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InsurTechTO: Faculty

The Premier Event Showcasing the InsurTech Community in Toronto

Monday, November 6, 2017 at Westin Harbour Castle

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Presenters, Panellists and Moderators

Tyrre Burks

Tyrre Burks, Founder & CEO, Player's Health

Tyrre was a standout college football player at Winona State University. Injuries cut his football career short, but they also gave him insight into a problem that needed to be solved, which led him to create Player’s Health – the first universal health management and compliance application for youth athletes. This HIPAA-compliant mobile application provides athletic programs with players' essential medical information and streamlines the injury reporting process in an easy-to-use digital platform.


Shane Flynn

Shane Flynn, Startup Services Lead, DMZ

Shane has been a part of the DMZ since the fall of 2012. At the DMZ, he works as a Startup Services Lead, overseeing the admission process of hopeful applicants to the program, along with managing the sales accelerator program, Playbook along with the Aviva Insurtech accelerator. Part of his role entails working with the high-potential startups out of the DMZ helping them grow and scale as they begin to formulate a repeatable and scalable business model. Shane graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.


Chris Gory

Chris Gory, Founder & President, Insurance Portfolio Financial Services Inc.

Chris Gory is the founder of Insurance Portfolio Financial Services Inc., a brokerage launched in 1999 that helps companies build the best employee benefits programs for their employees.

Chris is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, and works with more than 60 startup companies. He is an advisor at the Ryerson Digital Media Zone (including the recent InsurTech accelerator) and at the OneEleven startup hub, and he's led talks about employee benefits and insurance at several startup accelerators including Extreme Startups.

Chris has been featured in the Toronto Star and the Globe & Mail, and he's been a member of the Board of Directors of Applied Client Network, an international association of independent insurance professionals using Applied Systems software, since 2012.


Doug Grant

Doug Grant, Partner,

Doug Grant has been helping the insurance industry in Canada make effective use of technology for many years. From a business-impact and application perspective, he has helped individual companies and cross-industry groups in both Property & Casualty and Life insurance.

The progress of technology from the the basement computer room to the desk-top terminal and PC, to portable laptops to smartphones and tablets and now BYOD has been a fascinating journey. Processes extended to business partners through connected systems has continued to improve efficiency and timeliness.

The web brought the customer directly into the equation. Social functions have enabled new levels of connectedness, triggering the current focus on customer experience and engagement, which can paradoxically both enhance loyalty and increase freedom of choice.

Doug is a founding partner in, a leading Canadian Insurance resource centre for consumer and insurance professional alike. He organizes and hosts regularly scheduled conferences and other events.

Married with two sons, Doug is a recent migrant from house to condo (too much stuff – not enough space), both in the heart of downtown Toronto.


Adam Hare

Adam Hare, COO, Insurance Jack

Adam Hare is the chief operating officer for Insurance Jack, responsible for innovation and strategic growth initiatives.

For the past decade, Adam has devoted his life to being a passionate, creative leader who can think outside the box. His professional career spans from a young entrepreneur to the world's leading entertainment company at Universal Music, and more recently he has made waves in the insurance industry with the launch of his modernized, online brokerage, Insurance Jack.

Adam's focus is clear: to make insurance personal, fun and hassle-free. Insurance Jack connects consumers and insurance products in an entirely new way.


Amanda Ketelaars

Amanda Ketelaars, Operations Manager, Mitchell and Whale

With over 20 years in the business, Amanda started her insurance career as a CSR in a brokerage. She quickly became intrigued by how innovation and technology can improve efficiency and customer service. Amanda made the move to the technology side of the industry, working as a Trainer and Consultant for a leading Broker Management System vendor. Amanda has worked with brokerages across Canada implementing efficient workflow, maximizing their use of technology, and promoting the adoption of emerging technologies.

Amanda joined CSIO (Centre for Study of Insurance Operations) where she worked on projects to help identify and implement leading edge technology standards and solutions for the broker distribution channel.

Amanda is now Operations Manager at Mitchell & Whale Insurance Brokers, one of the fastest organically growing brokerages in Ontario, boasting a 70% growth in 2015, while maintaining a very strong retention rate of existing clients. Loving what she does, Amanda continues to implement efficient workflows using existing technology and embraces emerging technologies in search of growth opportunities for Mitchell & Whale.


Marc Lipman

Marc Lipman, COO, AIG Insurance Company of Canada

Marc Lipman is the Chief Operating Officer of AIG Insurance Company of Canada. Based in Toronto, he is responsible for the development and implementation of various strategic initiatives as well as acting in various client facing capacities. As part of his role Mr. Lipman is responsible for overseeing and championing AIG's Innovation Strategy within Canada.

Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, Mr. Lipman held various positions with AIG including the Chief of Staff of AIG Canada, the Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of AIG Canada and the Chief Regulatory Officer for all AIG companies in Canada from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Lipman has worked with AIG for 10 years and holds 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Mr. Lipman holds a Masters of Laws degree, with an award of Merit, from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, in Toronto, Canada.


Charlotte Malaurie

Charlotte Malaurie, E-commerce Director, April

While graduating with a MBA, Charlotte worked a year in the International division at the Group's head office in France as market analyst. She joined APRIL in Canada in 2011. As a project manager, she successfully drove the digitalization of our personal lines, both internally and externally. Fresh from that experience and her CIP, she then became the National Director of our home & auto business. Always keeping APRIL's values at heart: pushing boundaries, innovating and keeping things simple; Charlotte is now leading APRIL's development in the digital space.


Marc Philips

Marc Philips, AVP - Digital Strategy & Sales, TD Insurance

Marc Philips is AVP Digital Strategy and Sales at TD Insurance where he is responsible for leading Canada's top direct insurer into the digital age. He has worked at TD for 9 years in a variety of digital and omnichannel roles.

Marc has more than 20 years of experience in the digital space, working for companies such as MTV, Nickelodeon Online, Yahoo!, and Nurun.


Michael Shostak

Michael Shostak, SVP & CMO, Economical Insurance

Michael is on a mission, passionately pursuing a new and exciting focus on customers and creating a brand experience that will help put Economical at the forefront of the industry. Challenging the status quo is his specialty, and his extensive leadership experience at some of the largest advertising agencies in the world has prepared him well for this endeavor. Michael was drawn to Economical because of the commitment to innovation and putting customers first, and the launch of Sonnet Insurance. Going forward, Michael sees Economical as setting the industry standard in customer experience — connecting with customers and building the brand into something durable and differentiating.


Justin Thouin

Justin Thouin, Co-Founder & CEO,

Justin Thouin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Justin started the company in 2012 following a successful career as a Senior Executive with two prominent entertainment and technology organizations. He also created a thriving Executive Consulting practice prior to founding the company. Justin holds an Honours Degree in Commerce from Queen's University.


Patrick Vice

Patrick Vice, Partner, Director - Products & Services,

Patrick has more than 25 years of experience enabling technology and electronic commerce in the insurance and risk management communities. Patrick is a Founding Partner of, Inc., the premier source for Canadian information on insurance & technology.

Patrick currently serves as's Director of Products and Services, and sits on the company's Advisory Board. He edits the Intersection,'s blog, produces and hosts on-line and in-person events, and develops bespoke offerings for's clients.

Throughout his career, Patrick has held senior management positions with insurance companies, distributors, consulting firms, and technology solution providers. He serves on boards and committees of various industry associations.

Patrick authors articles for leading trade publications and has spoken at insurance and technology conferences in Canada, the US, UK, Europe, and Bermuda.

Bobbi and Patrick Vice enjoy living and working in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada.


Philipp Wassenberg

Philipp Wassenberg, President & CEO, Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada

Philipp is a lawyer with a PhD in public international and European law. He joined Munich Reinsurance Company, in Munich, in 2000 as a General Liability and D&O underwriter for various European and North American markets where he gained a wealth of experience in positions of increasing responsibility. When he transferred to Canada in 2014, Philipp had been the Head of Casualty Treaty in the Global Clients / North America division of Munich Re, responsible for world-wide business.

Philipp is now responsible for the operation of all of Munich Reinsurance Company's non-life business in Canada. He is an advocate for building strong client partnerships, and is making strategic use of the wide expertise ranging from NatCat modelling and capital relief solutions, to customer focused innovation and design thinking that is offered within the global reach of Munich Reinsurance Company to provide the best possible service and support to Munich Re's Canadian clients.

Philipp is a member of the Board of Directors of Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada and Temple Insurance Company. He also serves on several external Boards, including the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Reinsurance Research Council, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce.


Danish Yusuf

Danish Yusuf, CEO & Co-Founder, Zensurance

Danish Yusuf is the CEO and co-founder of Zensurance, a Toronto-based technology startup focused on commercial insurance product and distribution.

Danish is a former leader in McKinsey & Company's Digital Insurance practice, supporting insurance clients globally on defining their digital strategy. Prior to McKinsey, Danish was a software architect and developer at IBM Canada, covering everything from mainframe development to web development.

Danish earned a bachelor's degree in Software Engineering from University of Toronto and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.