President & CEO
Shawn Jaques is the President and CEO of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC). Shawn has been with the Corporation for over 28 years. He started at SCIC in 1992 as a part-time adjuster, working out of the Preeceville Customer Service Office. He moved to Head Office, located in Melville, Saskatchewan, in 1998 when he applied for the position of Customer Service Representative. He worked his way to up Customer Service Manager and in 2008 was promoted to the position of Executive Manager of Field. In 2011, he took on the role of Acting General Manager and by 2012, was sworn in as President and CEO.
As President and CEO of SCIC, Shawn oversees the operations of the entire Corporation. His role is a part of the Deputy Minister of Agriculture’s Office. This allows SCIC to have a voice and be represented at the Federal-Provincial-Territorial level of government. Shawn is involved in numerous committee works including the governance committee for the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program; a program SCIC started administering during Shawn’s tenure as President and CEO. One of the many things Shawn loves about working at SCIC is being able to have seen the Corporation grow over the years. He has extensive knowledge of SCIC’s history, practices and procedures. Shawn has a good understanding of the process the adjusters follow in the field, the questions staff are asked in the office and how a producer’s claim is processed. This knowledge allows him, as President and CEO, to look for ways to improve the service to SCIC’s clients when making decisions.
Shawn grew up on a farm outside of Endeavour, Saskatchewan, which he continues to actively operate. His mixed farming operation includes grains and oilseeds along with some livestock. Like many other producers in the agriculture industry, harvest time is Shawn’s favourite time of the year. He enjoys being able to see the results of all the hard work he puts into his farm. As for hobbies, Shawn looks forward to the winter months spent snowmobiling and enjoying a bit of light travelling.
Vice President of Operations
Jeff Morrow is the Vice President of Operations, which includes the Insurance, AgriStability, and Research and Development units. The Operations division is focused on finding synergies between the various lines of business and enhancing customer service, program design and delivery.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. He began his career at SCIC in 1997, starting as a Research Analyst. After eleven years working as an Analyst, he was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Research and Development. Four years later, he was given the opportunity to lead the Operations division and was appointed to his current position.
Jeff has worked in the agriculture industry his whole career. He worked in the agriculture chemical industry before moving to SCIC. Jeff grew up on a mixed farm in Langbank, Saskatchewan. Since moving back to Saskatchewan in 1997, he has been involved in his family farm. Jeff currently resides in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with his wife, Shawna, and two children. Jeff enjoys participating in sporting events, attending concerts and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President of Corporate Services
Terri Kentel-Weinheimer is the Vice President of Corporate Services at the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in marketing from the University of Regina, a Certificate in Project Management and a Certificate in Professional Leadership. Terri started at SCIC in 2001 as a communications consultant with a keen interest in marketing, leadership development, coaching, strategic planning and strategic communications planning. She has been involved in a number of projects over the years including the setting up of a corporate portfolio and project management office, strategic branding and marketing plans, cultural transformation and values implementation, strategic planning, measurement and implementation, claims by declaration, the AgriStability transition team and Lean.
Terri grew up on a farm north of Langenburg, Saskatchewan where her parents and brother still operate a mixed grain farm. Although a farm girl at heart, she left her farm roots to live in Yorkton with her husband and two sons. Family time is spent traveling to her sons’ various sports and activities. Her hobbies include traveling, reading and scrapbooking family memories. Her favourite farm memory is sitting on the combine with her dad, a tradition she continues to share with him and her boys every harvest season.
Vice President of Information Technology
Jason Grossman is the Vice President of Information Technology at the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Science, a Masters of Business Administration with a specialty in Innovation Leadership, and Project Management Professional, Prince2, Change Management and Portfolio Management designations.
Jason is an experienced leader in IT and business, with over 20 years working in the federal and provincial governments, commercial crowns and private industry. He has provided strategic development and delivery support, conducted project and portfolio management, and led multiple cross-jurisdictional and national business and IT initiatives within the public and private sectors.
Jason takes pride in calling Saskatchewan home; his roots extend back to his grandparents’ farms near Grayson and Cupar. Jason lives in Regina with his wife, Jennifer and son, Ethan, and they enjoy spending their time attending their son’s sporting events, camping and visiting with family and friends.
Vice President of Finance and Compliance
Brad Schultz is the Vice President of Finance for the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC). Brad started with SCIC on July 22, 2019. Prior to his current role, Brad worked in the Credit Union financial cooperative for 30 years, which includes working at the Horizon Credit Union and the Churchbridge Credit Union. His roles with the Credit Union included many areas with the last 20 years being in management. With the Canadian Co-operative Association, Brad had the opportunity to assist in the development of mature financial systems at the Credit Unions in Malawi and Uganda over a period of two years.
Brad was also a member of the Separate School Board for 13 years and a member of the local Co-op Board for 20 years. His involvement with the Co-op Board allowed him the opportunity to be elected to the Federated Co-op Board of Directors and most recently to President Chair of the Board of Federated Co-operatives Limited.
In addition, Brad has taken numerous leadership and personal development courses to compliment his career achievements. He also previously held his licensing in investments and life insurance.
