The WCB has a five-person board consisting of a chair, two full-time board members and two part-time board members. Each is appointed by the provincial government. The board members are appointed after consulting with business and labour organizations. Two full-time board members are appointed to bring the viewpoint of employers to the board and two full-time board members are appointed to bring the viewpoint of workers.
The 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, the board is committed to ensuring that its governance structures and activities reflect sound governance principles.
The board decides the WCB’s broad strategic imperatives. It also makes certain that WCB operations and financial performance have the proper oversight. This requires board members to:
The board’s primary responsibilities include overseeing financial and operational performance, reviewing and approving policies, and overseeing enterprise risk management.
The WCB’s chair, Gord Dobrowolsky, was appointed in 2013. From Prince Albert, Gord obtained his bachelor of education from the University of Saskatchewan and taught for five years before going into business. He operated Delta Management Ltd., a public relations and marketing company, for six years and spent 14 years in the cellphone industry, during which he earned SaskTel’s Top Dealer award nine times.
Gord has extensive board experience, having served as the vice-chair of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Licensing Commission, a member of the Saskatchewan Executive Council for six years and the chair of the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region for four years, beginning in 2009.
In addition to pursuing ongoing director and adjudication training, Gord has completed his certificate in adjudication for administrative agencies, boards and tribunals from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and has received his professional director designation from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
Gord was a volunteer board member of the Victoria Hospital Foundation in Prince Albert for six years. He is currently a member of the Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce, the Prince Albert Elks Club and the Prince Albert and Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, and is a supporter of Special Olympics and the Saskatoon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). In 2014, SaskBusiness named him one of Saskatchewan’s Men of Influence and in 2015 he was named to the Wall of Honour by the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. He was also a recipient of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (QPJM) in 2022 and is actively involved with Ukrainian refugees in Prince Albert.
Garry Hamblin was appointed the WCB worker representative in 2015. Garry, who is from Saskatoon, has a Canadian Insurance Professional designation and worked for 27 years at Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). Over the course of his career, Garry participated in hundreds of mediations and appeals within SGI’s no-fault system. He has brought to the board his extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and his experience in helping people access benefit entitlements, as well as understand legislation and policy relevant to their unique situations.
He is a past president of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 397. Garry received his certificate in adjudication for administrative agencies, boards and tribunals from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in 2016 and in 2017 he completed the ICD – Rotman Directors Education Program. He received his certificate in tribunal administrative justice (CTAJ) designation from the Foundation of Administrative Justice in 2022. He continues to actively pursue ongoing governance and adjudication training.
Larry Flowers, who is from Saskatoon, was appointed as the WCB employer representative in 2015. Larry brings strong and varied business experience to the board, which includes work in the agriculture, manufacturing, mining, finance and non-profit sectors. Since 1989, Larry has worked as an internal and external business strategist, implementing strategic human resources, training, safety and business solutions as owner and principal of Archer Strategy Enterprises.
Larry has a masters of adult education through St. Francis Xavier University, and a bachelor of education degree and a business administration certificate from the University of Saskatchewan. He holds a certificate in adjudication for administrative agencies, boards and tribunals from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and also completed the ICD – Rotman Directors Education Program. He recently obtained his certificate in tribunal administrative justice from the Foundation of Administrative Justice (FOAJ).
Larry has a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation and is a member of CPHR Saskatchewan, where he serves on the professional conduct committee. He serves as a volunteer board member of the FOAJ, cochairing the strategic planning committee. He has also served as a governance committee board member with the Saskatoon Industry-Education Council and has held a number of other volunteer board positions. Larry has chaired the Saskatchewan Mining Association’s human resources committee and was a member of the International Mining Innovation Institute’s Education and Training Panel, as well as the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (SIAST) Mining Engineering Technologist Advisory Panel.
Judy Henley is a member of CUPE Local 5430. Currently, she is the president of CUPE Saskatchewan, representing more than 30,000 members in the public sector. As a CUPE member, Judy has been active in the labour movement for more than 30 years, and has served and continues to serve in many leadership roles within CUPE at the local, provincial and national levels.
Driven by a passion for the rights of workers and her conviction that all workers should have access to good pension, benefits and injury compensation, Judy remains an active member representing CUPE on the 3sHealth benefits committees.
Jack Brodsky brings years of experience in construction, leadership, sports and community service. He worked for his family-owned business, Brodsky Construction, for more than two decades in various roles, including part owner. For 37 years, he was a co-owner of the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, and is currently a board member of the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association. Since 2014, he has been working with his sons as the vice-president of business development at Brodsky Construction.
