Executive Team
    Jodi Rich President and CEO

    Jodi Rich is a Chartered Insurance Professional who has worked in the mutual system since 2002. She started her insurance career in underwriting, moved into the role of Chief Financial Officer, and in 2013 became President and CEO. She joined Howard Mutual in 2017 and is the first President and CEO of Salus Mutual.

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    Brian Downie Chief Integration Officer

    Brian began his career at West Elgin Mutual in 1991 as Accountant and eventually rose to President and CEO, a capacity in which he served for 26 years prior to the amalgamation of West Elgin Mutual and Howard Mutual. He is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional and holds a Canadian Risk Management designation.

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    Lee-Ann Vansteenkiste Chief Learning and Development Officer

    Lee-Ann Vansteenkiste, B.A.(Hons), CIP, began her career in the insurance industry in 1995 after graduating from Carleton University with an honours degree in law. She obtained her Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation and has experience working with national insurers, mutual insurers, and a large national independent adjusting firm in a variety of front-line and leadership roles.

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    Steve Dilts Chief Financial Officer

    Steve Dilts, CPA, CMA, began his career in the insurance industry in 1990. He has spent over three decades in a variety of executive and management roles in finance and operations, working in almost every vertical in the insurance and wealth management industries.

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    Jeremy Derksen Chief Compliance Officer

    Jeremy began his career in the automotive industry and acted as sales manager for a local car dealership before starting his career in the mutual system. He joined Howard Mutual in 2021 as an agent. He has an education in law and criminology from Niagara College and the University of Windsor.

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    Anna Micka Chief Human Resources Officer

    Anna Micka is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with over ten years of experience in human resources and a degree in psychology. Anna is a strategic and innovative human resources leader who drives performance, growth, and engagement of employees and has a proven track record of delivering results, cultivating relationships, and fostering a culture of collaboration and respect in various industries.

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    Heather Pettit Chief Operating Officer

    Heather Pettit, CIP, CRM, began her career in the insurance industry in 1995. She has obtained both her Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations and has held senior leadership roles for one of Canada’s largest national insurers.

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