The Role of the Review Commissioners

The Chief Review Commissioner (CRC) and Review Commissioners review decisions of WorkplaceNL as they apply to:

  1. acceptance of a worker’s claim;
  2. a worker’s entitlement to compensation benefits;
  3. whether an injury or disease is work related;
  4. whether accident costs should be charged to an employer;
  5. employer assessment disputes and duty to accommodate.

Marlene Hickey, Chief Review Commissioner

Ms. Hickey is a resident of Mount Pearl. She has been a member of the provincial public service since 1987. Ms. Hickey served as Director of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Review Division since 1992 and also held the position of Director of Policy and Planning with the Labour Relations Agency from July 2005 to 2006. In 2005, she facilitated the efforts of the Statutory Review Committee on the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act.

Evan Kipnis, Review Commissioner

Evans Kipnis earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in 1978 and was admitted to the Newfoundland Bar in 1979. He has worked as General Counsel for Newfoundland Telephone, later NewTel Communications, then Aliant Telecom and now Bell Aliant, including serving as a Director of AMI Offshore, an Aliant subsidiary. Mr. Kipnis is a general practice lawyer with the law firm of Perry & Power and his education includes labour relations, employment law, negotiation and mediation, and training as a labour arbitrator.

Shane Hickey, Review Commissioner

Shane Hickey graduated from the Dalhousie Faculty of Law in 2011 and was called to the bar in 2012. He has extensive experience in administrative decision making at the adjudication level as well as the review and appeals levels. Most recently, Mr. Hickey was employed as the Director of Employment Standards and Residential Tenancies in the Yukon.

Suzanne Hollett, Review Commissioner

Suzanne Hollett graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Laws in 2003. Having worked as both a lawyer and an analyst responsible for legislation pertaining to protection of privacy, access to information and personal health information, she has a broad range of experience in legal analysis, interpretation and dispute resolution.

Heather Dunford, Review Commissioner

Heather Dunford graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1999. She has worked in both the private and public sector and has extensive experience in all areas of occupational rehabilitation including: functional capacity evaluation, adjudication assessment, clinic based rehabilitation, return to work consultation and disability case management.