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The WSIB is an independent trust agency of the Ontario government operating at “arms-length” from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. Funded by employer premiums, we provide no-fault workplace injury and illness insurance for Ontarians.
We are governed by our Board of Directors as set out in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Our Board consists of the Chair, the President and CEO, and seven to nine directors, who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The Board is responsible for our governance, setting strategic priorities, overseeing the achievement of objectives and managements’ overall performance.
- stewardship and strategic direction
- performance monitoring and reporting
- risk management and internal controls (PDF)
- Bylaw No. 1 (PDF)
- Corporate Governance Policy
- Enterprise Governance Framework
- Funding and Pricing Policy
- Corporate Risk Management Policy
- Memorandum of understanding Affirmation (PDF)
- Memorandum of understanding (PDF)
- Statement of Investment Policies and Procedures
Board of Directors
For questions or additional information relating to our Board of Directors, please contact our Corporate Secretary’s office.
Grant B. Walsh, Chair
Member: February 3, 2022 – February 2, 2025
Grant B. Walsh is a Chairman, CEO and corporate director. He has served on 30 plus Boards of Directors and currently serves Workplace Safety Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB), View Canada Inc. (Advisory Board), Square Canada, Square Technologies, Wayside Technologies, among others.
Grant Walsh was formerly the Chair of Canada Lands Company Limited with real estate properties across Canada and tourism properties including the CN Tower; Downsview Park; the Old Port of Montreal; and the Montreal Science Centre.
Grant Walsh was President and CEO of St. Peter’s Health System and Vice President of Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON. Grant Walsh's healthcare experience includes academic medical centres, research and innovation centres, management outsourcing, long term care, continuing care retirement communities, home health and rehabilitation agencies, and foundations.
As Executive Vice President of The ServiceMaster Company, Chicago, IL, Grant Walsh was accountable for $550 million in revenue (US in 1998), 30,000 employees, and 10,000 properties in 44 states and across Canada.
Grant Walsh has a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy. Grant Walsh holds a designation as a Chartered Director from McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada, and has served as Executive-in- Residence / Adjunct Professor at McMaster University.
Jeffery A. Lang, President & CEO
Member: February 3, 2022 – February 2, 2025
Jeffery Lang was recently President and CEO of two Ontario-based manufacturing businesses with customers around the world.
Jeffery Lang completed his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and honours degree in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, King’s University College.
Jeffery Lang is co-founder and Board Chair of the Canadian Economic Development Assistance for South Sudan and has held many past community roles, including Vice President of Ronald McDonald House Charities, President of Boys & Girls Club of London, Board Chair, Alzheimer Foundation of London, and Board Members of Pathways Skills Development and the London Food Bank.
Jeffery Lang is a proud fourth generation Londoner.
Peter George, Board Member
Member: February 3, 2022 – February 2, 2025
Member of BOD committees: Audit and Finance, Governance, Investment (Chair)
Peter George is the CEO of Neurolytixs Inc., an exclusive global licensee of Lawson Health Research Institute’s blood-based invitro diagnostics, specializing in the detection of concussions. Peter has diverse corporate and Board experience spanning decades in sales, marketing and venture capital in the areas of health care, real estate development and asset management.
Peter is the co-founder and past director of LB Energy Inc., one of the largest developers of renewable energy in Ontario. Peter is deeply rooted in his community, having volunteered and fundraised for SickKids, Windsor Regional Hospital, Art Gallery of Windsor and St. Clair College.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor.
James Hogarth, Board Member
Member: November 24, 2022 – November 23, 2025
Member of BOD committees: Service Excellence
James E. Hogarth serves as President of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTCO), a position that he has held for the past 10 years. In that role, he leads an organization representing over a 150,000 workers across every construction trade. As a committed labour leader, Mr. Hogarth is passionate about improving the health and safety of all workers in the province of Ontario.
After successfully completing his apprenticeship with UA local 46 in Toronto, James became a Certified Steamfitter in 1984. Over the last of 25 years, he has served as Business Manager of UA local 46 as well as Business Manager of the Ontario Pipe Trades Council (OPTC). He also served as an Employee Bargaining Agent representing the Piping Trades. Mr. Hogarth currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) and the De Novo Treatment Centre. By serving on the Board of Directors of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Mr. Hogarth is honoured to apply his skills and knowledge towards the advancement of workers, particularly that of injured workers.
Leslie Lewis, Board Member
Member: May 9, 2022 - May 8, 2025
Member of BOD committees: Audit and Finance (Vice-Chair), Investment
Leslie Lewis is the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at PowerSchool Group, a portfolio company of Onex Corporation. Prior to PowerSchool, Leslie was a Principal at Onex Corporation, one of the oldest and most successful private equity firms with total assets under management of $32 billion. Preceding Onex, Leslie was the Tax, Trade, and International Finance Policy Advisor to the Canadian Minister of Finance at the Government of Canada. Prior to Leslie's government service, Leslie was an investor at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and worked in investment banking as part of CIBC’s Mergers & Acquisitions group.
Leslie's career began as a Canadian national team athlete in kayaking and she holds a business degree from Acadia University. Leslie’s community involvement includes serving as Co-Chair of the Investment Committee at Rise Asset Development and on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.
