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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors function as stewards of the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan with the fundamental obligation to act in the best interests of TSASK taking into account TSASK's public policy and business objectives.

The Board of Directors is comprised of five to ten members, with representation from industry and business. Two Directors are appointed by the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor in Council, the remaining three to eight Directors are appointed by existing members of the Board.

The Board has a responsibility to ensure congruence between stakeholder expectations, corporate plans and management performance. The Board’s principal duties are to:

  • Provide leadership in setting the Authority’s vision, mission, strategic direction and risk mitigation strategies;
  • To approve strategic, operational and business plans;
  • Review, monitor and approve finances, reports and audits;
  • Ensure the integrity of internal controls and information systems.

Members of the Board

Shelley Lipon    (Chair)
  Shelley Lipon has been a Director since 2019 and is the Chair of the Board. 

Shelley is a Fellowship Chartered Accountant who has served in various senior executive roles both in the public and non-profit sectors over the last 30 years including operating as a CEO of a Saskatchewan Treasury Board Crown Corporation.  She is currently working as the Chief Operating Officer for an International standards organization.

Shelley has also been involved with a local executive search company recruiting and mentoring our future leaders.

Shelley was the President of the Saskatchewan Association of Chartered Accountants and Chaired the Finance and Audit Committee for the Saskatchewan Research Council for a number of years.  She has just recently finished her 6 year term with the Hospitals of Regina Foundation Board where she served as their Chair of their Audit and Finance Committee for the last 2 years.

Shawna Argue
  Shawna Argue joined the Board of Directors in June, 2022.

Shawna retired from a career in engineering in May 2021. The majority of her career was as an environment, health and safety (EHS) consultant where she provided EHS compliance and management system services to a variety of industrial clients locally and internationally. She completed her professional career with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS), where she held a variety of Director roles, including providing support to Council and Executive Committee, and strategic direction and governance guidance.

Born and raised in Regina, Shawna earned her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from the University of Regina in 1987.  She subsequently completed her MBA at Athabasca University in 1999.

Shawna has served on several volunteer Boards, including as an elected member of Council for APEGS and as President of APEGS.  She joined the Board in June 2022. She lives in Regina.

Keith Comstock
  Keith joined Saskatchewan’s public service in 1979 — his career included many years of direct community development work and stints as the province’s lead on the cultural industries file, as manager of Municipal Affairs Legislation and Regulation, and as Executive Director of Strategy and Sector Relations.

Keith spent the last 8 years of his public service as Assistant Deputy Minister of Government Relations, and was responsible for Community Planning, Northern Municipal Services, Municipal Infrastructure and Finance, and Advisory Services and Municipal Relations.

After joining the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in 2019, Keith worked on developing a 3-day governance course designed for municipal leaders that was launched in the fall of 2020.  Participants become a certified Municipal Sector Governor and earn the Municipal Sector Governance designation (MS.Gov) upon successful completion of the course and exam.  He joined the Board in November 2022.  He lives in Regina.


Rick Hoffman
  Rick Hoffman joined the Board of Directors in October, 2021.

Rick served as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at Farm Credit Canada for nine years before retiring in 2020 after 20 years of service. He was a member of the executive leadership team with overall responsibility for the financial operations including the controller, treasury, venture capital, loan administration and internal audit functions. In addition to the Certified Professional Accountant designation, Rick also holds a Masters of Business Administration and the Institute of Corporate Directors designation.

Rick is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Hospitals of Regina Foundation where he served as the chair of the audit and finance committee throughout his six year term. He is also a former member of the Financial Executives International serving on the national governance, risk and compliance committee and the local chapter executive, as well as the advisory board for the Levene Graduate School of Business and the accreditation committee for the Society of Management Accountants of Saskatchewan. He lives in Regina.


Doug Kelln
  Doug Kelln joined the Board of Directors in October, 2021.

Doug is the former President and CEO of SaskEnergy, having retired in 2017. Doug worked directly with SaskEnergy's Board of Directors for over 20 years in his role as President and CEO as well as various Executive positions.

Born and raised in Wadena, Saskatchewan, Doug earned his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1982. During his working career he provided leadership in engineering design, construction, operations, and customer service roles.

Doug has served on several Boards over the last 20 years. He is currently sitting on the Saskatoon Tribal Council Industrial Contracting Board of Directors. He served on the Saskatchewan Research Council Board for 9 years and the Canadian Gas Association Board of Directors for twelve years, including two years as Chair of the Board. He lives in Regina.


  Madeleine Robertson has been a Director since 2019, appointed by the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Madeleine Robertson, Q.C., is a retired lawyer.  She practiced in a small firm for a short time, and subsequently, with the Ministry of Justice for Saskatchewan, where she practised law for over 25 years. Madeleine worked in the Legislative Services Branch and had responsibility for law reform initiatives, from the idea phase to implementation, of a wide range of legal topics, including condominium property, limitations, corrections, summary offences and human rights. She retired in 2010.  Madeleine was a seminar teacher for the Legislative Processes course for public servants at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy from 2012 to 2017. She currently serves as a public representative on the Insurance Council of Saskatchewan, and has served as a public representative on the Life Insurance Council since 2012.

Madeleine is active in community associations and volunteer work and is a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.  She lives in Regina.