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Beneplan Cooperative Annual General Meeting Board of Directors Nominees

The following candidates are running for a position on the Board of Directors.

 Ian Torrance, Vice President, P.K. Douglass

“I am a partner and Vice President at P.K. Douglass.  We are an importer and distributor of general merchandise to the Canadian retail market and have been in business since 1929.

I have many roles in the company, one of which is as the decision maker in Insurance and financial decisions.  We moved to the Beneplan model after careful consideration of the benefits of being part of a co operative.  Our positive experience led to my running for the Board three years ago. 

I have had many years of exposure to the Mutual Insurance business, as my wife is the President of a Mutual Insurance company, which shares all the ideals of the Beneplan model.

Also, I have been on the Board of Beneplan for the last three years, serving on the Governance committee that developed the current Governance policy we have now adopted at Beneplan, and currently as your Board Chairman. 

I feel that having served for the last three years on the Board, I can continue to contribute to the continuing efforts of the Board to better the Governance and work we have established with Management.  As the Co Operative continues to grow, the work of the Board will continue to be to the benefit of you the members. 

I would ask for your support for another term on the Board to continue the ongoing projects we are undertaking to further the growth of the Co Operative.”

Beverly Ferguson, Manager, Chantler Packages

“I am a descendant of the founding family of Chantler Packaging Inc., Mississauga, which is now a joint venture partner with Packages Ltd., based in Pakistan in our new company, Chantler Packages Inc.  Our family’s side of the business was started 89 years ago.

We are manufacturers of innovative flexible packaging with special expertise in food and produce packaging.  Our products serve local Ontario food processors and we export world-wide.

I’m pleased to stand for election to the Beneplan Board of Directors because I passionately believe in this co-operative organization.  Its values of dedicated customer service, business integrity and fiscal responsibility mesh well with our corporate values as defined by Packages Group, our company’s majority stake-holder.  Equally important, the people at Beneplan are so great!  And the same goes for The Co-operators – maybe because they have Western Canada roots, I find them to be easy to talk to and they sincerely want to be helpful.

My educational background is a B.A. from McMaster and a B.Ed. from U of T.   I worked as a high school librarian in Oshawa and then Mississauga before joining the family business decades ago in the role of Special Projects Co-ordinator.  This position includes major building renovations and maintenance, the insurance and benefits file, regulatory affairs, health and safety and anything no one else has time for.  Research and risk management are areas of strength for me.

With a business owner’s perspective, I would welcome the opportunity to contribute in any way I can as a Board member to make Beneplan an even stronger and better provider of employee benefits.”

 Nick Moschella, Operations Manager, Forbes Hewlett Transport

Is operations manager at Forbes Hewlett Transport which was established in 1986. Nick Moschella has been with Beneplan since 1996 and currently has a staff of 150 people, fleet size of 100 plus tractors and 300 trailers who specializes in deliver within Canada the USA.

“Being in the Transport business for the past 20 years and dealing with hundreds of employees at every level, my experience would be beneficial”

 Colleen Musalem, Co-Owner, Cana-Datum Moulds

“As co-owner of a manufacturing business with over 100 employees for more than 25 years, a former board member of the Beneplan Co-operative and a client of Beneplan for many years, I was on the original Beneplan advisory committee that was formed prior to the creation of the Beneplan Co-operative.  I have a Business and Economics degree from University of Toronto and a broad understanding of the basic objectives of the Beneplan approach to Group Benefits.  I can add a business owner’s perspective to the task of providing employees with sustainable benefits coverage with careful regard for the cost.”