Non-Executive Chairman, Chartis/AIG (Canada)
The former President and CEO of AIG Canada (now Chartis), Gary McMillan retired in 2012 after thirty-six years but remains the Non-Executive Chairman and Chair of Canada’s Board of Directors. After joining AIG Canada in 1976, Gary was named President of AIG property and casualty companies in 1980. In 2003, Gary was named President and Chief Executive Officer of all AIG companies in Canada, which consisted of eight companies involved in various aspects of Financial Services. During his tenure, Gary led AIG to become the largest commercial insurer in Canada through the establishment, licensing and acquisition of numerous AIG companies.
In his personal time, Gary served as the Head Coach for a travelling Rep baseball team for 11 years. The team played throughout Southern Ontario and tournaments in Ohio and Michigan.
Gary is proud father to two successful children, and has been married for many years to his wife Charlene.
Founder, Hunter McCorquodale
Stephen “Steve” McCorquodale began his career with Crown Life Insurance Company in 1968: when he retired in 2011 after the sale of his business, Hunter McCorquodale Inc. he had worked for 43 years in the life and health insurance industry both in Canada and briefly (3 years) in the U.S.
Steve’s entrepreneurial career commenced when he left Westbury Canadian Life in 1992, after roles including Vice-President, Operations, and started his own insurance brokerage operation specializing in group insurance and disability insurance. In 1994 he formed Hunter McCorquodale – a specialized insurance general agency – providing special risk insurance coverage products to insurance brokers across Canada. Hunter McCorquodale Inc. was purchased by Jones Brown Inc., a national brokerage operation in 2010.
Steve’s education includes a B Com from University of Toronto and an MBA from York University and various insurance industry diplomas (FLMI and HIAA). Steve is a devoted family person ( Donna his wife of 45 years and 3 sons and their spouses and 3 grand children). He is active in a leadership role with Humber Valley United Church.
Chair, TEC Ltd. for New Brunswick.
In his capacity as New Brunswick Chair for TEC, Mike currently advises numerous CEO’s of some the most successful organizations in New Brunswick. He has been chosen, two years running, as a judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Awards.
In addition to building two companies, Mike developed a strategic marketing program for the province of New Brunswick, was also a partner at HarleyMallory Inc., a marketing and public affairs firm.
Mike’s formal education includes a BBA from the University of New Brunswick, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and a certificate in French from La Sorbonne in Paris. Mike has taught marketing communications and human resource management to business students at the University of New Brunswick.
Mike and his wife Norah live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, and have four successful children and six grand children.
CPA, CA, C. Dir., CGFM
Andy Poprawa is a former regulator with 35 years of experience in senior financial, risk management and leadership roles. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Educators Financial Group a mutual fund company, Chair of the Learning Matters Charity, Chair of the Governance Committee of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation and as a director of several other corporate and not-for-profit organizations.
He is currently senior strategic advisor to a number of clients including regulatory agencies and private corporations. Andy is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and Certified Government Financial Manager.
He served as President & CEO of the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario from 1993 to 2016, as a senior regulator with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions for 10 years and as a Chief Financial Officer of an airline subsidiary. Andy was co-founder and long-time Chair of the International Credit Union Regulators Network. He currently serves on the Ontario Chapter Executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has served as the Chair of the Governance Advisory Committee at the Conference Board of Canada. In 2009, he earned his Chartered Director designation and was awarded the Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award by the Directors College. Andy can be reached through LinkedIn.
Andy and Rita have been married for 35 years and are blessed with two amazing children.
Founder and Managing Partner, Cookson Walker
Eric has an established background in providing consulting advice to insurance brokerages, as well as several major insurers. He is experienced in assurance services and a broad range of specialty services including operations management, corporate finance, acquisitions and divestitures, valuations, tax, sales and regulatory matters. As a founding partner of CooksonWalker LLP, now CW Partners LLP, Eric has been consulting to brokers for over 20 years in nearly every province of Canada. Recognized by the courts as an expert in the valuation of brokerages, Eric is a Chartered Business Valuator. He has developed and led seminars that have been attended by hundreds of brokers on issues ranging from operations management to enhancing the value of brokerages.
Eric’s education and qualifications include: a Master of Business Administration, McMaster University 1979; Honours Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, 1977; Chartered Accountant (C.A.), 1982; Chartered Business Valuator, 2001; Certified Fraud Examiner, 1996.
Prior to starting CooksonWalker, Eric worked at Ernst & Young Inc. (formerly Clarkson Gordon Inc.) performing financial statement assurance, operations consulting, and insolvency services. Eric is a regular speaker to the insurance industry, and regularly writes articles for Canadian business publications.
Eric and his wife Marnie are proud parents of three successful kids.