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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.

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 WSIB Annual Conflict of Interest Declaration (PDF).

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: Investment Committee (Vice-Chair), Audit and Finance Committee, Information Technology Advisory Group

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.

Leslie Lewis, Board Member

Member: May 9, 2019 - May 8, 2025

Member of BOD committees: Audit and Finance (Chair), Investment, Governance

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, 2020 – February 26, 2023

Member of BOD committees: Human Resources and Compensation, Health and Safety (Vice-Chair), Governance

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: Audit and Finance Committee, Investment Committee

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, 2019 – December 11, 2022

Member of BOD committees: Governance, Audit and Finance, Information Technology Advisory Group (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.
 

Bruce Smith, Board Member

Member: October 31, 2019 – October 30, 2022

Member of BOD committees: Health and Safety, Human Resources and Compensation (Chair), Governance

Bruce is the Executive Director, Business Development & Strategic Support at Fanshawe College. Bruce is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Product Validation and oversees the business operations of Fanshawe’s subsidiary companies.

Prior to joining Fanshawe College, Bruce gained several years of senior management experience in the North American electricity distribution sector providing financial management advice and data collection services to water, electric and gas utilities.

Bruce had the honour of serving in the Ontario Legislature from 1995-1999 as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Middlesex & Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education & Training. During that time, Bruce served on the Policy Coordination sub-committee of Cabinet.  

Bruce is a past member of the Board of Directors for St. Joseph’s Health Care London, Ontario where he served on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Human Resources Committee of the Board.  

Bruce is also a past member of the Board of Governors for Fanshawe College, serving as Chair of the Board for two years as well as Chair of Colleges Ontario – the advocacy organization representing Ontario’s 24 colleges of applied arts and technology. 

Bruce has earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western University, an Honour’s Degree in Environmental Studies (minor degree in Political Science) from the University of Waterloo, and earned his Diploma in Urban Design from Fanshawe College.

Karen Tam, Board Member

Member: October 31, 2019 – October 30, 2022

Member of BOD committees: Audit and Finance (Vice-Chair), Human Resources and Compensation, Information Technology Advisory Group

Karen is the CFO and Corporate Secretary at Choice Hotels Canada, Canada’s largest hotel franchisor. Karen was previously the CFO and Corporate Secretary of Global Risk Institute in Financial Services and the CFO of Toronto Financial Services Alliance, following roles in finance and operations with a range of private sector firms and professional consulting companies, including Morneau Shepell, Four Seasons Hotels, and KPMG LLP. 

Karen has more than 20 years' experience in finance, HR, governance, contract administration, and operations management. 

Karen is a CPA, CA and holds the CFA and US CPA designations. Karen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University.

Sandra Wrycraft, Board Member

Member: February 3, 2022 – February 2, 2025

Member of BOD committees: Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Governance, Service Excellence Advisory Group

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. 

Our leaders

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Board committees

We have five board committees that support the Board of Directors in meeting its fiduciary duties. They are the Audit and Finance Committee, Governance Committee, Health and Safety Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and Investment Committee. In addition, we have an Information Technology Advisory Group that reports to the Governance Committee and a Service Excellence Advisory Group that reports to the Board of Directors. Each committee operates under a mandate that sets out its responsibilities.

Committees Frequency Current Members as per BOD Minutes
Audit and Finance

At least quarterly

Leslie Lewis - Chair

Karen Tam - Vice-Chair

Peter George

Alana McPhee

Helen Polatajko 

Grant Walsh  - ex officio

Governance At least quarterly Grant Walsh – Chair
Jeffery Lang
Leslie Lewis
Sean McFarling
Helen Polatajko
Bruce Smith 
Sandra Wrycraft
Health and Safety At least quarterly

Sean McFarling - Chair

Jeffery Lang

Bruce Smith

Grant Walsh - Ex-officio

Human Resources and Compensation

At least quarterly

Bruce Smith - Chair

Jeffery Lang

Sean McFarling

Karen Tam

Sandra Wrycraft

Investment At least quarterly

Peter George - Vice Chair

Jeffery Lang

Leslie Lewis

Alana McPhee
Grant Walsh

 

External Advisors:
Maureen Farrow
Peter Jarvis
Michael Whelan

IT Advisory Group At least twice a year

Helen Polatajko - Chair

Karen Tam

Peter George

Grant Walsh - ex officio

 

External Advisors:

John Comacchio

Paul Lewis

Robert Merizzi

Service Excellence Advisory Group At least quarterly Sandra Wrycraft - Chair
Helen Polatajko
Bruce Smith
Grant Walsh
Jeffery Lang - Ex-officio
Board of Directors At the call of the Chair with a minimum of six meetings per year in accordance with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act

Grant Walsh - Chair

Jeffery Lang

Peter George

Leslie Lewis

Sean McFarling

Alana McPhee

Helen Polatajko

Bruce Smith
Karen Tam

Sandra Wrycraft

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.