Workers' Compensation Safety Board of Nova Scotia

Stuart MacLean, Chief Executive Officer

Stuart MacLean was appointed Chief Executive Officer of WCB Nova Scotia in January 2012, after beginning his career with WCB in 1986.

His passion for occupational health and safety quickly grew as he assumed leadership roles in many of the WCB’s operational divisions. It was there where he saw first-hand the impact of workplace injuries and fatalities on workers and their families. 

Stuart determined early that with appropriate leadership, focus on best practice, discipline, and collaboration, Nova Scotia could emerge as a leader in workplace safety. In support of that goal, he played a lead role in developing Nova Scotia’s prevention strategy, and helped guide a new WCB service model that provides better support for workers and employers. Stuart’s efforts to improve health and safety are making a positive difference, and have been recognized nationally, regionally, and locally.

Stuart has a business degree from Acadia University, an Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s University, and an ICD designation from Rotman’s School of Business. He is the Chair of the Board of the Association Of Workers’ Compensation Boards Of Canada, and is an active volunteer in the community, serves as Past-Chair of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater Halifax, and on the Board of Governors for Acadia University. He has also served on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). 

Stuart drives the WCB’s strategic vision while overseeing all aspects of its operations. He is a true safety champion with an unwavering passion for preventing workplace injury. Working with partners in government and the private sector, Stuart is committed to the vision of the Workplace Safety Strategy to make Nova Scotia the safest place to work in Canada.

“People are this province’s most important resource - and the Nova Scotia of tomorrow needs those people safe, healthy and on the job. We have a fundamental role to play in making that happen, to help Nova Scotia achieve its full potential. I am fortunate to lead this organization and I am proud of the work we do. Together with our partners, we are moving forward, toward a Nova Scotia safe and secure from workplace injury.”