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Lorne Sugarman, CEO

Lorne B and WLorne Sugarman is the CEO of Wellpoint. Previously, Mr. Sugarman was the Managing Director, Investment Banking at GMP Securities, one of Canada’s largest independent investment banks, where he also served as a member of the firm’s operating committee and board observer for Edgestone Capital Partners, GMP’s private equity subsidiary. Mr. Sugarman has experience in a broad range of corporate finance transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and public and private financings for many of Canada’s leading non-resource companies. Mr. Sugarman began his career with Deloitte & Touche as an audit practitioner and subsequently worked with Deloitte Consulting providing strategic advice to international clients in both Canada and the United States.

Mr. Sugarman holds an MBA from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Dr. Sol Sax, Chief Medical Director

Sol Sax has been a full-time occupational physician since 1980.  He has worked for small, medium and very large multinational employers in various capacities — service provider, consultant, and Medical Director. He has been Chief Physician for Ontario Hydro, and both Canadian and Global Medical Director for DuPont.  Other clients over the years have included Boeing Aircraft, Toronto Star Newspapers , GSK, CAMH,  Tonolli, Kinross Gold, Vale–Inco. Most recently he acts as the Canadian Medical lead for GE Canada. Additionally, Dr. Sax has been a Medical Consultant to the WSIB, AECB and been involved in many international committees, task forces and advisory boards.

Dr. Sax has a postgraduate diploma from McMaster University in Occupational Safety and Health (1981) and received his fellowship designation as an Occupational Health specialist from the Royal College of Physicians Canada in 1989. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and  a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Sax has been an examiner for both the Royal College and the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine.

Dr. Sax has been actively involved in external volunteer and professional organizations including the Toronto YMCA health advisory committee, Board member and Treasurer for the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada (1997-2002), President of the Ontario Society for Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Chair of the Alliance of SHE professionals of Ontario. He is a past chair of the OMA section of Occupational and Environmental Health.

Greg Harju, President

Greg B and WGreg Harju is the VP Operations & Human Capital of Wellpoint Health Services. He brings with him an extensive operational tool belt having risen through various hands-on progressive management positions within Magna International beginning as one of the youngest front line managers within the organization. With over 10 years of manufacturing experience he was able to successfully apply his process driven skills into the Environmental Services industry where he held the position of General Manager for the commercial operations of Turtle Island Recycling. Greg is driven to eliminate waste and he has a passion for integration, organization design, and change management. With his practical experience in operations coupled with a formal education in finance and strategy, Greg is able to convert big picture thinking into a sustainable and operationally executable strategy.

Greg holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from U of T’s Rotman School of Management. In addition, he is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Nancy Hicks, VP, Occupational Health Services

Nancy is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of clinical and progressive leadership experience. Nancy obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Toronto at Ryerson University. She completed her certification in Occupational Health in 2003 and has continued to meet the eligibility criteria for ongoing certification for the past 10 years. In 2014 she completed her Master’s in Public Health through the University of Waterloo. Nancy has extensive experience in both acute care and Occupational Health settings both locally and in global health care and industrial settings. Prior to Wellpoint, Nancy’s role was Global Manager of Organizational Health at BlackBerry.

Jon Pagonis, VP, Disability Management

Mr. Jon Pagonis has worked in the Disability/Health Care and Rehabilitation Industry since 1986. Jon has taught as an Educational Instructor at the York/Seneca Rehabilitation Program. Courses included: Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Social Services, Community Resources, Vocational Rehabilitation Concepts and Practices and Vocational II Level. In addition, he has taught at several Insurance Companies regarding the handling of claims within the Rehabilitation spectrum. Jon brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise andhis extensive employment experience has included: Whitby Psychiatric Hospital, Queen Street Mental Health Centre, Worker’s Compensation Board (WSIB), Genex Rehabilitation Services of Canada and Concentra Managed Care Services of Canada and WRI Group. As Vice President, Jon was also responsible for the eastern and mid-west region in the USA for Concentra Managed Care. Jon currently holds the position of Vice President of Disability Management Services at Wellpoint Health and brings twenty five (25) years of experience in the Disability & Rehabilitation Industry. Jon holds a B.A. in Psychology, minor in Sociology from York University and is a graduate from the York/Seneca Rehabilitation program.

Dr. Patrick Renchko, Medical Director, Western Canada

Dr.Renchko attended medical school at the University of Alberta and subsequently the Family Medical Residency Program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Subsequently, Dr. Renchko practiced for a number of years in Sylvan Lake, Alberta in a full service family practice that included hospital privileges, emergency coverage, obstetrics, and clinic based care. In that practice he developed an interest in occupational medicine and subsequently furthered those skills working in two large multidisciplinary rehabilitation clinics in Edmonton.

