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Our Board

OSSTF BENEFITS TRUSTEES

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/FEESO, 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.

See also Our Governance.

Board Members

Tania Alatishe-Charles, CPA, CA, MBA

OPSBA Appointee

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.

Nick Landry, CPA, CA

OPSBA Appointee

Nick is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is the Superintendent of Business Services & Treasurer for the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB), serving approximately 65,000 students with an annual budget of over $800 million. As part of his role, Nick is responsible for the preparation of the board’s annual budget, interim reporting and the audited financial statements. Prior to taking on the role of Superintendent, Nick served in a number of capacities at the board, including Controller of Finance, and also worked as a senior policy advisor in the Business and Finance Division of the Ministry of Education. In addition to his CPA, Nick holds a B.Ed and M.Ed from the University of Toronto, is married with three children and lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

Lori Foote - Chair

OSSTF Appointee

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 and was the AGS of Professional Services from 2011-2019. 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 Chair. She has achieved certification in the Foundations of Trust Management Standards (FTMS).

Vaino Poysa

OSSTF Appointee

Vaino Poysa is a labour lawyer and the Associate General Secretary, Protective Services, at OSSTF/FEESO. Vaino has 20 years of experience providing solution-oriented and results-driven advice and advocacy to unions and their members. He joined OSSTF/FEESO as in-house counsel in 2011, after working in private practice with a leading union-side law firm. Named Associate General Secretary in 2021, Vaino is responsible for overseeing OSSTF/FEESO’s Negotiations and Contract Maintenance and Member Protection departments. Vaino holds a B.A. and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Toronto.

Jim Spray

OSSTF Appointee

Jim Spray, CPA, CA is the Chief Financial Officer of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, an organization that supports over 60,000 members working in education across Ontario. As CFO, Jim is responsible for operational services including Finance, Information Technology, Production and property management. These responsibilities have recently included the oversight of a significant multi-year project for the redevelopment of the head office location with the construction of a 125,000 sq ft mass timber, zero carbon building. My current Director roles are as Audit Committee Chair and Trustee at Ontario Teachers’ Insurance Plan, Director at TW Insurance, Audit Committee Chair and Director at Educators Financial Group, a mutual fund company, and Trustee at the OSSTF Employee Life and Health Trust, which oversees the benefit plans for OSSTF members.These roles have provided a depth of experience in strategy development, M&A, investment management, pensions and benefits, project management, stakeholder engagement and risk management.

Jack Jones - Vice Chair

OSSTF Appointee

Jack’s involvement with OSSTF/FEESO goes back to the early 1990’s when he was first elected as Chief Negotiator and then President of the Plant Support Staff Bargaining Unit with the Carleton District School Board. In 2003, Jack was elected to the Provincial Executive of OSSTF as an Executive Officer. Jack served on the Provincial Executive until 2009, including four years as Vice President of OSSTF. In 2013, Jack was hired as a member of the OSSTF provincial office secretariat staff and retired in 2019 from this position.

Jack was the OSSTF/FEESO appointee to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation from 2006 to 2014. Jack completed the Trustee Development program at Humber College in 2011.

Jack was made a life member of OSSTF/FEESO in 2009 and was awarded a fellowship in OTF/FEO in 2016.

Deborah Leckman, MBA, CFA

Crown Appointee

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 consisted 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.

Dianne Fox

Crown Appointee

Dianne Fox is the Chief Operating Officer of iptiQ Americas, by Swiss Re.  She has over 25 years of experience with multiple product lines including, Life, Disability, Critical Illness and Annuities primarily.   Her areas of expertise span across the operations value chain, where she has undertaken several transformational challenges to modernize overall service delivery.   

In her previous role, Dianne was the Chief Operating Officer of the North American Life and Annuity Division at Foresters Financial.  In her role as COO, Dianne oversaw the end-to-end Administration for all products, as well as operational strategy and planning.  Dianne led a team of just over 400 employees located in Canada and the US.  

Prior to joining Foresters Financial in 2009, Dianne spent 4 years leading the operations at Genisys Management Solutions, a Business Process Outsourcer for a variety of US and Canadian Life Insurance Carriers.  During her 25 year tenure in the Insurance industry, she has held a variety of positions at a number of Insurance companies including Manulife, Maritime Life, Aetna Canada and North American Life.

Dianne is a past member of the Junior Achievement Canada Board of Governors and has served as the Honorary Chair for One Walk to Cure all Cancers since 2017. Dianne also serves on the Public Services Health and Safety Association board as Director and Vice-Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Dianne and her husband Tim  live in Toronto with their 2 kids, Megan and Tyler, who are both currently away at University. 

Randy McGlynn

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 McGlynn 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. Randy is married with four children and lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Donna Morrison, CEBS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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 and successfully attained the Master of Trust Management Standards (MTMS) credential through the International Foundation of Employee Benefits . She joined OSSTF Benefits in July, 2017 and resides in Woodstock.

Dayle Whittaker, BSc, MSc, BEd, OCT

Director, OSSTF Benefits

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 teaching science for 13 years in Waterloo she was appointed by OSSTF District 24 TBU to the position of Teacher’s Bargaining Unit Officer where she served the membership for 17 years. In this position Dayle was involved in the administration and bargaining of health and dental employee benefits and was the Administrator of the D24 T/OT BU Long Term Disability plan. Dayle has been a member of several Provincial OSSTF LTD and Benefit Advisory Work Groups and in 2016 was appointed by OSSTF to a Trustee position on the OSSTF ELHT. At the end of her term as Trustee in 2023, Dayle was hired by the OSSTF ELHT to the position of Director. Dayle has obtained her Canadian Benefits Program Certificate from the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute as well as certification in the Foundations of Trust Management Standards (FTMS).

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