New Chair to lead Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board

E.J (James) Kindrake has been appointed to a three-year term to lead the Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta.

“Mr. Kindrake brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Workers’ Compensation Board. I am confident that his visionary and collaborative approach will help ensure workers and employers receive fair and equitable treatment.”

~ Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

Mr. Kindrake received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta in 1978 and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1979. Since 2005, Mr. Kindrake has worked as senior staff counsel with the federal Department of Justice, during which time he led litigation teams on Aboriginal and Constitutional Law Litigation, oversaw the work of junior lawyers in Aboriginal law, and provided in-house seminars for fellow lawyers.

His 35-year career involves extensive civil litigation experience including employment law and personal injury claims representing both insurers and claimants.

Effective October 24, Mr. Kindrake will replace outgoing Chair Robert (Bob) Normand.

“I would like to sincerely thank Mr.Normand for all his hard work, dedication and years of service to the organization. His efforts have truly made a difference for employees, partners and the Workers’ Compensation Board.”

~ Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

Candidates for the Chair position were interviewed by a panel of interviewers, including the Minister and Deputy Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, and the Director of Public Agency Appointments.

Through the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Workers’ Compensation Board has overall responsibility for the administration of the workers’ compensation system in Alberta, and the delivery of workers’ compensation services to the workers and employers of the province.