As EVP, Chief Operating Officer, Sovereign, Steve provides leadership to the company's team of professionals and is accountable for the organization's underwriting performance and growth in addition to overseeing Federated Agencies Ltd. P&C operations and liaising with Premier Group to support its strategic alignment within the group of companies.
Steve joined The Co-operators in January 2017, and brought a wealth of over 20 years of leadership experience in the insurance and financial services sector along with him, including a variety executive-level roles at two major Canadian banks and a global insurer with more than $8 billion in annual revenue. In addition, Steve was the owner of a consulting company where he helped financial services organizations develop and deliver customer and growth strategies.
Steve holds an MBA, Marketing & Finance from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a BA (Hons) Economics from University of Western Ontario; as well as a Director's Education Program (ICD.D) designation from the Rotman School of Management/Institute of Corporate Directors. He has served on a number of Boards, including the CIBC Life Insurance Company in 2014, and was Vice-Chair of the Canadian Association of Financial Institutions in Insurance from 2004 to 2006. Steve currently sits on the Board of the Muskoka Lakes Association.