'We trust in Tim’s ability to lead WorkSafeNB through this exciting time of modernization'
WorkSafeNB has a new president and CEO.
Tim Petersen has been appointed to the role, according to Mel Norton, chairperson of the agency’s board of directors, announced on Monday.
“We trust in Tim’s ability to lead WorkSafeNB through this exciting time of modernization and are confident the organization will thrive under his direction,” said Norton.
Petersen has served as acting president and chief executive officer since October 2021.
“Serving as acting president, Tim has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the role, defined by great passion and considerable knowledge gained from close to 30 years service with WorkSafeNB,” Norton said.
The board of directors is responsible for appointing the president and CEO, with approval from the Lieutenant-Governor in Council. It is a five-year term appointment.
“I am extremely honoured yet humbled to be appointed as WorkSafeNB’s president and CEO,” Petersen said. “I have spent most of my career here because I believe in what we do, and I believe in our province. I dedicate my undivided attention to making New Brunswick the safest place to work, with a steadfast focus on People. Prevention. Integrity,” Petersen said.
In June, WorkSafeNB continued to seek stakeholder feedback as it looks to better support workplace safety through Phase II of its regulatory review. That month, the agency also announced it is providing immediate treatment for workers who suffer from traumatic psychological injuries (TPI).
Petersen earned his bachelor of business administration from the University of New Brunswick in 1990, and holds the professional designations of Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Internal Auditor.
Since joining WorkSafeNB in 1995, he has served as vice-president of Prevention Services, vice-president of Corporate Services, controller and manager of Internal Audit.
Petersen currently serves as governor, Council of Governors, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety; on the advisory committee of the Conference Board of Canada’s Council for Safe Workplaces; and is a board member of the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada.
Earlier this month, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) welcomed four new individuals to its Council of Governors. Brenda Baxter was appointed as the chairperson of the CCOHS Council of Governors for a term of five years. Jenna Brookfield was appointed as a governor representing employees for a term of four years. Debbie Molloy was appointed as the governor representing the Northwest Territories for a term of four years. Gail Boland was appointed as the governor representing Newfoundland and Labrador for a term of four years.