Service NL
September 15, 2017

Provincial Government Appoints New Chair and Representatives to the WorkplaceNL Board of Directors

The Provincial Government has appointed a new chair and five new representatives to the WorkplaceNL Board of Directors. The appointments were made through the merit-based appointment process established by the Independent Appointments Commission (IAC) Act and are effective immediately.

The appointments include:

  • John Peddle – Chair
  • Jerry Vink – Worker Representative
  • Victoria Belbin – Employer Representative
  • David Loveys – Employer Representative
  • Pat Whalen – Public Representative
  • Paula Corcoran-Jacobs – Public Representative, Representing Injured Workers

In addition, Greg Pretty has been reappointed as the Worker Representative as recommended by the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) and Greg Viscount has been reappointed as the Employer Representative as recommended by the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council (NLEC). The NLFL and NLEC appointments are not part of the IAC process.

Government extends gratitude to outgoing board members Elizabeth Forward, Dawn Learning and Darren Roberts for their contributions and thanks them for their service.

Each of these appointments is for a three-year term. Biographies for the newly-appointed and reappointed representatives are provided in the backgrounder below.

Serving approximately 13,000 injured workers and 19,000 employers, WorkplaceNL administers an employer-funded, no-fault insurance system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers fair compensation to injured workers and their dependents.

“The individuals appointed today bring valuable knowledge and expertise that will provide effective governance of the worker’s compensation system in Newfoundland and Labrador. As minister, I look forward to the important contributions that each of these individuals will make toward ensuring the best possible outcomes for injured workers in our province.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister Responsible for WorkplaceNL

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Media contact
Gina MacArthur
Service NL
709-729-4748, 730-2977

Biographical Information

John Peddle
John Peddle has been the President of AMP Associates Ltd. for over 40 years, providing consulting services to employers, law firms and individuals in the fields of labour relations, human resources, organizational management, compensation and benefits. Between 1995 and 2008 he was the Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Boards Association, responsible for the overall administration of the Association. Mr. Peddle’s board experience includes two terms as chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council (NLEC), several terms as chair of the NLEC Labour Relations Committee and over 20 years as Director of NLEC. He has been a Director of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), Canada, since 2013; and is currently chair of the Pension Committee of the VON. He has been a member of the WorkplaceNL board since 2010. Mr. Peddle holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Director Education Program.

Victoria Belbin
Victoria Belbin has been the CEO of the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) since 2011, where she works with the board of directors on the vision and strategic planning of the organization. Before joining CHBA, Ms. Belbin spent five years as the Executive Director of the NL Regional Economic Development Association. She has extensive experience as a board member, having spent time on the boards for the Historic Sites Association NL, Habitat for Humanity NL, the Institute of Corporate Directors NL Chapter, and currently as a member of the Dr. H Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation board. Ms. Belbin holds a Master’s Degree in Resource Management from Memorial University.

Paula Corcoran-Jacobs
Paula Corcoran-Jacobs is a National Master Trainer with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and has been the Provincial Executive Director of CHANNAL, a mental health organization, since 2012. She is an appointed member of both the Provincial Advisory Council on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities since 2014 and the Provincial Advisory Council on Mental Health and Addiction since 2015. She holds a Bachelor in Psychology from Memorial University and a certificate in Mental Health First Aid from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

David Loveys
David Loveys is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years of experience as a C-suite level executive. Since 2010 he has been the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Aurion Resources Limited, and between 2005 and 2015 he was the Vice President of Finance, CFO and Director of Cornerstone Capital Resources Inc. He also has his own consulting practice, D. R. Loveys & Associations Inc. Mr. Loveys’ board experience includes time as a treasurer and board member for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Canada, the YM-YWCA, Canadian Red Cross Newfoundland and Labrador Division, the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland & Labrador and the Atlantic Light Theatre. Mr. Loveys has a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University, a Chartered Accountant designation from the Newfoundland Institute and holds a certificate from the Canadian Securities Course.

Greg Pretty
Greg Pretty will continue his role as Worker Representative nominated by the NLFL on the WorkplaceNL Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2010. Mr. Pretty has been the Director, Industrial/Retail/Offshore Sector of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW/Unifor) since January 2003. Prior to become a FFAW/Unifor Director, he held the position of Staff Representative for 23 years. He has been working with the union since 1979.

Jerry Vink
Jerry Vink is the former Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Sector Pensioners’ Association, a position he held between 2009 and 2011. Prior to this Mr. Vink was the Executive Director of the Newfoundland-Labrador Human Rights Association for over 20 years, and was a field director with Plan International for over 10 years. His board experience includes three years as a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association Global Education Committee, nine years as a member of the Seniors’ Resource Centre board and since 1996 he has been a board member with the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information, having held several committee positions within the centre. Mr. Vink holds a BA in Political Science and German Literature from Saint Mary’s University.

Greg Viscount
Greg Viscount will continue his role as Employer Representative nominated by the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council (NLEC), a position he has held since 2014. Mr. Viscount is the General Manager of Ocean Choice International. He is currently the chair of the NLEC, chair of the Association of Seafood Producers and a member of the Board of Directors for One Ocean, an inter-industry liaison organization for fishing and petroleum industries.

Pat Whalen
Pat Whalen is Program Manager of Geriatric Assessment with Eastern Health. His work focuses on mental health and addictions and occupational rehabilitation. He is a member of the Baccalieu Sound Choir executive and was president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists from 2012 to 2016.

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