Canada: Cannabis & Controlled Substances Officer McGill University Montréal, QC

Position Summary:

Reporting to Operations Manager, the Cannabis & Controlled Substances Officer (CCBO) will inspect various teaching, diagnostic and research facilities of the University. Review applications to use cannabis and/or controlled substances, issue and administer internal permits, agency documents, and inventories of cannabis and/or controlled substances. Provide advice and safety training sessions to the community on safe handling, use and disposal of cannabis and/or controlled substances. Liaise with government agencies and with individual University departments.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manages and supervises the acquisition, usage, and disposal of Cannabis and/or Controlled Substances.
  • Plans, schedules, and conducts inspections of teaching, diagnostic and research facilities at the University.
  • Produces inspection reports. Recommends corrective measures where items of non-compliance have been observed and follows up to assess if corrections have been implemented.
  • Oversees and updates records of laboratory inspections, internal and external correspondence, and investigations.
  • Evaluates operational practices and physical facilities for compliance with government regulations.
  • Facilitates laboratories and project managers in performing risk assessments and makes appropriate recommendations regarding renovation and construction of research facilities.
  • Analyzes and processes the Internal Permit Applications to use cannabis and/or controlled substances.
  • Analyzes animal, biological and general experimental protocols involving work with cannabis and/or controlled substances and makes recommendations consistent with program criteria and best practices.
  • Acts as liaison between the University and Health Canada. Facilitates compliance with regulatory and best practice requirements as contained in regulations, guidelines, and standards.
  • Develops and delivers safety training on cannabis and controlled substances to staff and students.
  • Manages the day-to-day operation of the Hazardous Materials Management System (HMMS)-myLab cannabis-controlled substances module.
  • In collaboration with the Occupation Health Administrator and team participates in occupation hygiene evaluations related to cannabis and/or controlled substances and medical surveillance.
  • Produce and submits an annual report of activities to the University Laboratory Safety Committee.
  • Liaisons with the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) on matters related to research development of cannabis and controlled substances.
  • Manages special projects, initiatives, and campaigns for Environmental Health and Safety matters.

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities:


Experience in a University research environment or Environmental Health and Safety program strongly preferred. Proficient in HMMS-myLab: Cannabis and/or Controlled Substances module and HEAT programs an asset. Able to work simultaneously on a range of projects. Proven ability to meet multiple deadlines. Ability to work under minimal supervision and as part of a team. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and organizational skills. Proven ability to demonstrate attention to detail. Able to work in a PC environment with advanced knowledge of MS Office Suite. Presentation skills as well as the ability to communicate effectively. English and French, spoken and written.


Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree 3 Years Related Experience with Bachelor’s Degree / DEC III 5 Years Related Experience with DEC III 

Annual Salary:

(MPEX Grade 05) $64,210.00 – $96,310.00 

Hours per Week:

33.75 (Full time) 


Operations Manager EH&S 

Position End Date (If applicable):


Deadline to Apply:


McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, or 514-398-3711.

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