Retired as a Vice President from Syncrude Canada Ltd., Gord Winkel joined the University of Alberta in 2010 and has supported the establishment of the David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management in 2015. The school will deliver education in safety and risk management as a core competency course requirement for all undergraduate engineering disciplines graduating from the University of Alberta, as well as initiating graduate studies and research in the field.
His work to improve safety and technology in Mining led to Distinguished Lecturer Awards from the Canadian Institute of Mining in 2002, 2008 and 2013.
Gord chairs the Surface Mining Association for Research and Technology (SMART) and the J.T. Ryan Safety Committee for the Canadian Institute of Mining. Gord is Vice Chair for the University of Alberta Board of Governors Safety, Health and Environment Committee, and serves on the Alberta Health Services Safety and Quality Committee. Additionally, Gord serves on a Board for the Commissionaires of Northern Alberta Division and on the Board for Careers, The Next Generation.
Gord also serves as Executive Director for the AgCoalition organization in Alberta Agriculture and works to provide support in safety, risk management and organization effectiveness, to firms and agencies across Canada.