Staff

Our Doctors Manitoba staff is dedicated to serving the membership and the goals of the Association. We pride ourselves in their level of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that they consistently demonstrate. Whether you require assistance with a billing matter, a contract, insurance, member benefits or any other number of issues: they are there to help.

Do not hesitate to contact them by email or phone.

Robert (Bobby) Cram - Chief Executive Officer

(204) 985-5843
rcram@docsmb.org
Bobby Cram
Robert ( Bobby) Cram is the CEO at Doctors Manitoba.  Bobby has worked for Doctors Manitoba since 1995 when he was hired as Director of Negotiations. In that role he was primarily involved in the negotiation of multiple alternate funding arrangements over the years. He assumed the role of Acting CEO in July 2010 and was appointed CEO in May 2012. He is primarily responsible for maintaining the organization’s long-term relationship with the provincial government, Regional Health Authorities, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba, and other major stakeholders in health care. As an ex officio member of all Board Committees and Task Forces he is involved in long-term strategic planning and the implementation of goals as established by the Board of Directors.

Allison Crolly - Chief Negotiator

(204) 985-5856
acrolly@docsmb.org
Allison Crolly
Allison Crolly is Doctors Manitoba’s Chief Negotiator. Allison is responsible for overseeing and negotiating our Master Agreement with government. She is also responsible for negotiating and advising individual and groups of physicians with regard to agreements outside of the Master Agreement and for amendments to the Physician’s Manual. In addition, Allison represents Doctors Manitoba and physician members in arbitrations hearings, billing disputes and audits. Allison has been with Doctors Manitoba since 2006. Previously she worked in private practice focusing on Labour and Employment law. Allison received her law degree from the University of Windsor and a BA from the University of Winnipeg.

Matt Maruca - General Counsel

(204) 985-5860
mmaruca@docsmb.org
Matt Maruca
Matt  is responsible for overseeing Doctors Manitoba’s ongoing legal affairs, including providing legal advice to the Board of Directors, staff and physicians. Matt is also responsible for assessing the organization’s ongoing and future legal risks and liaising with external counsel. In addition, Matt represents Doctors Manitoba in all arbitration hearings (including with respect to the Master Agreement) and court proceedings and is an active member of the Negotiations Team. Prior to joining Doctors Manitoba in 2010, Matt worked in private practice at a law firm in downtown Winnipeg with an emphasis on complex civil and corporate litigation matters. dispute resolution, employment, regulatory and governance matters. Matt received his Bachelors of Law and Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Manitoba.

Rick Sawyer - Chief Administrative Officer

(204) 985-5842
rsawyer@docsmb.org
Rick Sawyer
Rick Sawyer is the Chief Administrative Officer at Doctors Manitoba, a position he has held since he joined the association in 2011. His areas of responsibility include membership and benefits, finance and accounting, insurance and information technology.

Ian Foster - Medical Remuneration Officer

(204) 985-5854
ifoster@docsmb.org
Ian Foster
Ian Foster joined Doctors Manitoba as an Economic/Statistical Analyst in 1994 after receiving his Masters of Science Degree in Statistics from the University of Manitoba. At present, he is a Medical Remuneration Officer and assists individual or groups of physicians with all aspects of compensation and negotiation matters. He has been integral to the development of the Doctors Manitoba fee tariff comparison database.

Roger Jamieson - Medical Remuneration Officer

(204) 985-5849
rjamieson@docsmb.org
Roger Jamieson
Roger Jamieson is a Medical Remuneration Officer at Doctors Manitoba, where he has worked since 1999. Within his assigned fee-for-service blocs of practice, Roger is responsible for all issues including leading bloc meetings, coordinating bloc nominations/elections, handling new fee tariff applications, and handling all billing inquiries related to his blocs. Roger is also responsible for various alternate funded groups of physicians including psychiatry and urban/rural family physicians. Roger’s previous experience was at Manitoba Health. He is a graduate of the Commerce program at the University of Manitoba.

Braden Kalichuk - Junior Compensation Analyst

(204) 985-5848
bkalichuk@docsmb.org
Braden Kalichuk
Braden Kalichuk is a recent addition to Doctors Manitoba, holding the position of Junior Analyst. Braden works closely with the Negotiations Staff providing support and analysis in a variety of areas. Braden joined Doctors Manitoba after graduating with his B.Sc (hons.) degree in the field of statistics from the University of Manitoba.

