Long-time Yellowknife resident Patrick Scott has been named the territory’s next workers’ advisor.

He replaces Garry Tkachuk, who held the position for three years.

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The workers’ advisor helps people navigate the territory’s Workers Compensation Act when making claims for compensation.

The role is independent from, and does not form part, of the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission.

Scott’s appointment was announced by Glen Abernethy, minister responsible for the WSCC, on Wednesday.

According to a government statement, Scott comes with an extensive educational background and many years of experience, ranging from media and production to negotiating and mediating.

“This position is important in helping workers navigate the workers’ compensation system and we are confident Mr. Scott will have a positive impact during his appointment,” said Abernethy in a statement.

“We also take this time to thank Mr. Tkachuk for his service over the last three years.”