Institute celebrates its first new-track FCIP grads

Toronto, ON (Sept. 4, 2014) – The Insurance Institute of Canada congratulates the first new-track graduates of its Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) designation program.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of our inaugural new-track FCIP grads, who have committed themselves to broadening their knowledge of the property and casualty insurance industry,” said Insurance Institute president and CEO Peter Hohman, MBA, FCIP, ICD.D. “We look forward to seeing them realize their full potential as future leaders in the industry.”

These graduates are the first to earn an FCIP designation through the program’s new track, launched four years ago. The FCIP is a six-course, part-time professional development program that focuses on leadership knowledge and skills. The online program offers a comprehensive business education with a focus on property and casualty (P&C) insurance.

“The FCIP program provides you with timely, relevant information that enables you to improve your skills and uniquely prepares you to sit at the executive table of your company,” said 2014 FCIP grad Anna McCrindell. “My advice is that if you are interested in taking your career to that next level, the FCIP is a great opportunity to improve your skills and provides you with the knowledge to be a real leader in this industry.”

The inaugural new-track FCIP grads come from across Canada, with one international grad from the Bahamas. They are, in alphabetical order:

  • Cindy Carroll, assistant claims supervisor (Freeport, Grand Bahama)
  • Julie Chipp-Smith, senior underwriter, personal lines (Ajax, ON)
  • Greg Crawford, unit manager, casualty (Halifax, NS)
  • Gerald Daviau, director of analysis and pricing (Cambridge, ON)
  • Joseph Deschambault, personal lines supervisor (Moncton, NB)
  • Erin Ferguson, rating program manager (Regina, SK)
  • Nicolas Haynes, analyst, casualty claims services (Edmonton, AB)
  • Vinh Ho, commercial P&C underwriter (Calgary, AB)
  • Will Killen, commercial underwriter (Toronto, ON)
  • Christine Korth, accident benefits claims representative (Calgary, AB)
  • Andrew Lawrence, assistant vice president, commercial risk segment (Toronto, ON)
  • Anna McCrindell, vice president, commercial insurance solutions (Cambridge, ON)
  • Curtis Thompson, commercial lines underwriter (Oakville, ON)
  • Leslie Young, systems and quality assurance manager (Vancouver, BC)

More information about the program is now available on the Insurance Institute website at

The Institute gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the members of the FCIP Curriculum Committee, whose insight and experience helped shape the FCIP program.

FCIP Curriculum Committee members: Gordon Crutcher, BA, FCIP; Glenn Gibson, CIP, CLA, FCIAA, CFE, CFEI; Gregg Hanson BComm, CA, FCIP; Robert Landry, FCIP, ICD.D; Charles Lawrence, FCIP; John Phelan, MBA, FCIP; Michael Porter, FCIP, ICD.D; and Ross Totten, FCIP, CCI.

About the FCIP program

The FCIP program covers core aspects of the P&C insurance business: strategy, leadership, financial management, enterprise risk management and emerging issues. In the final ‘capstone’ course, candidates apply the knowledge and skills that they have gained throughout the program to create practical solutions to real-world issues facing insurance companies.

About the Insurance Institute of Canada

The Insurance Institute is the premier professional education body for the property & casualty insurance industry. Its membership of over 39,000 includes 20,000 active students in its formal programs. The Institute is also the parent organization of the Chartered Insurance Professionals’ Society, which serves the needs of more than 17,000 graduate Chartered Insurance Professionals (CIP) and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professionals (FCIP).

Source: Insurance Institute