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                                             Insurance & Risk Management Program
                                                                                                                                              Issue 8     Fall 2009

100% Employment Rate                          What’s new
Student Satisfaction – 96%                    September was an exciting month for MacEwan. As most of you are aware, on September 24, 2009 the
                                              Government of Alberta recognized our outstanding work and the quality of our instruction by officially
                                              announcing a name change to Grant MacEwan University with immediate effect. As a university, our name
Average Annual Salary for                     will give us an edge when applying for membership in such bodies as the Association of Universities and
New Grads - $33,636                           Colleges of Canada. We can also look forward to a greater ability to recruit international students and
                                              develop global projects. Our core values will not change. We are still student-focused and have the same
                                              highly qualified instructors. We continue to offer certificates, diplomas, degree transfers, applied degrees,
                                              baccalaureate degrees, and post-degree certificates. This is a significant milestone in MacEwan’s evolution
                                              and we look forward to fully realizing all that this might bring.
We appreciate the support we receive
from our alumni by providing information      In addition to the excitement of becoming a university, September also marked the beginning of a new group
for our alumni newsletter. If you have any    of Insurance and Risk Management Diploma students. We have thirty-eight new students in our diploma.
news that you would like to include in the
next issue, please contact us by email at     As the new diploma students begin their educational journey, we are happy to report that twenty seven                         students completed the diploma program at the end of September. We will be celebrating their achievement
                                              at the November 9th convocation at the Winspear Centre. Many of these students have already secured
                                              employment, but some are still in the process of job searching. We wish them the best of luck in their
                                              new career.

                                              This is the first year we are offering our NEW certificate in Insurance and Risk Management. This program
                                              is designed to enable students to work half-days and go to school half-days. It is a new program that targets
                                              students who have a minimum of 30 post-secondary credits and wish to take further education that will
                                              fast track them directly into a career. The students in this program are employed by the industry half-time
                                              and their tuition is sponsored by their employer. We currently have eighteen students in this program and
                                              most of them are currently sponsored. If you are interested in learning more about employment/sponsorship
                                              opportunities, please contact us by email at or visit our website
                                                            AUGUST MIXER
                                                            We held our annual mixer event on August 27, 2009. There were 101 attendees, including students,
                                                            faculty and staff. This was the largest turnout we have ever had. This year’s event included a
                                                            special champagne reception held before the mixer to honour our scholarship, bursary and award
                                                            donors. Our graduating students attended both components. Our special thanks to the co-sponsors
                                                            of the mixer event: Northern Alberta Risk and Insurance Management Society (NARIMS) and the
                                                            Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC). We would also like to thank all the industry professionals for the
                                                            gifts they provided for our students and their attendance at this event. Once again, it was a huge

THANKS!                                                GRANT MACEWAN                                          HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED
I would like to thank NARIMS for inviting and
                                                       UNIVERSITY ALUMNI                                      IN SUPPORTING THE
sponsoring two of our students to attend their         MOVE ONWARD AND UPWARD                                 PROGRAM?
monthly breakfast meetings. In October two
diploma students attended a presentation on            Denise Purdy graduated from the Insurance
“Pandemic Risk”. Learning outside the classroom                                                               Many of our Alumni are already very involved
                                                       and Risk Management Diploma Program in Fall
is an important part of the education process and                                                             in supporting the program, but if you are not
                                                       of 2005. Denise began her adjusting career with
we appreciate the opportunities made available for                                                            currently involved and would like to be, consider
                                                       ING following graduation. In April of 2007 Denise
our students.                                                                                                 one of the following:
                                                       joined Unifund Claims Inc. as an adjuster and
                                                       moved to the Bodily Injury unit in May of this year.     • Advisory Committee Member
Our sincere thanks to all our financial partners –     Denise continues to excel as an employee and was
those who sponsor a scholarship, bursary or            the recipient of the company award for the Top           • Round Table Speaker/Presenter at our Student
award for our diploma students (and there are          Producing Adjuster for the West Region for 2008.           Business Conference
many of you) as well as those who have partnered       Way to go, Denise!                                       • Encourage your organization to sponsor a
with us to employ and sponsor students in our new
                                                                                                                  scholarship, bursary or award
certificate program. Our success is dependent on       Weitao Li (Max) completed the Insurance and
your support!                                          Risk Management Diploma Program in the Fall of           • Encourage your organization to support the
                                                       2008. Max accepted a position as a Commercial              new certificate program
Last, but not least, I would like to acknowledge the   Lines Underwriter Assistant with ING when he
                                                                                                                • Student Recruitment – promote the program
contributions of our Advisory Committee members.       graduated. After just one year, Intact Insurance has
                                                                                                                  to others – word of mouth has always been
Our committee members for the 2009-2010                promoted Max to the position of Commerical Lines
                                                                                                                  one of the biggest contributors to our
academic year are as follows:                          Auto Underwriter I. Congratulations, Weitao!
                                                                                                                  application base
Rob De Pruis, Chair
                                                       Matthew Bergin also graduated from the                   • Actively participate in our Alumni Association
Bill Baker                                             Insurance and Risk Management Diploma
                                                       Program in the Fall of 2008. Matthew was hired
Charlene Butler
                                                       by Aviva Insurance Company of Canada shortly           CONGRATULATIONS!
Kevin Foster                                           after graduating as a Commercial Automobile
                                                       Underwriting Assistant. In September of 2009, he       MARRIAGES:
Shirley Hall                                           was promoted to the position of Junior Commercial      Congratulations to Jason Ploof on his recent
Grant Miner                                            Automobile Underwriter. Matthew’s dream is to          marriage to Leigh Sampson. They were
                                                       be the best at what he does – and it shows – and       married in Edmonton on September 5, 2009.
Doug Morrow                                            he credits the insurance program with putting          Jason graduated from the Insurance and Risk
Simon Rinaldi                                          him on the fast track to success. Matthew is           Management Diploma Program in April of 2003
                                                       also the Vice-President of the Insurance and Risk      and works as a Commercial Account Executive
Dave Skinner                                           Management Alumni Association. Keep up the             with Phoenix Group. He met Leigh at MacEwan
                                                       great work, Matthew and congratulations!               during a trip to Las Vegas. Congratulations, Jason!
A special welcome to our two new members –
Grant Miner and Dave Skinner.
                                                                                 …. written by Brittany Smith, Communications

