Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Our Governance

The WCB protects 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 by providing strategic oversight and monitoring WCB performance. The Board of Directors' responsibilities include approving WCB policies, budgets, assessment rates, and surplus distributions, and monitoring CEO performance.

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 safety and compensation system.

WCB Board of Directors

WCB Board of Directors
Back row from left: Blair Weeks. Karen Creighan, Gail Ellis, James McInnis
and Krishna Burugadda
Front row from left: Valerie Robinson (Vice Chair) and Jim MacPhee (Chair)

WCB Board of Directors

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. Jim has had a long-standing career as a Chartered Accountant since 1973 and brings valuable experience from serving on various Boards such as the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, Canada Revenue Agency Board of Management, Canada Revenue Agency Audit Committee and the Holland College Foundation. Jim is also a dedicated volunteer, serving on various community Boards such as the 2023 Canada Games, Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross and the Montague Curling Club.

Worker Representatives
  James (Jim) W. McInnis served 20 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring with the rank of Captain. Jim was employed with the Workers Compensation Board of PEI for 22 years. He received his professional designation of Canadian Registered Safety Professional in 2002, and his Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Ryerson Polytechnic University in 2005.
  Blair Weeks graduated from UPEI with a BA in Political Studies in 1987 and a Masters from Queens University in 1992. He began a career in public administration in 1989 with the PEI Department of Education and stayed there until 2005. Blair has also worked in positions at the Department of Social Services, Department of Health and Health PEI. In 2011, he became the Policy, Research and Education Analyst at the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees and retired in 2022. He is currently the President of the Charlottetown Curling Club and Rebuilding Committee.
  Valerie Robinson was an experienced employee of Health PEI and 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
  Krishna Burugadda is currently employed as Manager of Human Resources at Atlantic Beef Products Inc. He has several years of experience in the human resources industry in a variety of roles. Krishna has extensive training and experience in occupational health and safety, labour relations and currently holds both Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) and Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) designations.
  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.
  Karen Creighan graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Political Science. She completed her CMA designation. She is the owner of the Main Street Pharmasave in Souris. Karen has served on many boards including Maritime Electric Ltd. as Director from 2014 to 2022, Director of Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd. from 2009 to 2015, and Director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation from 2010 to 2015. Karen joined the UPEI Board of Governors in May 2023.
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If you are interested in becoming a WCB Board Member, please visit the Engage PEI website for more information.

Board Governance Policies

The Board of Directors’ approach to its oversight of the WCB is set out in its governance policies. These policies are reviewed regularly to make sure they reflect governance best practices, and are aligned with the WCB’s vision, mission and values.

Board Governance Policies
Board Meeting Summaries

Summaries from previous meetings are available on request. Please contact us for a copy.

The Board of Directors delegates responsibility for WCB operations to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) including the administration of WCB programs and the management of our people and resources. To learn more about what we do at the WCB, please visit Our Organization page.