The Insurance Supper Club are delighted to announce the recent appointment of their first Canadian Chair, Jodie Kaufman Davis.

 

 

Jodie is Corporate Vice President, H.W. Kaufman Group and Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox Canada. Jodie leads operations for the six Canada locations, and plays an integral role in the development and execution of the Managing General Agent’s overall growth strategy.

 

 

Under Jodie’s direction, Burns & Wilcox Canada has increased its amount of premiums written by more than 120 per cent, and its headcount by more than 80 per cent. Jodie also has been instrumental in expanding the MGA’s robust product offering in the hard-to-place specialty risks arena, such as building out the Burns & Wilcox Center of Excellence for Commercial Marine.

 

 

Jodie is actively involved in talent and business development initiatives where her forward-thinking has set up Burns & Wilcox Canada for continued success. Today, through insurance immersion days and employee programs for recent university graduates like the Kaufman Emerging Leaders Program (KELP), Jodie has helped to recruit a diverse workforce where 65 per cent of employees fall into the Millennial age range.

 

 

Jodie serves on the board of Young Presidents’  Organization Toronto, where she has been an active member for the past two years. She is a member on the Board of Directors for the United Jewish Appeal of Toronto, and recently completed a six-year program with the Jewish Federation of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. Jodie also serves on the board of Atain Insurance Companies, an H.W. Kaufman Group company.

 

 

Prior to joining H.W. Kaufman Group, Jodie spent more than seven years at the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney. In this role, she advised Canadian and U.S. companies on mergers and acquisitions, capital market financing, and complex regulatory issues.

 

 

Jodie received a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She holds a Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario license, and is licensed across all Canadian provinces.

 

 

Jodie will be taking on her new role at Insurance Supper Club with immediate effect.

 

 

 

“I am thrilled to accept the role which aligns with my personal and corporate efforts to continue to build a strong and diverse workforce within the insurance profession.  This is a great challenge that requires extensive collaboration and innovation at all levels and across all sectors of the industry.”

Jodie Kaufman Davis, Corporate Vice President, H.W. Kaufman Group and Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox Canada.

 

 

 “It gives me great pleasure to announce that Jodie has agreed to be our first ISC Chair for Canada. We are thrilled she has taken on this role for our new chapter in Toronto, Canada

In travelling to insurance centres around the world the benefits of uniting female business leaders across the industry and internationally is apparent.  Together we are a force for more rapid culture change in the face of non-industry competition.  Collaborating with our male peers to encourage the promotions and hiring women for their potential at all levels is essential in the pursuit of progress.  If we continue to focus on experience – and in the case of women, attainment – we will continue to experience the talent drain in this profession.  Taking on the challenge to change outdated working practices in a fast-paced market for different talent is paramount to the new economy.  Males and female business leaders must join forces to ensure the profession stays relevant in modern times.” 

Barbara Schönhofer, Founder and Chair of ISC

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