Biography

Patricia Ennis, CSP, ARM has 19 years experience in Safety. Her employment includes work as a Safety Manager for a multi-state utility contractor, Loss Control Specialist for an insurance carrier, and currently Director of Workplace Safety for the Denver Zoological Foundation.

Ennis is an ASSE Professional Member and has held all of the offices in the Colorado Chapter. During her term as Chapter President (2001-2002) the Colorado Chapter received the Chapter Achievement Award. Region II service includes two terms as RVP (2004-2008). She is currently serving on the Region II Advisory Committee. Service at the Society level includes service on the PDC Planning Committee (2002-2004), the Risk Symposium Task Force (2005), the Nominations and Elections Committee (2006), and currently serves on the PDC Planning Committee, the Strategic Planning, Finance and Bylaws Committees and is Chair of the 2008 Future Safety Leaders Conference.

Ennis was named the Colorado Chapter Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) for 2003 and was a Charles V. Culbertson recipient in 2008. Ennis is a Chapter author for the 2004 Construction Safety Management Textbook (Hill 2004).

Ennis is an active member on the Colorado Safety Association Safety Committee and serves as a Commissioner for the City of Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Commission in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Ennis is a CSP and has her Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation. She has a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Platform Statement

The Council on Professional Development has continually provided cutting edge educational opportunities to Safety, Health and Environment Professionals through annual conferences, symposia, webinars, conference calls and technical publications. The 2008 Professional Development Conference in Las Vegas was a record-breaking event with over 200 sessions; key issues roundtables and an exposition with almost 400 exhibitors. With success comes challenges, and sustaining the existing quality while continuing to enhance the content and variety of educational and informational resources available to Society members and partners are a few of those challenges. The PDC is a significant source of revenue for the Society and the importance of sustaining the current success of the event is a key objective for the Vice President of Professional Development. 

Advances in technology and the ability to communicate with our global partners create significant opportunities for the Society. Learning opportunities are advancing and are rich with web and mobile technologies. Applications such as Web 2.0 are providing new platforms for developing and delivering information that allow for creativity, information sharing and collaboration among users. As technology continues to improve, learning opportunities are sure to do the same.

If elected, as your VP of Professional Development I am excited to build on the current momentum and continue the collaboration with the Councils, Practice Specialties, Regions, Chapters and Members for developing and delivering great programs and publications. I am committed to exploring and using current advances in technology to finding new ways to include our global members in the conversations we are having. Professional Development is the path to knowledge and I appreciate the opportunity to help develop this path and continue to explore new opportunities!