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 THOMPSON, PRESIDENT & CEO

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).

 

Steve Yendall

STEVE YENDALL, SVP FINANCE & chief financial officer

Steve was appointed Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer in August 2018 with the responsibility of leading critical corporate functions including Accounting, Legal, Expensive Management, Budgets, Treasury and Financial Reporting. Throughout his career Steve has held many progressive leadership roles with oversight of areas including, Finance, Actuarial, Underwriting, Customer Service, Distribution, Regulation and IT Transformation. In his previous role as Partner at Ernst & Young, he was responsible for the overall Canadian Insurance Advisory practice. Steve previously worked at RSA from 2006 to 2014 and held increasingly senior positions including Vice President, Western Canada.

 

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 COHEN, SVP & CHIEF UNDERWRITING OFFICER

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.

 

Karen Mican

Karen mican, senior vice president - claims

Karen was appointed Senior Vice President of Claims in August 2018, with responsibility for the Casualty, Legal and Complex, Legal and Property teams. Prior to joining RSA in 2017 as Vice President Casualty Claims & Auto Physical Damage Contact Centres, Karen's previous leadership roles with Aviva Canada and State Farm Insurance provided her with a diverse background on claims, underwriting and operations working with multiple distribution models. Karen has a BA (Hons.) from the University of Toronto, completed the Ivey Business Executive Program, is a Certified Insurance Professional (CIP) and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

 

Ewen Cameron

EWEN CAMERON, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - CLAIMS

Ewen was appointed Senior Vice President of Claims in August 2018 with the responsibility for the Shared Services and Auto Physical Damage contact centre teams. Ewen has held many senior roles at RSA and Johnson since joining in 2003. In his most recent role as Vice President of Claims Shared Services, Ewen led the Vendor Management, Subrogation, Fraud and Claims Optimization teams. He has held various leadership roles throughout RSA including leading the enterprise transformation pogram, plan benefits and strategic products as well as operational strategy. Ewen is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional and holds an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business and a BA (Hons) from Queen's University.

 

Ken Bennett

KEN BENNETT, PRESIDENT JOHNSON & SVP LIFESTYLE INSURANCE

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 INCE, SVP PERSONAL INSURANCE

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 LUCARELLI, SVP COMMERCIAL INSURANCE & GLOBAL SPECIALTY LINES

Paul was appointed Senior Vice President, Commercial & Global Specialty Lines in the fall of 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. Paul 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, SVP HUMAN RESOURCES

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.

 

Robin Richardson

ROBIN RICHARDSON, SVP, RISK & cHIEF rISK OFFICER

Robin was appointed SVP Risk & Chief Risk Officer in June 2018. Since joining RSA in 1997, she has held progressively senior roles culminating in 2012 with her position as VP Legal and General Counsel where she supported a number of strategic transactions including acquisitions and divestitures. In her role as SVP, Risk & CRO Robin is responsible for leading the Risk function for RSA Canada to ensure all categories of risk including insurance, operational and financial are managed effectively. Leading the Implementation and operation of a robust and effective risk management framework, she will ensure the consistent identification, assessment, prioritisation and management of risks in line with Group and regulatory requirements. As Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), Robin is responsible for ensuring we have a suitable framework in place for managing regulatory compliance risk. Robin holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration and an LL.B. and is Chair of the IBC’s Regulation Standing Committee.