How We Are Organized
We are governed by a three-person Board: a Chairperson appointed by the provincial government, and two Board Members. The Board Members are appointed by the provincial government after consulting with business and labour organizations.
Chairperson: Gord Dobrowolsky
Mr. Dobrowolsky is from Prince Albert. Most recently, he served as the Chair of the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority. His board accomplishments include two years as Vice-Chair of the Saskatchewan Liquor Licensing Commission. Mr. Dobrowolsky brings with him experience as a small business owner and a teacher, and six years experience with Saskatchewan Executive Council. Active in his community, Mr. Dobrowolsky is a member of several Prince Albert business and wildlife organizations, and a supporter of Special Olympics in his home town.
Worker representative: Garry Hamblin
Garry Hamblin was appointed the WCB Worker Representative in 2015. As a Canadian Insurance Professional (CIP), Garry worked for 27 years at Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). Over the course of his career, Garry was involved in hundreds of mediations and appeals within the SGI no-fault system, helping people to access benefit entitlements and understand legislation and policy surrounding their unique situations.
He owns and operates his own mediation and arbitration business. He is a past President of the Canadian Office and Professionals Union 397 and is a board member of Conflict Resolution Saskatchewan.
Employer representative: Larry Flowers
Larry Flowers was appointed the WCB Employer Representative in 2015. Larry’s background in education and human resource management spans many industries. As a consultant, Larry has helped Saskatchewan businesses implement successful human resources management and business strategies. He continues to work in Saskatoon as president of his own company, Transform Business Solutions Inc.
Our Board believes that a strong governance framework is necessary to ensure that it fulfills its responsibilities to workers and employers in the most effective manner. As a result, our Board is committed to ensuring that its governance structures and activities reflect sound governance principles.
Our Board decides our broad strategic imperatives. It also makes certain that our operations and financial performance have the proper oversight. This requires Board Members to:
- Provide long-range objectives and policies.
- Recommend legislative change to the provincial government.
- Safeguard the WCB’s resources and assets.
- Monitor the WCB’s performance.
- Report to stakeholders.
- Hear and decide final appeals on employer classifications or injured worker compensation and benefit decisions.
The CEO manages day-to-day operations through a five-member Executive Team.
1. Our Operations:
- Administers injury claims and benefit payments, and provides vocational services, health care and medical support to injured workers.
- Case Management consists of the claims entitlement department and seven case management teams.
- Claims Entitlement handles claims and benefits payments for injuries that are four weeks in length or less. Case Management Teams handle all claims longer than four weeks.
- Medical Services provides medical information, evaluation and support services to the Operations and the Appeals Departments.
- Health Care Services assists care providers and injured workers by facilitating access to advanced assessment and treatment, diagnostic testing and specialist appointments as needed.
2. Human Resources and Communications
- Human Resources manages recruitment and development of WCB staff, employee relations as well as employee compensation and benefits. Additionally, Human Resources is responsible for Employee Health, Safety & Facilities Management.
- Communications is responsible for internal and external communications, media relations and event management.
- Service Excellence is an internally focused department that works across the organization to establish service standards and expectations for all positions and to enhance our culture of service. Service Excellence also conducts independent claim file reviews to ensure quality outcomes and they provide technical training with respect to the claims management process.
3. Prevention and Employer Services
- Prevention promotes injury prevention and safety education by helping employers, workers and unions develop health and safety management systems and return-to-work programs.
- Employer Services registers employers by industry, completes payroll assessments, collects premiums, handles employer account inquires and audits employer records to ensure payroll is reported correctly.
4. Strategic Finance, Information Technology Services and Data Governance and Analysis
- Strategic Finance provides stewardship of financial resources including investments to ensure adequate funds to meet WCB obligations and strategic objectives.
- Information Technology Services provides business focused IT services and support to address current and upcoming opportunity and risks through reliable and suitable technology solutions.
- Data Governance and Analysis consolidates data management and reporting processes to ensure relevant and reliable information is provided to internal and external stakeholders.
- Appeals provides first level of appeal for decisions on claims.
- Corporate Policy coordinates the development and governance of corporate policies and procedures.
- Process Improvement and Administration provides payments to health care providers, collection of past due accounts, purchasing of goods and services, processing of incoming information, and process improvement.
Other WCB Departments
- Board Services provide administrative support to the Board Members in the management of final level appeals, special projects and also administer the Medical Review Panel process.
- Fair Practices Office acts like an ombudsman for fairness in WCB practices and procedures by receiving and investigating complaints from workers and employers. The Office reports to the Board’s Chairperson, by-passing everyone responsible for day-to-day operations.
- Internal Audit helps the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. The Internal Audit unit conducts investigations into any allegations of fraud.