June 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter
Veteran aviation claims adjuster Ian Gallagher has been elected president of the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association (OIAA), taking over from Catherine Groot.
Gallagher works in St. Catharines as an executive adjuster for Vancouver-based Kernaghan Adjusters Ltd. In addition to aviation, his areas of expertise include commercial property, personal property and liability and specialty losses.
Gallagher, who has a private pilot’s licence, has handled aviation claims for more than 25 years, including major hull losses, mid-air collision, hanger fires, passenger hazard exposures and fatalities, Kernaghan Adjusters states.
He has also handled a “a large variety of multi-million dollar fire and water-related losses,” Kernaghan Adjusters adds. He has also been a catastrophe adjuster in various locations in North America and the Caribbean.
Gallagher previously worked for Granite Claims Solutions, formerly known as McLarens Canada and before that as Ponton Coleshill Edwards & Associates. The property and casualty business of Granite Global Solutions was acquired in 2014 by SCM Insurance Services Inc., which owns adjusting firm ClaimsPro.
Each February, OIAA holds its Professional Development and Claims Conference, which includes a trade show and seminars. That conference is normally held around the same time as the Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association (CICMA)/Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association (CIAA) Ontario Chapter Joint Conference.
Founded in 1930, OIAA’s aims include, among other things, promoting a high standard of ethics in claims adjusting, and promoting “amicable relations with government departments and officials, the governing bodies and members of other organizations, insurance associations and fraternities and the general public, in matters connected with the business of insurance and insurance claims.”