Go Virtual At The Revamped Insurance Business Canada Awards

November 17-18, 2021
12:05 PM ET

Last year the Insurance Business Canada Awards brought together over 900 insurance professionals from across the nation for an all-new virtual awards experience.

This year, we’re ready to do it all over again and continue our long-standing tradition of celebrating excellence, now bigger, better and taking place across two days on November 17-18.

This unmissable event will feature the highly anticipated winner announcements, hosted by CBC news anchor Suhana Meharchand. By popular demand, we’re also bringing back live virtual panels featuring some of the finalists, who will be sharing their inspiring insights, best practices and success stories. This is an unparalleled opportunity to go behind the scenes and engage with the industry’s best.

The virtual platform also offers a live chat option and a peer-matching function allowing you to network and reconnect with your peers and the wider insurance industry.

So don’t miss out. Be sure to join us on November 17-18 at 12:00 PM ET as we bring the celebration of the year directly to you – wherever you are.

What’s Happening On The Day

At the virtual Insurance Business Canada Awards 2021, you’ll be able to:

Catch the exclusive stream of the winner announcements hosted by CBC news anchor Suhana Meharchand

Show your industry spirit and support the 190 outstanding finalists

Join live virtual panels featuring some of the finalists, who will be sharing their inspiring insights, best practices and success stories

Network and reconnect with your peers in the insurance industry with our live chat and a peer-matching function

Get a chance to win a $250 prepaid gift card by posting on social media a photo of you, your team or your stylish home office while watching the awards. Don't forget to add the hashtag #IBAwardsCA and tag our social media sponsor IFS Financial Services Inc.


Day 1 - November 17th

12:00 pm

Opening Remarks

12:10 pm

The Future of Life & Health

Learn from Canada’s celebrated life and health insurance advisors, as they share tools to innovate their business and cultivate clients



Mike Stocks

Mike Stocks, Chief Marketing Officer, Retail, The Empire Life Insurance Company



Mary Mazza, Life and Health Insurance Advisor, Desjardins

Chris Karram, Managing Partner, Private Wealth, SafeBridge Private Wealth

Vincent Champagne, Sales Manager, CHES Vie

Jiten Puri, CEO, PolicyAdvisor.com

Diana Feliz, Manager of Financial Services, KASE Financial Inc.

Lyle MacDougall, Regional Vice President, Western Canada, Strata Wealth

Neena Matabudul, Broker, Billyard Insurance Group Inc.


12:50 pm

Building a strong and efficient team to withstand the test of time

Hear from award-winners on how they have built their business with expert teams, to offer clients well-rounded service.



Dara Banga

Dara Banga, President, DSB Claims



Joshua Krenus, CEO, Alteri Insurance

Stanislav Kojokin, CEO, KASE Insurance

Warren Griffiths, President, FCA Insurance Brokers

Travis Murray, Chief Operating Officer, Leibel Insurance Group

Robyn Wilson, Vice President, Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc.


1:30 pm

A fresh perspective - Meet the Young Achievers of the year

Hear from the best up-and-comers in the industry, as they share their path to success, challenges facing young advisors and views on current industry issues.



Amber Morrison-Givens

Amber Morrison-Givens, Marketing Director, PAL Insurance Brokers Canada



Marisa Berezowski, Broker, Aon

Fady Kamel, Managing Partner, All-Risks Insurance Brokers Limited

Armin Habibi, Associate Broker, Insureit Group Inc.

Karim Zein, Commercial Insurance Specialist, HUB International Limited

Dorothea Dowling, VP - Private Client Group, Axis Insurance Group

Cody Macpherson, Account Executive, KASE Insurance Inc.

Masud Nadiri, Sales Broker, My Insurance Broker


2:10 pm

Navigating opportunities and challenges for the year ahead

Hear from the country’s top brokerages (with fewer than 10 staff), as they discuss proven tips for building and managing a growing business.



Heather Masterson

Heather Masterson, President & CEO , Travelers Canada



Kevin Lea, President & Co-founder, Fuse Insurance

Carl Benjamin, CEO, Abatis Risk Management Inc.

Blair Tinianov, President, Louis Meier Insurance Brokers Ltd


2:50 pm

A celebration of exemplary leadership in insurance

Hear from highly respected industry executives as they reflect upon key moments in their career and advice they’ve learned on their leadership journey.



Justin Thouin

Justin Thouin, Co-Founder, LowestRates.ca



Stephen Billyard, President, Billyard Insurance Group Inc.

Daphné de Vitton, CEO, APRIL Canada

Sukhdeep Kang, CEO, Armour Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Saad Mered, Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Canada

Rick Jaitley, President, My Insurance Broker

Cameron Copeland, President, Cansure

Tim Shauf, President & CEO, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group


3:30 pm

Paving the way with excellence

Hear from Canada’s top MGAs, as they’re recognized for their excellent service to brokers and commitment to understanding the competitive landscape of the insurance industry.



Rupinder Hayer

Col.Rupinder Hayer, (Retired), President, Armour Insurance Brokers Ltd.



