Meet our Board

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.

Along with the Act, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)(PDF) and the
set out the Board’s responsibilities.

These include:

Governance documents

Board of Directors

For information on the appointment process, please visit the Public Appointments Secretariat. You can also access the 
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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

Member of BOD committees: Audit and Finance, Governance (Chair), Investment (Vice-Chair), Service Excellence

Grant B. Walsh is a Chairman, CEO and corporate director. He currently serves as Chair of Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB), and Director of Square Canada, Square Technologies, among others.

WSIB is a Province of Ontario Crown Corporation. It has $40 billion (2023 estimate) in investment assets; $5.6 billion in revenue, 330,000 employer members, 5.6 million insured employees, and employs 4,700 people.

Walsh was formerly the Chairman of Canada Lands Company Limited, a Government of Canada Crown Corporation, 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.

Walsh was President and CEO of St. Peter’s Health System and Vice President of Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON. Previously, as Executive Vice President of The ServiceMaster Company, Chicago, IL, Mr. Walsh was accountable for $550 million in revenue (US in 1998), 30,000 employees, and 10,000 facilities in 44 states and across Canada.

Mr. Walsh has a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts from Roberts Wesleyan University in English and Philosophy. He holds a designation as a Chartered Director from McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.

Jeffery A. Lang, President & CEO

Member: February 3, 2022 – February 2, 2025

Jeffery is President and CEO of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, having previously served for three years on its Board of Directors.

An entrepreneur who is dedicated to his community, Jeffery most recently ran two Ontario-based manufacturing businesses with customers around the world. He is also the Co-founder and Chair of the Canadian Economic Development Assistance for South Sudan.

He has held many leadership roles in community organizations including Vice President of Ronald McDonald House Charities; President of Boys & Girls Club of London; Board Chair, Alzheimer Foundation of London; Board Member of Pathways Skills Development; and Board Member of the London Food Bank. Jeffery also served for two years on the London Police Services Board.

Since taking over the leadership of the WSIB the organization has achieved some of its best results – helping people return to work, making more WSIB services available online, delivering the first-ever surplus rebate for safe businesses, and holding the average premium rate at the lowest it’s been in over 20 years.

Peter George, Board Member

Member: February 3, 2022 – February 2, 2025

Member of BOD committees: Audit and Finance

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 was recently appointed to the position of National Executive Director of Helmets to Hardhats Canada. 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 Westhaver, Board Member

Member: May 9, 2022 - May 8, 2025

Leslie Lewis Westhaver is a financial strategy executive and former private equity investor. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Avanti Software and her prior corporate experience includes supporting the IPO of PowerSchool (NYSE:PWSC). Leslie's private equity experience includes roles at Onex Corporation and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan after beginning her career in investment banking at CIBC. Leslie has also served as the Tax, Trade, and International Finance Policy Advisor to the Canadian Minister of Finance at the Government of Canada. Leslie is a former Canadian national team athlete in kayaking and she holds a business honours degree from Acadia University.

Leslie’s community involvement includes her appointments to the Board of Directors of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, Venture Ontario, and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Leslie has also received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Sean McFarling, Board Member

Member: March 9, 2023 – March 8, 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 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 and Delegate to the Canadian Labour Congress. In addition, Sean serves as a Board Member with the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Feed Ontario.

Alana McPhee, Board Member

Member: June 20, 2022 to June 19, 2025

Member of BOD committees: Governance (Vice-Chair), Investment (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 ranging from $20 to $40 billion per annum in recent years. 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 (Vice-Chair), Investment, Service Excellence

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 15 years experience serving as Chair and member on Risk, Finance, HR, Audit and Governance Committees on the boards of CDSPI, York University, The Salvation Army, 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

Reagan is the Senior Manager, Talent Management with Region of Peel. In this position, Reagan manages and oversees all talent acquisition, employee relations and labour relations at the Region. He is also responsible for overseeing all collective bargaining negotiations for the Region and its over 7,000 employees.

Previously, 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.

Prior to moving in-house, Reagan worked in private practice for more than 12 years. He practiced primarily Labour, Employment and Human Rights law.

Before 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. Also, Reagan holds a Pension Plan Administration Certificate (PPAC) from Humber College, the Retirement Plans Associate (“RPA”) designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans, and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Sandra Wrycraft, Board Member

Member: February 3, 2022 – February 2, 2025

Member of BOD committees: 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 Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. 

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Board committees

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 charter that sets out its responsibilities. 

CommitteesFrequencyCurrent Members
Audit and FinanceAt least quarterly

Regan Ruslim – Chair

Helen Polatajko – Vice Chair
Peter George
Jeffery Lang
Grant Walsh
 

GovernanceAt least quarterly

Grant Walsh  – Chair

Alana McPhee - Vice Chair
Jeffery Lang
Sean McFarling
Reagan Ruslim
 

InvestmentAt least quarterly

Alana McPhee - Chair

Grant Walsh - Vice Chair
Jeffery Lang

Helen Polatajko
Reagan Ruslim
 

External Advisors:

Martha Fell

Service ExcellenceAt least quarterly

Sean McFarling - Chair
Sandra Wrycraft -  Vice Chair
James Hogarth
Jeffery Lang

Helen Polatajko
Grant Walsh
 

External Advisors:

John Comacchio
Paul Lewis

Board of DirectorsAt the call of the Chair
with a minimum of four meetings per year
in accordance with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act
Grant Walsh - Chair
Peter George
James Hogarth
Jeffery Lang
Leslie Lewis Westhaver
Sean McFarling
Alana McPhee
Helen Polatajko
Reagan Ruslim
Sandra Wrycraft