Our Mission

MySafeWork’s mission is to prevent people from getting killed, injured, and harassed 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.


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 almost always be 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

Marisa Aud | Director of 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