Immigration, Skills and Labour
October 7, 2020
The Provincial Government today announced the reappointment of Chair John Peddle and six representatives to the Board of Directors of WorkplaceNL.
In addition to the chair, the reappointed representatives are:
- Victoria Belbin, Employer Representative;
- Paula Corcoran, Public Representative (Injured Workers);
- David Loveys, Employer Representative;
- Greg Pretty, Worker Representative;
- Jerry Vink, Worker Representative; and,
- Greg Viscount, Employer Representative.
All reappointments are for three-year terms, effective September 24, 2020. Biographical information is 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.
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“I am pleased to announce the reappointment of these highly qualified employer, worker, and public representatives to the Board of Directors of WorkplaceNL. With their experience and guidance, WorkforceNL will continue to serve the best interests of injured workers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Immigration, Skills and Labour
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Victoria Belbin is the Chief Capability Officer with Genoa Design International, a company providing production design and 3D modeling services to shipbuilding and offshore industries. Prior to this, Ms. Belbin spent nine years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Home Builders Association Newfoundland and Labrador. She has a strong background in board governance, with over 20 years’ experience in industry, government and both non-profit and for profit boards. In addition to joining the WorkplaceNL Board of Directors in 2017, Ms. Belbin is Vice Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation and is a director on the boards of TaskforceNL and the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. She received an Institute of Corporate Directors Designation in 2017 and has a Masters in Marine Studies from Memorial University.
Paula Corcoran 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 Degree in Psychology from Memorial University and a certificate in Mental Health First Aid from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
David Loveys is a chartered professional accountant with over 40 years’ experience. His career has been predominately with publicly traded companies having worked with Newfoundland Telephone Company, Newtel Enterprises, CHC Helicopter Corporation and Aurion Resources Limited. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Cornerstone Capital Resources Inc. Mr. Loveys also has a consulting practice, D. R. Loveys & Associates Inc. His past experience includes directorships on the following boards: Duke of Edinburgh Awards, YM-YWCA, Canadian Red Cross – Newfoundland and Labrador Division, Newfoundland Society for the Physically Disabled Inc., Children’s Rehabilitation Centre, and the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. Currently, he is serving on the boards of WorkplaceNL, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, Eastern Health, Aurion Resources Limited, and Cornerstone Capital Resources Inc. Mr. Loveys has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University and a chartered accountant designation from the Newfoundland Institute of Chartered Accountants.
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.
Greg Pretty is the Director of the Industrial/Retail/ Offshore Sector of the Fish Food and Allied Workers/Unifor in St. John’s. Mr. Pretty is the former Co-Chair of the National Seafood Sector Council of Canada, a past member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Standards Review Committee and a current board member of Metro Business Opportunities, St. John’s.
Jerry Vink is retired and was the Executive Director of the Newfoundland-Labrador Human Rights Association from 1987 to 2009 and of the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Sector Pensioners’ Association from 2009 to 2011. Prior to 1987 he was a field director in charge of community development, education, and literacy and health programs in Sierra Leone, Haiti, Colombia and Zimbabwe. He began his professional career as a lecturer at Thammasat University in Bangkok from 1969 to 1973. Mr. Vink was the Vice-Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information from 1996 to 2017. He also served on various boards and committees related to privacy development; multiculturalism and refugee issues; cross-cultural education; and human rights related research and policy development. Since his retirement he has served on the Board of WorkplaceNL and is a member of its Governance Committee. He is also a member of the Mental Health Care and Treatment Review Board.
Greg 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.
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