Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, is appointing one new member and re-appointing three members to WorkSafeBC’s board of directors, ensuring that the board has the expertise needed to provide leadership in workers’ compensation and workplace health and safety.
Donald Smith is a new appointment to the board for a two-year term. Smith is being appointed as the board member who is an actuary, as the Workers Compensation Act requires one member on the board be an actuary.
Brooks Patterson, Lillian White and Lynn Bueckert have each been re-appointed for one-year terms.
Bains thanks outgoing member Alan Cooke for his valuable contributions over the six years he served on the board. Cooke served the maximum term allowed under the act for a board director.
The number of board members has been maintained at nine, which includes the representation of workers, employers and the public interest, as well as professionals from a range of relevant fields including health care, occupational health and safety, law enforcement and an actuary.
WorkSafeBC, and its board of directors, is working to deliver a new vision for B.C.’s workers’ compensation system with a focus on increasing compliance with employment laws and standards put in place to protect the lives and safety of workers. Bains looks forward to working with all board members to help make B.C. the safest jurisdiction for workers in Canada.
Information on WorkSafeBC’s board of directors can be found at: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/who-we-are/leadership/board-directors
A backgrounder follows.