About - OpenCircle

Our Story

Building on 35 years of experience as Merit Contractors Association and Merit National, OpenCircle elevates employers and employees by supporting well-being in work, life, and the spaces in between.

As changes occur globally and at home in Canada, they shine the spotlight on the employer-employee relationship, encouraging us to rethink how we work and how we best support employees and their families. Increasingly, the way in which businesses respond to environmental, social, and governance issues, is of concern to the marketplace and society as a whole.

With these kinds of changes gathering pace, OpenCircle is committed to ensuring that we are positioned to respond appropriately. We are future proofing our Members’ businesses. We think of this as a new era, one that demands a far-sighted and proactive strategy.

We proudly empower Members to stay competitive. Because our focus is, and always has been, people. It’s how we help our 1,700 Members and their 50,000 employees across Canada step confidently into the future.

OpenCircle acknowledges that our head office is located within both the Treaty 6 territory and Métis Nation of Alberta region 4 as well as the traditional lands of the Cree, Dene Suliné, Salteaux, Nakota Sioux, Blackfoot, Anishinaabe, and Métis. We further acknowledge our privilege of working throughout Canada on the ceded and unceded territories of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people and their ancestors.  We respect and acknowledge the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis of Canada as the traditional keepers of the territory of which we are privileged to be community members.

What We Stand For

Mission: To create business and employment that is inspiring, holistic, engaging, and rewarding.

Vision: To be Canada’s foremost partner for employer, employee and their family’s growth, health, and well-being.

Values: Alignment. Integrity. Discovery.

Our Board of Directors

OpenCircle’s Board of Directors strategically lead OpenCircle into the future while ensuring all actions, policies, and initiatives are Member driven.

Alan Kuysters

Curtis Monsebroten

Don Muth

Jason Franchuk

Shawn Belecki

Trevor Doucette

Executive Team

The OpenCircle executive team oversees the daily success of the organization, ensuring our Members and their employees thrive.

Line Porfon

Chief Services Officer

Randy Martin

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Lacey

Chief Commercial Officer

Janice Leicht Jong

General Counsel