Wins 2012 Apex Award for career contribution
Dr. Abeytunga and the Chairman of APEX Nadir Patel with the
Vice President and Director General of Canadian Institute of
Occupational Health and Safety, Dr. P.K. Abeytunga, won the 2012 Apex
Award for career contribution presented by the Association of
Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada and the
Certified General Accountants Association of Canada recently.
In his 32 years' service to the federal government as the
Vice-President and Director General of the Canadian Centre for
Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), Dr. Abeytunga set up CCOHS as a
globally recognised, credible leader in workplace health and safety.
Dr. Abeytunga is responsible for major international projects,
co-operative arrangements with leading institutions involved in health
and safety around the world, and representing CCOHS at major fora
He has been a member of the CCOHS staff since its inception in 1980,
and has directed the programs and services of CCOHS related to
occupational health and safety information, training and customised
products, including its electronic services, which are delivered on a
cost-recovery basis. Among his many achievements are the initiation and
development of CCOHS' electronic information service, distributed
His services are used by UN programs and other agencies for global
and regional projects worldwide.
Dr. Abeytunga is an old boy of St. Mary's College, Chilaw and a Civil
Engineering graduate from the University of Ceylon , Peradeniya. He
obtained his doctorate from the University of Aston, Birmingham, UK.