After-school program for local underserved youth receives $5,000 from Economical Insurance in association with Emsland

After-school program for local underserved youth receives $5,000 from Economical Insurance in association with Emsland

Funding squash program that will improve academic performance, develop self-confidence, and promote healthy lifestyles





KAMLOOPS, BC, January 22, 2015 — Just in time for the launch this month, River City Squash received a $5,000 donation towards its after-school program that will give north shore youth the opportunity to reach their full potential. Participating students from Grades 4 to 6 in three local elementary schools will get concentrated coaching in squash as well as help with their homework and tutoring in academic skills that will improve their study habits and grades and increase their overall enjoyment of school. The donation was made by Economical Insurance, one of Canada’s leading providers of home, auto and business insurance, in association with local insurance broker, Emsland Insurance.

“We are grateful to Economical Insurance for this generous and timely gift that will help us get through our full-program pilot from January to June as we find our feet,” said Dave Clutton of River City Squash. “By measuring our students’ progress and program outcomes, we are confident we will bridge a gap in our community with this opportunity for underserved youth to excel in school and hopefully move on to obtain post-secondary education.”

Every six weeks, participants will also perform community service projects, which could include visiting the elderly in a nursing home, helping at a food bank, or tending community gardens. The students will also do field trips to cultural centres, such as museums, plays, and science centres.

“At Economical, we strongly believe in the value of education as an essential step in reaching success,” said Cheryl Edmunson, Economical’s vice-president of sales and distribution in B.C. “We commend Dave and his team at River City Squash for their innovative efforts to encourage youth to succeed in school and in life and become the best they can be.”

“We’re delighted to be associated with Economical’s generous investment in the future of our north shore youth,” said Christopher Emsland, president of Emsland Insurance. “Economical has a long history of giving back to communities across the country. This donation will certainly make a positive difference right here in Kamloops.”

The River City Squash program is based on the Urban Squash model that is active in several cities in North America, including Toronto and Vancouver. Daily attendance at school and at the after-school program sessions is monitored and encouraged. The students’ academic progress is monitored monthly throughout the year, as are their fitness levels and nutrition knowledge. Fitness levels are measured from the start and tracked quarterly to show and encourage improvements in fitness. An annual evaluation tracks the development of the program, the number of children involved, attrition levels, and the program’s accomplishments compared to objectives.

About Economical Insurance
Founded in 1871, Economical Insurance is one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurers, with $2.0 billion in annual premium volume and $5.2 billion in assets as at September 30, 2014. Based in Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated group services the insurance needs of more than one million customers across the country. In 2010, Economical announced its decision to become the first federally-regulated mutual property and casualty insurance company to pursue demutualization. Economical Insurance conducts business under the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Family Insurance Solutions, Federation Insurance and Economical Financial.

For further information, contact:
Doug Maybee
Economical Insurance


Dave Clutton
River City Squash
(T) 250.314.9600

SCM Insurance Services Appoints New CEO to Drive Further Innovation and Growth

SCM Insurance Services Appoints New CEO to Drive Further Innovation and Growth

EDMONTON and TORONTO,  /CNW/ – SCM Insurance Services, Canada’s largest independent, privately owned insurance services provider, yesterday announced the appointment of Bob Fitzgerald as its new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding the corporation’s founder Larry Shumka who has assumed a new role as SCM’s first-ever Executive Chairman. The two executives will manage the transition together through 2015, with Mr. Fitzgerald overseeing SCM’s strategy and operations while he and SCM continue to benefit from Mr. Shumka’s legacy of successful leadership, entrepreneurship, knowledge and relationships.

Since its inception SCM has strategically expanded its brand through targeted acquisitions and complementary services to provide a breadth of insurance solutions unparalleled in Canada.

“I’m extremely proud of how our corporation has grown since 1986 from a single office in Edmonton to a corporation of seven companies with 200 offices and more than 2,600 employees serving our clients across Canada,” said Mr. Shumka. “But we’re poised for even more growth in the years ahead, so this is the perfect time to pass the torch to Bob, whose leadership will take SCM to the next level and ensure that we continue to deliver innovative world-class solutions for our customers.”

Mr. Fitzgerald has 30 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry, serving most recently as President of SCM’s adjusting and claims management company, ClaimsPro, which he joined in 2011. He has also held senior executive roles with other major insurance organizations in Canada and is an industry leader in the fields of claims, strategy, underwriting, marketing and risk management.

