Ten years ago, Simon Ouellet made the big leap and joined the Laterrière Works family as a smelting operator. Simon is a man of action who is driven by challenges and committed to excelling in his work. In addition to taking on the role of trainer and sharing his know-how with new employees, Simon also chairs the Health and Safety Committee. His active involvement keeps him motivated as he can contribute to the continuous improvement of his workplace.
Why is it important for you to be involved in your workplace?
My involvement in the workplace complements my job as an operator because it fills my need to feel useful and to make a difference in people’s day-to-day lives. Being involved also helps me to feel a sense of belonging at work. It is a source of motivation because being part of the change and looking after my colleagues’ wellbeing is very rewarding.
What motivates you in your role as Chair of the Health and Safety Committee?
I joined the committee eight years ago. I like it because it gives me the opportunity to get involved and make things happen. I am a people person and I care about the wellbeing of those around me. Through the committee, I can raise awareness and, together with my teammates, deal with certain pain points and improve our practices on a daily basis, which is very fulfilling.
Why did you decide to become a trainer?
Working in smelting can be intimidating for new employees because there are just so many things you need to know to master the job. As a trainer, I like to support employees by teaching them best practices and demystifying our operations as much as possible. It is rewarding to see employees progress and to help in their integration. My role as a trainer also keeps me up to date on work practices and inspires me to carry out my tasks diligently.