Service NL
July 25, 2017

Provincial Government Appoints Part-Time Review Commissioners to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Review Division

The Provincial Government has appointed four part-time review commissioners to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Review Division (WHSCRD). The appointments were made through the merit-based appointment process established by the Independent Appointments Commission Act and are effective immediately.

The appointees are Derek Ford, Brenda Greenslade, Robert Noseworthy and Gerald Thompson. Biographies for the review commissioners are provided in the backgrounder below.

The WHSCRD is a quasi-judicial body established under Section 22 of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act that considers appeals arising from decisions of WorkplaceNL.

“Each of these candidates brings in-depth experience to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Review Division, and they will play an essential role in adjudicating appeals of WorkplaceNL decisions. Review commissioners conduct hearings throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and provide decisions on the outcome of review applications. These appointments will ensure that all cases requiring review receive due diligence from qualified individuals.”
Honourable Perry Trimper
Minister Responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Review Division

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Biographical Information

Derek Ford
As a barrister and solicitor with Jewer and Ford Law Office, Derek Ford represents clients in all levels of court in central Newfoundland on criminal law, family law and civil litigation. Prior to this he was a staff solicitor at the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission, providing legal services and advice to qualifying clients in areas of criminal, family and administrative law. Mr. Ford holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University.

Brenda Greenslade
Brenda Greenslade worked with the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC), now WorkplaceNL, between 1999 and 2014. Most recently she was the Executive Director of Employer Services between 2010 and 2014, following 10 years as the Director of Prevention Services and one year as the Manager of Prevention Services. Ms. Greenslade holds a Diploma in Nursing from the General Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and a Masters in Occupational Health from McGill University. She worked as a nurse between 1979 and 1998, before beginning her career with WHSCC.

Robert Noseworthy
Robert Noseworthy has a long career in public service, having most recently held the position of Chair and CEO of the Public Utilities Board between 2001 and 2008. From 1997 to 2001 he was the deputy minister with the provincial Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs, and between 1989 and 2001 he was the Chair and CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. Mr. Noseworthy retired from the public service in 2008 and has worked as a consultant since that time. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Gerald Thompson
Gerald Thompson has been the Executive Director of the Exploits Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2011, where he oversees the affairs of the chamber’s membership, promotion and recruitment of new members. He was President of the Chamber of Commerce in both 2001 and 2010. Mr. Thompson has experience in reviewing appeals, having worked as a referee for tag appeals with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans from 1992 to 1994, with the Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security Review Tribunal between 2001 and 2008 and as a member of the Appeals Board with the provincial Department of Municipal Affairs in 1994, 1997 and 2011.

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