Our Team

 

Mr. Lyle R. Best
C.M., A.L.H.C., LLD honoris causa
Chairman
 

Lyle R. Best is a veteran of over 40 years in the Employee Benefit industry with more than 30 years as the CEO of the Alberta Dental Service Corporation and Chairman of the Quikcard Group of Companies.

 

His involvement in organized dentistry dates back to 1989 and he is the recipient of many honours from various Dental authorities throughout Canada. In 2019 he was awarded Honorary Fellow of the ICD by the College and also in 2019 he was awarded Honorary Membership in the Canadian Dental Association. In 2017 he received Honorary Membership of the Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association and was awarded the Special Friend of Canadian Dentistry by the CDA. The Manitoba Dental Association has twice honored Lyle with unique awards including the establishing an award in his name in 2018, The Lyle Best Humanitarian award and a Distinguished Service award In 2016. Mr. Best was awarded the Don Pamenter Friend of Dentistry award by the Nova Scotia Dental Association also in 2016. In 2014 Lyle was appointed to be the first ever Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces Number 1 Dental Unit Ottawa and he was named an Honorary member of the Alberta Dental Association and College in 2007.

 

Outside of Dentistry Lyle has been awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal, The Queens Jubilee Medal, an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Concordia University, Honorary Degree in Community Service from Grant MacEwan University. He was Inducted into the Alberta Business Hall of Fame and inducted into The City of Edmonton’s Community Service Hall of Fame. He is a two-time finalist of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year. In 2008 upon the approval Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second Mr. Best was named a member of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Jeff Williams
B.Sc, DDS, MBA
Vice-Chairman

Dr. Williams is a 1986 graduate from Dalhousie University’s Dental Faculty, who embarked on a varied clinical career; one which first took him to Northern Ontario as a hospital-based dentist and then by bush plane to the First Nations communities in the region. His eventual return to Atlantic Canada saw him in the roles of associate dentist, part-time lecturer, locum practitioner and owner of a solo practice. Unfortunately, that part of his career came to an end in 1996 when he suffered the partial loss of two fingers on his dominant hand in a carpentry accident.

 

Dr. Williams went on to complete a Master of Business Administration at Saint Mary’s University, and since 2001 has been an Associate with ROI Corporation, Canada’s oldest professional practice appraisal and brokerage firm. He is also Vice Chair of the Board at CDSPI; where he has been a Director since 2003. Dr. Williams is a member of the Nova Scotia Dental Association.

 

Dr. Williams has been a speaker at provincial dental association meetings, Canadian dental faculties and various study clubs on the topic of current trends in the Canadian dental practice marketplace and he has had articles on this subject published in national and regional dental journals. He has enjoyed many opportunities to speak to dental students and practitioners about the need to protect two of their most valuable assets — their hands.

 

In his life outside of dentistry, he owned a six bed long term care facility in his hometown of Tatamagouche, NS for 14 years and was also a Director on the Board of Windsor Elms Village, a 108 bed nursing home for four years. He was also a past elected member of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board and served a term as Co-chair of the Tatamagouche New School Enhancements Fundraising Committee. He is currently active in the Tatamagouche Area Trails Association and the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Foundation. Dr. Williams has just been appointed as a Public Representative to the CPA Nova Scotia (Accountants) Board of Directors.

Mr. Paul R. Batho
BMath, FSA, FCIA, CFA, ICD.D

Mr. Paul R. Batho joined CDSPI’s Board in May of 2013. He started his career in the life insurance industry at North American Life Assurance Company and then moved to Transamerica Life Insurance Company of Canada. At Transamerica, he held a number of senior positions including Chief Actuary, SVP of Sales and Marketing, and Chief Investment Officer, and was a member of the company’s Board. Mr. Batho then moved to the investment industry and was the Chief Operating Officer and a principal at KBSH Capital Management Inc. He retired as Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development with BMO Asset Management in 2010.

Additional experience

Mr. Batho has served on a number of boards in the past, including Aisling Discoveries Foundation, the UCC Pension Plan and the Independent Review Committees of Empire Life Investments and Clarington Funds. He is currently a member of the Independent Review Committee of BlackRock Funds.

Mr. Batho has an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, and subsequently became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA). He also obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Dr. James B.A. Bonar
DMD

Dr. James B.A. Bonar joined the Board in May, 2013. Prior to that, he served 15 years as Chairman of the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA) Committee on Insurance and Investment and as the MDA voting member to CDSPI. He also served on the MDA Economics Committee during that period. Dr. Bonar presently practices general dentistry full time in Brandon, Manitoba, with an emphasis on implant therapy.

