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Executive Leadership Team

 

Corporate Management

Laurie Goldberg, Executive Chairman and CEO

As Executive Chairman and CEO of People Corporation, Mr. Laurie Goldberg is responsible for providing leadership and overall strategic direction to the corporation and its subsidiaries. Under his guidance and leadership, the organization began its transformation from a regional firm to one with a national presence. Today, People Corporation is the fastest growing firm in the group benefits, group retirement and HR industry in Canada. Recently, Mr. Goldberg was recognized as the EY Entrepreneur Of the YearTM 2014 Prairies Division in the Professional and Financial Services category.

Mr. Goldberg’s experience includes the position of Chief Operating Officer and Office of the President of Assante Corporation, formerly a TSX listed company. During his tenure with Assante, he led the organization from approximately 100 employees to become one of the largest non-bank owned financial institutions in Canada, with some 2,500 employees and advisors, managing approximately $22 billion in client assets. Assante’s portfolio also included a leading sports and entertainment services organization in the United States. In 2003, the Canadian Operations of Assante were sold for almost $1 billion. Prior to joining Assante, Mr. Goldberg was Managing Partner with Arthur Andersen (now Deloitte). Mr. Goldberg graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Accountant.

Dennis Stewner, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Dennis Stewner is Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer of People Corporation and is responsible for the overall finance & operating functions of the corporate office including financial reporting, audit, tax, treasury, corporate governance, investor relations, IT, legal and compliance.

Mr. Stewner has over 20 years of financial and operational experience primarily in the financial services industry. Prior to joining People Corporation, he was the Senior Vice-President for National Bank Financial where he was responsible for the bank’s Canadian full service brokerage business outside of Quebec. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership roles including CFO and COO for Wellington West Holdings Inc. Dennis is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.

Brevan Canning, Executive Vice President and Group Head, Benefit Solutions

Mr. Brevan Canning is Executive Vice President and Group Head, Benefit Solutions for People Corporation. In this position Mr. Canning is the leader of the Company’s third party administration business which includes Sirius Benefits, HealthSource Plus, Benefit Plan Administrators, Coughlin & Associates and BHL divisions of the Company. Mr. Canning previously held the position of VP, Finance for People Corporation where he was responsible for external financial reporting, regulatory compliance, management information systems, financial planning, client services, and risk management.

Prior to joining People Corporation, Mr. Canning held Corporate Development roles at both CanWest Global Communications and, prior to that, at Band-X Ltd., both of which provided him significant international financial and accounting experience. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Business Science degree, a graduate from Oxford Brookes University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Certified General Accountant.

Paul Asmundson, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Development Officer

Mr. Paul Asmundson is Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Development Officer for People Corporation. In this role Mr. Asmundson leads the Corporate Development function and is responsible for overseeing all initiatives and activities aimed at the origination and execution of mergers, acquisitions and investments aligned with the company’s overall strategic growth plan.

Paul has nearly 20 years of investment banking and corporate development experience. Immediately prior to joining People Corporation, Mr. Asmundson was Senior Managing Director in Deloitte LLP’s Corporate Finance business based in Winnipeg, where his primary focus was mergers and acquisitions, financing and board advisory mandates. In addition to his most recent role with Deloitte, Paul has over 14 years’ experience in the Canadian investment banking sector in progressively senior roles (primarily with TD Securities and Scotia Capital), providing advice on a range of strategic transactions and financing activities. Paul holds a Bachelor Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

 

Sue Tardi, Chief Human Resources Officer and Group Head, Human Resource Solutions

As Chief Human Resources Officer & Group Head, Human Resource Solutions, Sue Tardi is responsible for People Corporation’s overall HR strategy. Ms. Tardi is also the leader of the company’s Human Resource Solutions business – People First HR Services. She held the position of Senior Vice President, People First HR Services before being named to her current position in May 2019.

Ms. Tardi brings a creative and experienced perspective not only to People Corporation, but to the companies that partner with People First HR Services. Her 25-year career has spanned a number of organizations – from IBM Canada to United Way Winnipeg, Seccuris and Great-West Life. Experience working with companies during high growth times, changing business models, or restructuring has given Ms. Tardi an understanding of what it takes to support organizations as they evolve. Ms. Tardi has her Bachelors of Education from the University of Manitoba.

