Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

WorkSafeNB appeals tribunal chair named (09/05/07)

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May 7, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Ronald Gaffney will become the new chair of the appeals tribunal of WorkSafeNB, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault announced today. His five-year appointment takes effect July 1.

"As the minister responsible for WorkSafeNB, I am very pleased to announce this appointment," Arseneault said. "Mr. Gaffney has the professional experience and expertise to be an effective chair of the appeals tribunal."

Gaffney was born in Moncton but has been a long-time Fredericton resident. He obtained a bachelor of arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University and a law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1981. He was called to the Bar of New Brunswick a year late and became a Queen's counsel in 2007.

Gaffney has represented clients at the appellate level in New Brunswick, in the federal jurisdiction and, most notably, at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Gaffney has extensive experience in negotiating and interpreting complex legal agreements with multiple stakeholders. He has written or co-written a number of publications and studies about First Nations in New Brunswick and Canada.

"I want to recognize and thank outgoing chair Paul LeBreton for his dedication and contribution as the appeals tribunal chair over the past eight years," said Arseneault.

WorkSafeNB is responsible for the administration of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission Act, the Workers' Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.