TORONTO — The Government of Ontario has announced the nomination of Grant Walsh as chair of the board of directors for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and Jeffery Lang as WSIB president and CEO.

Lang and Walsh replace outgoing chair Elizabeth Witmer and outgoing interim president and CEO Tom Bell.

Lang is currently a board member of the WSIB and CEO of a manufacturing company in southwestern Ontario. He has experience in employee benefits and pensions practices, having previously served in a senior management role for one of the largest insurance broking firms in Canada, stated a release.

The new CEO is a co-founder and board chair for the Canadian Economic Development Assistance for South Sudan, a charity whose mission is to help South Sudan create a sustainable economy through local agricultural and economic training.

Walsh is also a board member of the WSIB and was previously the chairman of Canada Lands Company Limited, a self-financing federal Crown corporation specializing in real estate and development. He also served as the president and CEO of St. Peter’s Health System.

“I want to thank outgoing chair of the board Elizabeth Witmer and outgoing interim president and CEO Tom Bell for completing their terms and for their outstanding leadership, which has improved the long-term financial sustainability of the WSIB,” said Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton in a statement. “I look forward to working with Mr. Walsh and Mr. Lang to ensure Ontario’s workers and businesses receive the level of support and service that they deserve.”

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