National and Local Councils

The CIP Society is the Professionals’ Division of the Insurance Institute, and as such, reports to the Institute’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors.

National CIP Society

The CIP Society is headed by a National Chair appointed by the Executive Committee. The chair invites up to 11 leading members, representing all sectors of the CIP Society membership, to participate on the National Council. The mandate of the Council is to provide development opportunities, new services and products for members of the Insurance Institute’s graduate community.

Institutes and Chapters

Institutes and chapters work in partnership with the CIP Society National Council to achieve common goals. To meet the needs of Society members at the local level, most institutes and chapters have set up CIP Society committees within their governance structure and host a number of events and continuing education seminars each year.

If you are interested in volunteering with the CIP Society, please take a look at our volunteer opportunities or contact your local institute and chapter to see how you can get involved.

Meet our Council

CIP Society Council memberRosalind Staples-Simpson, FCIP

Elected to Council: April 2016, Chair since May 2021

Rosalind began working with RSA in 2000, following her graduation from university, starting in the Commercial Underwriting Trainee Program. After having worked as an underwriter for three years, she was accepted into RSA’s early career acceleration program for future leaders, getting the opportunity work on a diverse array of projects across Personal, Commercial and Corporate areas within the business.

Since then, Roz has held multiple, progressive leadership roles across RSA Canada’s broker business in both Commercial Insurance and Personal Insurance spanning across Underwriting, Operations, Strategy and Planning.

Most recently, she was appointed VP, National Operations & Integration, Personal Lines at Intact.

She is committed to supporting the development and progression of careers, paying forward the opportunities from which she benefited. She enjoys coaching and mentoring, as well as taking an active role in shaping her organization’s culture to underpin these principles.

Roz holds a BComm from Dalhousie University as well as a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) designation. She is member of the National CIP Society Council.

Roz lives in Dartmouth, NS, with her husband, Patrick, and their two children, Jillian and John.

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CIP Society Council memberMark Francis, FCIP, ACS

Elected to Council: April 2020

Mark obtained his FCIP back when the program was still recognized as the FIIC, in 1997. He started his insurance career with ICBC in 1987 as a Claims Adjuster Trainee and worked his way up to the role of Director, Provincial Vehicle Registration and Licensing in 2011, eventually retiring from ICBC in 2018 after 31 years.

During this time, he represented the Province of BC with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators Program Committee on Drivers and Vehicles and served as Chair of that program committee from 2011 – 2012. He also had the privilege of co-chairing the Autonomous Vehicles working group which developed regulatory standards and recommendations for motor vehicle administration and law enforcement communities.

Mark has also spent over 10 years volunteering with the Insurance Institute of BC including serving on the Executive from 2011 to 2017, and was President from 2014 to 2015. More recently, in October 2018, Mark joined HUB International Insurance Brokers, and manages their Commercial Auto & Transportation team.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys competitive running, cycling, hockey and golfing as well as spending as much time as possible in Maui.

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CIP Society Council memberDarcey Garrington, FCIP, CRM, MLIS

Elected to Council: April 2019

Darcey started her career in the industry at a small broker firm in personal lines in 2003. In 2008 she joined Federated Insurance as a Commercial Underwriter, progressing to Field Underwriter in 2010, Senior Underwriter in 2013, Commercial Supervisor in 2014, and then most recently Commercial Underwriting Manager for Northern Alberta in 2017. Encouraged by the career opportunity and convinced that her leadership skills could provide a positive impact, Darcey accepted a new position as Commercial Underwriting Supervisor with Wawanesa Insurance in March 2019.

Having completed her CIP in 2008, CRM in 2013, and then FCIP in 2015, Darcey decided to pursue further education by obtaining her nutrition certification in 2017 and her Management Liability Insurance Specialist (MLIS) certification through the Insurance Risk Management Institute (IRMI) in 2019. She is also currently pursuing her Personal Training certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Darcey enjoys resistance training, reading, and spending time with her two children and husband, often travelling east to Ontario and Nova Scotia to visit family. Darcey likes to support her local community through school and sports fundraisers, as well as charitable events such as Santa’s Anonymous.

