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Women of WiN

Karen Davis-Talkachoff

Karen Davis-Talkachoff
Title: Conventional Safety Training Technician
Company: OPG

 Karen works as a Conventional Training Technician with OPG at the Darlington Station.  Intensely involved in her job, Karen is also a Union representative and a Joint Health and Safety Committee member. 

In her role as a Conventional Training Technician, Karen instructs staff in a number of different areas, including Conventional Hazards, Health and Safety Law, Human Performance and First Aid.  She is also responsible for training and certifying the OPG nuclear Joint Health and Safety members.  While Karen says that interacting with so many different people is her favourite part of the job, she has also tackled a number of satisfying challenges along the way.  One particularly rewarding project involved taking on the Acting Safety Officer role during the last OPG Pickering vacuum building outage.  Karen states that her current role is still the most rewarding as she was the first female Training Technician at OPG- even after being told repeatedly that she would never break into this job.  As Karen always says, “nothing is impossible! ...You can be anything you want to be- especially at OPG.”  There are now quite a few women in the various training departments at OPG.

Karen’s educational background is in Legal Administration and Health & Safety Law.  She is currently studying for her Canadian Registered Safety Professional exam.  While Karen started at OPG as a data clerk, watching the job vacancies and getting the opportunity to job shadow put her on the path she’s walking today.  The genuine satisfaction Karen takes away from her job is evident- she tells WiN that “I have a passion for health and safety and if I can get folks to realize all accidents can be prevented I have done my job.”

Getting involved with WiN Canada is right in line with Karen’s goals: she looks forward to getting out and educating other women about nuclear issues, especially if it helps young girls as they figure out their own career path.  She aims to connect with other women in the industry, take on a leadership role and get the message out about WiN to fellow women at OPG.

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