14: Navigating Mergers & Acquisitions as a Health & Safety Professional

November 21, 2022

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In today’s episode of Transmit Safety, join Aimee and Ashley Mckie to learn all you need to know about mergers & acquisitions as a Health & Safety practitioner.

Businesses are in business to be in business, and pursuing mergers and acquisitions is one of the strategies that businesses can take to achieve that. 

So, as Health & Safety practitioners, it’s important to be aware that this is a possibility when working in an organization and that it will be our role to integrate and include the new business in the parent company’s Health & Safety program.

To help you better navigate mergers & acquisitions (M&A), Ashley Mckie who is the Director of Safety for Venturis Capital Corporation, a company that only recently made M&As a big part of their business, shares all about her experience with them, the lessons she learned along the way, how she got to where she is today, and some truly valuable advice for Health & Safety practitioners who are isolated and don’t have a Health & Safety team in their organizations.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Ways you can keep up with legislation across multiple jurisdictions
  • How the Health & Safety team can add value to the M&A process
  • The key role of relationship-building for successful acquisitions
  • Health & Safety programs and policies can and should be simple, accessible, and user-friendly
  • Ashley’s advice for Health & Safety practitioners navigating M&As
  • The importance of nurturing and growing both your professional development and that of your team members 
  • Ashley’s advice for Health & Safety practitioners who don’t have a team

The Transmit Safety Podcast is here to help health and safety practitioners achieve a holistic approach to workplace health and safety so they can become impactful leaders and put the value of safety into action.

Resources and links

Today’s episode was sponsored by Transmit Safety, a consulting business where I help streamline and simplify health and safety management systems through education, program development, audits, and coaching. 

For more information about how to work with Aimee, go to transmitsafety.com/ways-to-work-together

For more of the Transmit Safety Podcast, go to transmitsafety.com/podcast

Quotes from this episode

“So when we’re going into an acquisition, obviously, no amount of reassurance will override human nature, to be worried about change.”

“You never want your policies to be so complicated that somebody has an immediate resistance to it.”

“If you don’t take care of the people, it’s really hard to take care of the rest of the business.”

“In order for you to step up, you need to bring somebody with you. So, for you to level up, you need to help somebody else level up and take over the skills or the tasks that you were currently doing.”

Connect with Ashley Mckie

Ashley Mckie, a CRSP, CHSC, the Director of Safety for Venturis Capital Corporation, the parent company to several forklift dealerships across Canada and the US. Ashley has been working in Health & Safety for over 10 years and has appreciated the continuous improvement of the field, saying ‘no two days are ever the same.’

LinkedIn: Ashley Mckie
Company: Venturis Capital Corporation

Connect with Aimee Arsenault

Aimee Arsenault is a CRSP and CHSC. She is the founder of Transmit Safety, a business that helps you simplify and streamline health & safety management systems.

Linkedin: Aimee Arsenault

Instagram: @transmit.safety

Twitter: @transmitsafety

Website: transmitsafety.com