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January 25, 2019

PROVINCE APPOINTS MEMBERS TO RECENTLY MERGED INSURANCE COUNCILS OF MANITOBA



Four new appointments and four reappointments are being made to the Insurance Council of Manitoba, Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced today.

“The Insurance Council of Manitoba’s mandate is to act in the public interest by regulating agents, brokers and adjusters,” said Fielding.  “These new and returning members will ensure the council continues to promote high standards of professionalism, competence and integrity in the insurance industry.”

Under The Insurance Act, the council may issue or refuse a license; attach limitations or conditions to a license; investigate complaints regarding agents, brokers and adjusters; cancel or suspend a license; and fine or assess costs.

The General Insurance Council appointments are:
•    new member Elenor Nowosad of Fisher Branch/Winnipeg, an insurance manager at P&C Insurance at M.M.L Club Services/CAA Manitoba;
•    reappointed Lynn Rempel of Morris, who is former president and chief executive officer of Rempel Insurance Brokers; and
•    reappointed Peter Tessier of Winnipeg, partner at Waggoner Insurance Services.

The Life Insurance Council appointments are:
•    new member James Pollard of La Salle, who is a licensed life agent and works with the World Financial Group Insurance Agency of Canada;
•    new member Craig Shanks of Brandon is a claims professional and owner/operator of Wheat City Claims Services Ltd.;
•    new member Kayla Harold of Oakbank, the operations manager at Crescent Financial Group;
•    reappointed Carol-Ann Borody-Siemens of East St. Paul, who is the owner/operator of Vi Olin Investments Inc.; and
•    reappointed Carole Urias of Winnipeg, the marketing director with Customplan Financial Advisors Inc.

The minister noted the appointments provide new members to the Life Insurance Council following the merger of the General Insurance Council and the Insurance Adjusters Council in September 2018.  The new appointments ensure the two councils have better representation with the same number of members.  

The merger also reflects an overall board membership reduction of one-third, the minister noted.  It is part of the government’s commitment to reduce the total number of agencies, boards and commissions while providing better and more efficient services for Manitobans.  Streamlining the insurance industry oversight model is consistent with governance systems used in other provinces, such as Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

These appointments support the Manitoba government’s effort to continue to refresh the agencies, boards, and commissions of the province, ensuring Manitobans continue to be represented in these important positions by highly qualified and enthusiastic individuals.

For more information on the Insurance Council of Manitoba, visit www.icm.mb.ca/.

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