Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario Elects New President

Toronto, ON (Dec. 11, 2012) – The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario announced today that Ms.
Debbie Thompson, CAIB, CRM has been elected as IBAO’s 70th President. Debbie was officially
inducted at the recent IBAO Convention held at the Royal York in Toronto, and will formally assume her
role as President on January 1, 2013.

Debbie started her insurance career at the Citadel Assurance, and received her broker’s license while
working at Gellatley Insurance in Toronto. Her insurance career has developed into many roles from a
customer service representative to Vice President of Commercial Lines at Sinclair Cockburn. Debbie is
currently the Director of Business Development at Beyond Insurance Brokers in Whitby, Ontario.

Debbie’s passion for the insurance industry found her first as a volunteer, taking on the role of Affiliate
President with the Insurance Brokers of Toronto Region (IBTR) in 2002. She has worked on a variety of
committees with IBAO including serving as Chair of the Education committee, a Facilitator for the CAIB
Program and in 2005 she was elected as the Board Director for Territory 10 and was further elected to the
Executive committee of IBAO in 2010. Debbie also sat on the National BIP (Broker Identity Program)
Committee, representing Ontario for the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. She also recently sat
on the Consumer Engagement and Education Committee as part of the Minister of Finance Automobile
Anti-Fraud Task Force.

Debbie is also very active in her community and supports many youth organizations including Big
Brothers Big Sisters. “I am committed to encouraging and supporting the youth in our community and
believe that can be done by becoming actively involved in such local causes,” said Debbie.

“Debbie is so passionate about Ontario consumers and the broker brand,” said IBAO CEO Randy Carroll.
“We are very excited for her to take on her new role as President where she will continue to be a very
powerful and educated voice of the association.”

“The support of my three children, Nathanial, Kya and Christian as well as my partner Richmond have
brought me to where I am today,” added Debbie. “2013 will sure be an exciting year for the association
and I am so proud to lead the executive team on their many exciting initiatives.”

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