Michele Mactaggart, CHS, GBA
A well-designed employee benefit plan plays an important role in the ability to attract and retain the talent needed to build a successful business. Michele is committed to helping her clients design and implement the type of high-quality employee benefit plans that are consistently associated with good jobs, quality workplaces, and high employee loyalty.
Building on her career as a Group Insurance Specialist with Great West Life in 1993, Michele founded Bensol Consulting in 2004. She is a Certified Health Insurance Specialist and Group Benefit Associate, and is working her way towards a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation.
When she is not busy raising her twins, Michele is an active member of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and a former volunteer member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington. As part of her personal commitment to fitness, Michele completed the Subaru Ironman 70.3 in Muskoka in September 2010. Watch for her on her bike at fundraising events and community outings in Guelph-Wellington.
1. What one word best describes what matters most in business today?
2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My grandfather told me never speak badly about anyone and you’ll have lots of friends. It was good advice. We all have bad days when we aren’t at our best. We are human.
3. How do you juggle the demands of life and work?
I take a lot of deep breaths. I also drink wine. Can I say that?
4. What was your first job?
My first job after University was with Great West Life, now Canada Life. I was a small group insurance representative. That’s where my passion to help small business navigate the world of employee benefits grew.
5. What’s your idea of a perfect rainy day Sunday afternoon?
Afternoons at the cottage working on a jigsaw puzzle or playing a board game with my kids.
6. What’s the one beverage you can’t live without?
Wine. Did I say that again?
7. What is your most treasured family heirloom?
8. What song do you always play at full volume?
Any Maroon 5 song. Really loud.
9. What tastes so gross you won’t even be in the same room with it?
Marmite. It’s awful. I’m not sure how anyone eats it. No one needs that much B-vitamins.
10. Favourite childhood candy?
Pop Rocks. But you have to make sure you keep your mouth closed not to get them in your eye.
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