Our Team

Edmonton Office

Jay Kemp

Jay Kemp

Principal

After graduating from the University of Calgary, Jay began his career in the employee benefit and retirement field with London Life in Calgary over 20 years ago. After several moves across Canada with London Life, he settled in Edmonton where he moved to a national benefits consulting firm helping it grow into one of Canada’s leading consulting practices before joining BenefitLink as a partner in 2000.

Jay is highly experienced in the design, risk analysis, management and delivery of benefit and retirement solutions. As one of the founders, Jay takes great pride in being timely, and building solutions together.

jkemp@benefitlink.ca

Lisa Robson

Lisa Robson

Senior Consultant

Lisa has been in the employee benefit and group retirement field for almost 20 years, earning her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation in 2006.

Lisa began her career in the industry with one of the largest group insurance providers in Canada, where her primary focus was employee benefits. Since that time, she has taken various roles and responsibilities both in the benefits and retirement fields both at the insurer and at the consultant/advisory level. Her unique skill set is unrivalled in the consulting community. Lisa prides herself in her timely communication skills, and dedication to building ongoing customer solutions. Her customer focus is well documented.

From benefit design, employee communication, contract management, administration training, and support to resolving every day issues, Lisa is here to provide solutions.

lrobson@benefitlink.ca

Candice Martin, ACS

Candice Martin, ACS

Client Services

Candice began her career in the employee benefits and retirement field over 20 years ago. After working with one of Canada’s largest benefit consulting firms as well as one of Canada’s leading group insurance suppliers she joined BenefitLink in 2005.

Her years of experience in the benefits and retirement fields have taught her the value of dedication to superior client service and she strives to achieve continual excellence in customer satisfaction with each client interaction. She plays a pivotal role in assessing and identifying claiming patterns, analyzing quarterly and year-end reports, implementation and benchmarking. In addition to group benefit and retirement plans she is well versed in individual life and disability insurance.

Candice’s dedication, excellence, responsiveness, and everyday issue solving ability are very much appreciated by both employers and employees.

cmartin@benefitlink.ca

Christine Hardstaff

Christine Hardstaff

Client Services

Holding a senior position within the company, Christine analyzes and evaluates all financial aspects of BenefitLink products and plans. Christine has an extensive background in accounting and client services. Building upon her knowledge of emerging trends, continued research and application of such has made Christine a key staff member that directly builds and influences our products and services offered to clients which includes, but is not limited to, retirement plans, benefit reviews and claim assessments.

Christine assists and supports all staff within various aspects of their ongoing roles, product development and carries out company specific training on policy and product handling for new and incumbent employees.

chardstaff@benefitlink.ca

Saskatoon Office

Trevor Grabowski

Trevor Grabowski

Senior Consultant

Trevor joined BenefitLink 15 years ago and manages our Benefits and Pension Solutions. Trevor has over 20 years of experience representing two of the country’s largest providers of Employee Benefits and Pensions and as a Consultant with an International Consulting firm working with clients of various sizes and needs. Trevor is experienced in the design and management, contractual and funding techniques of both traditional, flexible benefit and group retirement solutions.

tgrabowski@benefitlink.ca

Thompson & Winnipeg Offices

Kevin White, CFP

Kevin White, CFP

Senior Consultant, Investment and Estate Advisor

Kevin started in the financial planning and benefit consulting field in 1992. He majored in Economics at the University of Manitoba and has attained his Certified Financial Planner designation (CFP).

Kevin’s experience has provided him with a strong knowledge of traditional and hybrid benefit plan designs. His strong interpersonal skills allow him to communicate with plan members in a clear and concise manner. He demonstrates the ability to adapt his presentation style to communicate effectively with employees of varying educations and vocational backgrounds, leaving them with a feeling of genuine interest in their benefit and financial concerns.

Kevin is highly service oriented and his hands on approach to employee education and communication is appreciated by both employers and employees. This combined with his background in financial planning adds value to the traditional benefit consultant / client relationship.

kwhite@benefitlink.ca

Michelle Urbanowski, GBA

Michelle Urbanowski, GBA

Senior Consultant

Michelle joined BenefitLink in 2004 from a role in municipal government. She obtained her Group Benefits Associate (GBA) designation in 2009. Michelle’s current professional development will provide her with a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation.

From benefit design, employee communication, contract management, administrator training and support to resolving every day issues, Michelle is here to provide solutions.

murbanowski@benefitlink.ca

Tanis Norrie, CFP

Tanis Norrie, CFP

Financial Planning Advisor

Financial planning is more than just numbers. To Tanis, it’s the people and dreams behind the figures that matter the most.  As a Financial Planning Advisor, she can help you gain peace of mind and achieve your dreams for the future, whether it’s a worry-free retirement, running a business, sending children to college, fulfilling a lifelong ambition, or leaving a legacy to your loved ones or a cherished cause.

Tanis entered the financial services industry in 1994 after graduating from Business Accountancy with honors. While progressing through various positions that focused on cash management, investments and lending within the banking industry, she obtained the Certified Financial Planning designation in 2002. She works in conjunction with the advisors and clients to develop financial plans and assist clients with reaching their goals.

Managing your wealth can be complex and time-consuming. Tanis can simplify your life by addressing all aspects of your financial well-being from investments and insurance to tax and estate planning. Supported by a team of professionals including lawyers, tax accountants and financial analysts, she can help you make the right decisions about your wealth, and help you build the future you desire.

If you are looking for a financial solution that will simplify and enhance your life, please contact us for a confidential consultation.

tnorrie@assante.com