“SCM is already a top-class company providing a full range of insurance services in Canada, and I’m delighted to be entrusted with the opportunity to lead its further growth, innovation and strategic investment,” said Mr. Fitzgerald. “I’m also looking forward to meeting with our customers and our great team of employees over the coming weeks to share ideas for the future.”

Mr. Fitzgerald will continue as President of ClaimsPro until a permanent successor is announced.

“Great companies are the result of great employees who challenge the status quo and are always looking for better ways to create value for clients,” said Mr. Shumka. “I am confident that the great team we’ve built across all SCM companies will continue to use their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to deliver the best possible solutions to our customers.”

About SCM Insurance Services

SCM Insurance Services has been servicing Canada’s insurance and corporate industries for the past 29 years with over 200 locations and 2,600 employees. As a privately owned provider of claims adjusting, risk management, investigative, surveillance, risk mitigation, medical services, forensic engineering services and risk intelligence, SCM has distinguished itself through innovative technology, expert staff and solid customer service. The SCM Insurance Services include ClaimsPro, Xpera Risk Mitigation & Investigation, Cira Medical Services, Sibleys & Associates, MDAC, TRM, Pario Engineering & Environmental Sciences, SCM Risk Management Services (RMS), Opta Information Intelligence and International Programs Group (IPG). Visit for more information.

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RSA appoints first SVP Operations & Chief Operations Officer

RSA appoints first SVP Operations & Chief Operations Officer

TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2015 /CNW/ – RSA, Canada’s third largest P&C insurer, announce the appointment of Siddhartha (Sid) Chopra as Senior Vice President Operations & Chief Operations Officer.

RSA continues to focus on building a strong, sustainable and sound business on which brokers and customers can rely. Sid will be responsible for building RSA Canada’s first Operational Centre of Excellence. Reporting directly to RSA’s President & CEO Rowan Saunders, Sid will also lead the operations team tasked with developing and driving operational excellence for brokers and customers.

Sid brings an impressive track record in leading business transformations. He joins RSA from the Bank of Montreal(BMO) where he held the position of Senior Vice President & Head, North American Delivery accountable for project management, process management/operations and change management for all operating groups within BMO Financial Group. In this role, Sid led a team of more than 300 individuals across multiple locations in North America to deliver on all major business and technology initiatives within the organization as well as leading their process transformation and change agenda.

“At RSA we strive for excellence in all that we do,” says RSA President & CEO Rowan Saunders. “Sid’s appointment together with the creation of an Operational Centre of Excellence demonstrates our dedication to becoming the best insurance provider in Canada and delivering the best possible service for our brokers and customers.”

For news and information from RSA, please visit the RSA Broker website at

About RSA
With a 300 year heritage, RSA is one of the world’s leading multinational quoted insurance groups. RSA has major operations in the UK, Scandinavia, Canada, Ireland, Asia and the Middle East, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe and has the capability to write business in around 140 countries. Focusing on general insurance, RSA has around 23,000 employees and, in 2013, its net written premiums were £8.7 billion

About RSA Canada
RSA Canada includes Roins Financial Services Limited, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, Quebec Assurance Company, Johnson Inc., Western Assurance Company, Ascentus Insurance Ltd., Canadian Northern Shield Insurance Company, RSA Travel Insurance Inc./Assurance Voyage RSA inc., and is part of the RSA group of companies headed by RSA Insurance Group plc. RSA Canada employs approximately 4,000 people and is represented by a large network of brokers across the country. In 2013, the Canadian Group wrote $3bn in direct premiums with assets exceeding $8 billion. ©2014 Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada. All rights reserved. RSA, RSA & Design, RSA Insurance, RSA Insurance & Design and related words and logos are trademarks and the property of RSA Insurance Group plc, licensed for use by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company ofCanada. RSA is a trade name of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada.

SOURCE Royal & Sun Alliance

For further information: Tiffany Stathopoulos, Senior Communications Consultant,, 647-776-7114, Or Siriphone Duangvichit, RSA Broker Communications Business Partner,, 647-776-9248

The Co-operators donates $50,000 to the Canadian Blood Services

REGINA, Jan. 19, 2015 /CNW/ – The Co-operators has donated $50,000 to the Canadian Blood Services to help establish four umbilical cord blood collection agencies at hospitals in Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Every day approximately 1,000 Canadians are desperately in need of a stem cell transplant as it is their best hope for recovery.  There are not enough donors and the registry of donors does not reflect the ethnic diversity of Canadian patients. Therefore, Canada relies on international sources for cord blood transplants which is time consuming and costly.

