At Saskatchewan Blue Cross, our executive team is a dynamic combination of seasoned industry veterans, transformational leaders, technology enablers, financial experts, and strategists with a proven track record of delivering value and enabling strong organizational cultures.
Together with a team of passionate employees and driven by a clear mission, vision and core organizational values, they’re committed to enabling and delivering exceptional service, partnerships and solutions that advance the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve.
- Shelley Vandenberg, MBAPresident & CEO
Shelley joined Saskatchewan Blue Cross in 2020 as President and CEO. Shelley is a seasoned executive leader, most recently serving as President of First Calgary Financial and Legacy Financial (divisions of Connect First Credit Union). Her career in financial operations has achieved significant success in leading transformational change, implementing innovative solutions, growth and expansion initiatives.
Shelley holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Strategic Decision and Risk Management training from Stanford University’s Executive Education Program. Shelley’s combined experience, education and extensive community engagement resulted in her being named 2017 Business in Calgary, Leader of the Year.
Shelley takes pride in calling Saskatchewan her new home; with family roots extending back to farms in southern Saskatchewan. Shelley and her husband enjoy spending their time fishing, travelling, hanging out with their dogs and visiting with family and friends.
- David Patola, CPA, CASenior Vice President, Operations & Health Delivery
David holds responsibility for key operational functions at Saskatchewan Blue Cross, including Benefits Administration, Life and Disability, and Contact Centre operations, among others. He’s passionate about delivering exceptional service and advancing health delivery solutions, providing strategic oversight to the organization in both of these areas. David brings 14 years of experience as Vice President of Finance & Administration at Saskatchewan Blue Cross to his position, along with prior expertise gained during his tenure at Saskatchewan Polytechnic as Controller.
With a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, David currently serves as a member of the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans National Benefits and Claims Committee. He’s committed to the advancement of health services, previously serving as Chair of the Emmanuel Health Inc. Board of Directors, and continuing to serve as a Board Member.
David enjoys all that our province has to offer, is an avid tennis player, and enjoys golfing and cycling. He spends his free time as an active volunteer in the community and with his family.
- Kelly Antill, CPA, CAVice President, Finance & Administration
Kelly joined the organization in 2015, and currently provides Saskatchewan Blue Cross with leadership in the areas of Finance, Underwriting, Privacy, Risk, and Human Resources. She translates her expertise and experience into practical strategy that enables strong organizational culture, sustainable growth, results and competitive business solutions, all while ensuring the organization’s assets are protected. Though born and raised in Saskatoon, her financial acumen has taken her around the globe to Australia and Ireland, where she worked in both the public and private sectors.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and in 1999 earned her Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) designation. She’s devoted to her community, previously serving as a board member with Big Sisters of Saskatoon and as a member of the audit committee for SaskCulture.
Kelly’s family keeps her busy and she enjoys being a fan and volunteer coach for her children’s activities.
- Megan DouglasVice President, Customer Relations & External Affairs
Megan Douglas joined Saskatchewan Blue Cross in 2020 as Vice President, Customer Relations & External Affairs, with strategic oversight to Sales, Marketing, External Relations and CSR. Throughout her career, she’s unleashed the potential of organizations during times of new market development and transformative change. Megan’s leadership experience has spanned Canada, Europe and Asia in the financial services, telecommunications, fast-moving consumer goods, outsourcing, attractions, oil & gas, community development and charitable sectors.
Megan finds joy in forging new connections and positively contributing to communities. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) degree from the University of Calgary, and previously served as an advisory board member for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology as well as Vice-Chair for the Calgary chapter of Women in Communications & Technology.
When she’s not exploring the globe, Megan and her family can be found enjoying Canada’s majestic natural landscapes.
- Jemal KobussenVice President, Technology & Digital Transformation
Jemal Kobussen currently serves Saskatchewan Blue Cross as Vice President of Technology and Digital Transformation, including overseeing the organization’s Project Management Office. He joined the team at Saskatchewan Blue Cross in 2017, following an extensive leadership career transforming businesses across Canada through in-house and consulting positions with mining, pension, education, technology, appraisal, investment, government and charitable sectors. He pairs his technology acumen with a pragmatic approach to business that spurs innovation and organizational advancement.
Jemal is passionate about fostering exceptional work environments, generating outstanding customer experiences, managing risk and positively impacting the bottom line. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan.
When Jemal and his family are not enjoying camping, he can be found coaching and supporting his children’s activities in hockey rinks and soccer fields across Saskatchewan and Western Canada.
- Jennifer SutherlandVice President, Strategy & Innovation
Jennifer Sutherland joined Saskatchewan Blue Cross in 2020 as the Vice President, Strategy and Innovation. She leverages her extensive experience in strategy, risk management, and ethics gleaned from both the private and public sectors to translate innovative potential into organizational effectiveness and long-term competitive advantage. Jennifer passionately shares her knowledge and expertise to contribute to the community, and is currently an Instructor with the University of Calgary Continuing Education.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Risk Management and Finance) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Economics) degree from the University of Calgary, in addition to her Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation. She previously served as President of the Southern Alberta Risk and Insurance Management Society.
In her spare time Jennifer can often be found reading a book, running along the river, or exploring new hiking trails.