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New CEO and CFO for Peace Hills Insurance 

PRESS RELEASE NO: 2017-01
March 13, 2017 Categories: News

EDMONTON, Alberta – The Board of Directors of Peace Hills Insurance (Peace Hills) would like to announce the official start date of Kathy Boychuk, CPA, CMA as President & CEO, effective Monday, March 13, 2017. Boychuk’s replacement as Chief Financial Officer, Ajay Tellis, CPA (CA), CPA (Illinois), CIP, will also commence his new role effective the same date.

“I am excited to take on this new challenge, while also introducing a fresh new perspective to our executive team with the addition of Ajay Tellis, who was the former CFO at CAA Insurance Company,” said Boychuk of the upcoming changes. “Luckily, stepping into this new position has been made easier by the tremendous support that I’ve received from our staff, brokers and reinsurers.”

Boychuk has been with Peace Hills for the past 24 years, serving the last eight as Chief Financial Officer. She has been working closely with current President and CEO, Diane Brickner, to ensure a smooth and orderly transition into her new role.

Tellis joins Peace Hills with an extensive background in both insurance and finance. He has held previous positions with Ernst & Young and KPMG, before making his way to CAA and working his way through the Finance department from Controller to Chief Financial Officer.

About Peace Hills Insurance

Peace Hills Insurance is a licensed, general insurance company, which has been insuring Western Canadians since 1982. Committed to exceptional claims service, PHI is dedicated to providing courteous and efficient service. Peace Hills employs over 200 staff who serve over 478 broker offices across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon Territory.

Peace Hills Insurance announces new President & CEO for 2017 

PRESS RELEASE NO: 2016-02
November 10, 2016

EDMONTON, Alberta –The Board of Directors of Peace Hills Insurance (Peace Hills) would like to announce the appointment of Kathy Boychuk, CPA, CMA as incoming President & CEO, effective March 2017.

“It’s been great to be back but I do look forward to returning to my retirement. I am very excited to see what the future brings with Kathy at the helm of the company and I think the Board of Directors made a great choice. As has always been the case, our unique culture is something that we champion and something we are sure Kathy understands and believes in,” said Diane Brickner, current President & CEO, of the upcoming changes.

Kathy will assume her new role as President & CEO after 24 years of service with Peace Hills, with the last 8 in the role of Chief Financial Officer. Kathy will be working closely with Diane to ensure a smooth and orderly transition into her new role. Kathy’s familiarity with Peace Hills’ culture is something that was very important to brokers, staff and the Board of Directors. Kathy looks forwards to continuing to build on key relationships and developing new ones as she leads the company towards continued success in the future.

About Peace Hills Insurance

Peace Hills Insurance is a licensed, general insurance company, which has been insuring Western Canadians since 1982. Committed to exceptional claims service, PHI is dedicated to providing courteous and efficient service. Peace Hills employs over 200 staff who serve over 478 broker offices across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon Territory.

 

World Motorcycle Day emphasizes road safety 

Insurance Bureau of Canada releases tips for motorcycle safety and a cautionary tale
June 21, 2016

June 21, 2016 (TORONTO) – Today is World Motorcycle Day (WMD), an annual opportunity to celebrate “turning the throttle while practising road safety. As the days and nights get longer, it’s the perfect occasion to ride – as Lionel Richie would say – all night long.

On WMD, riders congregate at local motorcycle dealerships, beaches and other meet-up points to share in the fun. This global event is also an opportunity to highlight the importance of safety for everyone on our roadways. 

“Motorcycle sales are increasing in Canada, and all drivers must be aware of the role they play in keeping the roads safe,” said Steve Kee, Director of Media and Digital Communications for Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), and a motorcycle enthusiast.

“One day last fall, I was cut off by an SUV who I believe was distracted,” he continued. “I lost control of my bike and slid for about 50 feet. The bike was a write-off. The whole situation was very scary.” Steve talks about the accident in an IBC video.

