National Leadership Award Honourees

National Leadership Awards

The CIP Society introduces the 2016 National Leadership Award Honourees

The CIP Society is proud to announce the recipients of this year's CIP Society National Leadership Awards, the only national program of its kind that celebrates leadership among property and casualty insurance professionals. The following three leaders will be honoured with this prestigious award for 2016:

Laura Van Vliet Laura Van Vliet, CIP, CRM
Emerging Leader
Assistant Vice President, ALIGNED Insurance Inc., Waterloo, ON

Laura’s commitment to excellence and dedication and showing initiative can be seen through her professional role and her charitable contributions in the community. Laura has been described by one of her supporters as a “polished gem in our industry,” and for her exemplary dedication and mentorship, it is the CIP Society’s honour to recognize her with a National Leadership Award as an Emerging Leader in 2016. Click here to read Laura’s full profile.




Paul MartinPaul Martin, CIP
Established Leader
President & Chief Operating Officer, RRJ Insurance Group Limited, Toronto, ON

Paul has been leading by example throughout his nearly 35-year career in the industry. By setting this example, and by not hesitating to reach out and engage the people around him, his leadership is making significant and long-standing contributions to his company, the industry and his community. For this and his tenacious efforts to lead by example it is the CIP Society’s honour to recognize Paul Martin as an Established Leader in 2016. Click here to read Paul’s full profile.  




Robert Pearson Robert Pearson, FCIP
Established Leader
President & CEO, Town & Country Mutual Insurance Company, Strathroy, ON

Robert’s impressive leadership legacy may be three fold: the contribution he has made as President and CEO of Town & Country Mutual Insurance Company; his tenure as a member of the board of Ontario Mutual Insurance Association (OMIA), currently Chair, and his promotion of ‘mutuals;’ and his role as an instructor and mentor to over 20 years of students in Fanshawe College’s insurance program, preparing the next generation for careers in the industry. It is the CIP Society’s honour to recognize Robert as an Established Leader in 2016. Click here to read Robert’s full profile.


 “On behalf of our Council, we are excited to recognize three outstanding leaders for 2016, said Julie Pingree, Chair of the CIP Society National Council. “Recognizing leaders from both the Established and Emerging leadership categories truly shows the scope of our industry and gives us an opportunity to shine a light on the achievements of members like Laura who is emerging as a leader early in her career, and members like Paul and Robert who have established longstanding professionalism with decades of experience. All three of our leaders demonstrate outstanding leadership and are contributing to the industry in a meaningful way.”

The 2016 honourees will be presented with a one-of-a-kind sculpture and inducted into the CIP Society Leadership Circle; Robert on November 10 at the Insurance Institute of Ontario - Southwestern Chapter’s convocation, and Paul and Laura at the Insurance Institute of Ontario - GTA Chapter's convocation on January 26, 2017.

See what the media is saying about our 2016 recipients:

Canadian Underwriter - CIP Society announces two established leader awards, one emerging leader for 2016
Insurance Business Canada - Insurance Institute awards outstanding industry leaders

For more information about the National Leadership Awards, including nomination forms for 2017 leaders and to view past recipients, click here.