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


Colleen Vancha
(Chair)
  Colleen Vancha has been a Director since 2017 and is the Chair of the Governance & HR Committee. 

Colleen, F-CIRI President of Creative Advantage Consulting Ltd., is a strategic communications, investor relations and capital markets specialist serving clients throughout Canada. In 2011, Colleen retired from her global role as Viterra’s Senior Vice-President of Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs where she provided executive leadership in capital market strategies, corporate communications and investor relations, public affairs, continuous disclosure, stakeholder relationships, brand and risk management, governance and social responsibility. She managed teams in Regina and Calgary, Canada and in Adelaide Australia and oversaw public affairs, branding and shareholder relations globally.

Colleen currently serves on the Certification Governance Committee with the Canadian Investor Relation Institute, the national association for investor relations professionals in Canada. She previously served as Board Chair and co-chaired the Resource and Education and Membership Committees. She has served on the Board and the Executive Committee of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce as Second Vice President and co-chaired their Finance Committee for many years. She is a Canadian Investor Relations Institute Fellow and received the CIRI Lifetime Achievement and Award of Excellence for Investor Relations in 2013.  She lives in Regina.


     

Ken Acton
   Ken Acton has been a Director since 2016, appointed by the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Ken spent over 28 years in the Saskatchewan Public Service before retiring at the end of September 2016. He held numerous senior leadership roles including Assistant Deputy Minister of Courts and Civil Justice with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, Deputy Minister of Social Services, and completed his career the Public Service as Special Advisory to the Deputy Minister of Social Services. Ken joined the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina as an Executive-in-Residence in October 2016.

Ken served as Chair of the Public and Private Rights Board of Saskatchewan from 1990 to 2011, a member of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission from 2008 to 2013 and was a Director of the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation serving on the Board from 2012 to 2017. He lives in Moose Jaw.


     

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.


     

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.


     

Shelley Lipon
  Shelley Lipon has been a Director since 2019.

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 with an International company leading their global customer services area.

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, Chaired the Finance and Audit Committee for the Saskatchewan Research Council and is currently also serving as Director on the Hospitals of Regina Foundation Board.


     

Madeleine
Robertson
  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.


     

Ron Styles
  Ron Styles joined the TSASK Board in October of 2021.

Ron presently serves as an Executive-in-Residence for the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School in addition to providing consulting services for businesses and non-profit corporations in Western Canada.

Ron previously worked for the Government of Saskatchewan in a wide variety of roles in both the Crown and Executive sectors of Government during a long career in the Public Sector.   Ron was the President of SaskTel for seven years, retiring in June of 2017, and prior to that he served as the President of the Crown Investments Corporation for five years, the Deputy Minister of Finance for five years, as well as the Deputy Minister of Highways, the President of Sask Housing, and the President of Sask Water.

During his time in Government, he led a number of significant restructuring initiatives including the last major corporate tax restructuring, the devolution of social housing to the provinces, and SaskTel’s shift to an internet company.   Ron has served on numerous boards including the Board of SaskFerco, the Conference Board of Canada, Phenomenon Discoveries, the Saskatchewan Government Growth Fund, and the Saskatchewan Credit Union Guarantee Corporation.   Ron is presently a board member with GreenWave Innovation.  Ron lives in Regina.