Leadership & Governance

Board & Executive

Board of Directors
Alec Farquar

Alec Farquar

Centre for Research in Work Disability
Chair, Engagement
Alec Farquhar is a lawyer with a long career in workers’ compensation, disability and employment and occupational health and safety. He is currently Chair, Engagement, for the Centre for Research in Work Disability Policy and member of the steering committee for Disability and Work Canada. He is also a member of the Canadian Standards Association Strategic Steering Committee for Occupational Health and Safety, which includes the CSA Disability Management Standard. Previously, Alec was the Director of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety Branch, Director of the Office of the Worker Adviser and Managing Director of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers. Alec has worked extensively on employer/worker partnerships around the recruitment, inclusion and accommodation of persons with disabilities. Alec has a long history of working with vulnerable worker communities including immigrant, racialized and indigenous workers, women and young workers. He is fluent in Italian and French which has helped him connect directly with those communities. A graduate of Princeton University, Alec has an L.L.B. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is currently a member of the Ontario Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Executive.


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