CIP Proud

Our CIP Proud campaign has been an exciting opportunity to reach out to graduates and find out how their careers have progressed since they achieved their CIP designation. The stories we’ve gathered are varied and inspiring. They highlight the flexibility of the CIP designation and how it can open doors in every area of insurance.

 

Meet our CIP Graduates

 

Braedyn Leary
Personal Lines Account Executive, Prairie Villa Insurance - CIP, CAIB

Braedyn Leary CIP graduate

IIC: Why did you decide to take the CIP?

Braedyn: I decided to pursue my CIP designation to further my education and enhance my career. I was a single parent when I began taking courses through independent learning, and I’ve always wanted to crush the stereotypes around single parents and their career success. You CAN do anything you set your mind to as well as set a good example for your children.

IIC: How has the CIP helped you in your day-to-day job?

Braedyn: Throughout the duration of the program, I learned a significant amount about the p&c insurance industry. These courses provided me with a whole new outlook on the industry and not only helped me grow as an insurance broker, but as a person as well.

IIC: Have opportunities opened up for you since earning your CIP? Is so, elaborate.

Braedyn: As a recent graduate, being able to say that I have my CIP designation certainly enhanced my resume as well as conversations with potential employers. When I made the move from Manitoba to Alberta, I believe having the ability to let potential employers know that I would have my CIP designation in the fall helped me secure a position within a week of sending out resumes.

IIC: What message do you have for anyone in the industry considering getting their CIP?

Braedyn: Do it—I cannot stress this enough. Whether you’re two years or 20 years in your career, you will learn so much! I have been in the insurance industry for four and a half years and managed to obtain my CIP designation as well as my CAIB and I’ve just started the Advanced CIP program. It is never too early or too late to start. Put your eye on the prize, and don’t stop until you get it!

IIC: What makes you feel good about the work you do?

Braedyn: I love to help people. When I have new clients visit our office and put their trust in me, it makes me feel wonderful. When the clients I have worked with for multiple years continue to work with me and call me for advice, it makes me feel as though what I am doing matters. Our clients trust us to do what’s best for them and ensure they will be taken care of in the event of a loss. To be trusted to that degree is amazing.

IIC: What do you like to do on your day off?

Braedyn: I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a fiancé and a 10-year old daughter who have been the backbone to me obtaining my CIP designation. Now that I have a short break from studying, my days off are spent getting as much family time in as possible. My fiancé works in the hockey industry, so we spend a lot of our time in a hockey arena cheering on our home team.

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Thea Baird
Commercial Broker, AON Risk Solutions - CIP, CAIB

Thea Baird CIP graduate

IIC: Why did you decide to take the CIP?

Thea: After moving into a commercial department, I felt that I was going to need more education in order to succeed in my new role—so I enrolled in the CIP program. At the time, I was interested in claims and becoming an adjuster. In order to move into claims, I had to either have my CIP or actively be working towards my CIP.

IIC: How has the CIP helped you in your day-to-day job?

Thea: The CIP has helped me better understand the products we sell, identify and evaluate risks that our clients face, and has also assisted in the development of my negotiating skills. Overall, I have a better understanding of how a brokerage and an insurance company function.

IIC: Have opportunities opened up for you since earning your CIP? Is so, elaborate.

Thea: At my office I have been recognized for receiving my CIP, which has allowed me to take on roles with more responsibility. Obtaining your CIP increases your ‘Professional’ status in the industry. To me, the opportunities are endless.

IIC: What message do you have for anyone in the industry considering getting their CIP?

Thea Baird holds CIP certificate

Thea: Complete the program—it’s worth the hard work! If you’re undecided on the career path you would like to take, that’s ok. The program offers options for different career paths; whether it be in underwriting, claims, or a broker/agent role. And because the CIP is recognized across Canada, it can lead to future advancements and the opportunity to take on more senior roles. It’s important to always keep educating yourself.

IIC: What makes you feel good about the work you do?

Thea: I get to build relationships and network with underwriters and other colleagues—whether in my office or somewhere else in the world. I find solutions for our clients when they need us the most and knowing they can sleep easier at night because we’ve looked after them makes me happy. I’m learning more and more each day; growing professionally and personally. I like that I can apply what I’ve learned from my CIP courses into my everyday broking role.

IIC: What do you like to do on your day off?

Thea: To be honest, I don’t really take a day off! I am a mother and wife, so spending quality time with my family means the world to me. When I’m not running around with family schedules or busy at the office, I could be teaching a fitness class. My ideal day off would start with a 10km run, go shopping or painting with my daughter, then go get a treat with my family.

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Kerry Diehl
Insurance Consultant - CIP, CAIB

Kerry Diehl CIP graduate

IIC: Why did you decide to take the CIP?

Kerry: After I obtained my CAIB, I wanted to learn more about various insurance topics, and also complete the educational credits I needed. The CIP had just transitioned from AIIC and I was eager to add the CIP designation to my name as an early innovator.

IIC: How has the CIP helped you in your day-to-day job?

Kerry: In the process of getting my CIP, I developed many industry relationships that I still have to this day. Completing the program gave me the confidence to take on a management role in different insurance offices while helping other agencies fill performance gaps and achieve their goals.

IIC: Have opportunities opened up for you since earning your CIP? Is so, elaborate.

Kerry: Yes, absolutely. Having the CIP designation—especially on the broker side—was not so common. So, it was a combination of the belief in myself that I was equipped to work with others on another level and the confidence of my employers that I could get the job done.

IIC: What message do you have for anyone in the industry considering getting their CIP?

Kerry: Take one course at a time so you can focus on the learning aspect as well as getting to know others in your class. Your real-life experience in your day-to-day job will enrich your learning, and the learning will enrich your work.

IIC: What makes you feel good about the work you do?

Kerry: Since getting my CIP designation, I have been able to give back to the industry by instructing CIP courses at the Institute, volunteering at various insurance events, and joining the Career Connections Ambassador program. Over my 10-year span and over 120 classroom events, I have been able to talk about the history of insurance, how insurance works and careers in the insurance industry.

IIC: What do you like to do on your day off?

Kerry: On my days off I like to watch the Blue Jays, Raptors, Canucks and Blue Bomber games on tv, or spend time on my classic Sega Genesis game system in my man-cave.

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