We are pleased to announce the newly appointed board members of The Beneplan Employee Benefits Co-operative, effective May 1st, 2016:
- D. Lee Brown
- Shelley Sheppard
- Ian Torrance
- Malcolm Stoffman
- Barry Murphy
They will each be serving a 3-year term, until March 2019. They will join the other existing directors, who are as follows:
- Angelo Karr – serving until May 2017
- Glenn Botting – serving until May 2017
D. Lee Brown, Financial Controller, Winmar
Excellent Plant Controller with several years’ experience in setting up and directing finance departments, system reviews, financial reporting and analysis for public and private corporations.
Expertise includes: automating general ledger accounting systems, auditing, managing standard costing, management and training of staff. Possess excellent interpersonal and communications skills. He has experience working in Finance Departments and Audit in UK, Caribbean and Canada.
Anne Kaufmann, CPA, CGA, Managing Director, Davies Howe Partners LLP
Anne is a chartered professional accountant (CPA CGA) and has worked in the legal industry for about 15 years. Her current role is Managing Director of Davies Howe Partners LLP since 2012. Anne is a fan of the cooperative model and is interested in its continued success. In addition to her financial training and managerial experience, Anne brings practical and creative thinking to the table.
Diane Kocet, CEO, The Energy Credit Union
Diane is the CEO of a The Energy Credit Union, a co-operative. Her qualifications include, Accredited Credit Union Institute of Canada (ACUIC) designation, B.A. and AMP. Her long-serving career has garnered extensive experience in the financial services industry, covering a broad range of departments. In 2008, she was honoured with the Credit Union Professional’s Association Professional of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding professional leadership and service to the credit union system and our community. In March 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Allan Lanctot Mentorship Award by Central 1 and under her direction, The Energy Credit Union was awarded an esteemed Golden Mirror Award from CUES for best website in the same year. Her cooperative efforts have also been recognized by The Ontario Co-operative Association and in November 2009, she received the Cooperative Innovation Award. In 2012, she served on Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO) advisory panel for Director Training and Education. In September 2009, she was elected to the Ontario Credit Union Managers Association of Directors (CUMA) and in September 2012, she was re-elected for another three year term.
Linda Moroz, CEO, Resurrection Credit Union
Linda is the CEO of Resurrection Credit Union and has held this post since 2010. During her tenure, she helped to bring about a more efficient way in doing business and a more professional approach with staff and membership. She has dealt with Corporate Governance and Enterprise Risk Management initiatives at the credit union along with drafting revised By-laws. Net income has increased year over year in the under her tenure, the efficiency ratio has improved, and assets have grown.
Malcolm Stoffman, President and CEO, Momentum Credit Union
I am the President and CEO of Momentum Credit Union and through that role I have hands on experience and a deep understanding the importance of key business partnerships and by offering cost effective solutions to both staff and members. I have strong financial acumen and a deep passion for technology. I have lead major technological change initiatives including the conversions from two core banking systems to one new system and two accounting system conversions. I understand the risks associated with the undertaking of such initiatives and of equal importance the risks associated with not taking the steps necessary to evolve mission critical technologies. An excellent communicator, I have led marketing, business development and communication teams and have delivered award winning results for engagement, innovation and corporate communications. I have developed compelling visions that have enabled the design and execution of long-term strategic plans and I have navigated the operational, legal and regulatory environments to facilitate growth through mergers and acquisitions.
Shelley Sheppard, Executive Vice President of Finance, Evanov Radio Group
I have always searched for new challenges throughout my career and I believe that a position on a Board would offer a new experience and continued learning for me. I believe strongly in the importance of a Board to help management maximize their performance and to provide transparency. My career has spanned both small and large private and public companies which has offered me a wealth of experience. I would very much like to share those skills with the Co-operative as I have developed very strong communication, negotiation and problem solving expertise.
Barry Murphy, Country Manager, BDP International
Since 1979 I have been involved in the logistics and supply chain industry. Starting on the frontlines of Canada Cartage I worked for nine years in various functions until leaving to join Cottrell Transport in 1988. I started my sales career with Cottrell Transport and was promoted to Toronto Sales Manager of their Air Freight division in 1991. From 1991 to 1994 I served in this capacity until I joined Commercial Transport International and served as Director Sales for CTI until January of 2000. In January 2000 I was named VP Sales Canada for Eagle Global Logistics and held this position until 2005. In 2005 I took on the position of Global Account Director until February of 2007. In February of 2007 I joined privately held Overseas Express Consolidators Canada as Director – National Sales.
Finishing my CITT in 2008 with graduation in May of 2009. I will continue to serve in this industry because I love it. Simple as that.
Angelo Karr, Owner and GM of Pride Pak Ltd
Angelo is the Owner of Pride Pak Ltd, Canada’s largest state-of-the-art processing facility of fresh fruits and vegetables. Pride Pak’s advanced operations allow them to supply some of the largest supermarkets and restaurant chains in North America. Angelo has extensive experience managing a 200-employee organization, including health & safety, finance, human resources, operations, logistics, client service, laboratory studies, equipment maintenance, and government relations.
Ken Singh, Owner, Atlas Cargo International Freight Ltd.
Ian Torrance, Vice President, Partner, P.K. Douglass Inc
As Vice President and partner in an importing business, one of my roles is to manage Employee benefits, as well as a myriad of duties. I feel I have a aptitude for understanding the issues in Health benefits, as well as a feel for the employee viewpoint and impact. Our company (about 45 employees) has had to deal with several difficult cases in this area that has shaped our present Plan, and partnering with Beneplan. Also, my spouse has 30+ years in casualty and property insurance, and while different, gives me insight into the insurance company mindset and approach to risk.
Glenn Botting, GM, Maingate Personnel Services
Glenn is has been the General Manager of Maingate Personnel Service for 11 years, responsible for both Canadian and US divisions. He is directly responsible for a $10 million budget, as well as negotiations with all venders. He has been on the Board of Directors of his condominium corporation for 3 years and a shareholder for 9 years of an international company with sales of $65 million. Glenn has extensive WSIB experience and believes in the co-operative model.