VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - October 03, 2016) - The Board of Governors of Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) elected three new members to the Board: Former Manitoba Premier and Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer, Special Advisor to the President and CEO and Vice President Workplace Health & Safety Services for the Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board Steve Jackson, and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) National President Mark Hancock.
"We welcome these new members to the Board of Governors. They are each respected community leaders who bring a wealth of experience to the University," said Wolfgang Zimmermann, President of PCU-WHS. "As we experience a significant increase in interest for our programming and success on a number of fronts, these extraordinary individuals will add an impressive range of knowledge, expertise and broad-based experience to help the University continue its upward momentum."
Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences is currently led by a 14 Member Board of Governors who are appointed in accordance with the University's governing legislation.
Gary Doer served as Canada's Ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2016. He was Premier of Manitoba from 1999 to 2009 and served in a number of positions as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1986 to 2009 including Minister of Urban Affairs and Minister of Crown Investments, and he served as President of the Manitoba Government Employees' Association from 1979 to 1986. Mr. Doer was awarded the Order of Manitoba in 2010. Mr. Doer replaces retiring PCU-WHS Board Member Steve Horvath, former President and CEO of CCOHS.
Steve Jackson is Special Advisor to the President and CEO and is also Vice President Workplace Health & Safety Services for the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario. He has been with the WSIB for 30 years and has acted in various senior management roles during that time. He is a former Board Member of Excellence Canada and active member of the Workforce Advisory Committee associated with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Mr. Jackson holds the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation. Mr. Jackson replaces retiring PCU-WHS Board Member Judy Geary, former Vice-President of the Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board.
Mark Hancock is National President of CUPE, Canada's largest union with 639,000 members. He was elected National President in November 2015. Following four terms as secretary-treasurer, Mr. Hancock was elected President of CUPE BC in April 2013. Mr. Hancock chaired numerous CUPE BC committees, including eight years as the chair of the Political Action Committee. In 2005, Mr. Hancock was elected to the CUPE National Executive Board representing British Columbia as regional vice-president. Mr. Hancock replaces retiring PCU-WHS board member Ken Georgetti, President Emeritus of the Canadian Labour Congress.
Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) is also very pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Melanie Panitch, D.S.W. from Ryerson University to the University's Academic Council.
Dr. Panitch has had a long and distinguished career in the disability, human rights and social inclusion fields. As the Founding Director for the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Dr. Panitch established the first undergraduate Disability Studies program in Canada. She currently holds the "John C. Eaton Chair in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship" at Ryerson University. In addition to a broad range of academic appointments spanning the past 20 years, Dr. Panitch also draws on extensive professional experience in the non-profit sector, including nine years as Director of Social Development and Public Education at the Roeher Institute, York University Campus, Toronto.
About Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences
Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences is a statutory not-for-profit post-secondary degree granting education and research institution for the special purpose of creating and disseminating new knowledge including applied research in the fields of workplace safety, health promotion, return to work and disability management, comprehensive rehabilitation, and disability leadership studies. It is committed to excellence in teaching and research, scholarship and service to the broader community.
The primary values inherent in this University are a strong commitment to a safer work environment and the integration of disabled workers into the workforce through advanced education and research knowledge. For more information, visit www.pcu-whs.ca.