David A. Williamson is one of the most sought after Health and Professionals in North America with over twenty years’ experience. David has always been known for his leadership in providing solutions to clients’ needs, which is one of the driving forces behind the SDI Group.
David began his career in Edmonton instructing WHMIS and further developed his skills in Fort St. John, B.C., working for Texaco Canada. In 1999, after working as a regional and corporate manager, David founded the SDI Group.
SDI Group started small, conducting COR audits and training, but quickly grew to managing several companies that covered all aspects of a Health and Safety Management System. David completed the Health and Safety certificate program in 2003.
In 2005, David sat on the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers’ executive to support the profession. David continued by writing and receiving the Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation in 2005. In 2009, David received his Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) designation. In 2010, David was elected as President of the Town of Tofield’s Chamber of Commerce, where he served until 2014. In 2011, David was named to the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals as a governor, where he served for two terms. The Board represents the highest designation a Health and Safety Professional can achieve. David currently sits on the BCRSP National Education Symposium and is an BCRSP Ambassador to new CRSP’s.
David has worked extensively in the Education, Farming, Municipal, Manufacturing, Construction and Oil and Gas sectors. David’s communication skills show clients how powerful and well-developed Health, Safety Management Systems can enhance a business model. David’s vision in providing solutions for SDI Group clients has made him a trusted resource for any organization needing non-traditional solutions to achieve Health, Safety and Quality excellence. David is also a sought-after speaker and educator, speaking and teaching at many events throughout Western Canada.
David has many passions in life. David is a Provincial B Soccer coach and enjoys working with young entrepreneurs to develop their visions of success.
Cheryl is the SDI Group VP of Operations and has been the team’s engine since day one. Cheryl graduated from the NAIT Occupational Health and Safety Diploma Program in April 2010. Cheryl joined the SDI Group shortly after and was promoted to Project manager in 2012. Cheryl continued her path in Health and Safety by writing and receiving the Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation in 2015.
In 2017, Cheryl was promoted to VP of Operations and manages the team’s valued client partnerships to ensure the highest quality of service. In 2018 Cheryl received her Occupational Screening Instructor Certification. Cheryl is also an external auditor and trainer for the SDI Group, along with managing several of our client contractor databases. In 2018, Cheryl received her certificate for the Scott Air Supplied Products Specialist Level Course. Cheryl is also an internal ISO auditor and provides consultation to many of our clients based on her expertise in health, safety and quality along with her extensive knowledge of occupational hygiene.
Geneva (or Geves as she is known), joined the SDI Group in 2014 as our administration assistant. Having graduated with her Computer Information Systems diploma, majoring in Software Design, Geneva grew to become the office manager in 2015, managing the entire day to day operations. In 2015, she became a certified DOT Specimen Collector and Breathe Alcohol Technician. Then in 2016 she climbed up the ladder again by becoming a certified DOT Technician Instructor, and is currently head of the SDI Health Drug & Alcohol Testing division. Geneva also manages the team’s technology flow, from our online courses to website interaction with valued clients.
During the week you can find her at the SDI Group office, working with the team members, helping ensure our clients are happy and get the individualized attention they deserve.
Blair graduated from the NAIT Occupational Health and Safety Diploma Program in April 2018. Blair began his safety career with SDI Group April 2017, working as a summer Co-Op- student, then part-time while completing his last year of schooling. He started full-time as a HSE Technician after graduating the program with Honors.
Prior to beginning his studies, Blair achieved his Journeyman Carpentry Certificate in 2011, and then later obtained his NCSO (National Construction Safety Officer) certificate in 2014. Furthermore, Blair has also obtained his Drug and Alcohol Technician Certificate in 2017. His experience in commercial construction has reassured his aspirations in the health and safety industry with the goal of providing a healthy and safe work environment for everyone.
Graham started his work with the SDI team in 2012 right after graduating from NAIT’s Occupational Health and Safety Diploma program. He worked with a wide variety of clients for three years before taking some time to work in the non-profit sector. He rejoined SDI in December 2018. Graham’s approach to creating customized solutions is backed by all of that experience and his prior background in technical writing and computer software support. He is passionate about making sure that all of the occupational health and safety management systems he builds don’t just meet or exceed various requirements, but also that those systems are completely compatible with the client’s process of delivering services or products. In other words, Graham loves to avoid creating “more paperwork” when it’s possible to meet and exceed standards with a more streamlined approach.
Outside of his everyday work, Graham is currently working towards obtaining his CRSP designation and enjoys spending his time off with his spouse and their three cats.
Breiana graduated from the NAIT Occupational Health and Safety Program, with honors, in April of 2019. She started with SDI-Group in May 2018 as a summer co-op student and continued working part-time with the company throughout her final year in the OHS Program, before starting full-time as an HSE Technician.
Breiana has managed clients within the manufacturing industry, construction industry and small municipalities. She has obtained certification as a drug and alcohol technician and an audiometric technician. Breiana has experience with contractor databases, OHSMS development, occupational hygiene testing, fit testing and more. She is also working to obtain her Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) designation.
Cody recently completed his first year in the Occupational Health and Safety Program. He was exposed to safety mostly in the residential and commercial drywall field. During the first year at N.A.I.T his most, interested class was legislation.
Prior to taking the OH&S program at N.A.I.T he worked for different trades such as welding and taping, but most of his time was working as a drywaller. He is a journeyman in the drywalling trade. During his work in construction he witnessed worker’s getting hurt on the job and wanted to prevent these incidents from happening, and that is what inspired Cody to take the Occupational Health and Safety Program.
Tanis Stamatelakis achieved her CPA designation through the legacy Chartered Accountant program. Her experience spans more than 20 years at both national and local accounting firms, helping owner-managed businesses with their year-end reporting and tax-planning. Her favourite activities during this time were helping customers directly at their sites of business. In 2017, she started her own single-person firm to provide day-to-day accounting expertise and reporting assistance to owner-managed businesses. Her professional but flexible work style allows her to adapt to and assist in a wide variety of work environments in Edmonton and its surrounding areas. Most of her customers use cloud-based accounting software and she enjoys helping them utilize and embrace the technological changes in the bookkeeping and accounting industry.
In her spare time, she sings in the chorus of the Cosmopolitan Music Society and is treasurer on the board of directors of the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre Society. You can also find her watching her kids play soccer, participating in group fitness classes at the local YMCA, and checking out local artists and makers at craft fairs throughout the Edmonton area