About the Council

The Council is responsible for furthering our mission of advancing the insurance profession in the Ottawa region through education, professional development and personal growth. All council members generously give their time, expertise, skills and knowledge. These volunteers provide strategic direction as their contributions directly impact the success of all of the activities, events and seminars we organize. The Executive Committee is elected for a one-year mandate, renewable for two years. Only members in good standing can be elected to the Council.

Council Members 

Executive Committee

Chapter Chair
Thomas Watson, CIP 
Guardsman Insurance Services Inc.

Vice Chair - Professional
Isabelle Tanguay, CIP
Hydro Ottawa

Vice Chair - Academic
Kimberlee Holness, CIP
Desjardns Insurance Group

Cathy Laurin, FCIP 
Intact Insurance

Past Chair
Hilary Scaffidi, FCIP
Rhodes and Williams


Derrick Wohlfahrt, CIP
Group One Insurance Services

Grant Kennedy, CIP
Belair Direct

Michael Karam, CIP
Economical Insurance

Eric Stroud, CIP
Aviva Canada

Susan Farrell, FCIP
Marsh Canada

Lijia Wang, CIP
Economical Insurance 

Simon Carter, CIP
The Co-operators Insurance

Paul Wannamaker, CIP
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company 

Christina Foster, CIP
Marsh Canada Ltd. 

Sasha Sieniecky
Victor Insurance, CIP

Learn more about the Council and other volunteer opportunities by contacting the Chapter office: 

1419 Carling Avenue
Suite 201
Ottawa, ON
K1Z 7L6

Phone: 613-722-7870
Email: ottawamail@insuranceinstitute.ca