Victor Pakalnis

DATE OF BIRTH: June 29, 1950
: Canadian
MARITAL STATUS: Married, one child
LANGUAGES: English, French



Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Master's of Business Administration


McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Master of Engineering


McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Bachelor of Engineering, Mining Engineering


  • Chair, Eastern Ontario Regional Directors' Council - 1994 to present

  • Member, Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario - 1976 to present

  • Board Member, Canadian Centre for Radiation Safety (CAIRS) - 1991 to present

  • Board Member, Project Minerva (Occupational Health and Safety teaching in Canadian Schools of Business) - 1991 to present

  • Member, Association of Geoscientists for International Development - 1979 to present

  • Rideau Soccer Association, Coach - 1996


03/91 to Present

Area Director
Eastern Area
Ministry of Labour, Ottawa, Ontario

Responsibility for Ministry of Labour inspectorate and administrative services in Eastern Ontario. The services include corporate and program responsibilities for Construction, Mining and Industrial Health and Safety, Employment Standards, Professional and Specialized Services and Corporate Services. A population of some 2 million is served through a staff of 125 people located in 3 offices in Kingston, Peterborough and Ottawa.

Lead Operations Director for training and for communications within the Ministry of Labour.

Co-Lead for Early Wins Team, Internal Administration Restructuring Project, Ontario Public Service. The Project was charged to reduce the administrative costs within the OPS by $300M over a two-year period.

Corporate Restructuring projects include: Performance Benchmarking, Center for Leadership and OPSEU negotiations on Essential Services: Technical Services Unit.

04/88 to 03/91

Industrial Health and Safety Branch
Ministry of Labour, Toronto, Ontario

The Director is responsible for program direction and policy advice in all sectors outside of Construction and Mining. The Industrial Health and Safety Branch administers and enforces the Occupational Health & Safety Act and associated regulations in the more than 150,000 industrial establishments in Ontario, which cover some 3.5 million workers. The Director is responsible for a compliment of 219 staff and a budget of $16.7 million.

In 1990, the Director chaired a tripartite the Provincial Inquiry into Occupational Health and Safety in the Pulp and Paper Industry. The report produced a consensus report accepted by industry, labour and government.

11/85 to 04/88 Director

Mining Health and Safety Branch
Ministry of Labour, Toronto, Ontario

The Director is responsible for promoting and enforcing compliance with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Mining Regulations. There are 88 engineers, inspectors and other staff reporting to the Director. The Branch undertakes Inspection, Engineering Reviews, a Wire Rope Lab, Mine Rescue, Special Investigations, cooperates in tripartite programs in Training and Mining Legislative Review. The Director is accountable for the Branch Budget - $5.2 million ('86-'87).

11/81 to 11/85

Chief Mining Engineer
Ministry of Labour, Sudbury, Ontario

The Chief Mining Engineer, is responsible for training, ground control, mine rescue and general mining safety activities within the Ministry of Labour. Duties include drafting of mining legislation, interpretation to industry of mining legislation, guidance to inspectors/engineers, investigation of serious accidents/fatalities; administratively responsible for 5 professional staff directly, 26 inspectors/engineers and mine rescue officers indirectly.  Responsible for design and implementation of a $1M training program for government inspectors and industry joint health and safety committees.

02/78 to 11/81

Senior Ground Control Engineer
Mining Health and Safety Branch
Ministry of Labour, Sudbury, Ontario

The Senior Ground Control Engineer, duties included developing ground control technology; informing and training branch engineers on ground control principles and techniques; and informing and assisting industry in achieving economically feasible, safe, stable ground conditions in surface and U/G operations.

Lecturer at Laurentian University in Rock Mechanics.

01/75 to 02/78

Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd.
Falconbridge, Ontario

Joined as mine research engineer (East Mine) later appointed divisional mine research engineer, and finally senior ground control engineer (Sudbury Operations - Canadian Nickel Division). Responsible for all ground control studies in Sudbury area mines, with occasional assistance to subsidiary divisions.


Updated 06/09/02

Last updated: November 2009