In meeting this responsibility, the Board works with management to develop and approve the corporation's strategic plans, operating goals, annual budget and business plans. It participates in identifying business risk and overseeing the implementation of appropriate systems to achieve a balance between the risks incurred and potential returns.
The Board is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The Board consists of 12 external directors.
Ms. Wiks was appointed Chair of the SGI Board in 2013. She serves as an ex-officio member of all committees of the Board and attends all committee meetings. She is retired from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) where she spent 35 years in a variety of roles. In her last position at CIBC she served as the Associate Vice-President of Small Business and Retail Banking where she was responsible for branches in Regina and Saskatoon. During her tenure at CIBC, Ms. Wiks gained extensive experience in management including budgeting, strategic planning and human resource management. She was awarded the Senior Vice President's Award for Excellence, Annual Achievers Award and Chairman's Award during her time at CIBC. She was also named by SaskBusiness magazine as one of Saskatchewan's Women of Influence.
Ms. Wiks has a Business Administration Certificate from the University of Saskatchewan, holds a Certified Financial Planner Designation from the Canadian Institute of Financial Planners and obtained her Chartered Director designation in 2011.
She has served on several boards over the years, including Chair of Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation from 2008-2013, director of the Saskatoon and District Chamber of Commerce, Royal University Hospital Foundation, Junior Achievement, Saskatchewan Chair for the “Run for the Cure" campaign and Co-Chair of the Finance Committee for Saskatoon's Centennial Celebrations.
Ms. Wiks is based in Saskatoon.
Mr. Perrault was appointed to the SGI Board of Directors in 2011. He currently serves as Chair of the Investment and Lending Committee and is a member of the Audit, Finance and Conduct Review Committee. He is a University of Saskatchewan graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, is a Chartered Accountant, and in 2013 obtained his Chartered Director designation.
Mr. Perrault is President of his companies: Paradise Business Consulting and 24-7 Self Storage. He has extensive experience in management and corporate financial affairs including audits, budgeting, strategic planning and human resource management. As a Chartered Accountant and business professional, he has had the opportunity to work throughout the City of Swift Current, the Province of Saskatchewan and for four years in Bermuda. He has been a part of many organizations, serving in both audit and advisory roles and has gained significant business knowledge. He has worked with not-for-profit organizations, rural municipalities, Aboriginal bands, small businesses, corporate farms and, in Bermuda, publicly traded companies. While in Bermuda, Mr. Perrault worked with many reinsurance/insurance companies as an auditor and for two years as a reinsurance accountant with Aspen Re, a publicly traded reinsurer.
Currently, Mr. Perrault is Mayor of the City of Swift Current where he resides with his wife Leah and their son Luc.
Ms. Boback-Lane was appointed to the SGI Board of Directors in 2012 and currently serves on the Governance and Human Resources Committee. She has been the President and CEO of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan since 1999 and is working with the Ministry of Health and provincial health regions in the creation of the new Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan, scheduled for completion in 2019. Ms. Boback-Lane continues to lead a provincial team advocating and fundraising for the new children's hospital project with focused expertise in governance, marketing, public relations and philanthropy. Ms. Boback-Lane attended the University of Saskatchewan and recently received her Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from McMaster University.
Ms. Boback-Lane currently sits as a member of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Hospitals of Canada, Canadian Advisory Committee for the Children's Miracle Network, Canadian Children's Hospital Foundation Executives and is Co-Chair of the Canadian Children's Hospital Foundation New Business Development Working Group.
Ms. Boback-Lane was recognized by SaskBusiness magazine as one of Saskatchewan's Women of Influence and was honoured by her home town of Prince Albert and the public school system when she was inducted into their wall of fame for her contributions to provincial education and health care initiatives. Ms. Boback-Lane and her husband Mark have also been named Saskatchewan business leaders by SaskBusiness magazine.
Mr. Cau was appointed to the SGI Board of Directors in 2016 and serves on the Investment and Lending Committee. Since 2015 he has been the Business Manager for National Accounts at Acklands-Grainger Inc. in Regina. Mr. Cau is a focused, driven leader in his industry where he excels at innovation, revitalization and accelerated growth. Mr. Cau has held several executive positions (both domestic and international) at Information Systems Management (an IBM company); MarkeTel Systems Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, and Nortel Networks.
He has obtained both his International Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Cau is a leader in his community, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chinese Language School of Regina. He has served on several boards over the years, including the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) and Saskatchewan Advanced Technology Association (SATA).
Ms. Cook was appointed to the SGI Board of Directors in 2016 and serves as a member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee. She is Vice President of Corporate Affairs with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) where she has created an evolving culture of growth and development for SIGA's employees, overseeing communications, public relations, responsible gaming and community investment programs. As a member of SIGA's executive management team, she also works with its board on corporate governance.
Ms. Cook also serves as a Director for the Children's Hospital Foundation Board and is Chair of the Governance Committee for the Saskatchewan Research Council. In 2009, she was recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top 10 Women of Influence by SaskBusiness magazine and was nominated as a Woman of Distinction for the publication in 2010.
Ms. Cook is a graduate of the Directors College, Chartered Director Program through McMasters University and the University of Regina. She's currently working on her Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development. She lives in Warman, Saskatchewan.
HOWARD CROFTS, FCA
Mr. Crofts was appointed to the SGI Board of Directors in 2008 and currently serves as Chair of the Audit, Finance and Conduct Review Committee; he is also a member of the Risk Committee.
Mr. Crofts is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. He spent his professional career providing assurance, tax and business advisory services to clients in a variety of industries including insurance, telecommunications, transportation, real estate, construction, aviation, professional services, manufacturing, oil and gas, healthcare and retail.
