William Blakeney, BA Hons, LL.B

William Blakeney is an insurance lawyer in Toronto with the law firm of Blakeney Henneberry Baksh, Barristers & Solicitors.He specializes in coverage opinions on complex insurance issues, including electronic commerce, Internet applications, sexual abuse and environmental cases. In addition to his practice, Bill lectures extensively on current insurance topics for the IIC, the CIP Society and ICC. Bill has argued cases at virtually every level of Canadian court from Federal Court to the Supreme Court Of Canada.



Fred N. De Francesco, CIP President - Fairview Insurance Brokers Inc.

A Seneca College Graduate Fred has been involved in the industry for over 37 years, working with major insurers in underwriting, marketing, and management prior to forming Fairview Insurance Brokers Inc.in 1982. Fred's background in insurance has been extensive in teaching, seminar presentations, text auditing, and writing, as well as assisting government officials during the planning and reforming of automobile insurance in Ontario. Over the years Fred’s expertise has been utilized in providing expert opinions on insurance related policies.


Sandi Neely

Sandi Neely is a Recovery Manager with over 25 years experience handling subrogation cases in all lines of Insurance. Sandi was instrumental in developing and managing one of the first dedicated Recovery Units in the Industry and discovered her niche. Sandi is also a member of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario Inc and has been a panel guest at Insurance events during her tenure in the Industry.


Brij Goberdhan, FCIP

Brij Goberdhan brings 20 years of experience to the property casualty business. He began his career in the West Indies and during his stay was a part time lecturer and examiner at the Trinidad & Tobago Insurance Institute & The Academy Of Insurance. Brij acquired his fellowship in the Insurance Institute Of Canada in 1997 and is currently a member of the Chartered Insurance Professional Society.


Mark M. O’Donnell, LL.B., B. COMM. (Hons.),  CIP

Mark is a partner in the law firm of O’Donnell, Robertson & Sanfilippo in Toronto. He is currently an advisor to a leading Canadian Insurer with respect to toxic tort claims, environmental litigation and insurance coverage matters. Mark also has extensive litigation, trial and appellate experience involving; property and casualty insurance related matters; defence of errors and omissions claims brought against insurance brokers and real estate agents.


Glenn Gibson, CIP, CLA, FCIAA, CFE, CFEI, CFII-c

Glenn is Global Chief Strategy Officer of Crawford & Company Adjuster Canada with over 35 years of experience as a loss adjuster handling all lines of insurance. Aside from numerous professional qualifications Glenn has given expert evidence in both criminal and civil court on fire cause determination and "arson for profit" schemes. He has lectured extensively to police, fire and insurance personnel and has authored over 150 published articles.


Kerry Eaton, CFE, CFEI, CFII

Kerry is currently Vice President of Crawford Class Action Services in Canada. He spent 23 years with The Hamilton Wentworth Regional Police. Before joining (Canada) Inc. where he has filled several roles including that of Director of Training. He is an accomplished speaker and writer.


Marcello Conforti, GSEC

Marcello has been an IT professional for over 24 years with expertise on security for over 16 years. He has contributed, written and presented numerous Security Awareness Programs and Best Practice Seminars. Marcello has developed and implemented policies, standards and procedures to minimize risks. He has managed a Disaster Recovery plan and contributed to Business Continuity Plans.


Donna F. Soltes CIP, CLU, CHF.C., CHS

Donna is the President of The Pro Group and a graduate of the Mohawk College Of Applied Arts insurance administration program. Her credentials include: CIP - Chartered Insurance Professional, CLU - Chartered Life Underwriter; CH.F.C. - Chartered Financial Consultant; CHS - Certified Health Insurance Specialist. As a volunteer on many Insurance boards she has had a various amount of public speaking engagements, has taught night school courses and has participated in countless charitable events always giving back and sharing her knowledge with others.


Willie Handler

Willie Handler has spent 33 years in various positions in the Ontario public service. During that time, Mr. Handler worked for 20 years on auto insurance regulatory policy for the Ontario government including 4 major reforms of the Ontario auto insurance system. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Handler worked on designing the no-fault accident benefits schedule that was introduced in 1994 under Bill 164 by NDP government and was the policy lead when the Ontario auto insurance system was reviewed form 1995 to 1996. Willie continues to offer his expertise today as a private consultant.





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