Backgrounder: Biographies – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety appointments


Brenda Baxter – Chairperson

Brenda Baxter is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Compliance, Operations and Program Development and is the former Director General of the Workplace Directorate within the Labour Program at Employment and Social Development Canada. She brings extensive occupational health and safety experience in the areas of legislative and regulatory development, policy development, program operations, communications and strategic planning. She is a strong advocate for creating a healthy, inclusive and diverse workplace, having served as Employment and Social Development Canada’s Co-Champion for Diversity and having participated in the Public Service Task Force Working Group on Workplace Mental Health led by the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Ms. Baxter has been appointed for a term of five years, effective June 24, 2022.

Jenna Brookfield – Governor representing workers

Jenna Brookfield is the Health and Safety Representative of the Atlantic Regional Office at the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), bringing sound knowledge and experience related to health and safety from the worker perspective. She advised and assisted CUPE members and locals in finding effective controls for workplace hazards and assisted with their implementation. As a former Labour Program Labour Affairs Officer, she also has extensive experience in assessing hazards and interpreting and applying legislation.

Mrs. Brookfield has been appointed for a term of four years, effective June 20, 2022.

Debbie Molloy – Governor representing the Northwest Territories

Debbie Molloy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She brings extensive experience in health services and in the energy sector and has a strong background in occupational health and safety, strategic planning and organizational effectiveness. She is a strong advocate for creating a work environment that cultivates quality, safety, excellence and innovation.

Ms. Molloy has been appointed for a term of four years, effective June 20, 2022.

Gail Boland – Governor representing Newfoundland and Labrador

Gail Boland is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Digital Government and Services Branch of Newfoundland and Labrador, which provides accessible, responsive services in various areas of public health and safety. She brings knowledge and expertise in the field of occupational health and safety. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Council on Occupational Health and Safety and is an ex-officio member of the WorkplaceNL Board of Directors.

Mrs. Boland has been appointed for a term of four years, effective June 20, 2022.

James Hall – Governor representing Manitoba

James Hall is the Vice-President of SAFE Work Manitoba of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. He has led this public entity dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness in the Province of Manitoba for the past eight years. Mr. Hall also has 26 years of experience at Manitoba Hydro, with 16 of those years at a management or executive level. In addition, he has been active on various committees including the Safety and Prevention Committee of the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada and the SAFE Roads Committee of Manitoba. He has served on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s Council of Governors as the governor representing Manitoba since 2017.

Mr. Hall has been reappointed for a term of four years, effective June 20, 2022.

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