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Email: lschroeder @ portagemutual.com
The Portage Mutual Insurance Company
I have been in the insurance industry for over 8 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 & Property Underwriter, and am now undergoing a transition towards being the Northern Alberta 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 4 years. I was the Treasurer for 2 terms and am now in my second 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, Halifax & Calgary, 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.
Vice-President & Awards Chair
Email: Cori.b @ awinins.ca
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.
Email: avanberg @ sgicanada.ca
I am one of those people who actually planned to be in insurance, taking the Insurance and Risk Management program at Grant MacEwan right out of high school as well as completing my CIP. I have been in the industry coming up 15 years now spending the majority of my career on the broker side of the business. I have held various roles from admin to account manager; when in 2016 decided to make the switch to learn the company side. I have been SGI CANADA 3 years now in a Business Development role. I joined the EIA in 2019 when I attended the CAIW convention in Calgary. While there I was incredibly impressed with the networking and comradery as well as leadership and knew that I needed to be more involved going forward. I am looking forward to this new role and continuing to learn with the EIA.
Email: Robin.chuchmuch @ ca.belfor.com
Phone: 780 455 5566
BELFOR Property Restoration
I began my career in the Insurance industry 5 years ago when I started with Belfor as their Marketing & Business Development Specialist. Previous to that I worked as an Operations Manager for a Marketing Company and a Project Manager for a Tech company. I have a Degree in Business Administration, a Project Leadership Certificate, and am currently finishing my last courses towards my Project Management Certificate. I had the privilege of playing Volleyball at both Grant McEwan and Brandon University. I have been a member of the EIA for 4 years now and am active in multiple different organizations throughout the province. I am very excited to be part of this Executive team and look forward to the events in the coming year.
Education Committee Chairperson
Sheri Toohey has been in the Insurance Industry for over 20 years on the company side. She has an underwriting background in both personal and commercial lines. She then found her true passion when she became a Learning Consultant specializing in developing and delivering personal, commercial, and technical training programs.
Her appetite for facilitation and learning has led her to become an instructor for the IINA, where she teaches the C120 Underwriting Essentials course in her spare time. She holds FCIP, CRM, designations and a variety of presentation and facilitation accreditations.
Director and Past President
Candace M. Martin
Peace Hills Insurance Company
I have almost 15 successful years in the insurance industry. While I have spent the last 8 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. Since 2012, I have been on the Executive in a few rolls, Treasurer, President and now in my second term as the Director. 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.
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.
Membership and Food Bank Chair
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, personal lines and farm underwriter. I have also held various management positions and am currently a regional underwriting manager with the Portage Mutual Insurance Company. I have been an active member of the Edmonton Insurance Association since 2005. I have held several executive positions with the EIA and I am currently the Membership Chairperson and Food Bank Drive Chairperson. I have also served on the board of the CAIW and I am a Past President of the CAIW. I was honored to receive the Insurance Woman of the Year award in 2019 from the CAIW. This association has provided many opportunities for networking with my fellow industry colleagues here in Edmonton and across Canada. Best Association ever! Just sayin’!
Donna Lee Genge, CIP
The Portage Mutual Insurance Company
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.