Northern Alberta Convocation - November 21, 2023

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Convocation Details

The IINA is proud to honor the hard work of our 2023 graduates! We encourage our graduates along with their friends, family and colleagues to attend this celebration of significant achievement and a milestone in professional growth . We aim to offer a celebration to remember! There will be music, professional headshots, a presentation ceremony along with a plated lunch.


Tuesday, November 21, 2023


Grad only Reception:                   10:45 am
Group Photo:                               11:30 am
Convocation Guest Reception:    11:30 am
Ceremony:                                   12:00 pm
Luncheon:                                     1:15 pm


Mayfield Dinner Theatre
16615 109 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 4K8


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Nicholas Fonseca

Congratulations to all of our graduates. Your time and dedication to your studies demonstrates your commitment to excelling and to completing your program. Convocation is your day to celebrate your accomplishment and for us to celebrate your great achievement. On behalf of the Institute team and council, I extend my best wishes to you as you graduate today.

Nicholas Fonseca, MBA, CIP, CTAJ
President, Insurance Institute of Northern Alberta


If your organization is passionate about ongoing professional development and interested in supporting this year's special convocation event, Northern Alberta's Convocation provides the perfect opportunity to get in front of a wide audience of industry professionals in celebration of the educational achievements of our newest graduates.

Sponsorship opportunities will include recognition on our convocation web page, on social media and during the live event. Please contact Nicole McMillan, Manager, at



When you successfully complete your final exam in the CIP program, you are automatically eligible to graduate, but a few steps need to happen before you can begin using your CIP designation. We need to ensure you meet the academic requirements of the program, including at least one year of full-time employment in the industry. If we require any additional information from you, you will be notified by email.


Students who wrote (and passed!) their final exam in December 2022, April 2023 and July 2023 are invited to attend convocation as a graduate for the November 21, 2023 event.


Award Winners





Andreea Oprea

Alberta Urban Municipalities

Top CIP Graduate - Gold


Jolene Burnstad

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co.

CIP - 1st Runner Up - Silver


Cindy Sasaki

Portage Mutual Insurance

CIP - 2nd Runner Up - Bronze


Susan Wolfe

RMA (Rural Municipalities of Alberta)

1st Year CIP Student

Blue Goose

Felicia Marie Andrews

NFP Canada

Top ACIP Graduate

Portage Mutual Insurance

Thomas Messick

Western Financial Group

Top FCIP Graduate

Alberta Motor Association

Yasmeen Said

Intact Insurance Company

Top Risk Management Certificate Graduate

Edmonton Insurance Association

Victoria Davis

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co.

Top Commercial Insurance Certificate

Wawanesa Mutual

David Sorensen

Government of Alberta

Instructor of the Year


Andreea Oprea

Alberta Urban Municipalities

Val Picheca Memorial Award



Special thanks to our sponsors this year:


Platinum Sponsors



Intact Insurance logo

Peace Hills



Gold Sponsors


Definity logo

Pathfind logo

SGI Canada


Millenium Insurance Corporation


Silver Sponsor


Coast Claims



Bronze Sponsor


GRC logo