The alumni team has been working hard to get         Lacey Hagen, Social Planner:                           Joanne Heft, Membership Chair:
ideas moving and launch our first event. We          Lacey Hagen graduated with Matthew in 2008 and         Joanne Heft graduated from the Insurance
have organized our fall “meet and greet” night       is now working as a claims adjuster at Wawanesa        Program in September 2005 and started out as a
on November 19, 2009. This will be held at           Insurance Company. Lacey feels that in receiving       Level 1 Underwriter. She advanced and is currently
Towers Pub at the City Centre Campus of Grant        the diploma from the college, it increased her         working as a Level 3 Underwriter at Intact
MacEwan University @5:30 pm. It will include         knowledge in the insurance industry and found          Insurance Company. After receiving her diploma,
a silent auction for such items as oiler tickets,    that the program did a fantastic job in not only       Joanne feels that it gave her a greater opportunity
blankets, iPods and more exciting gifts. The         giving time to find the right career but gave a vast   to advance in her chosen career a lot quicker and
Alumni Association has organized this night so       amount of choices as well.                             that the management courses the program offers
you can connect with other insurance alumni –                                                               are also a great tool in today’s work environment.
past classmates as well as graduates from other      Twila Paulson, Social Planner:
classes. We hope to see many past members of         Twila Paulson graduated from the IRM program in        Brittany Smith, Communications:
the Grant MacEwan Alumni there!                      September 2008 and currently works as a claims         Brittany Smith graduated in September 2008
                                                     adjuster for Wawanesa Insurance Company.               and went on to work with Phoenix Group Risk
In this edition of the Insurance and Risk                                                                   Management Inc. as a Commercial Account
Management Alumni newsletter, we would like to       Vickie Gray, Social Planner:                           Assistant. She has since advanced to a
include small bios of our association members:       Vickie Gray graduated from the Insurance and           Commercial Account Manager. Brittany feels
                                                     Risk Management Program in September of                that the insurance courses she took at Grant
Candis Matheson, President:                          2007 and now works as a Commercial Account             MacEwan has given her greater knowledge about
Candis Mathieson is the newly Elected President      Assistant for Large Commercial Lines and Not-          the industry and feels that the program is a great
of the Insurance & Risk Management Alumni            for-Profit Accounts at the Lloyd Sadd Insurance        way for students to obtain a stable and interesting
Association. A Graduate of the Insurance & Risk      Brokerage. Receiving the diploma gave Vickie a         career in many areas. xShe believes that the
Management program in 2007 with Honours, she         better grasp on the industry she was going into        program does a lot for the students with regards to
also holds her CIP designation. Candis began her     and says that the courses gave her a much clearer      getting a career right after they graduate.
career as a Commercial Producer and credits          understanding of the necessary procedures/
attaining the Insurance & Risk Management            documentation from both the Insured and Insurer.
diploma has maximized her job opportunities and
accelerated her career into the commercial side of   Ernest Muzongwe, Treasurer:
brokering from the beginning. Candis is employed     Ernest graduated from the program in September
by Western Financial Group in Spruce Grove as a      of 2005 and now works as an Agency Business
Commercial producer, and is excited to work with     Operations Consultant at the Co-operators
the newly formed Alumni organizing activities for    Insurance Agency. Receiving the CIP designation
past and future graduates to connect or reconnect,   and the diploma from MacEwan has enabled
and to celebrate our educational achievement!        Ernest to move up in the company quicker and has
                                                     given him a much greater understanding of the
Matthew Bergin, Vice President:                      insurance industry.
Matthew Bergin graduated in 2008 from the
Insurance and Risk Management Program and now
works in the Commercial Underwriting department
at Aviva Insurance Company. His career goal
is to reach senior management. Matthew has
stated that receiving the IRM diploma from Grant
MacEwan was the right fit straight from the
beginning. He also finds the insurance industry
very interesting and is aware of its great job
security and the wonderful environment he gets to
work in.

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