Elizabeth Witmer reappointed as WSIB chair

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) says Elizabeth Witmer has been re-appointed for a third term as chair of its Board of Directors.

She has been at the job since 2012. Her reappointment is effective from last Sunday (May 17) to Dec. 31, 2020.

“Under Mrs. Witmer’s exceptional leadership the WSIB has been successful in achieving key milestones, including declining premium rates, the elimination of the WSIB’s historic unfunded liability, the introduction of our new premium rate-setting model, the creation of our new Health and Safety Excellence Program, and the expansion of our online services,” the organization said in a statement.

“Mrs. Witmer has been recognized on many occasions for her passionate advocacy and long-term commitment to workplace health and safety and most recently by the Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) who presented her with the Doug Chalmers Award for Safety during her years of public service,” the WSIB news release said.

“Mrs. Witmer has also received numerous honours including the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Social Work Doctors’ Award, was named an Honorary Nurse by the RNAO and received the KW Citizen of the Year Award.”

“Over her distinguished career, Elizabeth Witmer has demonstrated strong leadership and a commitment to public service,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “I am grateful she has agreed to continue her work at the WSIB, particularly during this critical time for worker safety.”

“We at the WSIB are grateful for Mrs. Witmer’s continued leadership as we look forward to building on our recent accomplishments and continue our momentum as we seek to deliver better results for the people we serve,” the WSIB said in its statement.

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