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Insurance Institute elects Northbridge’s Silvy Wright as new board of governors chair


November 6, 2013   by Canadian Underwriter


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The Insurance Institute of Canada elected a new chair of its board of governors at its recent 60th annual general meeting in Toronto.

On Oct. 19, the institute elected Silvy Wright, president and CEO of Northbridge Financial Corp., as its chair.

“The standardization of The Insurance Education across Canada, with a uniform syllabus, uniform examinations, and consequently equal standing for graduates, regardless of location,” is the top priority for the board.

“Throughout the history of the Insurance Institute, the organization’s board of governors has promoted continuity of the same vision, based on the founders’ stated objectives,” Peter Hohman, the institute’s president and CEO commented in a statement.

“Collectively they have been committed to the advancement of insurance education and have found ways to achieve this central aim.”

“I am truly honoured to be chair of the board of governors for The Insurance Institute of Canada at this important time in our history,” Wright commented in a statement from the institute. “There has been more change in the past five years than in the past 20, and we need to do more than just keep pace.”

Wright added that she wants to help the organization continue to drive innovation around program design and delivery and she is also determined to build greater awareness of the excellent career opportunities within the insurance industry.

“The more we continue to innovate and advance, the more we’ll be able to attract the best and brightest – the future leaders of this industry,” she said. “There are great opportunities for a rich and rewarding career in our industry, and we’ve got to let people know that.”

Also elected to the 2013-14 board of governors are:

  • T. Neil Morrison, president and CEO of Hub International HKMB/Ontario Limited – deputy chair.
  • J.R. (Bob) Tisdale, president & COO of Pembridge and Pafco Insurance Companies – vice chair, governor-at-large.
  • Karen Barkley, deputy president and CUO of Elliott Special Risks – immediate past president. She assumes the role after Maurice Tulloch, president and CEO of Aviva Canada Inc., stepped down as the Insurance Institute’s 2012-2013 chair of the board of governors to become CEO of Aviva UK & Ireland General Insurance.

Other elected board members include the following regional vice chairs: Glenda Ouellette (Western provinces); Donna Ince (Ontario); François Coté (Québec); and Darrel Coates (Atlantic provinces).

Regional division vice chairs include Michael Wills (Academic), and Julie Pingree (CIP-Professionals’).