News January 13, 2020

CEO Announcement

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Shelley Vandenberg as President and CEO of Saskatchewan Blue Cross, effective January 13, 2020.

Ms.Vandenberg is a seasoned executive leader, most recently serving as the President of First Calgary Financial and Legacy Financial (divisions of Connect First Credit Union). Previously, she held the title of Senior Vice President of Risk and Chief Privacy Officer for Connect First Credit Union, and other senior leadership roles within the Connect First Credit Union organization and with the Bank of Montreal. Her career in financial operations has achieved significant success in managing transformational change, innovative solutions, strategic planning as well as tactical initiatives. This will serve Saskatchewan Blue Cross well as we embrace the next decade and many of the advanced back office / legacy system improvements currently under development.

Shelley holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New Brunswick, Strategic Decision and Risk Management Training from Stanford University’s Executive Education Program, and Risk Management Certificate from the University of Toronto. She is a Certified Risk Manager, Privacy Professional and Branch Compliance Officer. Her impressive experience and education are complemented by extensive community engagement resulting in being named 2017 Business in Calgary Leader of the Year.

Grant J. Kook, Chairman of the Board states, “we have been working through a planned succession journey over the past two years and the work of the Board in this important process has been guided by the vision and strategic plan of the Company going forward. Taking into account Shelley’s previous leadership roles, her experience in risk mitigation, and of most importance, her desire to engage and interact with the stakeholders and communities in which the Company serves, made her the obvious choice for the role.”

“I am privileged and honoured to be leading this dynamic company. I look forward to working with the Saskatchewan Blue Cross team to fulfill our vision to improve the health and wellness of Saskatchewan residents.”

Shelley Vandenberg, President and CEO

Shelley and her husband Brad Becker are excited to make Saskatchewan home. On behalf of the entire organization, we’d like to welcome Shelley to the Saskatchewan Blue Cross team.