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Board Members

Board members were appointed after an extensive search led by an external executive search firm in summer 2023. More than 100 applications were received, with a committee composed of MEPP Commission and PEPP Board members recommending the final Directors appointed to the Corporate Board.


 

Jeff Stusek

Jeff Stusek

Board Chair

Jeff joined Information Services Corporation (ISC) in 2006, where he served as Chief Operating Officer before eventually becoming President, CEO for 13 years. Under his leadership, ISC made the transition from a provincial Crown corporation to a publicly traded company in 2013. Prior to joining ISC, Jeff served in various leadership roles over his 13 years at the City of Regina, including as the Director of Transit, as well as managing information technology and geographic information systems. He has served on several boards throughout his career, including nine years on the Saskatchewan Roughriders Board (and five years as the Vice Chair), the CFL Board of Governors, and the Conexus Arts Centre Board. He is President and Chair of the Board for Regina Minor Football and is also the Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator of the University of Regina Rams.

 

 

Garnet Garven

Board Vice-Chair

Garnet is Dean of Business Emeritus at the University of Regina, director and chair of the investment committee of Western Surety Company and a member of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Investment Management Board for the Pension Budget Reserve Fund. He was previously a senior public sector executive, with roles including Deputy Minister, Cabinet Secretary, and Chair & CEO of the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board. His experience includes the City of Regina Civic Pension Plan, chair of the Saskatchewan WCB Pension Board, the University of Regina Pension & Benefits Committee, and founding director of Greystone Managed Investments. He was a member of the Accounting Standards Board of Canada, and for more than 11 years was a director on the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. He is an honorary Chartered Professional Accountant, and holds business degrees from the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, and Western University.

 

Garnet Garven
 
Arnie Arnott

Arnie Arnott

Board Member

Arnie spent his nearly 40-year career as a Chartered Professional Accountant with Canpotex Limited and Saskatchewan Blue Cross. He retired in 2020 after serving 16 years as President and CEO of Saskatchewan Blue Cross. Arnie has extensive experience with Health and Dental, Out of Canada Travel, Life, and Income Replacement insurance. While at Blue Cross, he served in leadership roles on the boards of the Blue Cross Life Insurance Company of Canada, the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans, and the Western Conference of Prepaid Health Plans. He also served as director on the boards of the Saskatchewan Institute of Chartered Accountants, Saskatchewan Pension Plan, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance Company, and the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

 

 

Samer Awadh

Board Member

Samer is a partner of MLT Aikins LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms. He advises clients in Saskatchewan and abroad on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, governance, and other corporate and commercial matters. Samer currently co-leads the agriculture and food practice group in the six offices of MLT Aikins LLP and is a member of its Innovation Committee. He has extensive board experience, having served on or advised committees and boards of directors of public companies, financial institutions, private businesses, and non-profits, including the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Bar Association. He has degrees from the University of Calgary and the University of Saskatchewan.

 

Samer Awadh
 
Brad Farquhar

Brad Farquhar

Board Member

Brad recently retired from his role as Executive Vice-President and CFO of Regina-based SSC Security Services Corp. He previously co-founded Input Capital Corp, the world’s first agriculture streaming company. He also founded Assiniboia Capital Corp, and built it into Canada’s largest farmland fund before selling it to the Canada Pension Plan. Brad is a trained financial planner with over 10 years experience as a public affairs professional. He has extensive board experience, including with SSC Security Services Corp, Mongolia Growth Group Inc., Cypress Hills Partners Inc., AgFunder, the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, and the International Centre for Human Rights & Democratic Development. He received a Master of Public Administration in Electoral Governance from Griffith University in Australia.

 

 

Jayleen Groff

Board Member

Jayleen is a retired senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience in HR, leadership, business transformation and change, mergers and acquisitions, pension plan management, and governance. She was previously the Chief People Officer at Concerta Bank and Vice President of Human Resources for Viterra. Jayleen has a deep background in pension plan management. As part of her Viterra duties, she was accountable for the oversight of multiple Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution, and 401k plans in both Canada and the US. She holds a BBA (Finance) from the University of Regina and has prior experience as a trustee for a multi-employer pension plan in Canada.

 

Jaylene Groff
 
Karen Lautsch

Karen Lautsch

Board Member

Karen has held executive roles in several Ministries throughout her 31-year career with the Saskatchewan public service. She is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services and the Office of Planning, Performance, and Improvement in the Ministry of Finance. She also served as the Board Chair for Saskdocs and the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan, and has been on the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Residential Society since 2009. Karen has an Administration degree from the University of Regina.

 

 

Crystal Nett

Board Member

Crystal is Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board CFO and Vice President, Corporate Services. She was formerly Saskatchewan Polytechnic Associate Vice President of Strategy and Saskatchewan Research Council CFO and Vice President of the Finance, Safety Risk Division. She also has served on many executive committees and boards of directors, including serving as the Finance, Audit, Investment & Risk Committee Chair of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority Board. She was a member of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Board, Chair of the SaskTel Centre Board and Audit Finance Committee Chair of the Royal University Hospital Foundation Board. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Certified Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada, and an International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach.

 

Crystal Nett
 
Russell Roberts

Russell Roberts

Board Member

From 2005 to 2022, Russell was the CEO of Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership, an award-winning, successful economic development venture owned by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. He has more than 25 years’ experience leading business entities, including as Director of Economic Development for the Prince Albert Grand Council, with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and in the commercial banking unit of the Credit Union in La Ronge. Russell has served on numerous boards and committees in an executive and board capacity and has extensive background in areas such as commercial banking, strategic planning, corporate governance, and budgeting. He has a Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

 

 

Ben Voss

Board Member

Ben is the Director of Sales for Raven Industries, an agricultural technology company based in South Dakota. He is an Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering graduate from the University of Saskatchewan. As a recognized business leader, he works as an executive, board member, farmer, agriculture engineer, and technology expert in agribusiness, private equity, and technology. He is also significantly involved in philanthropy and community volunteering, including as a board member with Diabetes Canada, and previously with STARS, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the University of Saskatchewan Alumni. Ben has previously served on corporate boards including SaskTel, Meadow Lake, OSB, and NorSask Forest Products.

 

Ben Voss

 

Blake Walker

Blake Walker

Board Member

Blake is a financial professional with over 40 years’ experience managing pensions and investments in the public and private sectors. He has held several senior leadership roles including Deputy City Treasurer at the City of Calgary, Vice President and Treasurer at Farm Credit Canada in Regina, and Vice President Investments at the Local Authorities Pension Plan, Alberta’s largest pension plan in Edmonton. He has also served on many boards and committees, including Vice Chair of the City of Regina Pension Investment Board, President of the Edmonton CFA Society, and a member of the City of Edmonton’s Investment Committee. Blake is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder, and has an Administration degree from the University of Regina.