President & CEO
Shawn Jaques is the President and CEO of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC). Shawn has been with the Corporation for over 23 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 throughout the year. 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 include: Insurance; AgriStability; and the Research and Development units. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. Jeff began his career at Saskatchewan Crop Insurance (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. The Operations division has been focussed on finding synergies between the various lines of business and enhancing customer service.
Jeff has been working in the agriculture industry his entire life. 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, primarily focusing on the livestock operation. 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, Larry, and two sons, Kaleb and Kolby. 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 Finance
Janie Kuntz is the Vice-President of Finance at SCIC which is comprised of the Finance and Compliance units. She has been with the Corporation for seven years and started in the role of Executive Director of the Compliance Division in December 2008 and assumed her current position in 2012. Prior to joining the Corporation, she enjoyed a lengthy career in the Credit Union system where she held various positions during that time.
Janie was born and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan and continues to be involved in farming. She and her husband, Tim operate a grain farm south of Grayson, Saskatchewan, where they currently reside. They raised three sons, who are all now married, and blessed them with five wonderful grandchildren, so far.
Janie enjoys gardening; you can usually find her designing and working on the next landscape project in the yard. She and her husband enjoy snowmobiling and skiing in the winter and camping and golfing in the summer. They try to fit in sporting events and concerts year round and always make time for a destination vacation each year. When they are not doing that, they have fun spoiling their grandkids and cherish the times they can spend with family.
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.
Executive Director of AgriStability
Fred Retzlaff is the Executive Director of AgriStability and has been with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) since 2009.
Fred spent 10 years with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in the Policy and Delivery Divisions for the AgriStability Program. In the Fall of 2009, the Province of Saskatchewan announced the transition of the delivery of the AgriStability Program from AAFC to SCIC. Fred followed the transition of the program and joined the SCIC team. Prior to his involvement with AAFC and SCIC, Fred spent 20 years as a banker in both rural and urban areas across Western Canada, specializing in management and agriculture/commercial lending.
Fred was born and raised on a large mixed farm in southern Alberta. He currently resides in Melville, and enjoys spending time with his three children and 13 grandchildren.
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 can once again support the Saskatchewan agriculture industry. Lorelei has had the opportunity to work on a number of interesting projects over the years to enhance Crop Insurance for Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers, including 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 to have had the opportunity 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 have spent many weekends travelling with their children to high school and amateur rodeos and 4-H shows over the years, and enjoying family vacations and outdoor activities.
Executive Director of Human Resources
Chandra Pratt joined the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation as the Executive Director, Human Resources, in the Corporate Services Division in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Human Resource Management from the University of Saskatchewan. With over 20 years’ experience in the field of Human Resources, she has demonstrated exceptional capabilities in the areas of Talent Management, Labour and Employee Relations, Compensation and Benefits, Recruitment, and Strategic Planning. Prior to joining SCIC, Chandra spent 13 years leading the Human Resource Departments for Mosaic Potash’s Colonsay and Esterhazy locations.
During her time with Mosaic, Chandra’s passion for the agriculture industry strengthened. This passion, along with the fact that her core values aligned with those of SCIC, made her decision to join the Corporation an easy one.
Chandra was born and raised in Esterhazy. She and her husband, Scott, live with their son on an acreage outside the community of Langenburg. Chandra enjoys spending time with her family and their two rescue dogs, travelling, and golfing at Carlton Trail.