Conference Day 2 - Jacobi and Wispinski
Conferences

Session: Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers' Compensation: Who we are and what we do

Presenters: Dale Wispinski, BA Hons, LLB, CIC.C Chief Appeals Commissioner & CEO Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers' Compensation and Shannon Jacobi RN, BScN, MScOHS/E, OHNC, COHN(c), COHN, CRSP, ARP Hearing Chair Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers' Compensation 
 

The Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers' Compensation is a quasi-judicial tribunal established under the Workers Compensation Act, that has powers and procedures similar to a court of law but it is less formal. The Appeals Commission is the final level of appeal for workers and employers for decisions made by the WCB Dispute Resolution and Decision Review Body (DRDRB). This presentation will provide participants with: 

 

  • A historical overview of the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers' Compensation 

  • A review of the recent changes in the legislation that impact the Appeals Commission and the appeal process 

  • An overview of the principles of natural justice and fair hearings 

  • The steps in the appeal process 

  • Top issues of appeal 

  • Practical tips and consideration for those attending a hearing or representing a worker or employer
  • Questions and answers


Dale Wispinski is a lawyer who joined the Appeals Commission in 2012, after several years practicing labour and employment law with a national law firm. From 2014-2018, she was the Commission's General Counsel, with responsibility for legal, privacy, knowledge management, training, communications and quality assurance matters, in addition to serving as a member of the Commission's executive team. Dale holds an LL.B. from the University of Alberta (where she continues to serve as a guest lecturer) and a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Calgary. Dale also holds the Certified In-House Counsel (CIC.C) designation from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. 


Shannon Jacobi holds a BSc in Nursing from the University of Alberta and an MSc in Occupational Health and Safety from Columbia Southern University. In addition to more than twenty years' experience as an occupational health nurse, Ms. Jacobi has served as Vice-President of the United Nurses of Alberta Local #15, Alberta Director for the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, and President of the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association. She has been a clinical associate professor at the University of Alberta, and an instructor in both the occupational health and disability management program at MacEwan University and the occupational health and safety program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). She received the 2017 Award of Excellence from the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association.