The Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Winston Maharaj as President and CEO of the WCB. He will commence his duties in December, 2011. Maharaj will replace Doug Sexsmith, who will be retiring later this year after 10 years as President and CEO.

“We are pleased to be adding a leader of Winston Maharaj’s caliber to the WCB management team,” says Michael Werier, Chair of the WCB Board of Directors. “Today’s appointment is the result of a rigorous Board selection process and the Board is confident that Maharaj will be a great fit with WCB staff and stakeholders.

Maharaj comes to the WCB from the Healthcare Employees Benefit Plans Manitoba (HEB) where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to present. In this role, he was responsible for strategic and operational planning for the organization as well as being the primary contact between HEB operations and the Board of Trustees.

“I’m excited to be joining an organization that plays such a vital role in helping injured workers and preventing workplace injuries, while at the same time, placing a high value on good management and service excellence,” says Maharaj.

Maharaj has extensive experience in the public sector having held a number of positions with the

Manitoba Government and the Government of Ontario. His experience ranges from an analyst with the Treasury Board Secretariat to an Assistant Deputy Minister – Health Workforce. He has extensive experience providing direction and oversight related to medical labour relations, insured benefits and health human resource planning for the province.

Maharaj holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelors of Commerce Degree as well as Certificates in Pension Plan Administration and Global Benefits Management.

“The Board wishes to acknowledge with sincere thanks Doug Sexsmith’s 10 years of exemplary service to the Board,” adds Werier.

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is a mutual workplace injury and disability insurance agency funded by employer premiums. With a mandate to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, the WCB is committed to building a culture of health and safety in Manitoba through the SAFE Work program and community partnerships. Workplace injuries and illnesses are preventable but should they occur, the WCB is here to help injured workers, their families and employers.

For more information contact:

Warren Preece
Director of Communications
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
(204)-954-4113
1-800-362-3340
Email: [email protected]