The Governance Council oversees the conduct of business and management of the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission.
Government of the Northwest Territories
Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission
Workers’ Compensation Act (NWT)
The Governance Council is composed of seven directors.
The Minister shall appoint the directors of the Governance Council as follows:
- one director to serve as the Chairperson;
- two directors whom the Minister considers as representing the interests of the general public;
- two directors whom the Minister considers as representing the interests of workers;
- two directors whom the Minister considers as representing the interests of employers
Two directors are appointed based on recommendations from the Nunavut Minister responsible for the WSCC.
There are no alternate members.
The legislation does not provide for the appointment of alternates.
The Minister shall appoint one director to serve as the Chairperson, following consultation with the Government of Nunavut Minister.
The Governance Council designates the Vice-Chairperson from among its members.
Quorum is a majority of the members appointed.
Members are appointed by the Minister Responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission under section 84(2) of the Workers' Compensation Act.
A member holds office for a term, not exceeding three years, specified in the appointment.
The Minister may reappoint a person as a director of the Governance Council if the period of continuous services does not exceed nine consecutive years.
If a director serves for nine years, he or she may be appointed again if at least one year has passed from the expiry of the previous appointment.
Time and Travel Requirements
Meetings must be held in the place where the office of the Commission is located or at any other place that the Governance Council may direct.
A director of the Governance Council, other than the Chairperson, shall receive remuneration under subsection 86(2) of the Act at the following rates:
while travelling to or attending a meeting or function of the Governance Council, while on training authorized
for each half day up to 3.5 hours, $175;
for each full day up to 7.5 hours, $350; and
for each full day over 7.5 hours, $525
Quarterly Retainer for meeting preparation:
$800 per quarter
The Chairperson shall receive $60,000 for each 12 month period that he or she serves as Chairperson.
In selecting directors for appointment, the Minister shall ensure that the Governance Council collectively hold the following qualifications:
a) Knowledge of corporate governance;
b) Experience in financial and strategic management;
c) Knowledge of administrative law;
d) Understanding of the role of policy;
e) Understanding of issues facing employers and workers in the Northwest Territories;
f) Knowledge of occupational medicine;
g) Knowledge of workers’ compensation;
h) Demonstrated appreciation for collegiality and cooperative interpersonal relations;
i) High ethical standards;
j) A balance of gender and geographical representation
|Position||Appointee||Term Start||Term Expiry||Number of Terms||Appointed By||Nominating Authority|
|1. Chair||Jenni Bruce||2021-04-01||2024-03-31||1st term||Minister Responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission, following consultation with the Government of Nunavut Minister|
|Robert Wilkins||2021-04-01||2024-03-31||1st term||Minister Responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission|
(NWT Public Interest representative)
|Peter Mackey||2021-02-14||2024-02-13||1st term||Minister Responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission|
(Nunavut Worker representative)
|Derek Allerton||2022-05-01||2025-04-30||1st term||Minister Responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission|
(NWT Employer representative)
|Cathy Cudmore||2023-02-27||2026-02-26||2nd term||Minister Responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission|
(NWT Worker representative)
|(Vacant - 3 year term)||Minister Responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission|
(Nunavut Public Interest representative)
|Joseph Ohokannoak||2023-07-16||2026-07-15||3rd term||Minister Responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission|