A senior occupational and environmental health and safety specialist well respected by peers and associates and also recognized for his skills in workplace psychological health and safety; an experienced senior corporate manager who can interface effectively with national and international governments, non-governmental organizations, and trade groups; an empowering leader with a record of driving continual improvement of EHS management in Canadian and international settings; and an active community volunteer.
Dr. Arnold completed his M. D. at Queen’s University at Kingston in 1968 and was certified in general surgery in 1973. From 1973 to 1981 he worked as a surgical consultant in Labrador and Nouveau Québec at the Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital and the Fermont Medical Clinic.
Dr. Arnold’s work in Occupational Health started in 1975 as a consultant to Quebec Cartier Mining Ltd. He became the Medical Director of the Carol Project of the Iron Ore Company of Canada in 1978. In July of 1981, he was named a Senior Medical Consultant in Occupational Health (Alberta Government) and took over the Directorship of the Medical Services Branch in 1983. In 1984 Dr. Arnold joined Dow Chemical Canada Inc. He was Dow Canada’s Corporate Medical Director when he moved to Noranda Inc. in 1991, as the Corporate Medical Director and Director – Occupational Health. From 1996 until 2001, Dr. Arnold held senior corporate roles in Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) at Alcan Inc. and was also Vice – President of Alcan International.
Since retiring from Alcan in 2002, Dr. Arnold has continued his involvement in HSE through his consulting roles with the International Aluminium Institute, the International Council on Mining and Metals, Rio Tinto, TDV Global, Sun Life, the Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, Mental Health Innovations, Geovector, and EEM. Dr. Arnold is a charter member and past Chairperson, of the Workforce Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He is also a Board member of the Mach – Gaensslen Foundation – a charitable foundation funding medical research and education in the fields of cardiology, psychiatry, and oncology, and is a founding Board member of Peer Support Accreditation Certification Canada.
Dr. Arnold holds an M. Sc. in experimental surgery (McGill University), a Specialist Certificate in General Surgery (CSPQ), and a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS – McMaster University). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine (FCBOM); a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC – Occupational Medicine); a Certified Environmental Auditor (CEA), and a Registered Safety Professional (CRSP). He is also a past president of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine (CBOM) and the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada (OEMAC).
In teaching assignments, Dr. Arnold has held appointments with the Faculties of Medicine at Memorial University in Newfoundland, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. He is currently an Adjunct Professor (Faculty of Medicine) at McGill University and is also an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University (Faculty of Health Sciences).
Dr. Arnold has published and/or presented over 100 scientific papers. He has been recognized for his work in Occupational Health by his peers and has been the CBOM Memorial Lecturer and the Mastromatteo Orator for OEMAC. In 2012, he was chosen to receive the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in workplace psychological health and safety.