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Shelina Esmail
George Madden

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President & Chief Executive Officer

WorkSafeBC is dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces across British Columbia and works with all workplace parties in the common goal of saving lives and preventing injury, disease and disability. When work-related injuries or diseases occur, the organization provides compensation and a broad range of health care and related services to injured workers to support their recovery and return to work. Today WorkSafeBC serves 2.4 million workers and more than 235,000 employers and works to sustain the BC workers compensation system for both current and future workers and employers. At WorkSafeBC, you’ll be part of a team that is dedicated to our important vision and a corporate culture that respects and celebrates diversity and learning.

Seldom does such a compelling reason to become the CEO of a large, complex organization emerge in one’s career.  Through the planned retirement of the incumbent, WorkSafeBC is seeking an exceptional and talented leader who embraces the unique mission of the organization: To create a province free from workplace injury or illness - and provide service by over 3,000 employees who are driven by the core values of integrity, accountability, and innovation.  The CEO leads an organization dedicated to partnering with workers and employers to help British Columbians come home from work safe every day.

WorkSafeBC is a statutory agency with a legislated responsibility for establishing and enforcing occupational health and safety standards and has been in existence for over 100-years. The new CEO will build on the past success and address the rapidly changing world, finding new ways to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses while also enhancing support for injured workers in their recovery and return to work. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will work closely on the implementation of the Strategic Plan and deliver on targeted initiatives that contribute to improved workplace health, now and into the future.

The ideal CEO candidate will be a proven, experienced and successful leader of a multi-faceted and complex organization, ideally out of a public sector entity. An individual who is noted for working in collaboration with a multitude of stakeholders and partner groups, as well as government entities. A person committed to innovation, enhanced service delivery of an organization focused on people and processes tied to prevention and compensation/claims services.  In addition, the successful candidate will have demonstrated in their career an ability to operationalize organizational strategies and priorities with measurable outcomes in what already is a ‘centre of excellence’ in the sector.  A visionary leader, not an administrator, is required.  A senior executive who has worked effectively with a board in identifying operational risks, issues and opportunities for a dynamic but inclusive large scale operation.

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