“As a co-operative insurance company, we will continue to help strengthen our communities through community involvement, participation and investment”, said Kevin Daniel, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Co-operators Life Insurance Company. “These four umbilical cord blood collection agencies will play a critical role in the long-term well-being of Canadians by providing the opportunity for more research, treatment of diseases and in the end save more lives”.

Cord blood stem cell transplants are used for treating over 50 diseases and disorders, such as leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, inherited immune system and metabolic disorders. In addition, stem cell research and treatment has the potential to change the treatment of many diseases such as: Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, joint repair, diabetes and asthma.

About Co-operators Life Insurance Company
Co-operators Life Insurance Company, with its head office in Regina, is a wholly-ownedsubsidiary of The Co-operators Group Limited. Through its operating subsidiaries, TheCo-operators offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, aswell as investment products. The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned cooperative with more than $37 billion in assets under administration. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics and Maclean’s magazine. For more information

SOURCE The Co-operators

For further information: Glenn Bohay, Manager, Sustainability & Citizenship, Co-operators Life Insurance Company, Phone: (306) 347-6527,

Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. Strengthens Ontario Team

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Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. Strengthens Ontario Team

TORONTO (January 15, 2015) – Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. announces today the addition and promotion of several key personnel in the Ontario Region. The strategic placement of these individuals serves to strengthen the Crawford team and enhance our client servicing capabilities.

Crawford’s Toronto West branch, one of the Company’s largest locations within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), welcomes the addition of Spencer Bailey to the position of property & casualty supervisor, Toronto West. Bailey will report to Kelly Stevens, newly appointed branch manager, Toronto West. Stevens has served as assistant branch manager for the last four years under the direction of Michael McLeod, who has accepted a new position as branch manager, Waterloo and Owen Sound. McLeod succeeds his predecessor, Mark Hale, who has been a valuable asset to Crawford and will continue his work as a senior general adjuster with Crawford Global Technical Services® (GTS®). Crawford also welcomes Deborah Mannisto to the position of branch manager, Thunder Bay.

“These individuals bring many years of valuable experience and knowledge to their new positions, as well as a passion and drive for enhancing the customer experience,” said Pat Van Bakel, president and chief executive officer of Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.

These new roles reflect the deep experience of these team members:

Spencer Bailey, CIP – Property & Casualty Supervisor, Toronto West

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Bailey brings a vast knowledge of claims adjusting to this position, with more than two decades of experience working in all aspects of the claim administration process. Bailey is an industry recognized expert and has a reputation for handling complex losses in the areas of residential and commercial property, general liability, environmental, with a special focus on greenhouse claims. He holds his         Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation and is licensed in all lines. In his new role, Bailey will be responsible for the direct supervision of front line associates in the Property & Casualty lines of business at this branch.

Kelly Stevens, Hons BA, CIP, CRM – Branch Manager, Toronto West

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Stevens has nearly 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, working primarily in the property and casualty field. In 2007, Stevens joined the Company as a client service manager and has since held positions as accident benefits supervisor and assistant branch manager. In her new role as branch manager, she will oversee all branch operations.


Michael McLeod, CIP – Branch Manager, Waterloo and Owen Sound

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McLeod has been promoted to the position of branch manager of the Company’s Waterloo field branch which services Kitchener, Guelph, Cambridge, and Owen Sound. Since joining Crawford in 2008, McLeod has held positions as bilingual adjuster-trainee, all lines field adjuster, and branch supervisor. He has gained a wealth of knowledge in both his field and management roles. As branch manager, Toronto West, McLeod was also instrumental in helping the Company work through several large branch consolidations in the GTA. These experiences and his extensive capabilities make McLeod an ideal candidate for his new role.

Deborah Mannisto, CIP – Branch Manager, Thunder Bay

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Mannisto has been appointed to the position of branch manager of the Thunder Bay field branch. She brings with her many years of experience in the independent adjusting field. Most recently, Mannisto worked for a national independent adjusting firm where she managed an active caseload and helped with branch administration and supervision.

About Crawford

Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Crawford & Company. Based in Atlanta, Ga., Crawford & Company is the world’s largest independent provider of claims management solutions to the risk management and insurance industry as well as self-insured entities, with an expansive global network serving clients in more than 70 countries. The Crawford SolutionSM offers comprehensive, integrated claims services, business process outsourcing and consulting services for major product lines including property and casualty claims management, workers compensation claims and medical management, and legal settlement administration. The Company’s shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbols CRDA and CRDB.

For more information, please contact:

Gary Gardner
SVP Sales & Marketing or 1-800-522-1380

Crawford & Company (Canada)

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