Richardson Is Employee Spotlight – Matt

Richardson Is Employee Spotlight – Matt

Richardson Is Employee Spotlight – Matt

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This week’s Richardson Is employee spotlight is Matt, the Environment, Health and Safety Supervisor at our Richardson Oilseed canola processing facility in Lethbridge, AB.

Matt provides safety-related resources and support to all employees in Lethbridge, including making sure they have the proper tools and equipment to work safely. Matt also works to identify hazards, coach employees and is available to answer any questions, offer feedback and discuss safety problems.

Matt’s role is increasingly important in Lethbridge as Richardson undergoes a large $120 million upgrade at the facility. Read more about the expansion here.


What do you like most about your role with Richardson?

I love being able to get out to both our crushing and packaging plants to talk with employees and work through any concerns they have.


What’s an interesting fact about your role?

Although everyone has a responsibility to be safe, most jobs are production based. I have the task of promoting safety on a different level.

The Richardson Oilseed processing division, which includes our locations in Lethbridge and Yorkton, recently surpassed one million hours without losing time due to injury or safety hazards.


Why would you recommend a career in agriculture?

Safety isn’t going anywhere. I feel that safety within the agriculture field is continually important, from us in processing in the industry right down to the growers. We all have to start including safety as a way of life.


Matt snowmobiling

Matt snowmobiling in Alberta

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy anything outdoors. My favourite season is winter, actually. Yes, winter. Don’t hate me!

My family and I spend all of our time in the winter in the mountains snowmobiling. My wife Rhonda and I are involved in an extreme back country snowmobile production series called “Thunderstruck Films.” My part in the production is as a filmer and drone pilot. My wife is one of the featured riders.

I’ve been a drone pilot for about six years. I’m one of a few drone pilots in the industry, and I pilot my drone above the trees deep in the mountains to try and get difficult shots of riders.

My wife and I have traveled to some of the most remote mountainous areas of North America to film and ride. We’ve had the chance to experience views and scenery that would take your breath away!

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