As Senior Vice President of Business Development, Michael has more than a decade of government administration expertise and experience having worked on some of the largest, most intricate and notable class action settlement and voluntary redress programs in Canada.
Michael oversees and manages the strategic and operational development and execution of RicePoint’s government class action services to ensure high-quality, cost-effective notice and settlement administration processes.
Michael has built up business systems and processes that aid not only his clients, but also the Canadian government. This partnership and management of complex litigation cases has made Michael a trusted counsel and invaluable leader.
He has taken the leadership role in numerous government, consumer products, antitrust and securities fraud cases. Notable cases he has administered include: Hepatitis C class action settlement, Residential Schools Class Action Litigation, KPMG Overtime Redress Plan, and Walkerton Class Action Settlement.
With nearly two decades of industry experience, Carla is responsible for the design and implementation of multifaceted legal notification programs and plain language legal notice documents. Her legal notification programs effectively reach class members and her notice documents address the challenges of communicating complex legal information to class members in a manner that they can understand.
Her expertise includes all aspects of media research, planning, and buying, as well as the design and production of a variety of individual, digital, published and broadcast notices. Carla’s notice plans satisfy applicable provincial and federal laws and guidelines. She has successfully provided notice in a variety of high-profile cases, such as In re Residential Schools Litigation, Anderson v. The Attorney General of Canada, Brown v. The Attorney General of Canada, Riddle v. Her Majesty the Queen (Sixties Scoop), Ross v. Her Majesty the Queen, Ross v. Attorney General of Canada, Roy v. Attorney General of Canada, Satalic v. Attorney General of Canada (LGBT Purge), and Tiller v. Her Majesty the Queen (RCMP harassment/discrimination).
Carla has presented on and written numerous articles about class notification programs, the design of effective notice documents as well as industry trends and innovations. She is also a certified professional in Social Media Marketing, Digital Fundamentals, Digital Sales, and Google Ads Fundamentals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Temple University, graduating cum laude.
As Vice President, Ivan oversees all aspects of operations, management and strategic development. Ivan is a key contributor to the ongoing growth and implementation of strategies related to notice and administration.
Ivan has a decade of experience and expertise in the class action industry. Ivan has overseen more than 80 settlements of varying size and complexity with more than $3 billion in settlement funds distributed, while playing an integral role in some of the most notable cases in history.
Ivan holds an Honors, Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, and the Canadian Securities Course. He is fluent in English and French, and a member of numerous non-profit organizations.
Diana brings more than 10 years of legal marketing experience to the RicePoint team. As the Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development, she is responsible for the strategy and implementation of initiatives and events that foster RicePoint's relationships.
Prior to joining RicePoint, Diana held several positions in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s marketing department. Previously, she work for JVA Consulting, LLC and assisted with several projects dealing with the “Colorado Compassion Initiative” (granted by the U.S. Department of Human Services).
Diana earned her Master in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Regis University.
Shawn brings two decades of settlement administration experience to his role of Director of Operations. As the Director of Operations, Shawn oversees the daily procedure and client interactions of RicePoint’s Government Division. He is responsible for all aspects of division projects including pricing, procedures and protocols and oversees mail intake, document input and scanning divisions along with help desk functions and quality control.
He brings a depth of knowledge, insight and understanding of the settlement industry and its processes, making him an invaluable asset to the RicePoint team. Shawn is seen by his team and clients as a trusted, informed, and meticulous problem-solver. He consistently goes above and beyond to provide, streamlined and cost-efficient solutions for his clients.
Shawn has been integrally involved in some of Canada’s most prominent cases both national and provincial. These cases include Shell Polybutylene Pipes, KPMG – Overtime Redress Plan, Behr Wood Sealant, Walkerton Compensation Plan, and Roth and Fifield –Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped.
Shawn received his Diploma in Law and Security Administration from Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Additionally, he is a Chartered Insurance Professional, is a member of the Insurance Institute of Canada, and has been a Licentiate in Adjusting since 1993.
As Director of Operations, Brett oversees all aspects of class actions claims administration, notably: data management; notice requirements; website and claims portal design; and claims adjudication from initial stages through to distribution of proceeds. Brett is involved in all key decisions made throughout a claims administration and acts as a mentor for RicePoint Case Managers.
His notable experience combined with a tireless work ethic and attention to detail make him a crucial member on the RicePoint team. Brett is seen by his team and clients as trustworthy, responsive and assertively focused on optimal outcomes for his clients.
Brett has directly overseen some of Canada’s most high-profile and complex claims administrations including: Volkswagen/Audi 2.0L; Volkswagen/Audi/Porsche 3.0L TDI Emissions settlements; Canadian National DRAM price-fixing class action; and Canadian Automotive Parts price-fixing settlements.
Brett holds a Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies, specializing in Finance from the University of Western Ontario, and successfully completed the Certified Management Accountant course.
As President, Gerry leads RicePoint’s class action services. He brings more than 20 years of strategic oversight and financial operations expertise as well as serves as a liaison to Computershare, RicePoint’s parent company. Over the years, he has fostered strategic relationships with major financial institutions to bring alternative financial solutions to clients.
Gerry joined KCC, RicePoint's sister company, as the Chief Financial Officer in 2009, after serving as the US Controller at Computershare for nearly 10 years. He previously held financial leadership roles with the Irish Dairy Board and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Gerry earned a Masters in Business Studies from Dublin City University, where he also completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance. He is a Chartered Accountant.