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Board of Directors for June 2015 – May 2016

We are pleased to announce the newly appointed board members of The Beneplan Employee Benefits Co-operative, effective June 1st, 2015:

  1. Michael Miller
  2. Anne Kaufmann
  3. Diane Kocet
  4. Linda Moroz

They will each be serving a 3-year term, until May 2018. They will join the other existing directors, who are as follows:

  • Jennifer Osborn – serving until May 2016
  • Mark Tilley – serving until May 2016
  • Randy Bowes – serving until May 2016
  • Colleen Musalem – serving until May 2016
  • Angelo Karr – serving until May 2017
  • Errol Gilhooly – serving until May 2017
  • Glenn Botting – serving until May 2017

Board Biographies:

Michael Miller, CPA CMA, COO Hyd-Mech Group Ltd

Michael is the COO of Hyd-Mech Group Limited, a world leader in the designing and building of metal cutting bandsaws. Michael has been involved with Beneplan in various capacities since 2009. Most notably, he was assistant chair of the transition group responsible for the creation of the Board structure we have today.  Following which, Michael served on the Board that created the co-operative entity we currently operator under. Michael helped to re-structure the organization to ensure efficient growth and to support new ventures and opportunities to save members money.

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.

Jennifer Osborn, Manager, Financial Services, Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers

Jennifer has been the Manager of Financial Services at Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers since 2010. She holds a CEBS designation from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Waterloo. Jennifer has a wide range of qualifications, including experience managing and analyzing employee benefit plans, working and negotiating with insurance carriers, and delivering communications plans to employers and employees. She has experiencing owning and running small businesses and understands both the plan sponsor and plan member vantage points.

Mark Tilley, CPA, VP Finance, Active Transport Inc

Mark currently is the VP Finance and Controller of Active Transport Inc, a transport specialist in long and heavy loads. Mark has been an integral part of the Beneplan Multi-Employer Trust and the current Beneplan Co-operative Board of Directors. His wisdom helped to set policies in the early stages of the organization which continue to be used today. He has a very clear grasp of how the group benefits industry works, especially the mathematical formulas and calculations used to determine accurate rate setting.

Randy Bowes, CPA, VP Finance, Linsey Foods Ltd

Randy is the Vice President of Finance for Linsey Foods Ltd, the manufacturer of Canada’s #1 salad kit, ET TU Caesar Salad. Their products are sold globally, within Canada, the US, Europe, Japan and Australia. He is currently responsible for the re-development and integration of the finance and technology infrastructure. Working with the CEO and owner, he is actively involved with new strategic business development initiatives, brand positioning and new product development activities. Randy served on the advisory committee for the Beneplan Multi-Employer Trust and as Secretary of the current Board of Directors since 2013. He previously held Vice President positions at Loblaw’s in Business Management, Operations and Finance, Loss Prevention, and Information Technology.

Colleen Musalem, Owner, Cana-Datum Moulds

Colleen has been a business owner for over 25 years in the automotive parts industry. She was on the original advisory group for the transition of the Beneplan Multi-Employer Trust to a co-operative. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

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.

Errol Gilhooly, Director of Operations, Four Points Sheraton Hotel Mississauga

Errol has served as a Director of Operations and General Manager in the hotel and hospitality industry for over 10 years. Managing a Four Points Sheraton is a significant responsibility, as there is a very high standard of excellence to operate a Starwood (SPG) franchise property. He has extensive expertise in hotel management, revenue analysis, yield management, property management, and client satisfaction.

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.