Dr. Renchko has also been involved in a number of medical leadership positions including serving as a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Council member, holding a number of committee and board positions at the Alberta Medical Association, as well as previously serving various medical director positions for public and industrial ambulance services, and serving as the Medical Director for the David Thompson Health Region- Rural West Division.

Dr.Renchko is excited at the opportunity to combine his occupational and administrative medical interests at Wellpoint Health.

Daniela Lee, VP, Workplace Safety Solutions

Daniela is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional with more than 25 years of demonstrated leadership in Global Environment Health and Safety (EHS) in healthcare, manufacturing, laboratories, call centres and high-tech multi-facility and fast paced industries. She holds a Human Kinetics degree from the University of Guelph, a Master’s of Science in Industrial and Environmental Health from the University of Michigan and her certified teaching qualifications from York University.

Daniela has a proven track record in transforming the work experience for employees by executing creative and sustainable Global Environment Health and Safety programs specifically in managing compliance, training, management systems, disability management, ergonomics and wellness programs, emergency/incident and crisis management. We are thrilled to have her joining the Wellpoint team.

 

Ken Teslia, Chairman of the Board

Ken Teslia is a former partner and Director at GMP Securities LLP and brings over 25 years of senior institutional capital markets experience to the board of Wellpoint. Mr. Teslia has previously served as a Director for RBC Dominion Securities, Credit Suisse First Boston and Xtreme Labs. He is currently a director and founding partner and of Extreme Venture Partners and more recently has joined the Board of Directors at Demeure.

Mr. Teslia holds a Master of Business Administration from York University.

Louis Anagnostakos, Director

Louis Anagnostakos began his career as an institutional equity trader at Merrill Lynch and later co-founded Turtle Island Recycling, a company which grew to almost $100 million of annual revenues and employed over 400 people. In his last role as CEO of the company, Mr. Anagnostakos successfully navigated the sale of Turtle Island Recycling to a private equity-backed strategic buyer in 2011. He currently sits on various public and private company boards and is an active investor in various start-up ventures.

Mr. Anagnostakos is a graduate and Fellow of the Richard Ivey School of Business, Quantum Shift program.

Mark Christensen, Director

Mr. Christensen is Founder and CEO of KES VII Capital, a private merchant bank focused on opportunities in the oil & gas industries. Mr. Christensen previously worked at GMP Securities for over 13 years ultimately serving as Vice Chairman and Global Head of Institutional Sales & Trading. Prior to joining GMP in 2000, he was a principal at an independent Canadian investment dealer, where he was senior research analyst covering oil and gas equities.

John Schram, Director

Mr. Schram joined the Board of Directors for We Care Health Services in March 1996 and subsequently assumed the role of President and CEO of the company in 1999. Prior to joining We Care on a full time basis, John was President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon and Schuster’s school companies in Parsippany, New Jersey. John was also President and Chief Executive Officer of Prentice Hall Canada Ltd. in Toronto, Ontario. Between 1978 to 190, he held a number of positions with Houghton Mifflin School Publishing, including positions with the Canadian Division (President) in Toronto from 1978 – 1984, the Education Software Division (President) in New Hampshire from 1984 – 1986 and ultimately, Executive Vice President of Houghton Mifflin School Publishing in Boston, Massachusetts from 1986 – 1991.

John has built strong relationships throughout he home care sector in Canada and has managed a greater than 45 fold growth in We Care’s business since 1999. We Care provides Home and Community Healthcare Services to over 80 communities across Canada through its 50 regional office’s. We Care’s drive to accreditation with Canadian Council of Health Services Accreditation (now Accreditation Canada) in 200 was championed by John. It is now in its fourth three-year cycle of accreditation and in 207 was the only home care company to pilot Accreditation Canada’s new program, Qmentum.

John has served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Home Care Association since 2001, and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Home Care Association since 2007, where he is currently President (2012-2013). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Accreditation Canada where he is the Chairman of the Finance & Risk Committee.

John holds an Honours Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Lorne Sugarman, CEO, Director

Lorne Sugarman is the CEO of Wellpoint. Previously, Mr. Sugarman was the Managing Director, Investment Banking at GMP Securities, one of Canada’s largest independent investment banks, where he also served as a member of the firm’s operating committee and board observer for Edgestone Capital Partners, GMP’s private equity subsidiary. Mr. Sugarman has experience in a broad range of corporate finance transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and public and private financings for many of Canada’s leading non-resource companies. Mr. Sugarman began his career with Deloitte & Touche as an audit practitioner and subsequently worked with Deloitte Consulting providing strategic advice to international clients in both Canada and the United States.

Mr. Sugarman holds an MBA from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Shawn Dym, Director

Shawn Dym currently serves as Managing Director of York Plains. He has been involved in the energy industry for more than 10 years in various operational and corporate development roles. Dym was a co-founder of National Home Services (NHS) and served as Chief Operating Officer from 2008 to 2011. During that time, NHS grew to more than $300 million in contracted revenue with 100,000+ customers. He graduated from York University and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.