Lance Torgerson, Chairman and Owner
Lance became the majority owner of Vantage Living Inc. in August of 2015. He is also the founder/owner of Noralta Lodge, a remote workforce accommodations supplier, based in Western Canada.
Born and raised in Northern Alberta and now residing in Kelowna BC, Lance is very well connected throughout Western Canada and has strong family roots in both provinces. He attended the University of Calgary and graduated from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) with a Business Administration in Management degree. He was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Prairies Award for Energy, Privately Held, as well as the NAIT 2013 Alumni Award of Distinction. He is also the youngest town councilor in the history of Slave Lake. Prior to starting up Noralta Lodge, Lance owned and operated a number of successful business ventures.
In his role as Chairman of Vantage Living Inc., Lance has developed strong relationships with key stakeholders. With his extensive business acumen and a keen understanding of the needs of individuals in his care, he has managed to set a bold vision that positions the company for growth.
Melanie Reinhardt - President
Melanie is motivated by a passion for quality seniors care. Joining the Vantage Living team in late 2017, Melanie brings strategic vision, strong leadership skills and a commitment to quality which have been developed and refined through more than a decade of industry experience. The Vantage Living culture of excellence is well aligned with Melanie’s personal attributes. Opportunity, innovation and “doing it right” are philosophies that Melanie brings to the team as she challenges them to provide only the highest quality services and to ensure the comfort of the residents we serve.
Relationships are key. In order to develop this aspect, Melanie regularly visits all Vantage Living sites to meet our residents face to face and to learn more about their personal experience in a Vantage community first hand.
Residing in the Okanagan, Melanie is a proud mom of 4. She enjoys spending her spare time on the tennis courts and cheering on the hockey teams.
Undergraduate studies in political science have helped form her strategic vision and have aided in the development of tools which are enhanced by certifications with IAP2 (International Association of Public Participation) and Procurement and Contract Management.
Dave Bulloch - Vice President, Business Growth & Operations
Dave Bulloch has over 18 years of executive, operational, and financial experience as an officer and/or director of businesses in the hospitality, real estate, property maintenance, facilities services, oil and gas, telecommunications and technology sectors. Throughout his career he has been a strategic leader and implementer of corporate change initiatives to improve operational efficiencies, grow organizations via merger and acquisition activities and enhance overall corporate growth and development strategies.
Prior to joining Vantage Living, Dave was the Chief Operating Officer of Noralta Lodge Ltd., where he was responsible for leading a team of over 600 team members in all operations activities of the business, including remote site operations, maintenance, construction, supply chain, fleet, aviation, transportation and operational excellence.
Dave has a Master of Business Administration degree from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge, a Business Administration diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Certified.
Keri Girard - Chief Financial Officer
Keri is a Certified General Accountant. She joined Vantage Living after spending several years in the natural foods industry. Keri is primarily responsible for providing operational and financial support to the company, which includes all financial communication, reporting to provincial health authorities, financial institutions/corporations and independent investors.
Keri has extensive experience in financial analysis, budgetary planning and cost management in both health services and property development. She has developed tools and financial models that provide critical operational/financial advice and direction to the Board of Directors. Keri is highly skilled in financial reporting, job costing, inventory management, payroll and development of internal controls. Throughout her financial management career, Keri has acted in a leadership role on numerous financial & government audits.
Along with her specific accounting experience, Keri also has considerable knowledge and experience in the selection, implementation and ongoing administration of various information technologies. She continues to broaden this skill set by overseeing the company’s ERP and Payroll systems, our computer and networking systems and by providing training and support to all departments.
Darlene Haslock - Regional Director, Care & Assisted Living Services
Darlene joined Vantage Living Inc, in early 2008 initially managing several sites in transition from either opening or closing and then in July 2009 moving into a permanent role as the Community Administrator at our first residential care home; in May 2013 she was promoted to her current role.
Darlene is responsible for overseeing services at our assisted living and residential care homes. Over the years, Darlene has been responsible for pre-commissioning, operations planning, equipment and supply procurement, manager and employee training, Environmental Health and Licensing permitting and commissioning activities surrounding the opening of 5 of our sites.
With over 30 years experience working in operations, Darlene strives to create a culture of safety and security for residents and staff alike and works closely with the Chief Nursing Officer to establish a team that is constantly improving.
Todd Mallen - Regional Director, IL & Hospitality
Todd is a graduate of Hospitality Management. Having worked within the Hotel & Resort & Senior Care industry for over 30 years, Todd has an extensive background in hospitality.
Todd has worked with several full service resort companies in the capacity of Resort Manager and Director of Operations. In these roles, his responsibilities included overall resort management, financial success, and guest satisfaction. Todd has also served as a board member for both the Kelowna Motel & Hotel Association and Destination Osoyoos.
Todd joined Vantage Living in July 2009, working at Brandt’s Creek Mews as Hospitality Services Manager until December 2009 . Todd rejoined Vantage Living in January 2012 as the Community Administrator at Brandt’s Creek Mews.
In his current role as Director of Resident Services with Vantage Living, Todd is responsible to coordinate, develop, revise and evaluate hospitality services and building services at each Vantage Living retirement community. Todd enjoys learning about the motivations of others, coaching and leading, and most of all, helping others.
Judy Meikle - Human Resources Manager
Judy has held previous roles at various levels in the HR Departments within companies of varying sizes. From the BC Ministry of Attorney General to BC Public Service Agency to Walmart Canada, as a District Human Resources Manager for over 6 years.
At Vantage Living Inc. Judy is responsible for leading the development and implementation of short and long ter
m Human Resources strategies designed to improve Recruitment, Performance Management, Learning, Benefits and HR Administration. Judy also provides professional support to Site Leaders to address Employee/Labour Relations issues, responding to grievances, providing advice on the development of personal improvement plans and company disciplinary process.
Additionally, Judy supports work site programs and activities to ensure due diligence and compliance of WorkSafe Regulations in BC and Alberta, and manages workplace and non-occupational absences with a focus on early return and stay at work strategies to support the employee and work sites.
Tara-Lee Calhoun - Chief Nursing Officer
Tara-Lee has over 32 years of nursing experience as a Registered Nurse. She is unique in having worked her nursing career in acute care for the past 32 years but truly found her passion in caring for seniors by leading the nursing teams for the past 20 years.
As the Director of Care in Residential care she has provided strong nursing leadership and ensured best practice outcomes to enrich seniors lives. Since 2013 Tara-Lee has achieved her Gerontology Certification through the Canadian Nursing Association, to better lead the nursing team in providing the best care for our seniors.
Tara-Lee and her husband have two children and have resided in Kelowna for the past 30 years. Her passion is riding her motorcycle and spending time with her family. She is an avid quilter and she loves decorating her office for every season.
As of April 1, 2018 Tara-Lee has transitioned into the Chief Nursing Officer position to support each of the Vantage Living Sites through her nursing expertise.