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CIP Society Council memberAmanda Martin, BSc, CIP, CRM

Elected to Council: April 2018

Amanda is a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University and started her insurance career with Northbridge in their Trainee Program in 2011. She worked as an underwriter from 2012 to 2015, specializing in commercial insurance. At the beginning of 2016, she earned the responsibility of managing the Northbridge Small Business Department, which was a new initiative for the organization and has helped this department continue to grow and adapt with the Market Place. She completed her CIP in 2012, CRM in 2014 and is in the process of completing her FCIP.

Amanda is an active member within the industry, participating on the committee organizing the CIP Symposium for two years, as well as volunteering during WICC Gala events. She currently sits on the WICC Relay for Life committee and has attended this industry event for over 7 years. Outside the industry she is the Captain of her Dragon Boat team and loves to run, golf, and explore new places locally and abroad with friends and family.

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Ernest Mashingaidze, MBA, CIP ACS

Elected to Council: May 2021

Ernest’s insurance career started in 2015 when a friend would regularly tell him about how exciting his auto adjusting role was. Since then he has held various roles in the health insurance sector, P&C sector and reinsurance. He started as a health claims adjuster before being promoted to a contracts & rates administrator at GroupSource LP. He then transitioned to Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company in 2017. At Wawanesa he was an integral part of the auto claims team as well as the property claims team. His most recent role is with HSB Canada as a specialty products claims adjuster. Here, he specializes in cyber attack claims, data restoration claims, malware & ransomware claims as well as equipment breakdown and service line claims.

In 2019, he was inducted into the CIP Society leadership circle as a National Emerging Leader, after being recognized by his peers for his early contribution and impact in the industry. He is an Ambassador for the Insurance Institute of Canada and uses this platform to educate new graduates, career changers and newcomers on the benefits of the industry. Ernest sits on the Young Insurance Professionals of Toronto (YIPT) events committee and supports their mandate of connecting members and industry leaders.

He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Trent University in 2014 before studying Risk Management at the University of Calgary in 2017. From there, he went on to obtain his Master of Business Administration from the University of Fredericton in 2020. He is currently pursuing his FCIP designation.

Ernest resides in Toronto, Ontario. In his spare time, he can be found improving his game on the golf course or enjoying nature on a hiking trail.

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Jeannie RyanJeannie Ryan, RIB (Ont), CIP, CRM

Elected to Council: September 2021

Jeannie started her insurance career as a personal lines agent for Allstate Insurance in 1998. Her natural enthusiasm to coach and lead her to accept a position with Allstate Insurance Company as the corporate trainer for Eastern Ontario where she trained and developed new and existing insurance agents. She was a key player during the roll out of Pembridge Insurance Company in 1999 as a corporate broker trainer.

She experienced a few good mentors along the way, but felt she needed to further her insurance education. Jeannie completed her Chartered Insurance Professional designation in 2013 where she earned the Top Local Broker Award.

In 2011, a local broker hired Jeannie for their commercial lines team. Since then she has worked for a number of brokerages in the city where she has gained valuable experience in risk assessment, marketing, sales and service of commercial insurance.

Jeannie successfully completed her Canadian Risk Management Designation (CRM) at the Scrott School of Business in Ottawa and was a member of the graduating class of 2015.

She currently leads a team of commercial account managers as the Commercial Lines Manager for Smith & Reid Insurance Brokers Ltd. In Ottawa, Ontario where she continues to learn and mentor.

Jeannie resides in Ottawa, Ontario and enjoys the company of good friends and family.

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CIP Society Council memberBill Simms, CIP, CRM

Elected to Council: April 2019

The insurance industry found Bill in 1991 when his father-in-law offered him a position of adjuster within the adjusting firm he was managing. Bill achieved his CIP and CRM designations early in his career and moved quickly through the ranks, adjusting a wide array of claims including auto, casualty and large commercial losses. In 1996, Bill moved to the commercial department of a large Newfoundland-based insurance brokerage where he learned the art of marketing and underwriting. Over the years, Bill worked at another large brokerage and then moved to where he is today. His current position is with Crosbie Job Insurance as the Commercial Accounts Director writing a fairly large book of business.