Barry Hallman - Benefit Programs Coordinator

(204) 985-5865
bhallman@docsmb.org
Barry Hallman
Barry Hallman has worked at Doctors Manitoba since 2001. He has been Benefit Programs Coordinator since 2008. During his first seven years with the organization, he held the position of Compensation Analyst. Barry’s current responsibilities include managing all four of the negotiated benefit programs offered by Doctors Manitoba: the CME and CMPA Rebate Programs, the Physician Retention Program and the Maternity/Parental Benefits Programs. Barry has a Masters Degree in geography from the University of Guelph.

Marlene McCulloch - Accounting Coordinator

(204) 985-5853
mmcculloch@docsmb.org
Marlene McCulloch
Marlene McCulloch joined Doctors Manitoba in 2000. Her responsibilities as the Accounting Coordinator include all of the accounting functions of the association as well as the four negotiated benefit funds. Specific duties include accounts receivable and payable, payrolls, processing of Insurance EFTs, and posting to five general ledgers. In addition, Marlene administers all bank account transactions, including balancing and preparing the bank reconciliations monthly. She assists with the annual budget and keeps detailed spreadsheets for the income and expense accounts throughout the year. Marlene’s previous accounting experience was in Ontario, working for small and mid-size manufacturing companies and in the accounting department of a large legal firm. After returning to Manitoba, she worked for 10 years as the Administration Office Manager at the Union Centre in Winnipeg.

Leanne Muir - Membership & Communications Coordinator

(204) 985-5866
lmuir@docsmb.org
Leanne Muir
Leanne has worked at Doctors Manitoba since 1989. She is responsible for administration of the membership database and the membership invoicing and renewal processes. She administers the new vehicle purchase program, and assists with other membership benefits programs.  Leanne is also responsible for the administration of the Doctors Manitoba website and the Doctors Manitoba Physician Health & Wellness website.

Mark Venton - Insurance Coordinator

(204) 985-5846
mventon@docsmb.org
Mark Venton
Mark has worked at Doctors Manitoba since 2009. He assumed responsibility for the Insurnce Department in 2016. He administers all of the group insurance plans for members, residents and students. Mark is the liaison to the insurance companies and outside consultants. He coordinates the activities of the Doctors Manitoba Insurance Committee. Prior to Doctors Manitoba, Mark worked in the private insurance industry.

Amber Pauls - Insurance Administrator

(204) 985-5847
apauls@docsmb.org
Amber pauls
Amber Pauls has worked at Doctors Manitoba since 2007. She works with Mark Venton in the Insurance department, aiding with the maintenance and growth of the different plans and communicating with members regarding their insurance. She also assists with membership and benefits plans during peak times

Jill Brown - Assistant to the CEO

(204) 985-5852
jbrown@docsmb.org
Jill Brown
Jill Brown has worked at Doctors Manitoba since 1989. She has held various positions and is currently the Assistant to the CEO. Her responsibilities include administrative duties in respect to the CEO, Chief Negotiator and General Counsel. She also assists in the administration of Executive and Board Meetings and compilation of Board meeting agendas. In addition, Jill assists members of the Doctors Manitoba Board, Executive and staff with all their travel arrangements for various meetings. Jill also maintains and organizes all contract and arbitration materials, and the office filing systems and library.

Cheryl Bezte - Administrative Assistant, Negotiations

(204) 985-5851
cbezte@docsmb.org
Cheryl Bezte
Cheryl Bezte joined Doctors Manitoba as General Clerk in early 2009. Later that year, she took over the duties of Secretary for the Compensation Analysts and Medical Remuneration Officers. Her main responsibilities include preparing, processing and finalizing new fee tariff applications, as well as various other secretarial duties for economics staff members.

Mary Renaud - Secretary/Receptionist

(204) 985-5888
mrenaud@docsmb.org
Mary Renaud has worked at Doctors Manitoba as a secretary/receptionist since 2009. Her responsibilities include switchboard and reception duties, ordering courier services, and the receipt and distribution to appropriate staff members of incoming mail, faxes and e-mails. She also provides assistance with specific tasks associated with communications, benefit programs and membership services, as well as the Annual General Meeting registration process .