Board of Directors

In accordance with the ABC Benefits Corporation Act and Regulation, Alberta Blue Cross® is governed by a Board of nine Directors, representing a broad and diverse cross-section of Albertans. New board members are elected by the members of the Board in office from a list of persons nominated by a Nominating Committee consisting of one representative from each of the following; the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, the Provincial Health Authorities of Alberta, the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties and the current ABC Benefits Corporation chair. Directors may serve for three consecutive three-year terms. Each Director must act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Corporation, and must exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonable and prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances.

In the provision of effective governance for ABC Benefits Corporation, the Board of Directors plays an important role in overseeing the affairs of the Corporation. Among its primary responsibilities are the following functions:

  • Establish bylaws in compliance with the ABC Benefits Corporation Act and Regulation.
  • Ensure there is an effective strategic planning process in place for the Corporation and set strategic direction for the Corporation.
  • Ensure compliance with privacy and security legislation.
  • Establish and maintain policies and procedures including ensuring prudent investment standards; maintaining board independence of management; and addressing the identification, disclosure and resolution of matters involving conflict of interest of members of the Board, senior officers and employees of the Corporation.
  • Establish board committees to assist in carrying out its responsibilities, specifically an Audit and Conduct Review Committee and Governance and Compensation Committee; and establish Terms of Reference for these committees as well as the Board and Chair.
  • Undertake annual self-assessment of the Board and its committees.
  • Appoint the President who is responsible for general supervision and management of the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.
  • Approve the appointment, remuneration, and annual performance criteria of all officers of the Corporation.
  • Oversee the financial health of the Corporation, preparation of audited consolidated financial statements and preparation of the annual report.
  • Appoint an Actuary and an Auditor for the Corporation.
  • Monitor the principal business risks of the Corporation and that the business is conducted in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations; and ensure the Corporation has adequate internal control and information systems in place.
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The Audit and Conduct Review Committee assists the Board of Directors by monitoring, evaluating and making recommendations on matters such as the external audit, risk management, internal audit, provider audit, computer security, information privacy and confidentiality issues, and the financial reporting and accounting policies and practices of the Corporation.

The Governance and Compensation Committee assists the Board of Directors in reviewing the performance and compensation for the President/CEO and officers, ensuring attention to organization development and succession, reviewing policies and conduct regarding values and behaviour, acting as a selection committee for the CEO position, when necessary, and in reviewing and promoting the effectiveness of the Corporation’s own board governance.

The current Board of Directors

​​Marcia Nelson

​​Board Chair

Senior Strategic Advisor at PWC

​​Annamarie Fuchs

​​Governance & Compensation Committee Chair

Corporate Director

​​Donald Chynoweth


Corporate Director

​​Katherine Emberly


Executive & Board Director

​​Yasmin Jivraj


Director Dexcent Inc.

​​Chris Lee


Vice Chair & Deputy Chair, Board of Directors, Deloitte

​​Tracy Noullett


Business Advisory for MNP LLP

​​Alice Reimer


CEO, Fillip Fleet

​​Vincent Vavrek

Audit & Conduct Review Committee Chair

Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant

Board announcements

Marcia Nelson has been appointed as chair of the Board of Directors

July 21, 2022

Marcia Nelson, chair of the Board of Directors of ABC Benefits Corporation.

Mark Komlenic, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Blue Cross®, is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcia Nelson as chair of the Board of Directors of ABC Benefits Corporation.

Marcia has served on the board since 2020 and has over 20 years of public sector executive leadership experience including as Alberta’s Deputy Minister of Health. She is a senior strategic advisor with PricewaterhouseCoopers, serves on the Canadian Association of Blue Cross® Plans Board of Directors, is a member of the City of Calgary’s Greenline LRT Board and is an executive fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.

Marcia is passionate about health care. She received her ICD.D in 2013 and has served on several national, provincial and community-based non-profit boards, including the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Institute for Health Economics, the Public Policy Forum Advisory Committee on Innovation during COVID- 19, Alberta’s Expert Panel on Affordable Housing and the Institute for Public Administration of Canada.

At the same time, we are also pleased to announce the appointment of Alice Reimer and Katherine Emberly to the Alberta Blue Cross® Board of Directors.

Katherine is a seasoned executive with over 19 years at Shaw Communications navigating through a variety of diverse leadership roles. She is currently the president of Shaw Business and also sits on the board of Calgary Economic Development.

Alice is an accomplished senior executive with demonstrated year-after-year success in achieving revenue and business objectives within start-up, turnaround and rapidly changing environments. She is the CEO of Fillip Fleet and is a director of the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund and Syantra Inc.