Message from the Chair and Board of Directors
It is a privilege to serve as governors of WCB Nova Scotia at this critical juncture of the organization’s history.
The 40 workplace fatalities in 2018 are a tragic backdrop to the year, and from them we must take motivation to continue the path forward.
For, despite these very real tragedies, there was continued progress. We began to realize the potential of new realities, in operations and in long-term sustainability.
The organization is on the cusp of a multi-year business transformation, which is reinventing the very way it functions. This new reality not only took years of planning, but it also took the strategic conviction that a better way forward was needed. As a Board, we are proud of this transformation and the difference it will make, as we face new and more complex service needs into the future.
A new financial reality also beckons, as we approach sustainability. Again, this is the outcome of a disciplined vision enacted many years ago. Although 2018 investment income slowed progress somewhat, we are still on track to do away with the imbalance between assets and liabilities that has for years held our system back. This new reality is enabling exciting new conversations, about the future of our legislative framework.
The WCB’s financial stewardship was noted by the Auditor General, as part of his review in 2018. In its first phase, the review noted the progress as a significant accomplishment, and found us to be a well-governed organization.
In the second phase, completed in 2019, the Auditor General found that overall the WCB is fulfilling its mandate, but that there are improvements required. Our executive team is working to implement the recommendations from both phases, and we are grateful for the Auditor General’s review.
In 2018, we said goodbye to long-time Board member and Deputy Chair Chris Power, whose service over 10 years contributed in a significant way to our overall governance direction. The Board thanks Chris for his leadership, vision and hard work. We were also pleased to welcome deputy chair Robert Patzelt, whose vast and accomplished leadership and governance experience have already added valuable perspective to our meetings.
There is an overall feeling of forward momentum in workers’ compensation.
The Board of Directors is an engaged group of leaders. With roots in the perspective of those we serve, our long-term view is always one of what is best for the system. Grounded in the present and informed by the past, our decisions are guided by the new realities of the future.
We owe it to workers and employers of tomorrow to ensure our path forward is one of progress, and that it is sustainable for whatever the future may hold.