John Shannon, Safety Manager, Biosafety Officer and Laser Safety Officer of Research Facilities Planning and Safety, University Health Network
John Shannon is Safety Manager, Biosafety Officer and Laser Safety Officer of Research Facilities Planning and Safety at the University Health Network (www.UHN.ca) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He leads a team of Safety Coordinators that are driven in developing and maintaining UHN Research safety programs including biosafety, chemical safety, laser safety and general laboratory safety. He is a key liaison with safety and environmental Regulatory bodies. In alignment with infrastructure-related projects, John ensures that space planning and design initiatives across UHN comply with regulations, standards and guidelines to create safe, healthy and secure research environments. John has 13 years of direct laboratory experience from Princess Margaret Hospital/ Ontario Cancer Institute as a Research Laboratory Manager and has co-authored seven peer-reviewed papers. He has completed various Biosafety training courses including the High Containment Biosafety training in Winnipeg at the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health. John is a Joint Health and Safety Committee Co-Chair at UHN, is a member of American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), Canadian Association of Biological Safety Officers and affiliate member of Ontario Universities Biosafety Officers. John graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.