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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 ETFO, 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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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.

Brad Bennett - Vice Chair

OSSTF Appointee

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 Carson, CPA, CA

OPSBA Appointee

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.

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 Vice Chair. She has achieved certification in the Foundations of Trust Management Standards (FTMS).

JACK JONES

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.

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.

Dr. Natasha Sharpe

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.

Dayle Whittaker, BSc, MSc, BEd, OCT

OSSTF Appointee

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 where she served for 17 years until her retirement in June 2019. Serving in this position, she has accumulated significant knowledge and experience with regards to the administration and bargaining of health and dental employee benefit plans. Dayle was also the Administrator of the D24 T/OT BU Long Term Disability plan and was a member of several Provincial OSSTF LTD and Benefit Advisory Work Groups. Dayle has recently 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).

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 through the International Foundation of Employee Benefits. She joined OSSTF Benefits in July, 2017 and resides in Woodstock. Donna has successfully completed FTMS and ATMS, Part A.

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