About Us

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I’m Marlys Wilson, the Founder and Director of 1st Quality Safety Consulting Inc. I consistently focus on improvement and dedication not only to my career, but my hobbies as well which include training in the gym and travelling to warm destinations to surf, SUP or scuba dive. After gaining several years of experience working as a safety professional in the construction and oil & gas industries, I achieved the CRSP certification at the age of 24 and have since been growing our business while safety consulting for clients throughout Alberta and BC. My entrepreneurial spirit has lead me to further establish 1st Quality Safety Training Inc., our safety training facility in Calgary, AB to complement our safety consulting services. I look forward to helping you develop, digitalize, or audit your health and safety program!

Sarah Hughes, COHS, NCSO

I’m Sarah Hughes, the Training Lead and Sr. Safety Consultant for 1st Quality Safety Consulting. I have over 9 years of experience in health and safety primarily in the oil & gas and construction industries. My passion for teaching drives my motivation to facilitate safety courses in a way that will set your management, supervisors and front-line workers up for success with the skills and knowledge they need to drive their careers with safety at the forefront. By using a hands-on approach for safety training, I ensure students are engaged and can put into practice the knowledge they have acquired. When I am not working, you can find me spending time with family or hiking to the summit of a mountain in the Rockies.

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Jon Chard, B.A. Kin, NCSO

I’m Jon Chard, Sr. Safety Consultant for 1st Quality Safety Consulting. I have over 8 years of health and safety experience in the oil & gas, mining, construction, and drilling and blasting industries. During this time, I have worked with personnel at all levels including corporate leadership, site supervision and tradespeople. These experiences with a variety of stakeholders have allowed me to acquire insights into all aspects of safety program development. This, combined with a proactive approach regarding HSE education, have helped me to develop the skills necessary in assisting clients with the creation and implementation of safety programs that produce effective field level results in preventing incidents and improving workplace efficiencies. I have a passion for fitness that I pursue through activities such as hiking, skiing and biking. Whether it’s the Rocky Mountains, Caribbean or Europe, I love to travel.

Richard Wright, CRSP

I’m Richard Wright, Sr. Safety Consultant and External COR Auditor for 1st Quality Safety Consulting Inc. with over four decades of invaluable expertise in the construction and oil & gas sectors. My journey began as a tradesman, where I honed my skills and gained a deep understanding of the intricate workings of these industries. I then transitioned into a pivotal role in Health, Safety, and Environment. Achieving the CRSP designation in 2014 has allowed me to effectively lead HSE teams and become a certified external auditor for Energy Safety Canada. While currently pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety during my time off, I further enjoy hiking and laying on the beach on tropical islands to drink ice cold beer and swim.

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Melissa Westland, CRSP

I’m Melissa Westland, Sr. Safety Consultant at 1st Quality Safety Consulting. I’ve been championing health and safety across Alberta since 2008 with a specialization in the construction, energy, and renewables industries. I bring a wealth of experience and dedication to every project. Earning my CRSP designation in 2014 was a milestone that underscored my unwavering commitment to cultivating a robust culture of safety, inspiring employees to prioritize not only their own well-being but also that of their colleagues. My mission is to minimize workplace hazards and enhance operational efficiency by leading with integrity and passion When I’m not on the job, you’ll find me perfecting my tennis serve, scouting out the latest in real estate, and competing to keep the title of having the greenest lawn on the block. My zest for life extends beyond the workplace, fueling my drive to excel in everything I do.