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The Portage Mutual Insurance Company
I have been in the insurance industry for over 7 years now, starting off at Canadian Direct Insurance as a Sales Advisor and then Sales Supervisor. I am currently with Portage Mutual Insurance, which has been a continuous learning and growing experience. I was previously an Auto Underwriter, and am now a Property Underwriter, learning all aspects of the business before I become our Marketing Representative. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Education Degree, CIP Designation, and am currently working towards my CRM Designation. I have been a part of the Edmonton Insurance Association for over 2 years. I was the Treasurer for 2 terms and am now in my first term as President. Being a part of the EIA has been a wonderful experience. It has allowed me to attend and help to plan numerous events as well as network with many people in the insurance industry. Some of the highlights of my experience have been the CAIW (Canadian Association of Insurance Women) conventions that I attended in Montreal and Halifax, getting to know many incredible people that I would not have had the pleasure of meeting otherwise. I have greatly enjoyed my time with the EIA and look forward to many years to come.
The Portage Mutual Insurance Company
I got my start in Insurance in BC in 1986 working for a small brokerage, from there I moved onto bigger brokerages such as AON Reed Stenhouse & BCAA where I was able to learn & expand on Marine Insurance. In 2001 I moved to Alberta and worked for McIntyre Agencies in Edmonton and in 2004 is when I got my start in Underwriting which is where I am today. I am currently an Auto Underwriter with Portage Mutual Insurance. I joined the EIA in 2017 and it has been a wonderful experience getting to network with others from the Industry, being involved in Events & giving back to the Community. I look forward to the coming years ahead and all of the great things to come from the EIA.
Perkins Professional Search
I have been a recruiter in the insurance industry for 2 years with Perkins Professional Search. I have completed my Human Resources Diploma and am currently working towards the completion of a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. I have seen the Edmonton Insurance Association put on so many wonderful networking events, and I cannot wait to help ensure the success of future events.
Phone: 780 469 9378
I have been working in the Insurance Industry since 1990 starting in the claims side of the Insurance Industry and moving into a broker role in 1999 where I managed a large brokerage. In 2001 I started working with Trans West Insurance as an Office Manager and in 2002 was presented an opportunity to purchase my first Insurance Brokerage with Trans West Insurance. My First office opened in March 2002. In 2006 we merged with another brokerage and became A-Win Insurance. 2007 brought another opportunity to purchase a second branch and in September 2007 I took over the handling of the branch in Fort Saskatchewan. For several years I attended educational and networking functions with The Edmonton Insurance Association and became a member in 2017. I am looking forward to this new journey working with the Members of the Executive Team and help host new and exciting Educational and Networking Events.
Education Committee Chairperson
Phone: 780 469 5700
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co.
I began my insurance career in 2006 as a personal lines underwriter with Wawanesa Insurance, with zero insurance experience. 13 years later, still with Wawanesa happily working as a commercial farm underwriter. This year I achieved my CIP designation, with great pride, although I came to realized I would now need to find another networking outlet. Luckily I found EIA, and am excited to hold the Education chair. Being my first year with EIA and as the Education chair I am quite excited for the opportunity to help this association, continue its great work. I am looking forward to the industry networking opportunities this role and organization provide. I am also pleased to be involved in the community and event planning for the EIA this year.
Director and Past President
Candace M. Martin
I have almost 11 successful years in the insurance industry. While I have spent the last 6 years dedicating my underwriting knowledge to the farming sector, I also have some experience in working with small business type accounts. I am currently working towards obtaining my CIP designation. I have been a part of the Edmonton Insurance Association Executive since 2012 as Treasurer for 2 terms, and now again and President for the last 4 years. I continue to help plan numerous networking events including the Food Bank, Night at the races and Membership night. I love being part of this team and our national team. I have learned so much, and it has helped me come out of my shell. I look forward to many years to come.
Food Bank Chair and CAIW/ACFA President
Dawn Patton, BA, FCIP, CRM
I have been a member of the Edmonton Insurance Association since 2008 and started full time in the insurance industry in 2003 with my employer Economical Insurance. My career has been focused in Commercial auto, my previous role being Senior Fleet Underwriter, and in August 2014 moved into the role of Team Leader of Technical Processing. I have completed my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, CIP in 2007, CRM in 2008 and FCIP in 2009.
The Edmonton Insurance Association was something I became involved in because I enjoyed networking and building relationships at the events they offered. I remember my first big event, the Night at the Races, I was able to meet the current CAIW president at the time and thought to myself I need to join this National association. It has opened doors for me; given me experience leading meetings, organizing large events and a network of Insurance professionals across Canada that I can contact at any time. I became a Canadian Association of Insurance Woman Director in 2015 and currently am the CAIW 1st Vice President on the CAIW Executive board, this is a further step in the organization and it continues to develop my leadership abilities and helps me network with successful women in the industry across Canada.
Dawn Horne, CIP
Insurance Institute of Northern Alberta
I’ve been in the insurance industry since 1981; the last 9 years have been with the Insurance Institute and prior to that most of my career was in the broker sector. I have a passion for the Insurance Industry and supporting those who work in it. I’m new to the Edmonton Insurance Association team, and am excited to participate and contribute in whatever capacity I can.
Tracy Fata, BSc, FCIP, CRM
The Portage Mutual Insurance Company
I have been in the insurance industry since 1988. I have worked as a CSR, commercial underwriter, personal lines underwriter and I am now the Branch Manager for the Portage Mutual Insurance Company. I have been an active member of the Edmonton Insurance Association since 2005. I have held several executive positions within the EIA and I am currently the Membership Chairperson and Food Bank Drive Chairperson. I am a Past President for both EIA and the Canadian Association of Insurance Woman.
Donna Lee Genge, CIP
Roberts McClure Insurance Services
I began my insurance career in 1985 with a regional Alberta insurer. I have worked as a personal lines underwriter, marketing representative, personal lines manager and now on the broker side of insurance. I have been a member of the EIA since 1988, holding several positions with the EIA over the last 25 years. The association has made it possible for me to meet and network with all different areas of the insurance industry in Alberta and across Canada and it has been truly a fantastic experience.