Owner/ Principal Consultant
Ms. Wilkens, is an independent occupational health and safety consultant who founded her own consulting firm, Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions in 2001. She has worked for the past 25 years in the health and safety field, having worked both in the private and public sectors. She previously held the position of Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Queen's University, as well as that of District Manager with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
Her consulting practice specializes in providing the business owner and their management team with the advice and guidance they need to manage all aspects of their health and safety program. This includes evaluations, training and the management of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claims.
Ms. Wilkens is the co-founder and President of Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community, a not-for-profit organization that works with the local business community and youth, teaching and implementing injury prevention programs in the Kingston area. In addition, Ms. Wilkens was an executive board member with St. John Ambulance, Loyalist Branch and past chair of the Heritage Division Executive Committee, Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA).
Ms. Wilkens' work has been recognized both provincially and nationally. She was awarded the 1999 first place national Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) award for innovation for her work with Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community. As well, she received the 2000 Award of Merit from the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) for her Volunteer Work within the Heritage Division. In June 2006 Ms. Wilkens was inducted into the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in recognition of her dedicated work with St. John Ambulance, Loyalist Branch and the Kingston community.
Read more about what drove Wiebke to her award winning career in health and safety in her feature in Fine Lifestyles Magazine "Women of Achievement" edition.