Additional experience

Dr. Bonar has served as President of the MDA, Western Manitoba Dental Society and Brandon Pioneers, and as the Brandon Regional Hospital’s Chief of Dentistry. His professional service includes seven years as MDA voting delegate to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and five years on the CDA Audit Committee.

He has received the MDA award of merit, the MDA President’s award of merit, and is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Bonar is a 1983 graduate of the University of Manitoba who established two dental practices following six years in the Canadian Forces Dental Services. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Dr. Bonar was recently appointed as Chairman of the Manitoba Dental Association’s Blue Ribbon Panel to assess it’s Peer Review System.

Mr. David R. Oliver
BCom, MA, CIM, FCSI, CFA, C. Dir.

Mr. David R. Oliver joined CDSPI’s Board, as an Observer, in January 2019 and was elected to the Board as a Director in May 2019. Currently, Mr. Oliver serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of BRJO Investments Ltd., as well as President of Oliver Advisory. Previously, he held the position of National Lead and Vice President at MD Financial Management, heading MD Private Investment Counsel and MD Management. Prior to joining MD Financial Management, he was the Chief Portfolio Manager, Vice President and Executive Director at CIBC, as well as Vice President and Portfolio Manager at TD Bank.

 

Additional Experience

Mr. Oliver currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company, the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority, and BRJO Investments Ltd. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of North York Arts and was a Member of the Canadian Medical Association Pension Plan Investment Committee.

Mr. Oliver graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master’s Degree in Economics. As well, he completed an Executive Program in Corporate Governance at Harvard Business School. Mr. Oliver holds the Chartered Director, Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Investment Manager, and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute designations.

Mr. Mitch S. Orr
HBA, CPA, CMA, CFP®

Mr. Mitch S. Orr joined the Board at CDSPI’s Annual General Meeting in May, 2001. He is the current Chair of CDSPI’s Audit Committee and is also a member of the Risk Management Committee. Mr. Orr is a Senior Wealth Advisor and Director, Wealth Management with Scotia McLeod.

Additional experience

He is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and holds an honours degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Mr. Orr has also served on the Board for the Diabetes Flame of Hope Golf Tournament in London.

Ms. Helen Polatajko

Helen is an accomplished independent board director, for over 10 years, in the financial services, energy, health care, education and arts sectors, serving as chair, risk, governance, and audit committee member.

 

She has over 35 years of executive experience in both the private and the public sectors, and has been responsible for the overall strategic direction, organizational transformation and management of information technology functions while being a contributing member of company executive committees.

 

Helen joined the CDSPI Board of Directors in October 2016, in an Observer capacity. In that capacity, she has participated as a member of both the Governance Committee and Risk Management Committee. Helen was officially elected as a Director at CDSPI’s AGM in 2017. Helen is currently a member of both the Nominating/Governance Committee and the Risk Management Committee.

Additional experience

Helen’s career spans the technology services field most recently as a consultant to Payments Canada for their Modernization Program to replace the national clearing and settlement system for the Canadian Financial Institutions. She held CIO positions at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in Ottawa, at CIBC Mellon in Toronto, and at Mellon Financial Mortgage subsidiary in Houston, Texas.

 

She was featured on the cover of CIO Canada magazine for an article titled “Fusing Business and Technology, served on the judging panel of the Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA), the Canadian Advisory Board, of the CIO Executive Council and the Advisory Committee of the Conference Board of Canada, Council of CIOs.

 

Helen is currently on the Board of WSIB, the Board of Governors for York University, has served as director on an Ontario Crown Corporation and is a former board chair of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

 

Helen has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Computing, acknowledging her achievements and contributions to information services and technology, and was the Executive Sponsor of WIN (Women’s Initiative Network) at CIBC Mellon.

 

She received her education from The University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, attaining a Bachelor in Science in Mathematics and Psychology degree, and graduated from The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. Helen also holds the certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Cathy Welling
ICD.D

Ms. Welling joined CDSPI’s Board, as an Observer, in January of 2019, and was elected to the Board as a Director in May of 2019.  Ms. Welling is an experienced Corporate Director with an accomplished career as a Senior Financial Services Executive.   Ms. Welling received her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and currently sits as the Chairperson for C6 Launch Systems Inc. Board of Directors, sits on multiple Independent Review Committees in the Canadian Mutual Funds industry and advises Fintech companies.