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Senior Leadership Team

Brenda Slikker

Interim President & Chief Executive Officer

Brenda was appointed Interim President & Chief Executive Officer in 2019. Previously, she was Interim Corporate Operating Officer, an expansion of her prior role as Vice President, Client & Corporate Services.

Before joining the senior leadership team, Brenda spent over 18 years in the claims department where she was instrumental in the development of the benefit services department. As the previous corporate privacy officer, she also played a key role in bringing privacy and fraud practices to the organization.

Brenda has a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology) from the University of Manitoba, and a Certificate in Management and Administration from the Canadian Institute of Management at the University of Manitoba.

Kiran Claire

Chief Financial Officer

Kiran Claire was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2019 after serving over 10 years as Corporate Controller with Manitoba Blue Cross. Before joining Manitoba Blue Cross, Kiran held the position of assistant controller with Wawanesa Mutual Insurance and was previously with Coopers & Lybrand.

Kiran received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). She is also a Certified Insurance Professional with the Insurance Institute of Manitoba.

Mark Ensign

Vice President, Information Technology

Mark Ensign began his career at Manitoba Blue Cross in 1990 as Programmer Analyst. He became Systems Architect in 2009, moving to Enterprise Architect in 2012. In 2019, he took on the role of Vice President, Information Technology.

Mark is responsible for the delivery of technology across Manitoba Blue Cross's internal systems, covering the areas of Architecture, Infrastructure, Application, Data and Project Services.

Brian Rosenberg

Vice President, Technology Enablement

Brian Rosenberg brings more than 25 years of successful solution strategy, delivery and management experience in the IT industry to his role as Vice President, Technology Enablement at Manitoba Blue Cross.

In a previous role as Corporate IT Manager for the City of Winnipeg, Brian oversaw a team of more than 100 staff responsible for all common and shared IT services. Prior to this, he was a Business Unit Executive with IBM Canada, where he was responsible for the general management of an IT consulting and professional services business unit across Canada.

Brian has both a Bachelor of Science (four-year honours with a Major in Business Computing) and Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology) Degree from the University of Winnipeg.

Leadership Team

Lisa Bodnaruk

Manager, Corporate Communications

Lisa Bodnaruk brings more than a decade of marketing and communications experience to Manitoba Blue Cross. Prior to assuming her current role as Manager of Corporate Communications, Lisa was Assistant Manager of the department. She began her career with the organization in the Marketing Services Department, first as a Marketing Generalist and then as Acting Supervisor.

Before joining Manitoba Blue Cross in 2012, Lisa was Director of Marketing and Communications for Folklorama. This was preceded by marketing, communications and event planning positions at the Children's Wish Foundation, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and The Winnipeg Humane Society.

Lisa has a Creative Communications diploma (Major in Journalism) from Red River College and a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Major in Family Social Sciences) from the University of Manitoba.

Frank Cantafio

Manager, Employee Assistance Centre

Frank Cantafio joined Manitoba Blue Cross in 2008 as Manager, Employee Assistance Services.

He is a registered Social Worker. Prior to joining Manitoba Blue Cross he worked, both as a clinician and senior manager, within a variety of EAP service models including the Government of Manitoba's Civil Service Commission, Corporate Health Consultants (large national EAP), and St. Boniface General Hospital EAP. He has also worked in private practice and in a diversity of settings from overseas in England and Japan to Northern First Nations communities.

Frank has completed a Master's Degree in Social Work (Clinical) from the University of Manitoba and the Queen's Executive Leadership Program and is a member of MIRSW/MASW.

Heather Dennison

Manager, Project & Innovation Services

Heather Dennison began her career with Manitoba Blue Cross in 1987. The majority of her career was spent in Group Underwriting with a steady advancement through the department, becoming Manager, Underwriting & Agreement Services in 2014.

Heather held a dual management role for two years before transitioning solely to her current role as Manager, Project & Innovation Services in 2019.

