Board of Directors/Governance

Trillium Mutual Insurance Company is currently governed by a Board of Directors of six. The Board meets monthly or more often as required. Each year two Board members are elected for a three year term at the company’s Annual Meeting.

The company’s Annual Meeting is held in March and a Chair and Vice-Chair are selected from the Board of Directors at an Organizational Meeting that immediately follows. These offices are filled by election each year. The Board of Directors reviews the company’s operation on a monthly basis. They employ the President & CEO who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and putting the actions given by the Board of Directors into place. 


Ben Rier

Ben joined the Board of Directors in 2009.  Ben was born and raised on a farm in the Elmwood area and currently resides with his wife and family in the town of Tara.  Ben received his Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University in 1986.  He spent 10 years with Elanco Animal Health in Sales and Marketing assignments in both Canada and the United States.  In 1997, Ben purchased an agricultural sales and service business in Tara. Currently, Ben is part owner of Partner Ag Services who provide equipment and services to dairy, pork and beef producers.  He is a Past President and currently an active member of the Tara Rotary Club.  Ben is also a past member of Canada East Equipment Dealers Board of Directors. His interests include agriculture, harness racing and business management.

Julie Garner
Vice Chair

Julie joined the Board of Directors in 2016.  She is a graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University (B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Arts).  For the majority of her early career, Julie worked for the Government of Ontario in various senior positions in the Ministries of Agriculture and Food, Labour, Energy and Infrastructure.  Currently Julie is a Principal with Earnscliffe Strategy Group in Toronto.  In this role she provides strategic advice and government advocacy support to a broad range of clients.  Julie is active in her home community of Waterloo where she lives with her husband and three daughters.

Ross Lamont
Past Chair

Ross Lamont joined the Trillium Mutual Board in 2013. He was raised on a mixed farm in Saugeen Township.  Lamont retired from Bruce Power after a 33 year career  including the last 10 years as the Manager of Community and Government Relations.  Ross received a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Leadership from the University of Guelph and has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Designation (ICD.D) through the Rotman School of Management.  Ross has been an active member in his community and has served on various local, provincial and national boards and associations. He and his wife Nancy reside in Port Elgin. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Ross Stone

Ross joined the Board of Directors in 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Ontario Agricultural College. He has broad knowledge and experience in agriculture and agri-business, in the specific areas of supply and service. Ross and his family reside on the Stone homestead in East Perth.

Angela De Groot

Angela is the newest member of our Board of Directors joining in November of 2019.  Angela holds a BA (Hons Spec) from Western University along with an MBA from Laurier.  She also earned the Family Enterprise Advisor professional designation through Ivey Business School at Western University.  Angela is the Founder of Synergize Family Business Consulting in Stratford and Owner of De Groot Pork Net Inc which is a growing, family owned, agri-business that specializes in producing high quality Canadian pork and poultry.  She is heavily involved within the community including leadership within 4-H Ontario.  Angela and her husband reside outside of Stratford with their 4 boys.

Cong-Rong Xie

Cong-Rong joined the Board of Directors in 2017. She earned a Master of Applied Science degree from Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Cong-Rong spent 23 years working in the P&C industry and held various leadership positions of program and technology management supporting new product development, new distribution channels and improving IT delivery agility. She now holds the position of Vice President of Technology with the Great West Life Assurance Company. Cong-Rong lives in Waterloo with her husband and two adult daughters. She actively supports local community and is a Board member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services.

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