Our Team of Ergonomic Specialists

Marnie Downey, M.Sc., R.Kin., CCPE

President

Marnie Downey

Marnie Downey, owner of ERGO Inc., has earned a solid reputation as an expert in the field of Occupational Ergonomics. She is a Certified Canadian Professional Ergonomist and Professional Kinesiologist with over 20 years of ergonomics consulting and training expertise.

Marnie has solved diverse ergonomic challenges for hundreds of companies in a variety of industries in Canada, the United States and Mexico with her pro-active approach to problem solving. Some of her projects have included the design-build of correctional institution touch screen technology control rooms, time studies to determine the repetitiveness of a work cell, analysis of material handling tasks to reduce double handling and create lean work processes, design of a kitchen to accommodate wheelchair patrons, development of post offer pre-screening programs for hospitals, school boards and manufacturing and the ergonomic design of office spaces, libraries, retail stores and industrial workstations.

Marnie authored the Ergonomics Study Guide for the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals. The text of this domain provides an overview of the most relevant ergonomic principles for Safety Professionals and is used when preparing for the BCRSP exam.

Her energetic personality provides a motivational training atmosphere for management and employees. She has presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Association in Washington, D.C., the Canadian Association of Ergonomists, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Ontario Kinesiology Association Annual Conference, the Industrial Accident Prevention Association National Health & Safety Conference, The Schedule 2 Employers Group Conference, the Ontario Library Association, several Chamber of Commerce events and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.

  • Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo
  • Masters of Science degree, specializing in Occupational Ergonomics from the University of Waterloo
  • Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist
  • Member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association
  • Registered Kinesiologist

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Jason Cook, B.Sc. H. Kin. (Ergonomics Option)

Jason-Cook-Ergonomics-Consultant (larger size) Ergonomics & Return to Work Specialist

Jason Cook is an experienced Ergonomist with over 15 years of practical injury prevention and return to work experience.  He graduated from the Ergonomics Specialist stream with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo.

Jason has ergonomic expertise in industrial, manufacturing, food production and corporate office ergonomics, however his specialty is in healthcare ergonomics.  For over 9 years he has worked with hospitals and long term care facilities to keep both staff and patients safe.  He is certified as a Nursing Home Planning Consultant, specializing in space utilization, productivity and ergonomics. 

Jason was part of the team that developed the ergonomics standards for Chrysler worldwide.  He has developed and implemented specific ergonomic designs, such as an industrial ceiling-mounted cylinder head lifting device for CNC machines and 7 custom slings to address unique resident handling situations.  He has completed physical demands analyses, ergonomics solution evaluations, office work space evaluations, functional ability evaluations, return to work plans and post-offer employment screening. 

Jason has a passion for education and his compelling teaching style engages and motivates learners.  He has trained over 200 back safety and body mechanics education sessions, organized and led Joint Health & Safety meetings and trained hospital staff on the proper ergonomic use of medical devices. 

Jason’s diverse experience allows him to draw on best practices to solve ergonomic challenges in the workplace.

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Terry Flowers, M. Tech (Ergonomics, Safety & Health), B. Sc. (Kin.)

Ergonomics Specialist

ergonomics consultant

Terry Flowers has a Masters in Ergonomics from the University of Limerick and an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from University of Waterloo and has been practicing ergonomics for 15 years.

After graduating, Terry initiated an Ergonomics Consulting business in Ireland. She completed a wide range of ergonomics services including office and industrial assessments, in-depth ergonomic risk assessments and intensive train the trainer programs in both office and industrial ergonomics. She consulted for large multi-national organizations including Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Microsoft and Lucent Technologies.

After moving to the UK, Terry worked primarily for the National Health Service and The Scotsman Publication – the national newspaper, where she oversaw office and production ergonomic projects.

Upon returning to Canada, Terry has continued ergonomic work in many sectors with a strong focus on federal government assessment.

Terry has a passion for proactive ergonomics with a strong emphasis on educating clients to allow them to take ownership of their own health, safety and wellness. She has very strong rehabilitation skills and excels at complicated return to work programming.

  • Masters Technology Ergonomics, University of Limerick, Eire
  • Honours B.Sc. Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
  • Member of Association of Canadian Ergonomists

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ERGO Inc. Associates & Partners

Desirée Knack, DipRec., HBA Kin.

Registered Kinesiologist

Desirée has over 12 years of combined clinical and exercise rehabilitation experience working with all types of clients, injuries, and medical conditions. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a Post-Graduate Honours Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma from Humber College.

