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Elizabeth Witmer

Global Health Advisory Board, Chair

Elizabeth Witmer was appointed Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in May 2012, bringing to the role 32 years of public service experience.
From 1990-2012, Witmer served as a Member of the Provincial Parliament in the Province of Ontario – and is the longest serving female MPP in Ontario’s history. During that time, she was Deputy Premier, Minister of Labour, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Minister of Environment, and Minister of Education.
As Minister of Health, Witmer introduced Telehealth (a phone-based health advisory service), and the first universal flu vaccine in North America. She also expanded the scope of practice for nurses and introduced the first provincial strategy for Alzheimer’s disease.
Her leadership, advocacy, and accomplishments have been acknowledged with many prestigious awards, including the International Philippe Pinel Award in recognition of her contribution to mental health reform, and the Social Work Doctors Award of Merit to recognize her commitment to a just and caring society.