Brad is very involved in his community, as well as in his children's activities. He has had the pleasure of coaching his children in many sports including hockey, soccer, baseball and football.
Brad remains active in the farming community as he owns purebred Angus cattle. This opportunity allows Brad to spend time out in the country during calving and throughout the year. In addition, it is common for Brad to be seen operating farm machinery, especially during harvest, proving you can’t take the farmer out of the boy.
Executive Director of Insurance
Darby Warner has worked for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation since June 1987. He worked his way through the ranks from an entry level position as an adjuster to his current position as Executive Director of Insurance. His career has taken him to all parts of the province.
Darby has been professionally and personally involved in the agriculture industry for most of his life.
Darby, with his wife, Cindy, own and operate a grain farm at Melfort, Saskatchewan. They have three grown children and are actively involved in their community of Carrot River, Saskatchewan.
Executive Director of AgriStability
Waren Ames is the Executive Director of AgriStability at the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation. He has been with the AgriStability unit at SCIC, since July 2014, as Manager of Policy, Program Development and Readiness, and then moved to his current position on May 14, 2018.
Prior to joining SCIC, Waren was with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was involved with the AgriStability Program through various roles, including Manager; Workforce Orientation; and Learning and Development.
Waren was born in Swan River, Manitoba. His family lived in different northern areas of that province, moving from Thompson, to Lynn Lake, and then to The Pas. Even while living in northern Manitoba, his family would return to his grandparents’ mixed farm for the summers. In the early 1980s, his parents moved the family back to the farm permanently. Waren’s parents still live on his great-grandfather’s original homestead near Minitonas, Manitoba.
Waren, his wife and two daughters have now made Melville, Saskatchewan their home.
Executive Director of Research and Development
Lorelei Hulston is the Executive Director of Research and Development at the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a major in animal science from the University of Saskatchewan. Lorelei began with SCIC in 1992 as a research analyst with a focus on supporting the forage insurance programs. In 2008, Lorelei accepted an opportunity as the Provincial Insurance Manager with Agriculture Financial Services managing the delivery of Crop Insurance through the field offices in Alberta.
In 2014, Lorelei returned home to Saskatchewan and to SCIC where she continues to support the Saskatchewan agriculture industry. Lorelei has had the opportunity to work on a number of interesting projects over the years, helping to enhance Crop Insurance. This included: a redesign of individual coverage to provide more responsive yield coverage for producers; the development of program enhancements; and, the implementation of the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program. She feels very fortunate for the opportunities to gain experience of program delivery in both Saskatchewan and Alberta, enabling her to better serve Saskatchewan agriculture.
Lorelei grew up on a mixed farm near Melville, Saskatchewan. She and her husband Bradley, together with their four children, raised purebred and commercial cattle for many years. They spent many weekends travelling with their children to high school and amateur rodeos and 4-H shows over the years, as well as enjoying family vacations and outdoor activities.
Executive Director of Human Resources
Kirk Zawislak is the Executive Director of Human Resources, in the Corporate Services Division. Kirk joined SCIC in 2013 as the Manager, Employee and Labour Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Human Resources from the University of Regina. Prior to joining SCIC, Kirk was employed with the Public Service Commission where he provided generalist HR advice to the Ministry of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety and prior to that spent 3 years in Human Resources with the Sunrise Health Region in the Labour Relations portfolio. His background has been focused in Labour Relations, Recruitment and Retention, Job Evaluation and Compensation.
Kirk was raised in Wadena, SK. His grandparents both operated modest farming operations near Bankend and Canora. He currently resides in Yorkton with his wife, Nancy and two young children Ava and Rory.
Executive Director of Finance Accounting
Christine Virostek is the Executive Director of Accounting at the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC). She is a Certified Professional Accountant and holds a Business Management degree with a major in accounting from the University of Lethbridge. She also holds certificates in Professional Leadership and Public Sector Board Governance.
Prior to joining SCIC in February of 2019, Christine was employed with Parkland College. She held a number of positions including Accounting Technician, Controller and most recently, the Director of Finance where she led the Finance, International and Registration departments for the College.
Christine grew up on an acreage near Lethbridge, Alberta. She moved to Saskatchewan in 2008 with her husband, Colby, to support him in his life-long dream of ranching. Christine and Colby along with their son, Jex, currently live near Lestock where they run approximately 500 head of commercial cattle.
Christine is active in her community and currently sit on the Country Munchkins Daycare Board in Kelliher where her son attends daycare. Christine enjoys camping and traveling to Alberta to visit her family.
Executive Director of Business Solutions
Derek Fife is the Executive Director of Business Solutions at The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.
Derek holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree and has his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. Derek has held multiple leadership positions throughout his career and has a passion for leading teams through complex technology and enterprise change. He has worked as a portfolio manager and senior consultant across many different industries. He also has a technology background with expertise in system architecture and development, data management, system design and customization.
Derek is Saskatchewan born and raised and currently resides in Regina with his wife Melanie and their son Austin. They enjoy attending their son’s activities and travelling.