The WCB has a CEO and a six-person executive team. While the board sets the strategic direction for the WCB, it is the role of the executive and management to lead staff to deliver excellence in service and create meaningful value for WCB customers.
The WCB’s CEO, Phillip Germain, was appointed in 2019. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Alberta and holds a professional designation from the Canadian Board of Registered Safety Professionals and Institute of Corporate Directors. After completing his degree, Phillip has had a long career as a health and safety professional, manager and executive, starting with the Alberta Construction Safety Association in 1991.
After moving to Saskatchewan in 1995 to work for the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association, Phillip took on more progressive roles as the manager of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada Safety program in 1998, executive director of prevention at the Saskatchewan WCB in 2005 and vice-president of prevention, employer services and policy in 2012. In 2014, he was awarded Saskatchewan Safety Professional of the Year by the Saskatchewan Safety Council and received the International Collaboration Award by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) in 2020. In 2022, he was awarded Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.
Phillip’s rural roots have provided him with a strong sense of community and volunteerism. Phillip has volunteered for many community organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House 2012 Capital Campaign, Regina Minor Girls Softball Association, Regina Ringette Association, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (SIAST, now called Saskatchewan Polytechnic) and Saskatchewan Farm Safety Council. He has previously been a volunteer board member on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), Saskatchewan Safety Council and the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association.
Phillip is currently a vice-chair of the International Social Security Association’s technical commission on insurance against employment accidents and occupational diseases. He is currently on the board of directors of the IAIABC and the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC).
Stuart Cunningham has been with the WCB since February 2017 and currently serves as the vice-president, Business Transformation Program. He sponsors the WCB’s multi-year initiative that will see a radical transformation of services, process and technology to better meet the service expectations of the WCB’s customers. In this role since May 2021, Stuart has overseen the maturity of key competencies that will enable successful transformation, including program management, project delivery, organizational change management and process improvement.
Prior to that, Stuart was the vice-president, human resources, communications, continuous improvement and appeals at the WCB. During that time, he oversaw an organization-wide improvement effort that resulted in the deployment and successful adoption of a daily management system, and the initiation of a corporate-wide culture of continuous improvement. Stuart also invested in the long-term health of the organization through establishing organizational development and staff safety programs.
From 2011 to 2017, Stuart served as the vice-president, human resources at the former Five Hills Health Region (now Saskatchewan Health Authority). During this time, Stuart led the people, process and staff safety components of the region’s new hospital project. It was a multi-year endeavour that involved the move from the old Moose Jaw Union Hospital to a new modern hospital just off the Trans-Canada Highway. In addition to leading design and process improvement workshops, Stuart enabled the successful completion of the project through developing strategies and plans for change management, communications, labour relations, organizational development and staff safety.
From 2008 to 2011, Stuart had served the Five Hills Health Region as a senior labour relations consultant with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO), where he also led the negotiation of a number of health-care collective bargaining agreements and participated in the negotiation of essential services agreements.
Stuart’s education includes a bachelor of law degree graduating with honours from the National University of Galway in Ireland. Stuart is also a certified lean leader, graduating from the John Black and Associates (JBA) program in June 2014.
Born and raised in Dublin, Stuart moved to Regina, Sask. in 2006. He is passionate about soccer and loves to travel.
George Georgiadis is an accomplished professional with more than 25 years of experience in senior IT positions in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and New York that display continuous advancement and recognition of achievement. George moved from Athens, Greece to Saskatoon Sask. to pursue his post-secondary studies. He holds a bachelor of science degree in computational science and a masters of business administration from the University of Saskatchewan.
George’s strengths include leading an organization through the creation of multi-year information management/information technology (IM/IT) strategic plans aimed to meet organizational strategic goals and objectives. During his tenure, George has successfully completed numerous initiatives that moved organizations forward in digitization, automation and paperless strategies.
Incorporating emerging industry analytic trends and the use of intelligent automation were critical success elements in such strategic initiatives.
In April 2020, George was appointed as chief technology officer and vice-president, business intelligence of the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board. His previous roles included chief technology officer and senior operating officer for Capital Health (health authority now part of Alberta Health Services), as well as vice-president, application management and support service for eHealth Ontario.
Trevor Hall holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Since completing his degree, he has acquired more than 20 years of experience leading functions and teams of various disciplines. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a passion for roles and working for organizations that are focused on supporting and enabling people in some way.
Trevor began his professional career working as the manager of human resources and communications for WPD and Rosthern and District Ambulance. Over the years that followed, he progressively developed his expertise through roles as a human resources consultant for the Battlefords Health District, the director of human resources, finance and supportive services for South Country District Health, and the manager of employment services for the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. He also worked for Canadian Blood Services for four years, first as a manager of human resources and then as a senior employee relations consultant for Western Canada.
