WorkSafeBC’s board of directors has announced that Anne Naser has been named as the new president and CEO of WorkSafeBC.
“Anne Naser is a proven leader and innovator in occupational health and safety,” said Ralph McGinn, chair of WorkSafeBC’s board of directors. “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.”
Naser brings 20 years of experience in occupational health and safety, having been in senior leadership positions with WorkSafeBC between 1998 and 2018. Most recently, Naser was chief information officer at WorkSafeBC between 2009 and 2018, and a member of the senior executive committee.
In her various leadership roles, she demonstrated vision in leveraging systems, processes, technology and innovation to further the delivery of the agency's health and safety mandates, WorkSafeBC said. She was named Canadian CIO of the year by Computerworld in 2010, and also received a Premier’s Award for Innovation.
Naser comes to WorkSafeBC from the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation where she was senior vice-president of information technology. In this role, she developed a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan to transform the organization’s IT division. Key elements of her work included greater stakeholder engagement, increased value delivery to clients, and recruitment and engagement strategies to build an exceptional 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, who has a degree in economics from Simon Fraser University, previously held senior positions with Price Waterhouse Urwick and Canadian Airlines.