About the Administration Authority
The Federal Public Service Health Care Plan Administration Authority is a not-for-profit corporation that oversees the Plan Administrator’s (Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada) administration and interpretation of the PSHCP Administrative Services Only Contract. The Administration Authority is accountable to the President of the Treasury Board and to the Partners Committee, which is composed of members representing the employer, the employees, and the pensioners.
The Administration Authority’s activities include:
- Ensuring that the Plan Administrator adjudicates claims according to the Contract;
- Conducting audits and evaluations regarding the payment of benefits;
- Managing the Appeals process;
- Communicating with Plan members;
- Collecting information about Plan performance and reporting it to the Partners Committee.
The Administration Authority does not:
- Adjudicate or reimburse member claims;
- Store member claims files;
- Provide information about specific member claims;
- Make changes to the Plan.
Board of Directors
The Administration Authority is governed by a Board of Directors. Members are appointed by the employer (President of Treasury Board of Canada) and the bargaining agents of the National Joint Council. The President of Treasury Board of Canada, on the recommendation of the National Joint Council, also appoints the Chairperson and one Director to represent pensioners. Directors are appointed for terms of one to four years, and are eligible for reappointment after satisfactory completion of their terms.
Chairperson of the Board:
Appointed on September 1, 2019
Caroline Curran has held a series of executive-level positions since her public service career began in 1995. Notably, at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, she has held the positions of Special Advisor to the Chief Human Resources Officer responsible for the wellness and mental health portfolios, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Pensions and Benefits Sector and the Executive Director of the Human Resources Division. From 2015 until her retirement in 2019 Caroline was the co-chair of the Joint Task Force on Mental Health Technical Committee, comprised of representatives of both bargaining agents and the Employer. In September 2019 she was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the PSHCP Administration Authority and will also serve as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board.
Appointed by the Employee side:
Renewed Term on September 12, 2018
Edward (Eddie) Gillis has spent 25 years in the labour relations field. After joining the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada as an Employment Relations Officer in 1992, he spent a number of years as a labour relations professional in the Institute’s regional offices. In 1998, he was named the Institute’s Executive Secretary, advising the Board of Directors on a diverse range of governance and management issues. Eddie was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Executive Secretary in 2010 and now leads the Institute’s management team and staff compliment. Eddie Gillis is currently Vice-Chair of the Board and he also serves on the Executive Committee.
Renewed Term on May 1, 2016
John Gordon has worked for the public service since 1974 and has held numerous positions with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, including that of National President from 2006 to 2012. He has represented labour interests for government organizations as a member of several committees and councils, including the previous Trust and Partners Committee of the Public Service Health Care Plan. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the PSHCP Administration Authority in May 2012 and currently serves on the Executive Committee, the Audit and Finance Committee, and the Appeals Committee.
Renewed Term on May 1, 2016
Paul Morse retired in 2007 after 35 years in the public service. Throughout his career, he worked as an Electronic Technologist with Transport Canada and Environment Canada. In addition, he was always actively involved with Local 2228, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in various capacities. In 1994, he was appointed to a full-time position as a Representative for the Union. In 1997, he was elected as the Union’s Business Manager/Financial Secretary. From 2003 to 2005, he was Chair of the National Joint Council Bargaining Agent Side and was the Union Lead in the negotiations that led to the introduction of the PSHCP benefit card. He was first appointed to the Board of Directors of the PSHCP Administration Authority on May 1, 2007. He is currently serving his third term on the Board, acting as Chair of the Appeals Committee and serving on the Executive Commitee.
Appointed July 10, 2018
Seth Sazant joined the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 2006. Since that time, he has been working in the negotiations section, and is currently working as a Negotiator/Pension and Benefits Officer. Much of his work has been focused on extended health and dental plans. Seth currently serves on the Audit and Finance Committee.
Appointed by the Employer side:
Renewed Term on September 16, 2016
Pierrette Boyer retired from the public service in September 2013. Her last position was Chief of Staff and Special Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Pensions and Benefits Group in the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. During her public service career, Pierrette developed and implemented pensions policies and programs as well as pensions and benefits communication products. With her legal background, she also has experience in providing advice and support in legislative development and litigation affecting federal pensions and benefits. Recently appointed to the Board of Directors, Pierrette serves on the Executive Committee and the Appeals Committee.
Appointed term on June 28, 2019
Robert Hart has spent most of his career working in the group benefits industry both in the private and public sectors. Most recently he was Expert Advisor, Pensions and Benefits Sector, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada where he had oversight responsibilities with respect to the Canadian Armed Forces Group Insurance Plan (SISIP) and the RCMP Group Life and Disability Insurance Plans. Prior to that he worked for a number of years with SISIP Financial, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. He has served on several interdepartmental policy teams as well as the RCMP Insurance Advisory Committee.
Renewed term on August 1, 2017
Tammy Labelle has a demonstrated track record in managing and leading various files in the area of public service benefits and compensation. In addition to her Board duties, she serves as Director General, My GCHR Sector at Public Services and Procurement Canada. Tammy serves on the Executive Committee and the Audit and Finance Committee.
Appointed term on April 9, 2018
Wendy Loschiuk retired from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) in 2015 where she was an Assistant General. After joining the public service in 1979, Wendy started her career with the Department of National Defence, reviewing programs and spending, before moving to the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the OAG. Throughout her career, she has served as a member of several audit boards and task forces, examining standards and practices, and has worked with other audit institutions in the improvement of their audit practices. Since retiring, Wendy has volunteered her time as Treasurer for an Ottawa-based charity. She serves as Chair for the Audit and Finance Committee and serves on the Executive Committee.
Appointed term August 1, 2017
Before retiring in 2009, Jacques Lambert served in the public service for 41 years with several departments, including Veterans Affairs Canada and the Ministry of Employment and Immigration. For more than 15 years, Jacques has been actively involved in national committees and on management boards. He serves on the Appeals Commitee and the Audit and Finance Commitee.
The Administration Authority operates with a staff of 13, who provide expertise in the areas of benefits administration, financial management, audit, risk analysis, appeals, reporting, and communications.