Trevor joined the Saskatchewan WCB in 2012 as the director of human resources. In May 2021, Trevor was appointed the vice-president of human resources, communications and appeals. Trevor also currently serves as a member of the human resources committee for the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF).
Kevin Mooney holds a masters of business administration from the University of Fredericton and a bachelor of human justice degree from the University of Regina, and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional.
Early in his career, Kevin worked in law enforcement, including an appointment as a peace officer promoting commercial traffic safety on Alberta’s highways. After moving back to Saskatchewan in 2003, Kevin’s career transitioned into the field of health and safety where he gained progressive experience in the transportation, agriculture, commodity and wholesale/retail sectors.
Kevin joined the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board in December 2017 as director of prevention and was promoted to vice- president, prevention and employer services in 2019. In his current role, Kevin provides leadership and strategic direction to injury prevention initiatives in the province, including WorkSafe Saskatchewan, and assumes responsibility for the WCB’s employer services programs.
Kevin brings with him more than 20 years of experience in delivering health and safety solutions to the workplace, was recognized as the Saskatchewan Safety Professional of the Year in 2011 and received the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service in 2015 and 2018.
Kevin also serves as the president of the Saskatchewan Safety Council and previously served as chair of the South Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.
Crystal Nett, CPA CA, ICD.D., ACC is the Saskatchewan WCB’s chief financial officer (CFO) and vice-president, corporate services. She was formerly Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s associate vice-president of strategy and the Saskatchewan Research Council’s CFO and vice-president of the finance, safety and risk division.
In addition to corporate management and leadership experience, she has extensive experience in corporate governance and has served on many executive committees and boards of directors. She was finance, audit, investment and risk committee chair of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) board, a member of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) board, chair of the SaskTel Centre board, and chair of Royal University Hospital Foundation board’s audit and finance committee. She is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CA), a certified director of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada (ICD.D) and an International Coach Federation (ICF) associate certified coach (ACC).
Jennifer Norleen-Beitel is currently the vice-president of operations with the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). With more than 15 years of experience with the WCB, Jennifer has held a number of leadership roles, and played an integral role in improving the communication of premium rates and the WCB’s rate model enhancements. In her current role, Jennifer is responsible for advancing a claims transformation, which includes shifting the WCB’s service delivery model to incorporate work disability prevention and mitigation practices to enhance outcomes for workers and employers. Jennifer is passionate about reducing the human, social and financial impact that injuries have on workers, employers and the community overall.
Jennifer received the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commission (IAIABC)’s NextGen Award in 2018. She currently serves as vice-chair of the IAIABC work disability prevention and return to work committee, and is also a member of the International Social Security Association’s Special Working Group on Rehabilitation.
The six-member executive team, led by the CEO, ensures the effective and efficient functioning of the WCB by managing its day-to-day work in the following key areas: operations, prevention, employer services, strategic finance and corporate services, information technology services, business intelligence, human resources, communications, appeals, continuous process improvement and business transformation.
Actuarial services extracts data, analyzes it to identify trends and patterns, and uses it to create financial models and forecasts. These models are used to determine the premium rates employers pay and to evaluate the past and potential future financial impact of events and business decisions.
Corporate services provides payments to health-care providers, procures goods and services, and processes incoming information. The vice-president of corporate services is also responsible for managing the WCB facilities in Regina and Saskatoon.
Financial services provides stewardship of the WCB’s financial resources, including its investments, to ensure the organization has adequate funds to meet its obligations and strategic objectives.
Internal audit provides independent, objective assurance and consulting activities designed to add value and improve the WCB’s operations. The unit helps the WCB accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. Internal audit also conducts investigations into any allegations of fraud.
Legal and policy provides legal, legislative and policy advice and counsel to the WCB. These responsibilities include providing legal advice to WCB staff, developing policy directives that govern WCB staff and overseeing privacy and other legislative considerations.
Facilities and emergency planning is responsible for maintaining and co-ordinating new construction projects for the WCB’s offices, meeting rooms and workstations in Regina and Saskatoon. They respond to facility requests in the workspace environment relating to security, building, electrical, office spaces, furniture, temperature, kitchen/copier room and telephones.
Business intelligence supports the WCB and our partners in leveraging data assets to make data-driven decisions in service of our customers. BI supports the strategies and technologies for managing business information and data analytics. This support includes data abstraction and provisioning (acquisition, integration and transformation, storage), data governance, reporting, dashboards, data processing, data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence. BI works directly with business units and leaders across the organization to understand their processes and needs and provide support.
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