Sean McFarling, Board Member
Member: February 27, 2023 – February 26, 2025
Member of BOD committees: Governance, Service Excellence (Chair)
Sean McFarling serves as General Counsel to the Labourers’ International Union of North America, Ontario Provincial District Council (“OPDC”) and LiUNA’s Central and Eastern Canada Organizing Fund (“CECOF”). His practice focuses on providing strategic advice and overseeing the OPDC’s legal affairs across Ontario and CECOF’s legal matters across Central and Eastern Canada.
Sean is also on the roster of independent legal counsel to the Professional Engineers of Ontario where he provides educational and legal services to the PEO’s Registration and Discipline Committees.
Sean has dedicated his career to representing the hard working men and women of Ontario and he currently serves as LiUNA’s Vice President at the Ontario Federation of Labour.
Alana McPhee, Board Member
Member: June 20, 2022 to June 19, 2025
Member of BOD committees: Governance (Chair designate), Investment (Vice-Chair)
Alana McPhee is Senior Counsel, Treasury & Corporate, at The Toronto-Dominion Bank where she serves as lead internal counsel for securities issuances under the bank's global funding programs. Prior to TD, Alana led Strategic Initiatives for Macquarie's North American Banking & Financial Services Division and was a Principal at Coventree Inc., then an independent securitization boutique firm with total assets under management of $33 billion. Preceding Coventree, Alana was a partner at leading Bay Street firm, Davies Ward Phillips Vineberg LL.P., practicing corporate securities law.
Alana holds a Bachelor of Commerce (in Finance & Marketing) from St. Mary's University and obtained her law degree at Dalhousie University. Alana’s community involvement has included serving on the boards of Canada Lands Company Limited, Downsview Park, the Old Port of Montreal, Women in Capital Markets Association and on the Board of Trustees of the Toronto International Dance Festival.
Helen Polatajko, Board Member
Member: December 12, 2022 – December 11, 2025
Member of BOD committees: Audit and Finance, Service Excellence (Vice-Chair)
Helen Polatajko has over 35 years of executive experience in both the private and the public sectors, in Canada and the United States. As a CIO, she was responsible for the overall strategic direction, organizational and digital transformation, and management of information technology functions while being a contributing member of company executive committees at CMHC, CIBC Mellon and BNY Mellon.
Helen has over 10 years experience serving as Chair and member on Risk, Audit and Governance Committees on the boards of CDSPI, York University, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the IESO.
Helen was featured on the cover of CIO Canada magazine for an article titled “Fusing Business and Technology”, and has served on the judging panel of the Canadian Information Productivity Awards. Helen also served on the Canadian Advisory Board of the CIO Executive Council, and the Advisory Committee of the Conference Board of Canada, Council of CIOs. Helen has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Computing, acknowledging her achievements and contributions to information services and technology.
Helen received her education from The University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, attaining a Bachelor in Science in Mathematics and Psychology degree, and graduated from The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. Helen has also received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Reagan Ruslim, Board Member
Member: December 15, 2022 – December 14, 2025
Member of BOD committees: Audit and Finance (Chair), Governance, Investment
Since January 2020, Reagan has been a member of the Law department of Hydro One as Senior Legal Counsel. Reagan provides practical legal advice in the areas of: Labour, Employment, Human Rights, Occupational Health & Safety, Workplace Investigations, Pensions, Benefits and Corporate Ethics to the team at Hydro One.
Previously, Reagan worked in private practice for more than 12 years. He practiced primarily Labour, Employment and Human Rights law.
Prior to his legal career, Reagan practiced public accounting with Deloitte. During his time at Deloitte, Reagan earned two accounting designations: (1) Chartered Accountant (Ontario, Canada); and, (2) Certified Public Accountant (New Hampshire, United States).
Reagan holds a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, an LL.B from Western University, two LL.M degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Additionally, in 2014, Reagan earned both his Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations from the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario.
Sandra Wrycraft, Board Member
Member: February 3, 2022 – February 2, 2025
Member of BOD committees: Audit and Finance, Governance, Service Excellence (Vice Chair)
Sandra Wrycraft is the President of find inc, an executive search, coaching, and strategic consulting practice built on a belief that people, teams, and organizations have limitless potential. Sandra has over 20 years of consulting and corporate leadership experience across a broad base of industries from Fortune 500 to small start-ups in developing business and leadership strategies that have consistently and positively impacted results at the organization, team, and individual level. Sandra has a unique balance of passion for both people and performance and her contagious energy shines through in her ability to inspire potential in others.
Sandra has a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and is an ACC with a Masters Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University.
We have four board committees that support the Board of Directors in meeting its fiduciary duties. They are the Audit and Finance Committee, Governance Committee, Investment Committee, and Service Excellence Committee. Each committee operates under a mandate that sets out its responsibilities. The committee mandates are being updated and will be posted shortly.
|Committees||Frequency||Current Members as per BOD Minutes|
|Audit and Finance||
At least quarterly
Regan Ruslim – Chair
|Governance||At least quarterly||
Alana McPhee - Chair Designate
|Investment||At least quarterly||
Peter George - Chair
|Service Excellence||At least quarterly||
Sean McFarling - Chair
|Board of Directors||
At the call of the Chair
Grant Walsh - Chair
Review our Board decisions
We’ve archived summaries of major resolutions and approvals made at our monthly Board meetings that may be of interest to you.