Heather holds a Certificate in Management (CIM) designation from the University of Manitoba. She is also the employee-elected representative of the Manitoba Blue Cross pension committee.

Barry Dejaeger

Manager, Solution Services

Barry brings over 13 years of experience in software development and over seven years of experience in IT architecture to his role as Manager, Solution Services.

Barry joined Manitoba Blue Cross as a Java Developer in 2004 and transitioned to his current role in 2019. As Manager, Solution Services, he oversees all initiatives related to software development and infrastructure operations.

Barry has a Bachelor of Science, Major in Computer Science (Co-op) from the University of Manitoba.

Chad Friesen

Manager, Life & Disability Services

Chad Friesen started with Manitoba Blue Cross in April of 2005 as a Disability Case Manager. Since then, he has transitioned to Team Lead and Supervisor, Life & Disability. He is now Manager, Life & Disability.

Chad has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Manitoba, a QNET Certificate in Management Development and a FLMI LOMA designation. He is an active member of the Claims Association of Manitoba, and he is on the QNET Planning Conference Committee. In 2018, he presented at CLHIA's Claims and Anti-Fraud Conference.

In his current role, he is responsible for the overall planning, management and monitoring of the Life & Disability department and represents Manitoba Blue Cross in settlement discussions and litigated claims.

Murray Gehman

Manager, Data Systems

Murray Gehman is currently Manager, Data Systems, with Manitoba Blue Cross. He began working with the company in 1993 as a database administrator before assuming managerial duties in 2007 as Manager, Systems Development.

Prior to joining Manitoba Blue Cross, Murray worked at Great-West Life. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Business Computing from the University of Winnipeg. Additionally, Murray holds a CIM Honours from the Canadian Institute of Management.

Heidi Gosselin

Manager, Claims & Benefit Services

Heidi Gosselin, Manager, Claims & Benefit Services, began her career with Manitoba Blue Cross in 1987.

Over the course of her 26 years with the company, Heidi has worked in various departments, including Information Services, Accounting, and Benefit Services. Among her many contributions to Manitoba Blue Cross, Heidi has played a significant role in developing the company's Customer E-Service portal, various claims utilization reports, and its fraud investigation unit.

Heidi holds a Certified in Management (C.I.M.) designation from the University of Manitoba and has an advanced Business Administration diploma with an accounting major from Red River College. She has also participated in many professional development courses, including Principles of Life & Health Insurance, Legal Aspects of Life & Health Insurance, Accounting & Financial Reporting in Health Insurance Companies, amongst many others.

Gene Holman

Manager, Products & Individual Distribution

Gene Holman brings a wealth of experience in product development and sales to his role as Manager of Products & Individual Distribution at Manitoba Blue Cross. Prior to this role, he was a senior manager at Alberta Blue Cross, responsible for all aspects of individual product sales, marketing and distribution. Gene began his 29-year-long career at Alberta Blue Cross as sales manager of group sales, which included branch operations and customer services.

Gene began his working career in the automotive aftermarket parts industry where he was employed in territory sales, product marketing and sales management roles. Before entering the health benefits industry, he was the regional manager for a major manufacturer of automotive electrical parts.

Christina Kenny

Manager, Customer Services

Christina joined Manitoba Blue Cross in 2002, holding a variety of roles in Benefit Services before transitioning to her current role as Manager, Customer Services.

As Supervisor, Benefit Services, she oversaw various teams and played a significant role in expanding the department to include a focused investigations team.

Christina has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree with majors in Human Resource Management and Marketing from the University of Manitoba.

Rohit Nallu

Shared Services Leader

Rohit Nallu brings over 16 years of IT consulting experience to his role as Manager, Shared Services at Manitoba Blue Cross.

Before joining Manitoba Blue Cross, he was a manager at Deloitte, where he led multiple IT transformation projects for private and public sector clients. Rohit has also held various positions at IBM India and IBM United States.

Rohit has a Bachelor of Technology from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.

Christine Prociuk

Case Management Services Leader

Christine Prociuk is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) with over 22 years of case management experience in both the public and private sectors.