Desirée has worked with a diverse collection of highly accredited health care and wellness professionals in multi-disciplinary settings including, clinics, corporate wellness sites, manufacturing environments, non-profit organizations, and municipal recreation, as well as community and fitness facilities. Desirée’s exposure to fitness and wellness environments has honed her skills in managing staff, developing retention programs, conducting seminars, and coordinating special events. With experience in conducting Functional Abilities Evaluations, Disability Assessments and Post Offer of Employment Testing, Desirée has sharpened her assessment and consulting skills. Desirée is an expert at identifying and correcting movement pattern deficiencies, developing and implementing land and water-based therapeutic exercise prescription and conditioning programs, and conducting office ergonomic assessments and consultations.

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Psychology from the University of Western Ontario
  • Post-Graduate Honours Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma from Humber College
  • Registered Kinesiologist
  • Member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association
  • Member of Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals (Can-Fit-Pro)
  • Member of Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance (CALA)

Pam Grills, M.Sc., R.Kin., CCPE

Ottawa Associate Ergonomist

Pam Grills is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist with over 14 years experience making industrial and office workplaces healthier and more productive. Pam Grills holds a Masters degree in Ergonomics from the University of Waterloo.

Pam has been involved in the design and redesign of many types of workstations, returning injured workers to safe productive work, and delivering ergonomics training. Recently, Pam made the Supreme Court Judges sit up and take notice of ergonomics by making their courtroom ergonomically correct.

Pam developed and delivered customized safe lifting training for Canada Post Corporation, developed and implemented customized ergonomics programs for NSERC/SSHRC, Nortel, and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and lead Health Canada’s National Ergonomics Advisory Group in developing and internal ergonomics program, office ergonomics education package, ergonomic train-the-trainer, and office ergonomic report guidelines.

  • Masters of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, Specialty in Ergonomics/Occupational Biomechanics
  • Registered Kinesiologist
  • Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE)
  • Member of the Safe Communities – Ottawa Chapter
  • Member of the LEAN Manufacturing Interest Group

Andrew Ihasz, B.Sc. Human Kinetics, R.Kin.

Associate Ergonomist & Safety Specialist

Andrew Ihasz is a Registered Kinesiologist and experienced Ergonomist with over 20 years of practical injury prevention experience. Andrew has unique experience in Corporate Ergonomics, Occupational Health and Safety, Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention and Disability Management.

Andrew has lead local and national committees/teams in developing and implementing Health and Safety policies and procedures and ergonomic designs with focus on injury prevention, compensation cost reduction, efficiency, employee return to work, comfort and productivity. He has managed Independent Paramedical Assessment firms, chaired numerous workplace committees and sat on the Board of Director of the Ontario Kinesiology Association.

Andrew developed and implemented a national Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention Program for a large retail chain and as a result decreased workplace injuries by 30%. He has conducted Physical Demands Assessments, Ergonomic Workstation Assessments, Safety Inspections, Accident Investigations, Site Inspections and implemented ergonomic design solutions and ergonomic best work practices in logistics, retail, construction, automotive and health care sectors.

  • Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph
  • Registered Kinesiologist
  • Ontario Kinesiology Association Member
  • WSIB Health and Safety Certification level 1 & 2

Richard McFadden, MBA, CHRP, CRSP

Associate Health & Safety Specialist

Richard is an experienced Human Resources Professional with over 25 years consulting experience in the public and private sector including manufacturing, health care, and the service industry.

He has extensive Human Resources, Safety and Labour Relations experience in unionized settings. He is skilled in negotiating cooperative solutions.

Richard has extensive knowledge of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the Regulations. He successfully assists clients pass the WSIB Workwell Audit, with a 100% success rate.

  • International Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Arts in Labour Studies from McMaster University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McMaster University
  • Canadian Registered Safety Professional
  • Certified Human Resources Professional
  • Certified Facilitator for Zenger-Miller Leadership Training

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium

EMC Manufacturing Consortium Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC); Canada’s largest manufacturing consortium with over 5000 members, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping manufacturers improve their businesses. EMC members have a need for subject matter experts to assist them with their day to day Health & Safety initiatives to improve worker safety and keep up with the changing health, safety and ergonomic legislative requirements.

To meet member’s needs EMC created a 360° Environmental Health and Safety program. EMC has done the leg work for their members by interviewing industry leaders and subject matter experts in all areas of health, safety and the environment and developed agreements with preferred solutions providers. ERGO Inc. is pleased to be the solution provider to EMC members for workplace ergonomics and injury prevention. ERGO Inc. offers EMC members competitive rates for ergonomic assessments, ergonomic program development, ergonomic training and onsite ergonomic services.

ERGO Inc. is EMCs solution provider for Ergonomics: http://www.emccanada.org/360/safety/ergonomics

ERGO Inc is proud to partner with EMC as their Ergonomic Service Provider.

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