Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Who We Are


The Workers Compensation Board works to protect Island workers and employers through the administration of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The WCB is governed by a Board of Directors whose mandate is to represent the ownership of Prince Edward Islanders in overseeing the organization's performance. Among the Board of Directors' responsibilities are the approvals of WCB policies, budgets and assessment rates.

The Board of Directors is made up of a Chair and an equal number of worker and employer representatives. Together, they reflect a balance of stakeholder interests in the Island's workplace compensation and safety system.

WCB Board of Directors

WCB Board of Directors
Back row from left: Alan MacKinnon, Nancy MacFadyen, Valerie Robinson, and Christopher Gillis
Front row from left: Nicole McKenna (Vice Chair), and Jim MacPhee (Chair)
Missing from the photo: Gail Ellis


Responsibility for the WCB's operations is delegated by the Board of Directors to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO is responsible for the development and implementation of the WCB's programs, processes, policies and procedures.

Our organizational chart describes the way the WCB is structured and how we work together.

There are many ways you become more involved in the WCB:
  • To apply to become a Board member, please visit the Engage PEI website.
  • To find out about opportunities to become a member of the WCB staff team, visit the career opportunities section of our website.
  • To provide input into WCB policies, click on policy consultation.
  • If you have suggestions about how we can improve our service, please contact our customer liaison service.
If you have any questions about who we are or the work that we do, please contact us.

WCB Board of Directors

 Chair
Jim MacPhee Jim MacPhee graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island and received his chartered accountancy designation in 1973. Mr. MacPhee has had a long standing career as a Chartered Accountant since 1973 and brings valuable experience from serving on various Boards such as the Veteran Review and Appeal Board, Canada Revenue Agency Board of Management, Canada Revenue Agency Audit Committee and the Holland College Foundation. Mr. MacPhee is also a dedicated volunteer, serving on various community Boards such as the Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross and the Montague Curling Club.

Worker Representatives
  Nancy MacFadyen has had a long career in the health care sector as a registered nurse in both acute care and in the community. As a staff nurse, nurse manager, educator and leader, she has experience in a variety of settings. Nancy has actively participated in her profession throughout her career by being a member/director of many associations and organizations, the most recent being President of the Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island and a director on the Canadian Nurses Association Board.
  Nicole McKenna graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 2010 from Dalhousie University, after completing her Bachelor of Science at University of Prince Edward Island. Ms. McKenna is a partner with Carr, Stevenson & MacKay firm. She has a broad range of experience in civil litigation and administrative law matters, and has represented clients in personal injury actions, estate litigation, contract disputes, commercial tenancy disputes, and regulatory matters. Ms. McKenna is an active member of her community, as a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors, the past Provincial Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Women Lawyers Forum, and an active member of the Law Society of PEI and the CBA.
  Valerie Robinson is a new representative on the WCB Board of Directors. As an experienced employee of Health PEI she has served on numerous committees for the PEI Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists, chairing numerous consecutive Convention Committees. At the National level, Valerie has served on the Board of Professional Development Committee to promote higher learning, education and continuous efforts for self-improvement. Valerie is currently a Trustee for the Public Service Group Insurance Plan (PGSIP) and has extensive experience in this capacity.

Employer Representatives
  Gail Ellis joined ADL in June of 1989 after graduating from UPEI with a BBA and obtained her CPA CMA designation in 2003. She accepted the position of Corporate Treasurer in 2005 and later added the duties of Corporate Secretary in 2013. Gail is also tasked with the Senior Management Team of providing oversight to Special Projects, including the newly formed Cooperative Leadership Program and the Dairy Pathway Project Expansion underway at the cheese plant.
  Christopher Gillis has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in varying roles from Human Resources (HR) advisor to executive manager. In addition to his work experience as an HR leader, he has also taught as a sessional professor at the University of Prince Edward Island and as a sessional instructor in the business program at Holland College. A graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island, he also holds a masters degree in policy from Queen’s University and certifications as an HR professional (CPHR) and professional project manager (PMP).
  Alan MacKinnon is a retired Chartered Accountant and was a partner in an international accounting firm. He specialized in business advisory and corporate restructuring. He is a former President of the Canadian Association of Insolvency Restructuring Professionals and has served on numerous professional, charitable and community organizations. He currently serves as Business Manager for Georgetown Port Inc.
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WCB Chief Executive Officer

Cheryl Paynter Cheryl Paynter is a UPEI graduate (BBA ‘95) and earned her Chartered Accountant designation in 1997 and recently earned her Lean Six Sigma green belt designation. Cheryl has worked extensively in private industry in the public accounting sector and in varying levels of management of financial, operational and sales roles in the hospitality sector.

Cheryl joined Innovation PEI in 2011 as CEO and transitioned to the CEO of Tourism PEI after a year in a dual role, where she served until early June.

Cheryl is a graduate of the 2015 Governor General Canadian Leadership Conference (GGCLC) and is past president and honorary life member of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, past Audit & Environment Chair and board member with Maritime Electric Co. Ltd., past Governor of Atlantic Canada Economic Council, past board member of various industry and community, and minor sporting groups. She currently is a board member of the PEI Marathon and the Community Foundation of PEI and is a proud member of the 100 Women Who Care, Charlottetown chapter and the planning committee for the 2020 GGCLC conference.
 
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