There are nine voting members on the ELHT Board of Trustees who are responsible for operating the plan and ensuring its financial sustainability. Five members of the Board of Trustees are appointed by the OSSTF, two are appointed by the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and two by the Crown. Each Trustee has a minimum three-year term, which can be renewed twice, subject to a maximum tenure of nine years.
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Tania is a Chartered Professional Accountant, who is currently the Controller Finance Support Services for the Peel District School Board (PDSB), Canada’s second largest school board. Prior to joining PDSB in 2014, Tania worked 17 years in the pharmaceutical industry with AstraZeneca Canada Inc. (AZC), in various senior positions, such as Controller, Director Finance Operations and Director Financial Planning, Reporting and Analysis. Through her various roles, Tania has been involved in many change initiatives such as the implementation of IAS standards and Sarbanes Oxley compliance, migration of ERP systems onto a North American platform and implementation of a finance shared services provider model. In the past, Tania has also served as a Pension Committee member at AZC, Treasurer for the Canadian Retinoblastoma Society and Finance Committee member for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Brad is a resident of Essex County where he was a secondary school teacher with the Greater Essex County District School Board and served as the local president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation – District 9. Brad accepted an Executive Assistant position with OSSTF Provincial Office in 2006 and became the Director of Negotiations and Contract Maintenance in 2011. Brad is currently the Associate General Secretary – Protective Services for OSSTF. In addition to serving as a Trustee on the OSSTF ELHT, Brad has also served as a Director on other Boards, including a longstanding appointment on the Teachers Life Insurance board for the past 19 years, and has achieved certification in the Foundations of Trust Management Standards (FTMS).
Mike is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has over 35 years of senior management experience in health care, child welfare and education, following 5 years in public accounting with a predecessor firm of KPMG. Mike has served in a number of roles in finance, planning and facilities since joining the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in 1996 and is currently Chief Financial Officer. He also is a member of other Boards including the Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange, which provides liability and property insurance services to a majority of school districts in the province, as well as the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority, a consortium serving students of the English catholic and public districts.
Paul Elliott was appointed to the OSSTF ELHT effective July 1, 2017, where he also serves on the Funding and Plan Design Modelling and Compliance Committee, as well as the Appeals Committee. Previously Paul had served as President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation from 2013 to 2017. First elected to the Provincial Executive as an Executive Officer in 2005 until 2007, he also served as Vice President from 2007 to 2013. Prior to Paul’s experience on the Provincial Executive, he was involved with his local bargaining unit in Rainy River in a variety of roles while also teaching within the Rainy River District School Board from 1989 until 2005. He holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Science from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education. Paul has completed the Chartered Director Programme at the DeGroote School of Business through McMaster University and also sits on the OMERS Administration Board as well as the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Appeals Committee.
Lori was a secondary school teacher in British Columbia prior to teaching with the Peel District School Board where she also served as the local president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation – District 19. In that role, Lori oversaw the changeover of the benefits plan to one run by the bargaining unit. She accepted an Executive Assistant position with OSSTF Provincial Office in 2004, and became the Director of Communications and Political Action in 2007. Lori is currently the Associate General Secretary – Professional Services for OSSTF. In addition to serving as a Trustee on the OSSTF ELHT, Lori has also served as a Director on other boards, including the Teachers Life Insurance Board for the past 16 years where she is currently Vice Chair. She has achieved certification in the Foundations of Trust Management Standards (FTMS).
Deborah Leckman is a senior investment executive with over 30 years of experience in the pension fund and retail wealth industries. As a Commissioner at the Ontario Securities Commission, Deborah’s role consists of a variety of regulatory duties, including developing rules and policies for market participants, adjudicating administrative proceedings and Board governance responsibilities. In her previous role as VP Wealth Management at TD Bank Group, she built and managed a team of investment professionals providing market and product research, recommendations, and education to over 1,200 investment advisors and clients of TD Wealth. Before that, Deborah was with OMERS, the Ontario Municipal Employees Pension Plan, responsible for the $15 billion public market equities program, including active management of Canadian and foreign equities, and oversight of the global external manager program and hedge fund program. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a B.Comm and an MBA from McGill University.
OSSTF Independent Expert Appointee
As a former CEO and member of executive management throughout his career, applying extensive knowledge of industry and government regulations, Randy has over 40 years of professional experience in all areas of insurance including life, property and casualty, extended health, dental and long-term disability. Randy is a major shareholder of Mass Insurance Brokers Ltd based in Markham, with 19 offices in Ontario and Quebec. In addition to an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Randy is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Program, University of Toronto. Randy holds a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation and a Level 2 Registered Insurance Broker of Ontario (R.I.B.O.) designation. Randy currently is chairman of a life insurance company in Toronto and sits on the boards of two Employee Life and Health Trusts, and three insurance brokerages.
Crown Independent Expert Appointee
Natasha was previously the Chief Credit Officer for Sun Life Financial where she was responsible for creating risk policy for the company’s $110-billion global portfolio of managed assets. Prior to that, Natasha held the position of Vice-President at Coopers and Lybrand and went on to spend over 10 years at BMO Financial Group where she led various teams in risk assessment and corporate finance. In 2010, Natasha was named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. In 2015, Natasha was named to the Diversity 50 in Canada. Natasha is a director of private and non-profit companies. She holds a PhD and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.
OSSTF Member at Large
Teachers’ Bargaining Unit Officer – OSSTF District 24
Dayle comes from a background in scientific research having earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Microbiology/Chemistry from the University of Guelph followed by a Bachelor of Education in the PEMSTEP program at the University of Western Ontario. After 13 years of teaching science at the secondary level in Waterloo, she was appointed to the Teacher’s Bargaining Unit Officer position by OSSTF District 24, in 2002. Serving in this position for the past 16 years, she has accumulated significant knowledge and experience with regards to the administration and bargaining of health and dental employee benefit plans. Dayle is also the Administrator of the D24 T/OT BU Long Term Disability plan and has been a member of several Provincial OSSTF LTD and Benefit Advisory Work Groups.
Donna has over 30 years of experience in the group insurance field, including working for an insurance carrier, a consulting firm, as well as most recently a Third-Party Administrator dealing extensively with benefits for members of the education sector. Donna has attained her CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist) designation through the International Foundation of Employee Benefits. She joined OSSTF Benefits in July 2017.
Diane has been employed by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation since September 1998. Her previous role was Administrator to the Associate General Secretary of Protective Services until March, 2016 when she was seconded to the OSSTF ELHT as Administrator. Her role is to support the Executive Director and the trustees of the ELHT.