Sylvain Guilbert, PMP

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Title: Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Company: Echelon Insurance
Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada

Sylvain Guilbert, vice president and chief information officer of Echelon Insurance, recalls that he became involved in computer science because he was “born in technology.” He received a college degree in computer science and later found his true calling as a developer. With more than 30 years of professional experience under his belt, he has continued to grow with the field, earning a Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute in 2005 and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Laval University and York University in 2004.

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Brian Birchall

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Brian Birchall 1657785Title: Global Mining Sector Leader

Company: Aon Risk Solutions

Location: Ontario, Canada

Due to his understanding of the technical aspects of risk assessment, Brian D. Birchall, P.Eng made the decision to pursue a career in risk management. Mr. Birchall started his career as a chemical engineer and quickly directed his focus to risk management. Over his 41-year career, Mr. Birchall expanded his experience in insurance, on-site risk assessment and risk mitigation. Read the rest of this entry »

Stephen Beemish

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Stephen Beemish 1585136Title: Senior Vice President of Commercial Insurance

Company: HUB International

Location: British Columbia, Canada

Stephen A. Beemish started his career in insurance right after college. He realized he enjoyed the work, took courses in insurance and attained designations and certifications. Today, Mr. Beemish is regarded for his knowledge of manufacturing risks and is seen as a leader in the field. He has 31 years of professional experience and joined HUB International in 1993. In his role, Mr. Beemish is responsible for managing and building on a large portfolio of commercial clients in a number of industries, as well as driving the sales, bringing in revenue, educating clients, building relationships and covering all lines of commercial insurance. Prior to joining HUB, Mr. Beemish worked for Parsons Brown & Company Limited and served as a partner. He also worked in various roles throughout his career, starting in the mailroom and working his way up the ranks. Mr. Beemish was involved in marketing for an international brokerage and was exposed to all facets of the industry. He attributes his success to hard work and his understanding that sales is a “people business.” Read the rest of this entry »

Sandrine Brun

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Sandrine Brun 1515686Title: Director of Europe Procurement

Company: Aviva Europe

Location: Paris, France

Sandrine Brun’s extensive experience in the insurance industry and strong skill set in procurement has made her a leader at Aviva Europe, one of the leading insurance companies. An ethical and enthusiastic leader who is very hardworking and highly committed, Ms. Brun takes great pride in her work and always puts her employees’ needs first.

Ms. Brun has been serving in her position as director of Europe procurement for the past five years and has excelled at setting an inspiring vision and joining together her team, stakeholders and providers. In her role, she is responsible for managing direct and indirect procurement in Europe. Ms. Brun also spends 50 percent of her time in meetings to discuss effectiveness and new strategies.

Prior to joining Aviva Europe, Ms. Brun worked with AXA, where she was in charge of managing procurement and supporting corporate contracts. Her experience at AXA exposed her to all facets of the industry and she became well versed in managing diverse teams, taking the lead, and creating procurement strategies. Read the rest of this entry »