Board of Directors

Laurie Goldberg, People Corporation Executive Chairman and CEO

As Executive Chairman and CEO of People Corporation, Mr. Laurie Goldberg is responsible for providing leadership and overall strategic direction to the corporation and its subsidiaries. Under his guidance and leadership, the organization began its transformation from a regional firm to one with a national presence. Today, People Corporation is the fastest growing firm in the group benefits, group retirement and HR industry in Canada. Recently, Mr. Goldberg was recognized as the EY Entrepreneur Of the YearTM 2014 Prairies Division in the Professional and Financial Services category.

Mr. Goldberg’s experience includes the position of Chief Operating Officer and Office of the President of Assante Corporation, formerly a TSX listed company. During his tenure with Assante, he led the organization from approximately 100 employees to become one of the largest non-bank owned financial institutions in Canada, with some 2,500 employees and advisors, managing approximately $22 billion in client assets. Assante’s portfolio also included a leading sports and entertainment services organization in the United States. In 2003, the Canadian Operations of Assante were sold for almost $1 billion. Prior to joining Assante, Mr. Goldberg was Managing Partner with Arthur Andersen (now Deloitte). Mr. Goldberg graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Accountant.

Scott C. Anderson, Director (Independent)

Mr. Scott Anderson is the Lead Director of The Catalyst Company, a management and consulting business that facilitates the financing and success of Canadian emerging growth companies. Mr. Anderson has extensive board experience on over 15 public and private business boards. Prior to his involvement with Catalyst he was President and COO of Rider Travel Group, the Canadian market leader in corporate travel services. He joined Rider Travel in 1987 as the CFO having held a similar position at Vickers & Benson Advertising. Prior to that, he was an auditor at Arthur Andersen in Toronto. Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant.

 

Beth S. Horowitz, Director (Independent) 

Ms. Beth S. Horowitz is an experienced senior executive and board member with almost 30 years’ experience in global financial services. She currently serves on the boards or advisory boards of HSBC Bank Canada, Women’s Venture Capital Fund, Art Gallery of Ontario, Catalyst Canada, Harvard Business School Club of Toronto, SheEO, and Unity Charity. In addition, Ms. Horowitz previously served on the boards of Amex Bank of Canada, Aimia Inc., and the Harvard Business School Alumni Board. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum, and the President’s Council of Cornell Women.

Beth S. Horowitz’s private sector executive experience includes five years as the Chair, President and CEO of Amex Bank of Canada and President & CEO of Amex Canada. Prior to Amex Canada, Beth served with American Express in London and New York in senior leadership roles, including Senior Vice President International Product Strategy and Development, Head of Strategy and Business Development – Global Network Services, and Vice President Card Reengineering. Ms. Horowitz has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and has attained the ICD.D designation.

Richard Leipsic, Director (Independent) 

Mr. Leipsic has over 35 years experience in private and public company management and governance. He is currently the Managing Director for Acumen Corporate Development Inc., a firm providing corporate development and strategic advice. Mr. Leipsic focuses on mergers and acquisitions from both the seller and acquirer perspective and navigating succession planning for privately held companies. He was previously General Counsel and Senior VP for CanWest Global Communications Corp. where he provided financial and business input on significant litigation, new initiatives, joint ventures and acquisitions. Mr. Leipsic holds a Bachelor of Arts and Law degree from the University of Manitoba.

Eric Stefanson, Director (Independent) 

Mr. Stefanson provides almost 40 years’ experience in government, industry and public practice, including extensive experience in a director capacity. His private sector experience includes being the Managing Partner of the Central Canada Region for BDO Canada LLP Chartered Accountants and Advisors. In addition, he held senior finance and operating roles with Assante Corporation, including the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, Finance and Planning for Assante Canada, and Chief Operating Officer for Assante Asset Management Ltd. Mr. Stefanson has also spent many years in public service. He served in prominent roles in the Manitoba government including Minister of Health and Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance and Chair of Treasury Board, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism and Minister responsible for Sport. Mr. Stefanson was also a Winnipeg city councilor and served as Deputy Mayor.

Currently he is Chairperson of the Audit Committee for The North West Company, Chairperson of the Audit Committee for FWS Holdings Limited, Director for Via Rail Canada Inc. and Chair of the Investment Committee of the Winnipeg Civic Employees’ Benefits Program. Mr. Stefanson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and has received his Fellow of the Chartered Accountants (FCA).

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