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The Insurance Institute of Canada elects Intact Insurance president Jean-François Blais as chair of board of governors


November 3, 2016   by Canadian Underwriter


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The Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC) has elected Jean-François Blais, president of Intact Insurance, as chair of its board of governors.

The Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC) has elected Jean-François Blais, president of Intact Insurance, as chair of its board of governors.

The IIC elected Blais at its 63rd annual general meeting on Oct. 25 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the institute said in a press release issued on Thursday.

Blais has been president of Intact Insurance since 2011. Previously, he led AXA Canada’s operations for seven years as a board member and chief executive. He was elected deputy chairman of IIC in November 2015, IIC said in the release, adding that Blais has a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science from Laval University and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

“I am pleased to assume this leadership role at the Insurance Institute, which has a distinguished tradition of supporting the careers and growth of Canadian p&c insurance professionals,” Blais said in the release. “As the p&c industry continues to evolve, it is important for insurance professionals to continue to develop and advance their skills, and improve their knowledge to grow professionally and personally.”

IIC’s 2016-17 executive committee of the board of governors also includes:

  • Lynn Oldfield, president and CEO of AIG Insurance Company of Canada (deputy chair of the board);
  • J. (Jeff) Goy, president and CEO of the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company (vice chair, governor at large); and
  • R. (Bob) Tisdale, president and COO of Pembridge and Pafco Insurance Companies (immediate past chair).

Elected regional vice chairs are: Robert Katzell, (Western provinces); Tom Reikman (Ontario); Simon Charbonneau, (Québec); and Kathy Stewart (Atlantic provinces). Divisional vice chairs are: Michael Wills (Academic) and Mike Kosturik (Professionals’).

The IIC is the premier professional education body for the property & casualty insurance industry in Canada. It sets professional standards for the industry through education programs, “leading to a range of designations such as the internationally recognized Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP).” Established in 1899, the institute is a not-for-profit organization serving more than 39,000 members across Canada through 19 volunteer-driven provincial institutes and chapters.