Mr. Crofts retired from MNP LLP in 2012 where he held various leadership roles in the firm for 10 years prior to retirement. In addition to SGI, he serves as a board/committee member for various organizations including the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Raven Oil Corporation, Greystone Managed Investments and Pro Docs Ltd. Mr. Crofts is based in Regina.
Mr. Klewchuk was appointed to the SGI Board of Directors in 2008 and currently serves as Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee. Mr. Klewchuk is a University of North Dakota graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree and holds a Master of Science degree in trade and technology from Oklahoma State University.
Mr. Klewchuk has taught high school and middle years technical, math and science. He also has extensive experience in the building trades. He is currently the president of TIK Enterprises, a business that inspects homes, multi-residential and commercial buildings. In addition, he owns Quatra Holdings, a rental property business.
Mr. Klewchuk has volunteered his services to the Multiple Sclerosis Association and Yorkton Housing Authority. He has served on many other local boards in varying capacities (president, treasurer, other). He is also past president of a venture capital corporation. Mr. Klewchuk is based in Yorkton.
Ms. Melchionna was appointed to the SGI Board of Directors in 2016 and serves on the Investment and Lending Committee. She is an Executive Vice President at Concentra Bank where she leads the operations of Concentra Trust, its wholly owned subsidiary and is responsible for the strategic delivery of trust and estate solutions as an integral part of wealth management. She is part of the executive leadership team providing oversight for its wholesale banking, commercial lending and leasing strategies supporting the credit union market in Canada. Her financial savvy has contributed to the organization's success and sustainability.
Prior to her work at Concentra, Ms. Melchionna worked at several other national financial institutions, and initially began her career as a lawyer in Ontario. She was also a professor at Humber College, Sheridan College and Seneca College.
Ms. Melchionna has a Juris Doctorate Law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, a specialized Master of Business Administration in Financial Services from Dalhousie University and completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and was awarded the ICD.D designation in 2015. She is a member in good standing of both the Ontario and Saskatchewan Bar Associations and is also a member of the Professional Financial Planning Council and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
She has several volunteer board positions, including as a director for St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Community Foundation and The Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan and is Vice Chair of the Society of Tax and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Ms. Moulin was appointed to the SGI Board of Directors in 2014. She currently serves as Chair of the Risk Committee and is a member of the Audit, Finance and Conduct Review Committee. Ms. Moulin is the principal owner of LSM Consulting, a governance consulting firm in Saskatoon. She retired in 2013 from her position as Chief Governance Officer and Senior Vice-President of Corporate Development with Affinity Credit Union, where she held overall responsibility for governance, corporate social responsibility, marketing, community development, fraud education, corporate communications, and First Nations strategy and business development. Ms. Moulin joined Affinity in 2003 after 7 years with The CUMIS Group, where she was responsible for the delivery of insurance services to all credit unions in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, overseeing the top-performing region in Canada. Prior to that, she spent 11 years as District Manager and Regional Implementation Manager at The Co-operators General Insurance Company.
In 2011, Ms. Moulin won the Credit Union Executives Society's Future Leader Award for her superior leadership. A member of both the Canadian Association of Insurance Advisors and Chartered Financial Planners Association, she also holds International Director, Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations. Her community involvement has included work with Royal University Hospital, the United Way, Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan, Women's Health Dinner and Art Auction, Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan, Women's Mid Life Health Centre, Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Crime Stoppers, and many others. Ms. Moulin is based in Saskatoon.
Mr. Waldman joined SGI's Board of Directors in 2016 and serves as a member of the Investment and Lending Committee and the Risk Committee. He comes to the board as Founder, President and CEO of Keystone Consulting Inc., a business advisory firm operating for more than 5 years specializing in corporate advice, finance and business development. Keystone's most recent accomplishments include the River Landing Development Joint Venture in Saskatoon, where Mr. Waldman served as the Chief Operating Officer and then as a special advisor. He also co-authored the business case to establish Saskatchewan's first commercial scale geo-thermal energy production plant.
Mr. Waldman is Managing Partner of Brand Alliance, a Canadian end-to-end brand advisory practice. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Obasa Group of Companies, a Saskatchewan corporate housing provider and real estate development company, from 2014 to 2016. Since May 2002 he has been an active partner in Northstar Hospitality and Real Estate Group, a leading British Columbia mountain resort developer, operator and Realty Executives franchise.
Before founding Keystone Consulting, Mr. Waldman was President and CEO and later Chairman for Great Western Brewing Company Ltd., and worked at KPMG Advisory Services and Beverage Central Inc.
Mr. Waldman has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario and Institute of Corporate Directors Certification from the Rotman School of Business and the University of Alberta.
He currently serves as a board member for Great Western Brewing Company Limited, Golden Opportunities Inc., the Wanuskewin Heritage Park UNESCO campaign, and Cavalier Enterprises Ltd. Waldman was a past chair and board member of the Royal University Hospital Foundation, past chair and board member of the Saskatoon Airport Authority and a past board member of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Wallace joined SGI's Board of Directors in 2016 and serves as a member of the Audit, Finance and Conduct Review Committee. She is Vice President of Customer Service for Saskatchewan Blue Cross where she is responsible for customer experience and operations strategy. She has a strong background in innovative leadership, and expertise in the insurance industry and information technology. In the past she was Vice President of Group Benefits at Co-operators Life Insurance Company, a Client Executive at IBM Canada and Director of Group Internet Services at Sun Life Financial.
She holds a Certified Professional Accountant Designation, has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, is a Fellow of Life Office Management Institute, and holds the designation of IBM Certified Client Executive from the Harvard School of Business/Boston University. She has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and was awarded the ICD.D designation in 2014.
Ms. Wallace previously served as the Chair of the Regina Symphony Orchestra's Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association where she serves on various committees including the Steering Committee on Electronic Commerce. Ms. Wallace resides in Saskatoon.