Cowan Insurance Group Announces New Leadership Role in Support of Commercial Insurance Growth

CAMBRIDGE, ON (February 12, 2018) – Today, Cowan Insurance Group (“Cowan”), a leading Canadian insurance brokerage and consulting firm, announced the addition of a new role to its leadership team. Pamela Derksen will take on the role of Vice President, Operations and Product Development, Commercial Insurance. The addition of this role to Cowan’s leadership team will directly support the focus on strategic growth for the commercial insurance business.

As the VP, Operations and Product Development for the commercial insurance line of business, Pamela will be responsible to ensure the effectiveness of the operations supporting commercial insurance. The focus on commercial includes execution of digital solutions that align with client needs, maintaining strong relationships with markets to further leverage Cowan’s position as a leading independent national broker, managing operational efficiency to drive profitability, and supporting and developing talent.

“I am pleased to welcome Pamela to our leadership team as we look to further expand our footprint in commercial insurance,” says Heather McLachlin, President of Cowan Insurance Group. “Pamela’s experience in the insurance industry – specifically in commercial insurance, and her capacity to lead the strategic vision of a department to enable profitable growth align with the goals of this new role.”

Pamela brings with her over twenty years of insurance experience, with a focus on large commercial business, oil and gas, and manufacturing. Prior to joining Cowan, Pamela held the role of VP, Operations and represented business operations on large technology projects, reporting to the Chief Transformation Officer at a large insurer. Her responsibility was to ensure Brokers were ready for the delivery of new products and workflows on a new platform for personal insurance and small commercial auto.

Pamela has a degree from the University of Calgary where she studied economics and politics. She also holds her F.C.I.P. designation from the Insurance Institute of Southern Alberta, in addition to a Certificate in Executive Leadership from McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business.

 

About Cowan Insurance Group

A pre-eminent Canadian owned and operated insurance brokerage and consulting operation, Cowan Insurance Group represents leading national and international insurance companies. Cowan specializes in property, casualty and credit insurance, providing the best value to businesses, organizations and individuals for their insurance and risk management needs. The organization also advises and creates retirement, group benefits, disability management and international benefits programs for employee groups and offers wealth management, financial planning and succession planning services to individuals through its wholly owned financial services subsidiary. Cowan Insurance Group has over 450 employees and currently operates in 12 locations across Canada. For additional information about Cowan Insurance Group, please refer to cowangroup.ca.

Media Contact:

Maggie Hall
Communications Specialist, Cowan Insurance Group
519-650-6363 ext. 31333
Maggie.Hall@cowangroup.ca