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Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee assists the Board in discharging its oversight responsibilities related to the quality and integrity of financial reporting and enterprise risk management, including internal controls and fraud detection and prevention. Three of TRAF's Board members and an external accounting professional sit on this committee. Additional details regarding the function of the Audit and Risk Committee are set out in its Terms of Reference.

The current members of the Audit and Risk Committee are set out below.

3492 TRAF Brenda Tobac 214 cropped 3 Brenda Tobac
Appointed to committee February 26, 2018

Brenda has over 19 years of business experience, mainly focused on risk management. Her current role is Surety Practice Lead for HUB International. She is responsible for developing new business relationships and insurance solutions as well as managing risk relationships between insurers and insureds.

Prior to surety, Brenda spent 10 years in mid-market commercial banking where she managed banking relationships, structured financing solutions, and brought in appropriate banking partners for mid-market corporations. Brenda has also practiced cross-border taxation at Deloitte and Arthur Andersen. She has both a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota as well as a Certified Public Accountant designation. Brenda has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors – Rotman Director Education Program.   

Brenda has participated on boards and chaired committees focused mainly on children, health, and education.

Tammy Hodgins Rector WebTammy Hodgins-Rector
Board Member
Appointed to committee February 26, 2018

Tammy is a counsellor at Sanford Collegiate in the Red River Valley School Division. She has been an active member of the Red River Valley Teachers' Association since 1998 and has served in various capacities, including: President, Past President and Collective Bargaining Chairperson. She is currently the Workplace Safety and Health Chairperson.

Tammy has served on several provincial committees related to education, finance, collective bargaining and teacher certification.

Tammy received her Bachelor of Education (1996) from the University of Winnipeg and her School Administrator's Certificate in 2004.

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Board Member
Appointed to committee February 26, 2018

Nike has more than 20 years of professional accounting experience including her current role as Chief Financial Officer at Macdonald Youth Services. Previously, Nike worked with Economic Development Winnipeg, Pfizer Incorporation, Microsoft Ireland European Operation, Xerox Europe Ltd. and Marks & Spencer with offices in Europe, Africa, and America.

Currently, Nike serves on a number of boards in various roles including Treasurer of the Board at St. Johns-Ravenscourt School Parents' Association, Treasurer of the Board at ComSpam Incorporation, member of the Board at Kanikanichihk and member of the Board at A & O: Support for Older Adults. Nike is also a member of The Associates of the Asper School of Business and a member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

Nike holds a Master of Business Administration from Oxford Brookes University (UK) and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Honours) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. She holds three professional accounting designations – Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants, Nigeria), Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and Chartered Professional Accountant (Canada).


2020 Lauren ToltonLauren Tolton
Appointed to committee June 15, 2020

Lauren has worked at BDO Canada LLP for more than 20 years and was admitted to the partnership in 2013. Her area of expertise is accounting and assurance services and she primarily works with public sector and not-for-profit organizations in several areas, particularly education and local governments. She has also worked extensively with several union pension and health and welfare plans. Her work in the public sector includes providing tax and accounting advice to companies from manufacturing and construction, to agriculture and retail. She also has experience in conducting federal and provincial government recipient-contribution agreement audits.

Lauren was a member of the Board of Regents for the University of Winnipeg and the Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee for six years from 2015 until 2020. 

She completed her Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in 1999 and became a Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant in 2002.