SESHA 2008 Speaker Biography

Alex Pollock
Director of EH&S Expertise , Dow Chemical

Alex Pollock, director of EH&S Expertise will retire effective June 30, 2008 after 32 years with Dow. Pollock has held a variety of positions in Research and Development, Public Affairs, and EH&S during his career. He joined Dow Canada in 1976 at the Sarnia Site, and was the face and issue manager for the public situation in Sarnia concerning chlorinated solvents in the nearby river (commonly known as "the blob"). Following that highly visible Public Affairs role, Pollock moved to Midland in 1989. In his most recent role, he had responsibility for the Industrial Hygiene, Personal Safety, EH&S Auditing and EH&S Systems Services Expertise Centers. Pollock has been a key leader in the development of the 2005 and 2015 Sustainability goals. He also provided critical leadership for the EH&S function during the Dow/Union Carbide integration. Pollock was the recipient of the distinguished, Dow Genesis Award for excellence in people development in 2006. "Externally and within Dow, Pollock is known for his professionalism, integrity, and passion for the professional development of his colleagues. He is leaving a legacy at Dow of strengthened and more satisfied coworkers, and his contributions to Dow people will remain his hallmark," says Dana Mathes, corporate director, EH&S for Operations. Pollock obtained a Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry from the University of Waterloo in 1976 and a master's degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in 1980. He is certified in the practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and the Canadian Board of Occupational Hygiene and is a Chartered Chemist in the province of Ontario.