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.
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.
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.
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.
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).