During the course of his career, Bill has volunteered a lot of time with the Insurance Brokers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (IBAN) in varying roles. Bill instructed the CAIB II and CAIB III components of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) CAIB Program for over 15 years. He also served on the board of directors of IBAN for almost 10 years. Other boards and committees Bill served on include the Board for the Center for the Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) as the Atlantic Canadian Representative, as well as the Technology Committee with the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC). He’s also served on various convention and AGM committees over the years.

Bill was born and raised in St. John’s, NL, where he met his wife Colleen. They have been together for over 25 years and have four grown children.

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CIP Society Council memberRenée-Léa Soucy, PAA

Elected to Council: September 2019

Renée-Léa has extensive insurance experience, with over than 10 years in call centres and agencies. She started at The Co-operators (HB Group Insurance Management Limited) in 2009 and since risen through the ranks to become in 2017 District Manager. In 2019, she was promoted to Senior Manager Business Insurance Development and manages a team of 20 employees. Renee-Léa is results-oriented and is known for her enthusiasm, dedication, and determination. She is also an experienced communicator with strong priority management, leadership, and organizational skills.

Renée-Léa’s educational accomplishments includes a college degree in insurance and a Chartered Insurance Professional designation. She is currently enrolled in the Insurance Institute of Canada's Advanced Chartered Insurance program. Renée-Léa has also a Yellow Belt Lean certification. Since 2014, she is a member of the Chambre de la sécurité financière.

In her spare time, Renée-Léa enjoys deep-sea and ice fishing, travelling with her spouse, friends or family and spending time with her numerous friends. Her most recent trip was to Northern India, a trip she has fond memories of and has wanted to take for many years. Her short-term dream is to travel again.

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CIP Society Council MemberCarrie Trudeau, FCIP, CRM

Elected to Council: April 2019

Carrie sought out a career in the insurance industry at a young age, following in her father’s footsteps. Her first job was with a Canadian coverholder for the Lloyd’s market. She spent her first year underwriting cross-border commercial trucking and motor truck cargo, and shortly after was given the opportunity to enter claims adjusting. That’s where she learned to appreciate the phrase, ‘Claims is where the heart is.’

Carrie attained her FCIP designation while working as a senior file examiner at Markel Insurance Company of Canada. Since then, she’s also completed her CRM.

In 2008, she joined Crawford & Co. (Canada) Inc., where she started as a client service manager, and later moved into the role of director of Lloyd’s and Dedicated Units. In April 2018, she started her new position as vice president of claims for Canada with Lloyd’s managing agent AEGIS (Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited).

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Heather Winters, MBA, FCIP, CRM, CCIB, CAIB (Hons.)

Elected to Council: April 2019

Heather has more than forty years’ experience in the insurance industry including brokerage management, third party administration, professional development, and regulatory compliance. She has held general, life, and accident and sickness agent licenses, and been employed in senior roles by broker associations in Nova Scotia and Ontario. She was recently with the Insurance Council of Manitoba as Director, Licensing & Compliance, and prepared documentation for Manitoba’s Red Tape Initiative. She is currently working as a Compliance Specialist at Wawanesa.

Heather has advanced training in investigations from NCIT and has co-authored a national paper for CISRO’s Inspection and Audit Committee. She has also co-authored an automobile agent’s licensing text book, provided substantial materials for the C132, and contributed to the development of CAIB, CPIB, and CSIP. She authored pre-licensing exams for the Insurance Council, and national CIP examinations for the IIC. Heather has made presentations to Nova Scotia MLAs, and has appeared before the Senate Banking Committee, and Manitoba’s Insurance Agent and Adjuster Licensing Appeal Board.

Upon completion of her AIIC, she received a National Award from the Institute. She also served as the President of the IIO Speaker’s Club.

Heather lives in Winnipeg with her author-husband, Andrew Allentuck.

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