Kent Pitkin, Vice President, APRIL Canada

Tom Willie, Chief Executive Officer, Special Risk Insurance Managers

Gary Hirst, President and CEO, CHES Special Risk

Margo Lyons, VP, Broker Distribution, APOLLO Insurance

Brett Graham, President, Agile Underwriting Solutions


4:15 pm

Award Presentations:

  • Business Development Manager of The Year
  • Excellence in Claims Service
  • Digital Innovator of the Year
  • Leader of Change
  • The Empire Life Award for Life & Health Advisor of the Yea
  • The DSB Claims Award for Brokerage of the Year (10 staff or more
  • The PAL Insurance Brokers Award for Young Achiever of the Year
  • The Travelers Canada Award for Brokerage of the Year (Fewer than 10 staff)
  • The LowestRates.Ca Award for CEO of the Year
  • The Armour Insurance Award for MGA of the Year

Day 2 - November 18th

12:00 pm

Opening Remarks

12:10 pm

Celebrating the success of Life & Health

Hear from a panel of outstanding life and health insurance companies, as they discuss strategies that set them apart and are directing their future.



Greg Pollock

Greg Pollock, President and CEO Advocis, The Financial Advisors Association of Canada



Mike Stocks, Chief Marketing Officer, Retail, The Empire Life Insurance Company

Jibran Imtiaz, Vice-President, Market Development, Insurance Solutions, Sun Life

Michael Aziz, Chief Distribution Officer, Canada Protection Plan

Travis Kelly, Regional Director Business Development, Medavie Blue Cross


12:50 pm

A year later: The importance of philanthropy and community service in a COVID era

Hear from award winning advisors on how their contributions, leadership and support has made a significant positive impact on philanthropic causes as well as their brand and businesses.



Lynn Lafortune

Lynn Lafortune, AVP, Marketing & Communications, CNA Canada



Michael (Miki) Paczek, Director, Sales and Distribution, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group

Barrah Faysal, Client Success Manager, KASE Insurance

Lainie Goldstine, Marketing Manager, Red River Mutual

Lorna McIntosh, Vice President, Human Resources, Ecclesiastical

Joanne Kviring, Executive Director, Medavie Health Foundation, Medavie Blue Cross


1:30 pm

How today’s leaders are redefining success and breaking new boundaries

Award winning career advice from female trailblazers



Laura Pennings

Laura Pennings, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Steamatic Canada



Maria Jose Flores, Chief Compliance Officer, Carte Risk Management Inc.

Erin Gattoni, Vice President, Human Resources, CNA Canada

Erika Schurr, VP & Chief Actuary, Travelers Canada

Lisa Wolfe, Underwriting Manager, Property, QBE Services Inc.

Lori Cassidy, Head of Finance, Zurich Canada

S. Jacinta Whyte, Deputy Group Chief Executive, General Manager & Chief Agent for Canada, Ecclesiastical Insurance


2:10 pm

Award winning career advice from the country’s top Insurance Brokers

Hear from celebrated brokers as they share key victories in their journey to the top and the insights learned along the way.



Cameron Copeland

Cameron Copeland, President, Cansure



Morgan Roberts, Director of Sales, RH Insurance

Karim Chandani, Vice President Hospitality & Real Estate, HUB International

Terence D. Cairns, Vice President, Commercial Lines, Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services (Alberta) Inc.

Maggie Yang, VP of Sales and Operations, CIS Insurance Brokers

Sacha Poshni, Senior Broker, Billyard Insurance Group Inc.

Harry Jhajj, Managing Partner, Billyard Insurance Group Inc.

Alena Kharkavets, VP, Digital Strategy and Customer Experience, BrokerLink


2:50 pm

An Innovative Outlook on Internal and External Victories

Hear from celebrated property and casualty insurance companies as they share their perspective on how they’ve continued to find success in their business.



Donna Barclay

Donna Barclay, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Westland Insurance Group Ltd.



Enrico Mastrangeli, VP, Distribution and Member Innovation, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group

Nick Creatura, President & CEO, CNA Canada

David Huebel, President, Ecclesiastical Insurance

Jennifer Ronca, Senior Vice President of Operations, Unica Insurance Inc.


3:30 pm

A reflection on an exemplary career

Hear from this year’s recipient as they reflect upon key successes in their journey to the top and the insights learned along the way.



Stuart Bruce

Stuart Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada


Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient



Dean A. Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer (Retired), Sun Life.

4:15 pm

Award Presentations:

  • Underwriter of the Year
  • Best Service Provider – Claims
  • Best Service Provider - InsurTech
  • Big Brokerage of the Year
  • The Advocis Award for Life & Health Insurer of the Year
  • The CNA Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility
  • The Steamatic Canada Award for Woman of Distinction
  • The Cansure Award for Insurance Broker of the Year
  • The Westland Insurance Award For P&C Insurer of the Year
  • The FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Insurance Industry

Registration closes on November 16 at 5pm ET



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