VANCOUVER — WorkSafeBC soon will have a new leader at the helm.
This month the safety regulator’s board of directors announced that Anne Naser would take over as its president and CEO.
“Anne Naser is a proven leader and innovator in occupational health and safety,” said Ralph McGinn, chair of the board, in a press release. “We are very pleased to have her leading WorkSafeBC as we strive to make B.C. the safest jurisdiction in Canada in which to work.”
Before becoming CEO, Naser spent 20 years working in the occupational health and safety field. She’s held senior leadership positions with WorkSafeBC between 1998 and 2018, most recently serving as chief information officer (CIO) between 2009 and 2018, and as a member of the senior executive committee.
According to WorkSafeBC, Naser has “demonstrated vision in leveraging systems, processes, technology and innovation to further the delivery of WorkSafeBC’s health and safety mandates.”
For her work she was named Canadian CIO of the year by Computerworld in 2010 and also received a Premier’s Award for Innovation.
Recently, Naser was senior vice-president of information technology at the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. During her time there she developed a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan to evolve the organization’s IT division. Her work included increasing stakeholder engagement, improving value delivery to clients, and recruitment and engagement strategies to build the workforce.
“I look forward to leading WorkSafeBC as the organization continues to evolve and innovate for the benefit of workers and employers in the province,” said Naser. “I’m excited to take on this important role as we endeavour to make workplaces safer, improve supports for injured workers, and ensure the financial sustainability of the system.”
Naser holds a degree in economics from Simon Fraser University which she used to achieve senior positions with Price Waterhouse Urwick and Canadian Airlines.
WorkSafeBC noted Naser excels at working in collaboration with a multitude of stakeholders, has an ability to operationalize strategies and priorities with measurable outcomes and demonstrates a commitment to innovation and enhanced service delivery focused on people.
Naser will officially take over her new position this June from Brian Erickson, who has been serving as interim president and CEO.