New Brunswick


WorkSafeNB Board of Directors: Chairperson

WorkSafeNB is a public body serving employers, workers, injured workers and their dependents. WorkSafeNB's authority is derived from the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission and Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal Act, the Workers' Compensation Act, the Firefighters' Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and corresponding regulations. WorkSafeNB has dual responsibility for workers' compensation, as well as health and safety in New Brunswick workplaces.

The Board of Directors of WorkSafeNB is comprised of a part-time Chairperson, a part-time Vice-Chairperson, and a minimum of eight additional part-time members, equally representative of workers and employers. The President and Chief Executive Officer also sits on the Board as a non-voting member. Although Board members are representative of the interests of workers and employers, it is expected that, consistent with their fiduciary role, they set aside any allegiances to a particular group and strive to maintain the welfare, credibility and integrity of the workers’ compensation system at all times.

The Board is responsible for the overall stewardship of the organization, planning, directing, identification of principal risks and controlling issues which are pivotal to determining the organization’s strategy and direction. The Board meets regularly to consider and approve WorkSafeNB’s strategic plan. The Board also works with management to identify principal risks, to select and assess the President and Chief Executive Officer and to review significant operational and financial matters. The Board is committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of WorkSafeNB and the well-being of its employees and its stakeholders.

The Chair represents the Board and its interests in dealing with the Minister, the department, stakeholders and the community. The Chair of the Board is a part-time role. The Board of Directors meets at least six times per year, but the Chair should be accessible to address board matters as they arise. The Chair may attend other committee meetings throughout the year in addition to stakeholder events and conferences. More specifically, the Chair is responsible for:

• Providing leadership to the Board ensuring the Board focuses on the broader governance tasks of strategic planning, decision making and approving policy;
• Acting as the spokesperson for the Board for matters specific to the Corporation;
• Planning and presiding over Board meetings;
• Ensuring that the Corporation conducts an annual evaluation of its performance;
• Administering and ensuring that the Corporation complies with enabling statutes and ensuring alignment with its mandate and bylaws in a fiscally and ethically responsible manner; and
• Ensure that the Corporation complies with government financial, human resources, administrative and internal control policies.

All activities carried out by WorkSafeNB and all decisions made by the Board of Directors should aim to achieve the Board's strategic goals. Board members balance the needs of numerous stakeholders and provide leadership within the parameters of legislation in the following areas:

• Board structure and functioning;
• Strategic planning;
• Risk assessment;
• Policy and legislation;
• Investments and finances;
• Human Resources;
• Program evaluation; and
• Accountability.
Qualifications/Commitment: Considerations for the Chair position are as follows:
• A self-directed and a collaborative individual with senior leadership capacity, and a minimum of a university degree, in one of the following areas: occupational health and safety, workers' compensation claims, accounting, finance, investments, the insurance industry, actuarial valuation, risk management, health care, law, or another related field;
• Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector;
• Demonstrated success as a board member, but experience as a board chair would be an asset;
• Exceptional diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and building consensus among diverse individuals, based on integrity, impartiality, collaboration and inclusiveness;
• Demonstrates a passion and appreciation for the vision, mission and values of WorkSafeNB;
• Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the current and emerging issues affecting WorkSafeNB or the demonstrated ability to quickly acquire the desired level of knowledge;
• Committed to innovation, creativity, and continuous learning and improvement, and what is best for WorkSafeNB, the system it operates within and the stakeholders it serves;
• Experience leading the implementation and sustainability of major organizational change;
• Understand the role of a policy-based board and its decision-making processes;
• Experience with government and/or political processes, government relations, (federal, provincial, municipal), and/or experiences with legislation or public policy development processes;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills coupled with natural affinity for public speaking;
• Have the ability to access and consult with a network of stakeholders;
• Be able to work in a team-oriented environment where consensus building is emphasized;
• Possess interpersonal, planning and leadership skills;
• Be an ethical, goal-oriented, self-starter who is committed to sound and transparent governance;
• Bilingual ability in French and English is an asset and
• Resides in New Brunswick.

Essential and Asset Qualifications:

As defined by paragraph 8(1)(a) of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal Act the Chairperson cannot be a representative of either workers or employers.


This is a part-time appointment. The per diem is set at $400 and reimbursement of travel and expenses is provided.

How to Apply:

Expressions of interest (a resume and cover letter) may be submitted by e-mail, regular mail or fax, with details of education, volunteer, board/committee, work experience, and contact information (telephone, civic address and e-mail).

In addition, please complete the https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/eco-bce/Forms/Applicatio...

• E-mail address for submissions: Nominations.ABC-OCC@gnb.ca

• Apply by Mail:

Executive Council Office
Attention: Carys Storey
675 King Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 1G1

• Fax: (506)-453-2266

All enquiries should be directed to the Executive Council Office: 506 444 4417

While we appreciate the interest of those who submit an expression of interest, only those candidates selected for consideration will be contacted. Inquiries relating to specific opportunities can be made after the deadline passes and should be directed to the responsible department.

Deadline for Submissions: January 4th, 2019

Type of Appointment: OIC
Term: The term is up to five years
Website: www.worksafenb.ca


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