safety, Health and Environment Director (Inmet Mining), and Manager of Impacts and Assessment (Ontario Power Generation – Nuclear).
During his 8 years working for the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Pat served as an Environment Abatement Supervisor and Mine Rehabilitation Inspector. He supervised enforcement officers in the investigation of hundreds of incidents and public complaints and participated in more than 200 environment assessment and decommissioning projects.
During the past 18 years as a consultant, Pat has been applying his extensive industry and government experience. He supports organizations in managing a wide range of EHSR issues. Major focus areas include implementing governance processes and environment, health, safety management systems ( ISO 14001 and ISO 45001), conducting audits, facilitating strategic / scenario planning sessions, implementing ecological and human health risk assessments and assisting multi-stakeholder teams with consensus building and conflict management.
Pat has been active in the field of EHSR education throughout his career. He taught an Environment Management Course at Canadore College for three semesters. Over the past 9 years, he has taught risk management courses through Laurentian University’s research group. He has served as an advisor on Canadore College’s environmental program advisory committees since 1985. He has also served as an advisor for environmental programs at Northern College, Sault College and the former Ministry of the Environment Brampton Training Centre. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, Laurentian University, Fanshawe College and Humber College. At the invitation of Environment Canada, Pat participated in a delegation that assisted the government of Chile in developing revisions to its mining and environment regulations.
Pat has a Masters of Science Degree in Biology and has completed a Certificate Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation in Ottawa.