Christine is currently responsible for long-term and strategic planning and partnerships within the Life & Disability claims area. She manages the Travel Claims department and is our Corporate Privacy Officer. Prior to leading the Case Management Services department (2014-2018), she spent 13 years as Supervisor of Life & Disability.

Before joining Manitoba Blue Cross, Christine acquired valuable case management experience through her positions as Case Coordinator for Employment and Income Assistance and Child Protection Worker for Dakota Ojibway Child & Family Services.

In addition to being an RPN, Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Certificate in Management and Administration. Christine is the current Chair of the Investigations Committee for the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba and has held a variety of board positions in industry and not-for-profit organizations.

Olga Santos

Manager, Group Underwriting

Olga Santos joined Manitoba Blue Cross in 2005 after spending several years working in pharmaceutical and paramedical environments. Since then, she has contributed to various departments including Case Management Services, Human Resources, Benefit Services, and Product Development & Pricing. With this experience, she brings a broad knowledge of the insurance and healthcare industries to her role as Manager, Group Underwriting.

Olga has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba's Asper School of Business, with a double major in Marketing and Human Resources.

Diane Sparrow DeGrave

Manager, Corporate Services

Diane Sparrow DeGrave started with Manitoba Blue Cross in April of 2010 as a Human Resource Advisor. In that time, she transitioned to the role of Senior Human Resource Advisor and then to her current position as Manager, Corporate Services. Diane plays an integral role in human resource services, facility services, office management services and organizational change management.

Prior to joining Manitoba Blue Cross, Diane held progressively advancing roles in human resources at both local and national organizations in both unionized and non-unionized environments.

Diane has her Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and Certificate in Management (CIM) designations. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba, a Human Resource Management certificate from Red River College and a Prosci Change Management Certification.

Jeff Strong

Corporate Actuary

Jeff Strong comes to Manitoba Blue Cross with significant actuarial experience. Jeff has worked in risk management at the Canadian Wheat Board and held roles in pricing, expense management, and asset liability management at Great-West Life Assurance Company.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. He is also a part-time lecturer of actuarial mathematics at the I.H. Asper School of Business. Jeff has acquired his Fellowship of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and his Fellowship of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA).

Shirley Taylor

Manager, Client Administration

Shirley Taylor, Manager, Client Administration joined Manitoba Blue Cross in 2003 as senior financial analyst. Since 2007 she has provided her leadership talents to the client administration department, as project manager and in her current role as manager.

Prior to joining the Manitoba Blue Cross team, Shirley worked at Manitoba Public Insurance and at Great-West Life. She is a Certified General Accountant and has a Business Administration diploma from Red River College.

J. David Tompkins

Manager, Group & Individual Client Development

With over 21 years of sales, sales management and account management experience in group benefit and pension plans, David Tompkins has been with Manitoba Blue Cross since 2009 as Manager, Group and Individual Client Development.

Prior to joining the Manitoba Blue Cross team, David was group sales manager at London Life Insurance Company and account executive with Sun Life Financial. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. He has also received a Group Benefits Associate, Retirement Plans Associate and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist from International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and Dalhousie University; and a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist Fellowship from IFEBP and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. David has been very active over the years with the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, serving as the chairperson of the Manitoba Council of CPBI and as a past member of CPBI's National Board of Directors.

Wendy Unger

Director, Corporate Services

Wendy Unger brings over 20 years of human resource experience to her role at Manitoba Blue Cross. She was previously Manager of Human Resources at the City of Winnipeg, where she worked with diverse business units throughout the organization.

Wendy is responsible for strategic leadership in the planning, development and administration of our Corporate Services department.

Wendy has a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Human Resource Management certificate from the University of Manitoba.

Garret Waldbauer

Controller

Garrett Waldbauer joined Manitoba Blue Cross in 2014 as Assistant Controller, becoming Controller in 2019. Prior to Manitoba Blue Cross, Garrett worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Audit and Assurance group.

Garrett has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).