LAPP Boards

LAPP operates with two Boards. While the member of both Boards are the same people, each Board has a unique set of responsibilities. You can find photos and short biographies of our Board members below.

The Board of Directors oversees the duties of ALAPP Corp.

  • Providing high level strategic guidance of the pension plan
  • Identifying risks to the pension plan
  • Monitoring pension economic and investment environments
  • Consulting with stakeholders
  • Setting service standards and assessing cost-effectiveness 
  • Developing communications for the Plan

The Board of Trustees has a defined set of duties:

  • Setting contribution rates
  • Recommending plan rule changes
  • Setting investment policy
  • Recommending new employers
  • Hearing appeals

The actions of both Boards are guided by policies that outline roles and responsibilities, rules of ethical conduct, sharing of information and protection of privacy.  These, and other documents such as meeting minutes and Board expenses, can be found in Governance Publications.

Darren Sander

Chair

Darren is a Human Resources Executive Director at Alberta Health Services (AHS). A Business graduate of the University of Alberta, Darren has over 24 years of public (17+ years within Healthcare) and private sector experience in the retirement and insurance industries.

In addition to his broader responsibilities within the Human Resource leadership team, Darren provides governance and management oversight to the many benefit and retirement plans and trusts that exist at AHS. Since the 2009 merger of Alberta's provincial health regions and entities, many of the trusts, policies, contracts, and benefit & retirement programs have been newly established, implemented and managed by Darren and his team.

Although a relatively new member of the LAPP Board of Trustees, Darren has been a long term member of the LAPP Stakeholder Consultation Group and brings a broad professional pension background ranging from administration to plan governance.

Terry Agoto

Vice Chair

Terry has been a Union Representative with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) since November 2001. He acts as union counsel representing AUPE and its members in rights and interest arbitrations and is also a spokesperson for the union for a number of collective bargaining tables.

Terry served as an employee nominated board member on the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) Board from February 2009 until July 2013. He held the position of Vice Chair of the PSPP Board from January 2012 until his departure from the PSP Board in August 2013.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Terry graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Construction Engineering in 1992. He moved to Victoria, B.C. to attend the University of Victoria where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree with a major focus in economics in 1997.

Ken Balkwill

Board Member

Ken was formerly the Senior Business Agent for the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 30. Ken first joined the LAPP Board of Trustees in 1991 and served as an employee representative through a few terms until the end of 2003. Ken was reappointed to the Board in 2006 in his current role as the trustee representing Plan retirees. Previously, Ken served on the LAPP Administrative Board from 1975 - 1987, and was appointed for various terms as a Senate Member for the University of Alberta.

Steve Bradshaw

Board Member

Steve has a long background in organized labour, bringing a wealth of experience representing Plan members' interests to the LAPP Board.

Formerly, Steve was the President and Business Agent for the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 569 in Edmonton. The Union represents about 2400 members in 3 bargaining units. He has been a union activist for over 35 years in Edmonton, Grande Prairie and, earlier in Sarnia, Ontario.

In his role as Business Agent for ATU Local 569, Steve was responsible for negotiating and, with the employer, managing the several benefits plans held with the City of Edmonton and administered by agencies like Alberta Blue Cross and Great West Life.

Kim Craig

Board Member

Kim is currently into his third term as Mayor of Coldale, having been a member of Council since 2004. Kim served as a director of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) from 2012 to 2016.  During that time, he served as chair of AUMA's Audit and Finance Committee, and was a member of its Investment Advisory Committee.

Kim is also a director of the Alberta Capital Finance Authority. Kim has worked four decades in the financial services sector.

Tina Giesbrecht

Board Member

Tina has practiced in the area of labour and employment law since she was called to the Bar in 1994. She began her career in Winnipeg with Pitblado LLP, and joined Field LLP when she relocated to Calgary. She later became a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Calgary, and in 2012 she joined Alberta Health Services (AHS) as in-house counsel.

Tina was appointed General Counsel at Alberta Health Services (AHS) in July of 2016. She manages the provision of all legal and privacy services for AHS. Tina has spoken at numerous labour and employment conferences over the years and also taught Employment Law at the University of Manitoba. She is currently on the LPIP Reciprocal Insurance Exchange Advisory Board.

Peter Marsden

Board Member

Peter has over 25 years of labour relations experience in the municipal and electrical power industry. Mr. Marsden was formerly the President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 38 which represents 5,000 members with the City of Calgary and ENMAX. Peter has also served on the Provincial board of CUPE and as President of his community association.

Susan McGillivray

Board Member

Susan is a lawyer by training and has worked in the health sector in progressively senior legal and human resources roles since moving to Alberta from Saskatchewan in 1998.

Susan McGillivray is currently the Senior Program Officer, HR Talent and Workforce Strategies at Alberta Health Services (AHS). Susan’s areas of responsibility include: employee and labour relations, total rewards, talent management and workforce strategies.

Shelly Pusch

Board Member

Shelly has a background in finance with over thirty-three years in the health care sector, with a dedicated interest in rural Alberta. Until her recent retirement, Shelly was the Chief Zone Officer, North Zone for Alberta Health Services (AHS) where she was responsible for overseeing all operational functions within the zone. Shelly focused on the delivery of multi-disciplinary, multi-sector health services in AHS’ geographically-largest area that spanned urban, rural, and remote isolated sites.

Throughout her career, Shelly has supported rural health in various leadership positions. Her previous roles for the former Aspen Region included Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Corporate Services. For AHS’ North Zone, Shelly previously held the title of Vice President of Community and Rural Operations.

With extensive experience working with local, municipal and provincial governments, as well as multiple stakeholders, boards, and communities across the province and northern Alberta, Shelly’s diverse roles have provided her with a broad view on all aspects of health services, in addition to extensive experience in financial and human resource management.

Heather Rogers

Board Member

The Director of Finance with the Alberta School Boards Association, Heather brings several years of experience in pension fund administration, management and leadership, board governance, risk management, finance, audit, budgeting and strategic planning.  In addition, Heather has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA). Heather has been a long term member of the LAPP Stakeholder Consultation Group.

Liz Thompson

Board Member

Liz is a Labour Relations Consultant in the Benefits and Pension area of Health Sciences Association of Alberta, where she provides representation and advice involving disability insurance, Workers’ Compensation claims, benefits and occupational health and safety.

Liz has over 30 years of benefits background, including 14 years with the Federal Government.

She is currently on the Board of Directors with the Alberta Workers Health Centre and serves as an advisor on several committees, including benefits committees and occupational health and safety committees.

Richard West

Board Member

Richard is a Labour Relations Advisor for the United Nurses of Alberta. He has worked serving the needs of members of that organization for the past 20 years. Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. He brings with him to LAPP years of understanding and experience about pensions and benefits. Richard has served previously on the LAPP Board, from 1994 to 2006, and during that time he was elected Board Chair for two separate terms.

John Whaley

Board Member

John is an agricultural producer and is actively involved with a variety of community organizations such as the Nisku-Leduc Rotary Club and 4-H clubs. Currently serving his fourth term as Leduc County Councillor, he also served three consecutive terms as Reeve of Leduc County from 2004 to 2007.

 
Contact the LAPP Boards

 Phone: 780-427-5447
 Fax: 780-427-5030
 Mail: PO Box 1315
Edmonton, AB T5J 2M8