FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. President and CEO Pat Van Bakel Elected President of the Insurance Institute of Ontario
Former deputy president assumes Institute leadership role for 2015
TORONTO (July 9, 2014) -Pat Van Bakel, president and CEO of Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc., has been elected president of the Insurance Institute of Ontario for the 2014-2015 term. He is currently a member of the Governing Council of the Institute and has been serving for the past year as its deputy president. In his new leadership role he will oversee the Council, which governs the affairs of the Insurance Institute of Ontario and establishes policy direction for the organization.
The Insurance Institute of Ontario is the provincial branch of the Insurance Institute of Canada, the premier provider and authority on professional development within Canada`s property and casualty insurance industry. It helps its members thrive professionally by creating a rich learning environment with multiple study options. Additionally, the Institute sets the syllabus of property and casualty insurance studies, produces the appropriate Canadian texts, holds national examinations, and elects graduates.
Van Bakel has been with Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. for more than 20 years and has been its CEO since 2013. He is responsible for all facets of the Canadian organization, including all services supplied to the Canadian property and casualty insurance market.
He is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a bachelor`s degree in economics and a member of many industry organizations. Van Bakel is a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and has received formal management and leadership training.
Based in Atlanta, Ga., Crawford & Company (www.crawfordandcompany.com) is the world`s largest independent provider of claims management solutions to the risk management and insurance industry as well as self-insured entities, with an expansive global network serving clients in more than 70 countries. The Crawford Solution(SM) offers comprehensive, integrated claims services, business process outsourcing and consulting services for major product lines including property and casualty claims management, workers compensation claims and medical management, and legal settlement administration. The Company`s shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbols CRDA and CRDB.
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