Dennis is the Chief Executive Officer of WorkplaceNL, an employer-funded statutory corporation that offers injury prevention, return-to-work and compensation services to approximately 13,000 injured workers and 19,000 employers each year. In this role, he provides overall corporate leadership, strategic direction, and stewardship of the financial, human resource and operational assets of WorkplaceNL.

Dennis previously served in several executive leadership roles with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, including Assistant Deputy Minister (Workforce Development and Immigration), Assistant Deputy Minister (Labour Market Recruitment – Major Projects), Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Economic Policy) and Assistant Deputy Minister (Innovation, Research and Technology)/Chief Innovation Officer. Earlier in his career, he was inaugural Executive Director of OceansAdvance, founding CEO of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association, and Employers’ Advisor with the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council.

Dennis serves on the Board of Governors of the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada and as a member of the Advisory Council of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University. He holds a BA (Economics and Business) from Memorial University and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While enrolled at MIT, he also completed graduate studies in leadership, communications and strategy as a cross-registrant at the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School.

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