“I tell everyone who drives – whether in a car or truck, or on a motorcycle – to keep distractions to a minimum. Your eyes must be on the road at all times for your safety and the safety of those around you.”

To help keep families and communities safe across Canada, IBC is committed to raising awareness of the habits that can contribute to dangerous driving habits. Here is IBC’s Top 10 Tips for Road Safety for drivers. For motorcycle riders, here is IBC’s Motorcycle Safety brochure and also Motorcycle Insurance tips.

Forklift donation will come in handy at food bank 

Wetaskiwin Times
May 05, 2016

The donation of a new forklift will come in handy for the busy Samson Cree Nation Food Bank.

The forklift was donated to the food bank courtesy of Peace Hills Insurance’s special projects fund and presented on April 26.

As a successful entity owned entirely by the Samson Cree Nation, Peace Hills Insurance prides itself on being able to give back to the people and community of  shareholders. Each year Peace Hills Insurance set aside up to $100,000 for its special projects fund. 

“The food bank does awesome work for our people, so it’s a win-win for everybody involved,” commented Peace Hills’ board chair and Samson councillor Patrick Swampy.

“We look to support the community wherever we can and this is such a worthwhile cause,” said President and CEO Gene Paulsen, adding the company will be running some food drives as well to help out.

The timing couldn’t have been better: the food bank’s old fork lift died the day before the scheduled arrival of the new equipment.

The Samson food bank serves an average of 800 to 1,000 people each month.

“I don’t turn anybody away, I cannot. If a person’s hungry, we need to give them food,” said food bank manager Elda Goodin Lightning.

The biggest delivery the food bank has had in the past is 16 pallets. The average is four to six pallets. The new forklift will make the job of moving and storing supplies easier for the employees.

“There’s such a strong demand at our food bank , we’ll get good use out of it,” said Goodin Lightning.

The Maskwacis community will still benefit from the old equipment too, as it was shipped off for repairs. Once complete, the old unit will be donated to the Ermineskin food bank.

To view the article in the Wetaskiwin Times, please click here.

Grave wildfire situation in Fort McMurray and Surrounding Area: IBC is here to help  

Safety remains first priority.
May 04, 2016

May 4, 2016 (EDMONTON) – As tens of thousands of residents are evacuated from their homes in Fort McMurray and the surrounding area, in one of the largest fire evacuations in provincial history, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is reaching out with information and advice for those affected by these devastating wildfires.

“Our thoughts are with those whose lives have been disrupted and whose homes have been destroyed. The priority right now is the safety of those affected and their loved ones,” said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western & Pacific, IBC. “The insurance industry is here to help. Anyone with questions about their home, car or business insurance can call their insurance representative or IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ASK-IBC.”

What insurance covers

Most home and business insurance policies cover fire damage. If residents have to leave their homes because of a mandatory evacuation order issued by civil authorities, most home and tenant's insurance policies will provide coverage for reasonable additional living expenses for a specified period of time. Your insurance representative is at the ready to clarify the details of your policy.

The claims process

If you have been affected by a wildfire, when safe to do so, take the following steps:

  • Assess and document the damage. Taking photos can be helpful.
  • Call your insurance representative and/or company.
  • List all damaged or destroyed items.
  • If possible, assemble proofs of purchase, photos, receipts and warranties. Take photos of the damage and keep damaged items unless they pose a health hazard.
  • Keep all of the receipts related to cleanup, and if you've been displaced, keep the receipts for your living expenses.
  • Ask your insurance representative what living expenses you’re entitled to be reimbursed for and for what period of time.

Next steps

  • Once you have reported a loss, you will be assigned a claims adjuster. It may take some time, given the number of people affected by the wildfires, but you will be contacted. 
  • The claims adjuster will investigate the circumstances of your loss, examine the documents you provide and explain the process. Take notes during the conversations and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Your insurance company will ask you to complete a Proof of Loss form, to list the property and/or items that have been damaged or destroyed, with the corresponding value or cost of the damage or loss. You must sign and swear that the statements you make in the Proof of Loss form are true. Ask your insurance representative or claims adjuster to clarify anything you are unsure about.

