• Email: michelehengen@gmail.com | Phone: (306) 596-7733


What Elite Strategies Can Do...

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For You


Coaching has proven to be a catalytic relationship for many individuals in helping them progress in areas such as:

  • Developing strategies for success and creating awareness of potential roadblocks;
  • Aligning priorities with values;
  • Improving communication;
  • Increasing effectiveness on the job;
  • Managing a significant change in life; and
  • …much more


If you are in a leadership position or plan to be in one in the future, Michele will work with you to help enhance the strengths that have already led to your proven success. Or, Michele can help design strategies to increase your effectiveness in your current role(s). As you feel better equipped to handle the challenges you face, you will find your stress levels plummet and your satisfaction soar.


For Your Organization


Management teams and Boards of Directors are as strong as the individuals within the team. Michele works with executives and professionals of all levels to enhance their performance for the benefit of the entire company. She is able to draw upon her own experience in the boardroom and in the C-suite to help other executives be more effective in their current roles as well as better prepare employees for future leadership positions as they progress through the organization.

An executive team or board is as strong as the individuals within the team. If you are in a leadership position or plan to be in one in the future, Elite Strategies will work with you in a coaching relationship to help enhance the strengths that have already led to your proven success. At the same time, we will uncover any hurdles standing between you and your ultimate potential…and clear them together.   Just as elite athletes hire coaches for improved results, you can train for greater success.

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For Your Organization

Risk Consulting

Risk is everywhere… and so is opportunity. Elite Strategies will work with your executive team and board to help you fully understand and evaluate your unique risk profile.   One only needs to look to recent news events to recognize that entire companies can be destroyed by risks that are not understood at the executive level.   Don’t let this happen to you!

Which risks do you want and how much? Which risks are not tolerated at any level? Just as you have an appetite for certain quantities and types of food, your company has a unique risk appetite which should be a key ingredient baked into your strategic plan. That way you will have confidence that your key risks are appropriately addressed so that you can focus your precious time on activities that add value. Our world is becoming more complex and moving more quickly all the time. Elite Strategies will help you develop your risk appetite today so that you will be poised and ready for any opportunities that arise in the future.

Michele Hengen

BSc, FSA, CERA, CEP Graduate

Michele Hengen homeMichele is a fully qualified actuary and has recently completed a comprehensive coach training program.   She worked in both the insurance and pension/benefits consulting industries for over 22 years, most recently as Chief Risk Officer for a multi-line insurance and investment group of companies. Since launching her own risk consulting and coaching practice earlier this year, she combines her extensive experience in the boardroom and diverse training background to coach other professionals and executives to be more effective immediately and to prepare them for future leadership roles.

Michele started her career in the insurance industry 25 years ago at The Co-operators – a group of Canadian multi-line insurance and investment companies – after graduating with a degree in Mathematics and Statistics.   Shortly thereafter she began successfully writing the actuarial examinations and attained her Fellow of the Society of Actuaries credentials. More recently, Michele also earned the Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst designation, also from the Society of Actuaries.

Early in 1995 Michele temporarily left The Co-operators when she and her husband moved overseas to Geneva, Switzerland. At this time, Michele had the opportunity to work as a Pension & Benefit Consultant for Watson Wyatt.

After a couple of years, they moved to Montreal where Michele began the MBA program at McGill. These plans came to a halt as they were fortunate enough to adopt 3 children within 14 months. This sudden family expansion prompted a move back to Regina in 2001 and Michele resumed working at The Co-operators in the Asset Liability Management area, which eventually evolved into the ERM department.

Michele’s responsibilities increasingly focused on implementing the ERM program, as she assumed roles new to the organization including AVP, ERM for Co-operators Life before being named the Vice President & Chief Risk Officer for Co-operators Group in March 2010, a position which she held until launching Elite Strategies in March 2014.

Along the way Michele realized that other professionals could benefit from her experiences in the boardroom and C-suite. Since developing people and leaders is a real passion for Michele, she began training through Coach U in the Core Essentials Program so that she could become equipped to coach others through their careers and lives.