100 Years WCB

Sept 2016

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2 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 YEARS © Grant Thornton LLP. A Canadian Member of Grant Thornton International Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Audit • Tax • Advisory One hundred years. Ten decades. A Century. No matter how you say it, reaching a hundred year anniversary is an incredible milestone. We would like to join in the celebration of WCB's 100th anniversary! At Grant Thornton LLP, we admire that kind of hard work and dedication, and are proud to be associated with this successful organization. We look forward to many more years of success! Winnipeg | 94 Commerce Drive | Manitoba | R3P 0Z3 | T +1 204 944 0100 GrantThornton.ca 1916-2016: 100 Years of Serving Manitobans Marking a Century of Service A Message from the Chair and CEO T he WCB is proud to be celebrating 100 years of service to Manitobans. This milestone is especially significant given the current foundational changes that are underway today and the ongoing maintenance of historically low rates for employers balanced by high-quality service and benefits to injured workers. It was on September 1, 1916 that the Workers Compensation Board was formed, initially using the exclusionary "Workmen's Compensation Board." The 14 staff mem- bers were tasked with developing the structures and processes necessary to implement what is now known as the "historic compromise" between workers and employers. We've enhanced our service through the years with return to work, prevention, customer service, technology and innovation; but our fundamental reason for being is the same: to protect the work- ers and employers of this province. We remain relevant in a changing world because our service is integral to the social fabric of Manitobans and the principles on which our system was built still hold true today. As we celebrate 100 years, we'd like to acknowledge and express our heartfelt gratitude to our customers, stakeholders, Board members and staff, and recognize the efforts of all those who came before us. This year, we salute our past; but what matters most is how we move forward. We are building on the strong foundation that was laid in the last century to embark on a period of change that will further ensure integrity, accountability and sustainability for the future. Through this evolution, we will continue to be a trusted partner, insuring today and building a safer tomorrow. Here's to another 100 years of serving Manitobans. Winston Maharaj President and CEO Michael Werier Chairperson The early 20th century was a difficult time for workers and employers. Working conditions were rough, at best, and dangerous or even deadly, at worst. With no medical coverage, if a worker couldn't return to his job after an injury, he was often left destitute. Workers had the option to sue their employer but lawsuits could take years and most workers couldn't afford them. Moreover, a successful lawsuit could ruin an employer's business and livelihood.

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