Workers Compensation Board

The Workers Compensation Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and strategic planning of the organization. The Board establishes policies and programs required for the administration of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

What is the function of the board?

The Board's legislated responsibilities include:

  • approval of Workers Compensation Board governance and program policies;
  • approval of annual operating and capital budgets;
  • approval of the creation and abolishment of staff positions;
  • appointment of external auditors;
  • approval of the Workers Compensation Board annual financial statements;
  • approval of the Workers Compensation Board Corporate Strategic Plan;
  • approval of purchase or sale of real property or construction of buildings;
  • approval of annual employer assessment rates.

Primary Role:  Stewardship

Material Role:  Strategic Development 

How many people are on the board?

The Board shall be composed of a chairperson and as many members, equal in number, representative of employers and workers respectively, as the Lieutenant Governor in Council may determine, all of whom shall be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

What are the requirements of board members?

Work & Experience Requirements
No requirements specified in legislation but experience and knowledge in these core competencies would be an asset, as follows:

  • WCB System Knowledge
  • Stakeholders Relations/Communications
  • Governance and Board Experience
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Financial and Investment Knowledge
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Audit and Risk Management
  • Policy and Legislative/Regulatory Experience

Skills Required

  • Sound judgment
  • Ability and willingness to ask challenging questions
  • Capable of a wide, balanced perspective
  • A high degree of commitment to Workers Compensation
  • Personal integrity and strong interpersonal skills.

Ability to read and understand written materials that involve complex issues, including financial statements, investment principles, medical conditions and legal issues.

What are the nomination requirements?

Statutory Nomination Requirements
The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint all members.

Will I be paid?

Chair - $200/diem and Members - $142/diem

What is the time commitment of the board?

Board members attend approximately 30 meetings a year including regular monthly board meetings, special meetings, training opportunities, conference calls, and consultation with external stakeholders.

All new nominees will be contacted and required to provide a criminal record check prior to appointment. Members of the Board shall hold office for a term not exceeding three years, subject to removal from office by the Lieutenant Governor in Council for cause, and are eligible for reappointment. As there is a significant "learning curve" for new Board members, the past practice has been to appoint members with varying terms to provide for an orderly turnover of members.

Workers Compensation Board - Members
Name County Term Start Term End
James MacPhee - Chairperson Kings Dec 17, 2022 Dec 17, 2025
Krishna Burugadda - Employer Representative Queens June 22, 2021 June 22, 2024
Karen Creighan - Employer Representative  Kings June 28, 2023 June 28, 2026
Gail Ellis - Employer Representative Prince Dec 19, 2023 Dec 19, 2026
James McInnis - Worker Representative Queens June 28, 2023 June 28, 2026
Valerie Robinson - Vice-Chairperson/Worker Representative Queens June 28, 2023 June 28, 2026
Blair Weeks - Worker Representative Queens Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2025

How can I apply?            

If you would like to serve as a member of a provincial government agency, board, or commission (ABC) you can apply online through Engage PEI.  

Who can I contact for more information?

By telephone:
WCB Office: 902-368-5680 
Toll free in Atlantic Canada: 1-800-237-5049
In person:
14 Weymouth Street, Charlottetown
By mail:
Worker Compensation Board of PEI 
PO Box 757 
Charlottetown PE C1A 7L7

By fax:
General: 902-368-5696 
Employer Services: 902-368-5705


Published date: 
December 4, 2023
Executive Council Office

General Inquiries

Executive Council Office
5th Floor, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

General Inquiries:
Phone: 902-368-4502
Fax: 902-368-6118

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