Our Mission

MySafeWork’s mission is to prevent workers from getting killed and injured on the job. We are committed to creating a social movement against unsafe work through education and empowerment. At the same time, we inspire companies to establish strong safety culture through employee engagement.

Our Story

At the age of 18, David Ellis was killed in a workplace accident. He was given limited training and no supervision. It was his second day on the job. After his death, David’s father, Rob Ellis, started MySafeWork, a not-for-profit organization and registered charity.

OUR TEAM

Rob Ellis | Founder & President

Rob Ellis became an outspoken advocate for health, safety and wellness in the workplace after the death of his son David in 1999. Rob has developed international partnerships with companies dedicated to becoming champion employers. His work with young people, parents, and businesses has been widely publicized across Canada and the United States, and he is regularly sought after to participate in international events as a keynote speaker.

As a former business owner, Rob knows the challenges that companies face in recruiting and retaining the best people. He believes that by partnering with industry leaders to promote positive change, a cultural shift will take place in our communities – a shift that will increase the importance of health, safety, and wellness for all workers.

Rob can always been seen wearing the original Jersey of Courage.

Email: rob@mysafework.com

Jessica DiSabatino | Vice President

When Jessica’s little brother, David, was killed in a workplace accident in 1999, her world was changed forever. This tragedy led her to begin advocating for safe workplaces everywhere. With international experience as a teacher, corporate coach, and motivational speaker, Jessica brings both stories of hope and practical advice that inspire school and corporate audiences alike.

When Jessica is not playing with her children and husband she is busy resurrecting her 1980’s rap career.

Email: jess@mysafework.com

Caleb Ellis | Vice President

Caleb is responsible for MySafeWork’s development, direction, marketing, and communications. With a law degree from Pepperdine University, Caleb brings a diverse skill-set to the MySafeWork team. When he’s not thinking of new ways to raise awareness about unsafe work, Caleb can be found making scary techno with his wife.

Email: caleb@mysafework.com

Marisa Aud | Programs

Marisa has been a champion for safe work since 1999 and currently oversees MySafeWork’s programs. She believes that injuries, deaths, and work-related stress can be prevented through creative public engagement. With a passion for promoting safe work among students and workers, she draws on her background in leadership development to encourage safe practices, mentorship, and partnership.

Email: marisa@mysafework.com

Kelly Ellis | Development

Kelly has worked in development for some of America’s most successful non-profit organizations, with a portfolio stretching from coast to coast. If you’ve received an email from Kelly, it’s because she wants to sell you on MySafeWork’s vision. Kelly is a University of Toronto grad. Ask her about her rabbits.

Email: kelly@mysafework.com

Kiri Piotrowski | School Engagement

Kiri is an advocate for workplace safety, mental health initiatives, and the empowerment of women. She believes that education and communication is the key to creating sustainable communities. She is a graduate of OCAD University. Kiri brings a unique background of campaign management and engagement strategy through design thinking. When she is not at work, she’s chilling with her wiener dog Buster.

Email: kiri@mysafework.com

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