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New chair for LCC Board of Managers

July 10, 2012 No Comment

Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) is pleased to announce Dr. Dieter E. Kays as the new chairman of the Worker Benefits Plan’s Board of Managers. Dr. Kays is the recently retired CEO/President of FaithLife Financial, one of Canada’s largest fraternal insurance companies.

“Dr. Kays brings a wealth of executive expertise to this position,” said LCC’s Worker Benefit Plan’s Executive Director Dwayne Cleave. “His insight will be invaluable as we continue to protect and grow the pension and benefits of Lutheran Church–Canada’s workers. Having worked in the highly regulated financial services sector, he has a keen appreciation for compliance issues, enterprise risk management practices, and the challenges facing pension plans today.”

Dr. Kays has served on a variety of boards, including the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. He currently sits on the boards of the Ombuds Service for the Life and Health Insurance Industry, St. Mary’s Community Hospital, and is first Vice-President of the Kitchener- Conestoga Rotary Club.

Dr. Kays, an ICD graduate, holds a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Waterloo’s Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and a Master of Social Work from Washington University. Prior to entering the financial services, he served as CEO/President of Lutherwood, a large multi-service human service organization. He has done post-graduate work at Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently the University of Toronto.

The Worker Benefit’s Plan Board of Managers also appointed Stan Lee of Vancouver, B.C. and Martin Bender of Kitchener, Ontario to the Board of Managers.

LCC is a church body with approximately 67,000 members and 322 congregations across Canada. The pension plan has assets of $73 million with 640 active educators, clergy, and support workers as well as 600 retirees in the plan. Its head office is located in Winnipeg.

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