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Ontario Nominates New WSIB President

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Ontario Nominates New WSIB President

McGuinty Government Nominates Strong Leader For Key Post

Ontario has nominated respected former international banker, diplomat and senior Canadian government executive, David Marshall, as President of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

The nomination is subject to review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.

As WSIB President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Marshall would head up one of North America's largest workers' compensation systems and promoters of workplace health and safety.  Marshall would be succeeding Jill Hutcheon who is retiring at the end of January 2010.

The WSIB administers a no-fault compensation system for workers and employers for workplace injuries and illnesses.  The WSIB's goal is to work with others to eliminate all workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

Marshall has held many key federal government positions, including Assistant Auditor General and Deputy Receiver General for Canada.  A certified general accountant, he has also held senior roles in the Toronto and New York banking sectors.  Most recently, Marshall was Canada's ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

Quick Facts

  • The WSIB was established in 1915 through an act of the Ontario legislature.
  • The WSIB provides disability benefits, monitors the quality of health care and assists in early, safe return to work for workers injured on the job or made ill by an occupational disease.
  • The WSIB is an independent agency overseen by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. It is entirely funded by employers.

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“David is a well-known leader in government, financial and diplomatic circles. He has demonstrated an impressive ability to oversee complex organizations. I know that, if appointed, David will provide the leadership and vision to lead the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board as it prepares to enter its second century. He is eager to begin working with our health and safety partners including employers, injured workers and labour organizations to provide a system that operates fairly for employers and workers in a fiscally responsible and efficient way.”

Peter Fonseca

Minister of Labour

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