Rob Ellis | President
Rob Ellis has become an outspoken advocate for health, safety and wellness in the workplace since 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’s 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.
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 will inspire both school and corporate audiences alike. When Jessica is not playing with her husband and children she is busy resurrecting her 1980’s rap career.
Caleb Ellis | Vice President
Caleb is responsible for MySafeWork's development, direction, and day-to-day operations. With a law degree from Pepperdine University, Caleb brings a diverse skill-set to the MSW team. When not thinking of new ways to bring awareness to workplace safety, Caleb can be found making scary techno with his wife.
Kelly Ellis | Director of 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 our vision. Kelly is a University of Toronto grad. Ask her about her rabbits.
Kiri Piotrowski | Director of 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.
Heather-Angus Lee | Editor
Heather Angus-Lee, Editor, has worked for two decades as an award-winning journalist in magazines and newspapers – the past two years dedicated to online communications. At home, she’s often referred to as a “safety freak” by her mostly grown children due to her constant vigilance; she prefers “safety champ.”
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 David's death, Rob Ellis started MySafeWork, a not-for-profit organization and registered charity.
Our mission is to prevent workers from getting injured and killed at work. Since 1999, we've reached millions of people with a simple message: don't work for a company that doesn't respect you. At the same time, we inspire companies to achieve greatness in safety culture.