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Appointee Biographies

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board


Grant B. Walsh is a Chairman, CEO and corporate director. He has served on 30 plus Boards of Directors and currently serves as Chairman and / or Director of WSIB, View Canada Inc. (Advisory Board), Square Canada, and Square Technologies. Walsh was Chairman of Canada Lands Company Limited with real estate properties across Canada and tourism properties including the CN Tower; Downsview Park; Old Port of Montreal; and the Montreal Science Centre. Walsh was President and CEO of St. Peter’s Health System and Vice President of Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON. As Executive Vice President of The ServiceMaster Company, Chicago, IL, Grant was accountable for $550 million in revenue, 30,000 employees, and 10,000 facilities in 44 states and Canada. Mr. Walsh has a Master of Business Administration degree and an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy. He holds a designation as a Chartered Director from McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.


Helen Polatajko is an Independent Board Director of CDSPI, Consultant, Bank of Canada, and Independent Member of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Ms. Polatajko is a former Chief Information Officer with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and a former Chief Information Officer at CIBC Mellon. Her community involvement includes serving as a director of the board for York University and The Salvation Army.


Sean McFarling is retained as general counsel to LiUNA, Ontario Provincial District Council and LiUNA, Central and Eastern Canada Organizing Fund. He provides general legal advice and strategy as well as overseeing and managing LiUNA’s legal affairs. He has served in this role since November 2011. Sean is also retained by the Professional Engineers of Ontario as Independent Legal Counsel to both the Discipline and Registration Committees where he provides legal advice in hearings and educational training.


Leslie Lewis is the Chief Financial Officer of Avanti Software. Leslie's experience includes financial leadership and private equity investment roles at PowerSchool Group, Onex Partners, Department of Finance Canada, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and CIBC World Markets. Ms. Lewis' community involvement includes directorships at the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Ms. Lewis is a graduate of Acadia University and the ICD-Rotman, Directors Education Program.


Peter J. George-CEO Level Group. The Level Group Limited is a strategic advisory company that specializes in health care, asset management and renewable energy. He has founded, seeded, and grown multiple companies with successful exits over the past 25 years. The portfolio companies participate in highly competitive environments. He has owned one of the largest independent health facilities in the Province of Ontario. He also founded Neurolytixs, a company focused on diagnosing concussions via dried blood spots. He was also the co-founder of one of the largest solar renewable energy in the Province of Ontario. LB Energy and its partners raised and invested more than $53,000,000 for capital expenditures for infrastructure, plant, property, and equipment for the purposes of localized power generation. Mr. George earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor in 1994. Mr. George earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor in 1994.


Sandra Wrycraft career spans 2 decades of leadership experience across a broad array of business settings. Highly entrepreneurial, Sandra has spent over 15 years of her career supporting organizations through her own consulting practice as a strategic consultant and executive coach []. Sandra has a unique balance of passion for both people and performance. Highly committed, Sandra has built a respected reputation as a future-focused, high spirited leader with a keen ability to impact bottom line results through effective people-focused strategies. Sandra is known as a trusted partner who is brave, resilient, and highly accountable yet genuine, humble, and fun. She exudes positivity and her contagious energy shines through in her passion to inspire potential in others. Sandra has an Honors BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a Master's Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University.


Alana McPhee is Senior Counsel, Treasury & Corporate, at The Toronto-Dominion Bank. Prior to TD, Alana led Strategic Initiatives for Macquarie's North American Banking & Financial Services Division. Prior to Macquarie, Alana was a Principal at Coventree Inc., formerly an independent securitization boutique firm with total assets under management of $33 billion. Preceding Coventree, Alana was a partner at leading Bay Street firm, Davies Ward Phillips Vineberg LL.P., practicing corporate securities law. Alana holds a Bachelor of Commerce (in Finance & Marketing) from St. Mary's University and obtained her law degree at Dalhousie University. Alana’s community involvement has included serving on the boards of Canada Lands Company Limited, Downsview Park, the Old Port of Montreal, Women in Capital Markets Association and on the Board of Trustees of the Toronto International Dance Festival.


Jeffery Lang has been serving as member (part-time) on the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board since 2019 and serves as a member (part-time) for the Police Services Board- City of London. Jeffery is a former President/Chief Executive Officer for Exi-Plast Custom Moulding Ltd. Jeffery’s community involvement includes serving as a Board Chair for Canadian Economic Development Assistance for South Sudan.