WCG's executive team believes in the power of work. That belief motivates us to create exceptional work environments and to deliver client-based, community-driven services that improve people’s lives.
Tania Bennett has served as WCG’s Chief Executive Officer since 2016 and provides strategic and cultural leadership for WCG as chair of the company’s executive committee. Tania oversees the successful delivery of federal and provincial employment services and vocational rehabilitation contracts across Canada. During her tenure as CEO, her team has achieved contract-value growth of over 300 per cent through competitive bid processes.
With over 20 years of operational leadership experience, including as WCG’s Vice President of Operations between 2014 and 2016, Tania has contributed to the success of 50 contracts that provided life-changing services for over 160,000 people across Canada.
Tania earned her Master of Business Administration (Innovation Leadership Specialization) in 2019 and holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours degree (political science and economics) from the University of Victoria. Tania has a reputation throughout the industry as a collaborator who builds partnerships globally and locally to bring inclusive, accessible, and innovative solutions to social and economic
Since relocating to Canada in 2019, Michael Dunphy has served as WCG’s Vice President of Operations. Michael joined WCG’s parent company, APM Group, in 2013 and has held various senior management positions within the APM Employment Services operation in Australia.
Michael brings more than 20 years experience in senior operational roles covering the breadth of the employment sector. He has significant experience in the disability sector and has successfully empowered teams to navigate the complex and changing employment-services landscape. Michael has managed teams responsible for service design, systems development and automation, quality accreditation and contract management. Being data-informed and ensuring cross-functional collaboration have been consistent markers in Michael’s career to date.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Prosthetics and Orthotics) from La Trobe University in Melbourne, and various post-graduate qualifications in management studies. Michael thrives on the complexity of change and values empowering others to be agile and prepared for emerging opportunities.
Crysta Walski has served as WCG’s VP People & Culture since 2017. Prior to that she spent five years as WCG’s VP Talent. Crysta is responsible for driving performance through excellence in human resources practices and supporting high levels of engagement through marketing and communications.
As WCG’s VP People & Culture, Crysta has nearly two decades experience ensuring that WCG’s teams are “best-in-class” and have the skills, expertise and knowledge they require to successfully deliver workforce development programs. Crysta’s communications leadership has contributed to WCG’s high staff and stakeholder engagement. Crysta is well respected in the human resources field for ensuring a balanced and people-focused approach that supports business objectives, and was recognized by her peers in 2013 as a finalist for HR Professional of the Year.
Crysta holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University as well as an Associates Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Leadership from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She is a certified EQ-I and Resilience in the Workplace trainer and registered yoga teacher. Crysta is a heart-centred leader who values integrity, compassion and agility.
Risë Bulmer has been leading WCG’s growth as Vice President of Business Development since 2015, with the added responsibility of risk management since 2018. Risë’s responsibilities includes oversight of the procurement projects within WCG, risk management, and compliance reporting. Her goal is to ensure WCG’s growth and continued operations are sustainable, mitigate risk, and align with the organizational values.
Risë has 25 years’ experience in program development and design, management and leadership in employment programming, including seven years’ experience in business development, procurement and project management, following 12 years in senior field delivery management positions. Risë was responsible for leading WCG’s competitive bid process that resulted in WCG currently holding the largest market-share in employment services delivery in BC. She continues to work towards WCG’s growth in new markets across Canada.
Risë’s education includes a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management and a Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management from the Sauder School of Business, University of BC. She believes in creating team-based strategic development that has a foundation of integrity, respect and innovation
As integral part of the Executive Team at WCG, Ben Forsyth provides strategic and financial oversight to the company through forecasting, strategic planning, and leading WCG’s financial department in its day-to-day activities. Ben carries more than 20 years of financial work-experience, having served as WCG’s Director of Finance since 2017, and prior to that as Controller for eight years, and Assistant Controller for two more.
Ben’s insightful approach to financial systems have brought workflow efficiencies to WCG’s finance department, resulting in substantial business improvements throughout the organization. Ben is a Chartered Professional Account and Certified General Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calgary and obtained a Master of Business and Administration (Specialized in Leadership) from Royal Roads in Victoria.
Ben continuously strengthens the fabric of WCG’s Executive Team and the organization as a whole through his recognition of the importance of collaboration, openness, and work-life balance.