April 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter
1 Ryan Michel  took on duties as president and chief executive officer of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada and its subsidiary companies January 11. Michel succeeds John O’Donnell, now senior vice president with Allstate Insurance Corporation in the United States.
Michel has reporting responsibility for the Allstate Corporation’s entities in Canada, which include Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, Pembridge Insurance Company, Pafco Insurance Company and Ivantage Insurance Brokers. Joining Allstate Corporation in 1996 as an actuarial analyst, he became part of the insurer’s leadership team in 2011 as vice president and chief risk officer of enterprise risk management. In 2014, he was named senior vice president and chief risk officer, and appointed an officer and vice president of Allstate Insurance Corporation.
2 XL Group plc has appointed Nick Greggains  as chief executive officer of XL Catlin’s Canadian insurance operations. Greggains will also oversee the company’s offices in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.
With 25-plus years of industry experience, he most recently was director of underwriting for XL Catlin’s United States operations.
3 Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE has announced that effective July 1, Bill Scaldaferri [3a] will be appointed chief executive officer for North America, replacing Art Moossmann [3b], who will step down from the commercial insurance carrier’s Board of Management at the end of 2016.
Scaldaferri will continue as chief underwriting officer, specialty lines, with responsibility for the aviation, energy, entertainment and marine lines of business, as well as Allianz Risk Transfer, in addition to his new North American role.
Before joining Allianz Risk Transfer in 1999, Scaldaferri’s employers included Zurich and General Re. Moossmann, for his part, has worked at Talbot Bird & Company, Guardian Royal Exchange and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.
4 SCM Insurance Services announced in March that its Opta Information Intelligence unit has partnered with Impact Forecasting LLC to offer flood model products to Canadian insurance providers. “Opta will leverage this technology to provide its customers with the ability to quickly identify properties more at risk of flooding at any geo-coded address across Canada,” SCM Insurance reports. The model seeks to help insurers better underwrite and manage their riverine and off-flood plain exposures.
5 Dennis Schembri  will serve in Kernaghan Adjusters’ newly created role of vice president of Ontario operations. Having more than 35 years of experience in independent adjusting, Schembri founded his own firm in 1993, “which, ultimately, spanned across Ontario with over 50 employees,” Kernaghan Adjusters notes. He has also worked for McLarens Canada and Granite Global Solutions.
6 Guardian Risk Managers and Chutter Personal Lines Underwriting Services (CPLUS) will re-brand as Guardian Risk Managers Ltd., with the combined new managing general agent headquartered in Surrey, British Columbia. The teams will continue to provide the same products and customer service currently available to brokers. Guardian offers niche auto, home, commercial property and commercial liability coverage, as well as claims handling. CPLUS offers manufactured home insurance, Alberta and British Columbia motorcycle insurance and recreational vehicle insurance. The coming together of the companies is expected to result in new and enhanced insurance products, territories and services providing greater value to brokers and their clients.
7 Michelle Poirier  has been appointed head of sales, Canada for the BrovadaOne division of Willis Towers Watson. Poirier, in the business for more than 17 years, “brings significant experience within the insurer, broker and vendor space and will leverage her extensive background in business development and customer success management to drive value within the channel,” reports Willis Towers Watson. She began her career in underwriting and broker management, and has held senior roles with key solution providers within the industry. Towers Watson & Co. acquired New Brunswick-based Brovada, a workflow software vendor, in 2015.
8 Canadian National Insurance Crime Services (CANATICS) and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) have joined forces in the war on organized insurance crime. The collaboration is expected to improve the property and casualty industry’s ability to identify and investigate criminal fraud rings. CANATICS will serve as the early-warning system, producing alerts on suspicious activity, while IBC is the investigative body that can confirm if activity is, indeed, fraudulent, by gathering evidence that police and prosecutors need.
9 As of April 15, John Doyle will become president of Marsh Inc., reporting to chief executive officer (CEO) Peter Zaffino and working out of New York City. Doyle will also join both Marsh’s executive committee and the executive
committee of its parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. Doyle will be charged with overseeing Marsh’s global brokerage businesses. He most recently served as CEO for commercial insurance at American International Group Inc.
10 Rhea Turchinetz has been named vice president, western region for Creechurch International Underwriters Ltd., while Nancy Brady will assume responsibilities as vice president, professional liability for the managing general agent. Having opened the company’s Vancouver office in 2015, Turchinetz’s previous roles at Creechurch International include as assistant vice president, technology errors and omissions. Brady joined Creechurch International in 2005 and, in 2011, was named assistant vice president, professional liability.
11 Alberta-based Access Insurance Group has acquired Clarke Insurance Services and Lacombe Agencies. “Access Insurance Group has welcomed all existing Clarke Insurance Services and Lacombe Agencies employees into their family, extending their geographical reach in Alberta,” reports the company. It has offices in Edmonton, Stony Plain and Red Deer.
12 Munich Re has announced that Joachim Wenning [12a], currently director of labour relations, will become chief executive officer as of April 27, replacing Nikolaus von Bomhard [12b], who will step down at that time.
Wenning will be on Munich Re’s Board of Management.
13 Federal transport minister Marc Garneau has given his thumbs-up to an online awareness tool developed by oil and gas association Enform to handle flammable liquid emergencies. The tool, which received funding from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, is meant to address “knowledge gaps identified by Transport Canada’s Emergency Response Task Force following requests from municipalities and first responders in the aftermath of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy.”