Emerging Leader

Bryan Bedford, B.Sc., FCIP, CRM

Manager, Strategic Projects & Privacy Officer, Peel Mutual Insurance Company, Brampton, ON

Bryan BedfordWith over a decade of experience in the industry, Bryan Bedford has demonstrated a strong aptitude for analysis and has emerged as a natural leader. “Bryan has attacked each new role with dedication and shows his belief in the industry through hard work, tireless commitment to industry organizations and zest for long-term strategic planning,” notes his nominator.

Bryan began working in insurance in a technical support role, but took it upon himself to enroll in the Insurance Institute’s CIP program to learn more about the industry. He then pursued his FCIP and Canadian Risk Management designations, even though these skills were not necessary for his technical role in the organization at that time. He was awarded the Centenary Excellence Award as the top graduate in Canada for the 2008-2009 school year. He achieved his academic successes while juggling a full-time position and the responsibilities of parenthood, with three young children at home.

Prior to joining the industry, Bryan completed his Bachelor of Science degree and founded and an internet/new media company. His entrepreneurial mindset and capacity to innovate have contributed significantly to his insurance successes.

Today, he is Manager of Strategic Projects and Privacy Officer at Peel Mutual Insurance, where he is responsible for the oversight of strategic IT projects, internal underwriting audits, external broker audits and privacy related inquiries.. He is also a key member of the strategic planning team focused on company growth and profitability. During his time with the company, he has played an important part in ensuring the adoption of real-time technologies in insurance workflows.

Working for a smaller mutual, Bryan is very resourceful, figuring out how to get things done with fewer resources than may be available in larger organizations. One of his supporters writes: “Bryan’s ability to assimilate large quantities of data and provide innovative and ‘right-sized’ solutions for his own organization demonstrates both his knowledge of the industry and the role of mutuals in the marketplace. Bryan applies his personal technical knowledge, utilizing techniques to draw the most from his coworkers, directing his technology suppliers, and engaging third-party experts as needed, so that he solves all problems presented to him, consistently meeting and exceeding expectations.”

His nominator notes that, “Not my job,” is not a part of Bryan’s vocabulary. Bryan is always looking at ways to help, not only within his organization, but also in the industry at large. He is a well-respected industry representative who seeks out multiple opportunities to share his knowledge and passion for insurance and new and emerging technologies.

Bryan has hosted webinars and RIBO certified educational sessions for broker distribution channels. He has participated in working groups, primarily with the ORBiT Media & Education and Innovation teams, the Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) Standards and Ontario Mutual Insurance Association (OMIA). He has also contributed to publications, writing on topics including underwriting automation, real-time adoption and privacy regulations in magazines such as Canadian Insurance, Insurance Networking News and the Insurance Technology Association’s ITAPro.

Bryan has shared the stage with senior industry executives and analysts at events including the ACORD/LOMA conference in Las Vegas (2010), and the IASA conference in Orlando (2009). He is a sought-after speaker and panel member and has participated in many Toronto events including the Insurance 2023 Executive Forum (2013), ORBiT Canada Education Day (2013, 2015) and the Insurance Canada Technology Conference (2014, 2015).

Outside of his day-to-day job, Bryan lends his time and expertise within his community. He has been president of his Condominium Board of Directors for the past six years and has served on the board for eight. He has volunteered his time as the head coach for his son’s hockey team for five of the past seven years, serving as assistant coach the other two seasons. He has also volunteered as a Stewardship Leader with the Riverwood Conservancy in Mississauga, leading corporate or community groups in activities such as tree planting in both Toronto and Mississauga. He has also been involved with Scouts Canada and the Froebel Foundation.

For Bryan’s unwavering dedication in all areas of his life, it is the CIP Society’s honour to award him the 2015 National Leadership Award as an Emerging Leader.