An expert in financial market regulation has thrived in the investment industry

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As a child, Lora-Lee Miller often got up at dawn, walking through a muddy barnyard in her typical outfit – rubber boots and a long dress – to milk the cows on the family farm.

Later, she could be on top of a tractor, carrying bales, only to help cook dinner afterwards for her father, uncle, grandfather and others, who looked after the big one. dairy farm near Clavet, Saskatchewan.

Lora-Lee and Jeff Miller at their wedding in 2003; the two had been inseparable since they met in the 1990s at a local nightclub.

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Lora-Lee and Jeff Miller at their wedding in 2003; the two had been inseparable since they met in the 1990s at a local nightclub.

To boot, Miller took care of his younger brother, Dallas, while often doing homework for his older brother Mark because he was busy doing farm chores.

It was a typical day for Miller from the age of 10 until she moved to Winnipeg as a teenager. In Manitoba’s capital, she rose through the ranks of the investment industry to become one of Canada’s foremost experts in financial market regulation.

Whether it was the mud on the farm or the boardroom table, Miller’s life was marked by one characteristic, older brother Mark Tisdall says, “She was a very, incredibly hard worker.”

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<p>Lora-Lee Miller has made a name for herself as a regulator of the Canadian financial sector since her humble beginnings on a Saskatchewan farm.</p>
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<p>Lora-Lee Miller rose to prominence as a regulator in the Canadian financial industry from her humble beginnings on a Saskatchewan farm.</p>
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<p>This steadfast work ethic served Miller until his death in November at the age of 49, of pneumonia at St-Boniface Hospital, a complication of an illness lasting several months.			</p>
<p>Reserved but fiercely determined, Miller quietly established herself in the financial industry for three decades, as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Compliance Officer of the Canadian branch of RJ O’Brien & Associates LLC, the world’s largest corporation. commodity futures brokerage in the world.			</p>
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Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the national regulator of the stock, bond and futures markets.

“She was very, very thorough and… smart as a whip,” said colleague Keith Riddoch, President and CEO of RJ O’Brien in Canada.

The two worked together in the industry in Winnipeg before RJ O’Brien launched his Canadian subsidiary in 2011, which Miller was instrumental in commissioning.

“She was really the one who did the research, filled out all the paperwork and submitted everything to the regulators,” Riddoch said.

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<p>The launch went off without a hitch, Riddoch notes, is all the more remarkable given that Miller started in an office role in the 1990s with little industry experience.  Still, she had an aptitude for the business and quickly rose to senior compliance roles responsible for ensuring that business operations follow the rules.			</p>
<p>Her husband Jeff Miller, who has supported her throughout her journey, found a match in the “goal-oriented and motivated” woman he met in the early 1990s at Scandals, a former nightclub. south of Winnipeg.			</p>
<p>They hit it off – both ambitious and career-conscious;  over the years it has enjoyed success in construction and it has gained prominence in the <a class=investment industry

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“In this predominantly male world, she thrived – not to show people, but to show that a woman could do it,” he says.

Miller was well positioned to work as a regulator, with the strength of character to stand up for what is right. It didn’t hurt that she also had a great sense of humor.

“Compliance people have this reputation for being stuffy,” says Riddoch. “But she was the opposite: witty, and had no problem fighting back against the brokers.”

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<p>At the same time, she was “approachable and down to earth”.			</p>
<p>Equally important, Miller had an unprecedented in-depth knowledge of investment regulation, able to “recite IIROC rules by heart, without a problem,” says Riddoch.  “She was truly a trailblazer.”			</p>
<p>In turn, her vast experience has made her “an excellent Chair of our Manitoba District Council,” said Richard Korble, Vice-President, Western Canada at IIROC.			</p>
<p>“Someone with this knowledge of not only the rulebook but its practical application is really valuable, and she has combined those two things well.”			</p>
<p>Miller has led an equally rich life outside of work.  The couple designed their dream home together along the river near Bridge Drive-In and have traveled extensively, from spending weekends at the Miller family’s cabin in Lake of the Woods. , in Ontario, or to tour Costa Rica and the Canary Islands.			</p>
<p>“She has always loved excursions,” says Jeff, recalling a recent trip to an active volcano, one of her interests that she was happy to indulge in despite a 15-hour day.			</p>
<p>Whatever the task, Miller was into it – whether it was showering his nieces and nephews with gifts and love or putting his culinary skills to work, cooking dinner “for 40, even. if it was a group of four, “recalls her husband.  .			</p>
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Miller also had a deep affection for animals; Marty, the family’s rescue cat, loved her just as much. When Miller was recovering last year, recovering from what started in May as an abdominal infection, Marty stayed by his side.

Unfortunately, she never recovered, eventually hospitalized when the infection spread to major organs.

“She just wanted to get better but she couldn’t, for some reason,” said Jeff.

His death – at the peak of his career – was made all the more difficult by COVID-19 restrictions, limiting hospital visits and attendance at his funeral, Tisdall says.

Still, the older brother finds solace in a “heart to heart” they had by the pool at her home last summer.

“She said, ‘I’ve had a fantastic career; my husband is my world, and I’ve been so lucky in my life that I could die tomorrow, and I would feel whole and very lucky.'”

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