The Public Employees Pension Board
Louis Martel - Chair
Louis Martel was appointed as Chair of the Board on May 1, 2020. Louis received a Bachelor of Science from Laval University in 1982. Louis is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He was most recently the Managing Director & Chief Client Strategist for TD Greystone Managed Investments Inc. Louis is now retired and focused on providing direction through his participation on the Public Employees Pension Board, Saskatchewan Blue Cross Board, and the Blue Cross Life Board. Louis also engages in various speaking opportunities with the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
Darren Henderson - Vice-chair
Darren Henderson was appointed to the Board on September 1, 2014 by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2067. Darren was elected Vice-chair of the Board effective June 27, 2019. Darren received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology from Saskatchewan Polytechnic in 1991 and a Business Administration Certificate from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004. Darren has completed the Queen’s Governance Program and the Rotman ICPM Board Effectiveness Program, as well as the Portfolio Concepts and Management course and the Advanced Investments Management course at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Darren is currently employed by SaskPower as a supervisor of a commissioning and testing group in Saskatoon.
Darcia Connelly was appointed to the Board on August 14, 2019 by the Public Service Commission. Darcia graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001, she received her LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004 and she obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina in 2008. Darcia is a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and is currently employed in the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General as Senior Crown Counsel in the Civil Law Branch.
Jim Engel was appointed to the Board on June 27, 2018 by Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA). Jim has Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Regina. Formerly the Vice President of Corporate Services and Gaming Operations with SLGA, Jim retired in January 2020. Jim’s work experience includes responsibility for finance, IT, human resources, policy, legislation, corporate social responsibility, privacy and access, strategic planning, research, continuous improvement, and internal audit. Jim is currently an Executive in Residence at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (URegina and USask), on the boards of the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada and United Way Regina, and is past chair of the SK Regional Group of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).
As Chief Financial Officer at SaskTel, Charlene Gavel is responsible for the Corporation’s financial activities and provides leadership in the development of financial strategies. She is responsible for providing strategic, accounting, and financial advice to the President and CEO, subsidiary Presidents, SaskTel’s executive team, and the Board of Directors. Charlene has extensive experience and has held a variety of senior leadership positions throughout her career. Most recently, she has held the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SaskTel International. Prior to that, Charlene held positions with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Financial Services, and at Information Services Corporation (ISC) as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Administration.
Charlene earned a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CA. She has also achieved the Institute of Corporate Directors designation.
Charlene currently serves on the boards of SaskTel International, SecurTek, Directwest, and the Public Employees Pension Plan (PEPP).
Nancy Seman was appointed to the Board on September 1, 2020 by CUPE 600. Nancy has worked for the Government of Saskatchewan for over 37 years, dedicating her career to Social Services and individuals with disabilities. Currently she is a part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Individualized Funding program. Nancy also holds a position on PEBA’s Extended Health Care Plan Joint Board of Trustees.
Mac Trost was appointed to the Board on December 16, 2015 by the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union(SGEU). Mac is a Facility Worker with the North Battleford Youth Centre. He is experienced with the role of a trustee given his experience with various other boards and committees. Mac has taken a variety of courses including the Foundations of Trust Management Standards and Advanced Trust Management Standards through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
Christine Virostek was appointed to the Board effective September 24, 2021. Christine was appointed by the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC), Saskatchewan Cancer Authority and Workers Compensation Board. Christine is the Executive Director, Accounting, with SCIC and has worked with SCIC since 2019. Prior to this, Christine was the Director of Finance at Parkland College. Christine holds a Business Management Degree with a major in Accounting from the University of Lethbridge as well as a Certified Professional Accountant designation. Christine has also obtained certificates in the Executive Education, JSGS Public Sector Governance, and University of Regina Professional Leadership programs.
Andrew Zulkoski was appointed to the Board on January 17, 2017 by Unifor. He graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree majoring in Finance and a certificate in Economics in 2012. Andrew is currently employed as a Regulatory Analyst with SaskTel in Regina. Andrew has completed the Rotman ICPM Board Effectiveness Program and the Foundations of Trust Management Standards through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
Appointments to the Board are made pursuant to Section 3 of The Public Employees Pension Plan Act.
Inquiries to the Public Employees Pension Board may be directed to The Public Employees Benefits Agency.