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Elizabeth Witmer, Chair, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board


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December 9, 2015
11:15 am - 2:00 pm

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Join Women of Influence as we showcase North America’s most accomplished and influential women who share their stories of professional success and personal triumph on their rise to the top. Since 1994, the series has shared the dreams, accomplishments and challenges of high profile women in business, government, sciences and the arts. Our highly regarded speakers provide proven advice and inspiration in an environment that promotes networking, learning and growing. This national flagship event is hosted in six cities across Canada and inspires 8,000+ aspiring women leaders each year.

Event Agenda:

  • 11:15-12:00pm               General Reception
  • 12:00-2:00pm                 Luncheon

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Elizabeth Witmer is Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, one of North America’s largest insurance companies, and a former Deputy Premier of Ontario. She is the longest serving female MPP in Ontario’s history.

Elizabeth has a 35 year record of public service which includes 22 years as an MPP where she made her mark as a respected Minister of Labour, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Minister of the Environment and Minister of Education.

As Minister of Health and Long-Term, Care Elizabeth introduced the first universal flu vaccine program in the world, Telehealth and the first provincial Alzheimer’s Strategy. As Minister of the Environment, Elizabeth directed the closure of the first coal plant in Ontario.

Her leadership and accomplishments have been acknowledged with many prestigious awards including the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, two Paul Harris Fellowship Awards from Rotary for service above self, Dr. Harry Paikin Award of Merit for her exceptional contribution in the field of education, the International Philippe Pinel Award in recognition of her contribution to mental health reform, the Social Work Doctors Award for her strong commitment to a just and caring society, Zonta Women of Achievement Award as a political trailblazer, the 2013 Kitchener-Waterloo Citizen of the Year Award for outstanding public service and in 2014 she was the first recipient of the Asthma Society of Canada “Innovation in Public Policy Award” for her role in beginning Ontario’s coal phase-out.

Elizabeth’s public service record exemplifies her dedication and commitment to her province and community and to the creation of equal opportunities for all people.

Throughout her career, she has done extensive board and philanthropic work and has proven experience in issues/crisis management, organizational change and public policy development.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Althouse College of Education and the Institute of Corporate Directors Rotman Program.

Born in The Netherlands and raised in Exeter, Elizabeth and her husband have two children.