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Patrick Van Bakel, Chair of the Board of Governors, The Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC)


At the 66th Annual General Meeting, held October 29, 2019, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Patrick Van Bakel, BA, CIP was elected Chair of the Board of Governors of The Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC). Mr. Van Bakel is President and Chief Executive Officer, Crawford and Company (Canada) Inc, based in Toronto, Ontario.

Martin Thompson, ACII, President and CEO of RSA Canada was elected Deputy Chair, and Heather Masterson, BA, B.Ed, FCIP, President and CEO Travelers Canada was elected Vice Chair, Membership-at-Large. S. J. (Jeff) Goy, ACAS, CIP, President and CEO of The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company is immediate Past Chair.

Regional Vice Chairs are:

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Ken De Decker, CIP, CRM – Western provinces;

Heidi Sevcik, FCIP – Ontario;

François Jean, CIP, CRM – Québec; and

Robert Byrne, CIP, CD – Atlantic provinces.

Divisional Vice Chairs are:

Anna McCrindell, BA, FCIP – Academic

Mike Kosturik, BA, FCIP – Professionals

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The IIC is the premier professional education body for the property and casualty insurance industry. Its membership of over 40,000 includes over 18,000 active students in its formal programs. The Institute is also the parent organization of the Chartered Insurance Professionals’ Society, which serves the needs of more than 18,000 graduate Chartered Insurance Professionals (CIP) and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professionals (FCIP). For more information, please visit and

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