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 

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 as Chair of the Workplace Safety Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB), View Canada Inc. (Advisory Board), and Director of Square Canada, Square 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

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

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

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.

Alana McPhee, Board Member

Member: June 20, 2022 to June 19, 2025

Member of BOD committees: Governance (Chair), 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 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, 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 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

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 Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. 

Our leaders

Read more information about our leaders.

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. 

Committees Frequency Current Members as per BOD Minutes
Audit and Finance

At least quarterly

Regan Ruslim – Chair
Leslie Lewis Westhaver – Vice Chair
Peter George
Jeffery Lang
Helen Polatajko
Grant Walsh
Sandra Wrycraft

Governance At least quarterly

Alana McPhee - Chair
Grant Walsh  – Vice Chair
Jeffery Lang
Sean McFarling
Reagan Ruslim
Sandra Wrycraft

Investment At least quarterly

Grant Walsh - Chair
Alana McPhee - Vice Chair
Jeffery Lang
Leslie Lewis Westhaver
Reagan Ruslim

External Advisors:

Vincent Fernandez
Theresa Shutt
Jeremy Fleming
Martha Fell

Service Excellence At least quarterly

Sean McFarling - Chair
Helen Polatajko – Vice Chair
Sandra Wrycraft -  Vice Chair
James Hogarth
Jeffery Lang
Grant Walsh

External Advisors:

John Comacchio
Paul Lewis

Board of Directors

At 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

Review our Board decisions

We’ve archived summaries of major resolutions and approvals made at our Board meetings that may be of interest to you.