Andrew Voroney has been appointed as the new Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SGI CANADA, effective June 1, 2021.
With 17 years of experience in the insurance industry, including the past five years serving as SGI CANADA’s Vice President of Commercial Lines and Regional Vice President (RVP), Saskatchewan Operations, Voroney brings a wealth of industry knowledge, strong corporate background, and innovative leadership to the position.
Building on an industry background in underwriting, product development and risk analysis, Voroney joined SGI CANADA in 2016. Since that time, he’s led the Commercial Underwriting and Product Management teams nationally as VP, and broadened his areas of responsibility into Personal Lines, Claims and Broker Partnership as RVP, bridging corporate and operational responsibilities. He has successfully managed profitable growth, streamlined processes, and expanded the company’s use of technology and innovation.
“While these priorities are important, the relationships we have with our staff, partners and customers are at the heart of our business, and these are all areas where Andrew excels,” said President and CEO Andrew Cartmell. “He’s developed strong teams and leaders who can confidently face the challenges of our ever-evolving industry, and support productive, successful partnerships with brokers. This all leads to providing an exceptional experience for customers.”
“I’m excited to take on the role of COO of such a fantastic organization, at a critical point in our industry,” said Voroney. “Technology, the reinvention of our processes and services, and the changes in our broker network present new opportunities for the future. It’s a privilege to be tasked with overseeing the exciting innovations SGI CANADA has planned, while staying true to our company’s roots of strong customer and broker service.”
Voroney will be replacing outgoing EVP and COO, Randy MacFarlane, as he transitions to retirement at the end of this year. Until that time, MacFarlane will lead the Corporate Insurance Division of SGI CANADA as EVP and Chief Insurance Officer (CIO).
“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have Randy at the helm of SGI CANADA’s Ontario subsidiary, Coachman Insurance, and SGI CANADA as COO,” Cartmell said. “His forward-thinking leadership has made a tremendous impact on our company, and I’d like to sincerely thank Randy for his successful efforts to grow our company across the country.”
“It’s crucial that we have the right people leading SGI CANADA into the future, to ensure we remain a stable, consistent and sophisticated insurer our partners and customers can count on,” Cartmell continued. “Andrew will hit the ground running in his new role given both the corporate knowledge he’s gained, and his hands-on experience running day-to-day operations. He truly understands our business and how to make it work.”
SGI CANADA is the trade name of the property and casualty insurance division of Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), offering products in five Canadian provinces, through a network of independent insurance brokers. It operates as SGI CANADA in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario, and also as Coachman Insurance Company in Ontario.
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TORONTO _ A group representing the life insurance industry says a decision by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal will support consumer protection rules that separate banking from insurance.
The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association says the court found a 2018 regulation prevents life insurance companies from accepting deposits and amounts unrelated to insurance coverage, marking a win in the insurance industry’s fight with investment firms.
In the lawsuit, Mosten Investment LP had argued that Manufacturers Life Insurance Co.’s universal life insurance policy allowed for unlimited deposits and a guaranteed return.
The case caught the attention of prominent short-seller Muddy Waters, which argued in 2018 that a ruling in Mosten’s favour could lead to billions of dollars of losses.
But Manulife says it was successful in arguing that policyholders cannot make unlimited deposits into universal life insurance contracts and that deposits must relate to amounts required to pay the life insurance premium.
Ronald Miller, one the lawyers who represented Mosten, says the firm is reviewing the decision and is disappointed the court would permit governmental interference into a contract that was issued decades before the new regulations were passed.
Manulife says the legal matter did not have any material impact on the company’s business, and shares of Manulife’s stock rose more than one per cent on Wednesday.
“In the interest of protecting consumers, many other provinces including Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have introduced legislation to provide similar clarity and reinforce the separation of banking and insurance,” said CLHIA chief executive Stephen Frank in a statement on the ruling, adding that the industry group was pleased with the decision.
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TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2020, Many trends have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic; people are travelling less, working from home and spending more time online. Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC) is offering enhanced protection to give customers working from home increased liability and home coverage, the option to add identity theft coverage and cyber protection, at a discount, as well as free access to mental health and well-being programs for a limited time.
“During a time where so many are working from home, customers are searching for added value and thinking about their well-being,” said Louis Gagnon, President, Canadian Operations, Intact Financial Corporation. “We want customers to have peace of mind and we are focused on supporting their changing needs”.
Intact Insurance’s enhanced protection provides customers with increased liability and home coverage for people working from home. Existing and new customers can also add identity theft coverage and cyber protection to their home policy with my Identity at a discount, and for a limited time, enjoy free access to online mental health and well-being programs through LifeSpeak.
Intact also understands that with more people working from home, driving habits and patterns are changing. Usage-based insurance programs give customers more control over their auto insurance premium. Intact Insurance’s my Drive™ offers customers personalized feedback and tips to help improve their safe driving and the opportunity to earn up to 25% off their auto insurance premium. Customers receive a 10% discount just for signing up.
Customers who want to learn more about these solutions can contact their broker.
While these solutions address immediate and emerging customer needs, Intact is continuing to develop other innovative and responsive measures to longer-term trends.
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Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC) is the largest provider of property and casualty (P&C) insurance in Canada and a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America, with over CAD$11 billion in total annual premiums. The Company has approximately 16,000 employees who serve more than five million personal, business and public sector clients through offices in Canada and the U.S.
In Canada, Intact distributes insurance under the Intact Insurance brand through a wide network of brokers, including its wholly-owned subsidiary BrokerLink, and directly to consumers through belairdirect. Frank Cowan Company, a leading MGA, distributes public entity insurance programs including risk and claims management services in Canada.
In the U.S., Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions provides a range of specialty insurance products and services through independent agencies, regional and national brokers, and wholesalers and managing general agencies. Products are underwritten by the insurance company subsidiaries of Intact Insurance Group USA, LLC.
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