Message From the Chair


Message From Chair


It is a pleasure to take on the role of Chair of Council which comes at a transitional period for Council due to a change in leadership of the executive director position and the implementation of a new five-year strategic plan.

With the approaching retirement of Gerry Matier, Council has completed the process of hiring a new executive director. On behalf of Council, I am pleased to announce that Janet Sinclair has agreed to take on the role of Councilís executive director.

Janet brings a strong background in regulatory affairs, having most recently been the COO of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia. Her strong background, with over 16 years of regulatory and management experience, will be a huge asset to Council as it implements its strategic plan. While Janet has no direct insurance experience, she comes from a family of general insurance professionals.

Janetís first day at Council will be November 1, 2017. I, along with all of Council, look forward to Janet leading Councilís team in the years ahead.

During the upcoming year, the key areas of the strategic plan to be addressed are the education criteria for obtaining and maintaining an insurance licence and the licence structures for general and life insurance licensees.

Council will undertake a review of its licensing structures and educational requirements through consultation with key stakeholder groups. With only minor changes to the licensing structure over the last 25 years, a thorough review of each licensing category is warranted to ensure each is relevant in todayís insurance marketplace.

Education, including pre-licensing, post-licensing, and continuing education programs, is a critical tool to ensure the insurance buying public receives knowledgeable, competent advice. A thorough review of Councilís education programs will be undertaken to determine the appropriate education for each level of licence, how to effectively utilize continuing education programs to support licensee development, and how to best deliver education programs.

Another critical strategic issue addresses Councilís information technology. Council is committed to electronic submission of applications and filings for applicants and licensees. Council sees this as a priority and anticipates electronic submission will be in place before 2020. The licensing system Council introduced last year will allow for successful completion of this strategic issue.

I, and all of Council, look forward to working with Janet as she guides Council through the challenges to come.

Michael Connors