Vanessa (aka Raquelle’s Mama, or Mama R, as Kristina likes to say) is a force to be reckoned with. A true example of being the champion of your circumstances, Vanessa brunches with us on how she took her 19-year old self and newborn baby Raquelle to personal and professional heights. Now, with over 27 years of experience in health and benefits at the largest international actuarial consulting firms, we talk life design, strategising for success, and negotiating tips for your career at every level. Vanessa has harnessed (pun intended) personal passions, and created ways to monetize, level up and achieve those big, bodacious goals (while raising Nigerian Dwarf Goats). We’re so inspired by this powerhouse of a woman and her zillion animals, and we know you will be too!
On the personal front:
Vanessa is first-born Canadian in her family who immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands. Being the 3rd of 4 children, she grew up on the west coast in British Columbia, mostly in Vancouver and the Gulf Islands.
Passionate Mama to two beautiful girls, various hobbies including dabbling in equestrian showjumping, breeding KWPN (Koninklijk Warmbloed Paardenstamboek Nederland aka “Dutch Warmblood”) horses focused in showjumping, raising Nigerian Dwarf goats, and running this little hobby farm on a small acreage on the outskirts of Vancouver, in Maple Ridge, with a “handful” of chickens, turkeys, miniature horses, orchard and market garden.
Vanessa also has a career…
On the professional side:
Vanessa has over 27 years of experience in health and benefits working at a few of the largest international actuarial consulting firms, providing strategic and day-to-day consulting services to her clients which include a wide variety of local, national and international organizations, specializing in multi-employer plans and trust plans.
Vanessa is licensed with the Insurance Council of British Columbia for Life and Accident and Sickness Insurance, and is Past Chair of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute (CPBI) Pacific Region, a speaker at various industry events, facilitating pension and benefits education to industry professionals.
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