Leadership Team

We believe in the value of individual contributions. Each of us makes a difference and helps to make things better.

Meet the people who lead the way and inspire 3,600 individual contributors.

Martin Thompson


Martin was appointed President & CEO of RSA Canada in October 2016.  He is a member of the Group Executive Committee and serves on the Canadian Board.  Martin most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Commercial Insurance and Global Specialty Lines, with RSA Canada.  Prior to this, Martin held the position of Senior Vice President, Global Specialty Lines from 2013 to 2015.  A part of the Group since 1997, Martin has held progressively senior roles globally including Director, Underwriting and Risk with RSA’s Scandinavian operations. Martin is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in the UK and a graduate of the University of Glasgow.  Martin is Board Director of The Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC).


John Asher


John Asher is returning to RSA after nearly a decade with The Co-operators Group Limited. In his most recent role, he was Vice President, Finance and Corporate Actuarial for Co-operators Life Insurance Company, responsible for the strategic direction and operational success of the corporate actuarial and finance areas. In this role, he led a multi-year transformation effort that significantly improved company profitability. Prior to joining The Co-operators, John worked for RSA in the Corporate Development team and was involved in a number of strategic acquisitions. His final role was Director of Finance for Noraxis Capital Corporation, where he was a member of the management team. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University, as well as a CA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation and an ICD (Institute of Corporate Directors) designation.


Sid Chopra

Sid Chopra, SVP & Chief Operating Officer

Siddhartha (Sid) Chopra joined RSA in February 2015 as Senior Vice President Operations and Chief Operations Officer with the responsibility of building RSA Canada’s first Operational Centre of Excellence and developing and driving operational excellence for our brokers and customers. In January 2017, Sid also assumed leadership responsibility for RSA’s digital and technology programs in order to develop stronger synergies between these areas and our operational priorities. Prior to joining RSA, he held the position of Senior Vice President and Head of North American Delivery at BMO Financial Group in which he was responsible for project management, process operations and leading change management and transformation for all operating groups. Sid holds an MBA from the University of Louisiana and an Honors Bachelor of Science from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.


Steve Cohen


Steve was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer in October 2017 and has responsibility for head office underwriting, pricing and reinsurance for RSA’s Personal and Commercial Insurance portfolios. Prior to joining RSA, Steve was the Executive Director, Personal Lines with Aviva Canada where he was responsible for Personal Lines Pricing, Underwriting and Product Development, as well as Broker Quality Assurance. Steve also brings ten years of actuarial experience from ING (now Intact) Canada. Originally from Montreal, he obtained an Honours Degree in Actuarial Mathematics from Concordia University in 1995 and became a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society in 2000 and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries in 2001.


Ken Bennett


Ken was appointed as President of Johnson Inc. and Unifund Assurance Company in 2007. In 2015, SVP, Lifestyle Insurance was added to his portfolio. Ken has extensive experience working in the Canadian insurance industry and has been with Johnson for the past 25 years. Prior roles at Johnson include Chief Operating Officer; Vice President, Growth Initiatives; Vice President, Home-Auto Operations for Western Canada; and Vice President and Corporate Controller.


Donna Ince


Donna was appointed Senior Vice President, Personal Insurance in July 2013.  Since joining RSA in 1995, Donna has held increasingly senior roles on the Executive team and across the Canadian business.  Prior to joining the Executive team in 2013, Donna was Vice President, Ontario Region and has held leadership roles in Claims, Commercial Insurance and the office of the CEO.  Additionally, she led the successful integrations of both GCAN Insurance Company and Canadian Northern Shield (CNS), two of RSA’s most significant acquisitions. Donna is an active member in the insurance community, sitting on a number of IBC committees.  She is a past President of the Governing Council of the Insurance Institute of Ontario.  Donna is a Chartered Professional Accountant by profession and also holds a CIP designation.


Paul Lucarelli


Paul was appointed to interim Senior Vice President, Commercial & Global Specialty Lines in July 2016.   He joined RSA Canada in 1995 in Underwriting, and has since held various progressive roles within Ontario including Senior Fleet and Garage Underwriter, National Commercial Auto Underwriting Consultant, Ontario Regional Underwriting Director, VP Large Commercial & Specialty, and most recently Regional Vice President, Commercial Insurance, Central & Western Canada.  He holds FCIP and CRM designations.  


John Elliott

john ElliotT, SVP & Chief Information Officer

John Elliott has more than 20 years of experience overseeing large international technology teams within the financial services and insurance sectors. Most recently, he was the North American Regional Head of COO Functions for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty, where he was responsible for operations, information technology, organization and business change. John has developed deep expertise in IT strategy and execution, infrastructure and operations management, application development management and transformation, and navigating through complex IT issues. He holds a Masters of Science in Engineering (Computer Architecture) from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Science in Mathematics from MIT and a Masters in Computer Science from New York University Polytechnic. 


Mark Edgar


Mark Edgar joined RSA in January 2011 in the role of Vice President, Human Resources with overall responsibility for HR across all companies within RSA Canada. Previously Mark was based in the UK as Head of Human Resources within Centrica Plc; a major energy company operating in the UK under the British Gas brand. Mark has also worked for BSkyB, a TV, broadband and phone company, in an HR role responsible for their operational business units and customer facing teams. Mark holds a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from the University of Warwick and is a member of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


Kelly Martin


Kelly Martin was appointed Chief Auditor in September 2009. Prior to joining RSA, Kelly was Vice President Internal Audit and Chief Risk Officer of the CUMIS Group and has also held executive-level positions within Internal Audit for Alliance Atlantis, Toronto Stock Exchange and Spar Aerospace. Kelly is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.


Jacqueline Friedland

Jacqueline Friedland, Chief Actuary

Jacqueline joined RSA Canada in 2014 as Chief Actuary and is currently responsible for reserving, pricing, economic capital, and financial planning & analysis. With more than 30 years of insurance experience, she has taken a leadership role in the development of numerous actuarial standards of practice, educational notes, and research papers on diverse subjects including a wide range of financial reporting topics. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a BBA, she obtained Fellowships in the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and the Society of Actuaries. Jacqueline is an active volunteer for the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, the International Association of Actuaries, the Casualty Actuarial Society, and the Society of Actuaries.