About the Council

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The Council is responsible for furthering our mission of advancing the insurance profession in the region through education, professional development, and personal growth. All council members generously give their time, expertise, skills and knowledge. These volunteers are indispensable to our governance 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 appointed to the Council.

If you would like to make a difference and give back to the insurance industry, contact the Chapter for more information on the Council and other volunteer opportunities: conestogamail@insuranceinstitute.ca  

Council Members 2023-2024

Executive Committee


Jordan Bilkas, MBA, CIP
Huddle Underwriting Solutions Inc.


Vice-Chair - Academic 
Weslee Simpson, CIP
Definity Insurance


Vice-Chair - Professional 
Preston Hall, CIP, MSc
Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.


Taylor Carson, CPA, CA
The Co-Operators


Past Chair

Alana Halapija, FCIP, CRM
Intact Insurance


Special Events
Cindy Cheung, CIP



Kate Battler, CIP
DKI Canada


Anne Fioravanti, BA (Hons), CIP


Daniel Strigberger, LLB
Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP 


Christine Senior, CIP, CRM, ICP

Ontario Mutual Insurance Association


Julie Evans, CIP
Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.


Anabela Lobo, FCIP, CRM
Wawanesa Insurance


Andreas Mantas, CIP
Orbit Insurance Services


April Parlee, CIP


Michelle Tavares-MacDonald, CIP
SGI Canada


Lisa Woolcott, CIP
Ontario Teacher Insurance Plan


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

Peter Hood, CIP
101-515 Riverbend Drive, Kitchener, ON N2K 3S3
(t) 519-579-0184 (e) Conestogamail@insuranceinstitute.ca