David N Corbett has been appointed as the new permanent Deputy Minister of Labour succeeding Sophie Dennis who retired recently after a long and distinguished career with the Ministry.
Here’s what we have learned about Mr. Corbett from the internet:
- Immediately prior to this appointment, Mr. Corbett was the chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) (The WSIAT is a provincial agency that hears appeals from final decisions made by the WSIB on entitlements to benefits, health care and vocational rehabilitation.)
- Prior to becoming WSIAT chair, Mr. Corbett practised law in Toronto with the firm Fasken Martineau for 39 years where he specialized in labour and employment law; he had served as the Global Firm Managing Partner of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.
- His community involvement includes establishing Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee and leading fundraising efforts for the Haiti earthquake, African drought and Japan tsunami relief.
- Mr. Corbett holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Windsor.
- He has a reputation as a consensus builder and for getting things done; as WSIAT chair he oversaw a very significant reduction in the case backlog without much in the way of increased resources.
The questions that have been asked about Mr. Corbett are:
- Will someone who has never worked in government be able to adjust to the way things are managed in government? We have seen outsiders fail before.
- Why would someone at Mr. Corbett’s age and stage want a job like this?
We wish Mr. Corbett the very best of luck in his new position and we look forward to working constructively with him.
Ian Cunningham, COCA President.