Resources

Anyone with questions should contact their insurance representative, or for more information , contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

For additional information, consumers can also visit www.ibc.ca.

British Columbia wild fire: Advice and information from IBC 

Vitally important to respect fire bans, advisories and warnings
April 19, 2016

APRIL 19, 2016 (Vancouver) – As wildfire season has begun and residents are being evacuated from their homes in parts of Northern British Columbia, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is reaching out with tips and advice for those affected, and to remind everyone of steps they can take to prevent the starting and spreading of fires.

“Our thoughts are with all those whose lives have been disrupted by the wildfires,” said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western & Pacific, IBC. “We understand the hardships that these types of events have on families. Your first priority must be your safety and the safety of your loved ones.

“This is the beginning of what could be a very concerning wildfire season, evident by the fact that it has started earlier than usual.  It is vitally important that everyone pay close attention, and respect fire bans, advisories and warnings.  We all have a role to play in preventing the starting and spreading of wildfires, so take the time to learn what you can do.” 

What insurance covers?

Most home and business insurance policies cover fire damage. If residents have to leave their homes because of a mandatory evacuation order issued by civil authorities, most home and tenant’s insurance policies will provide coverage for reasonable additional living expenses for a specified period of time. Your insurance representative is at the ready to clarify the details of your policies.

The claims process

If you have been affected by a wildfire, when safe to do so, take the following steps:

  • Assess and document the damage. Taking photos can be helpful.
  • Call your insurance representative and/or company.
  • List all damaged or destroyed items.
    • If possible, assemble proofs of purchase, photos, receipts and warranties. Take photos of the damage and keep damaged items unless they pose a health hazard.
  • Keep all of the receipts related to cleanup, and if you’ve been displaced, keep the receipts for your living expenses.
    • Ask your insurance representative what living expenses you’re entitled to and for what period of time.

Next steps

  • Once you have reported a loss, you will be assigned a claims adjuster. It may take some time given the number of people affected by the wildfires, but you will be contacted. 
  • The claims adjuster will investigate the circumstances of the loss, examine the documents you provide and explain the process. Take notes during the conversations and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Your insurance company will ask you to complete a Proof of Loss form, to list the property and/or items that have been damaged or destroyed, with the corresponding value or cost of the damage or loss. You must sign and swear that the statements you make in the proof of loss are true. Ask your insurance representative or claims adjuster to clarify anything you are unsure about.

 

Resources

Alberta wildfire: Advice and information from IBC 

Vitally important to respect fire bans, advisories and warnings
April 19, 2016

APRIL 19, 2016 (EDMONTON) – As hundreds of residents are being evacuated from their homes in parts of northern and central Alberta, with others on notice for possible evacuation, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is reaching out with tips and advice for those who are affected.

“Our thoughts are with all those whose lives have been disrupted by the wildfires,” said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western & Pacific, IBC. “This is the beginning of what could be a very concerning wildfire season, evident by the fact that it has started earlier than usual.  It is vitally important that everyone pay close attention, and respect fire bans, advisories and warnings.  We all have a role to play in preventing the starting and spreading of wildfires, so take the time to learn what you can do.” 

What insurance covers?

Most home and business insurance policies cover fire damage. If residents have to leave their homes because of a mandatory evacuation order issued by civil authorities, most home and tenant’s insurance policies will provide coverage for reasonable additional living expenses for a specified period of time. Your insurance representative is at the ready to clarify the details of your policies.

The claims process

If you have been affected by a wildfire, when safe to do so, take the following steps:

  • Assess and document the damage. Taking photos can be helpful.
  • Call your insurance representative and/or company.
  • List all damaged or destroyed items.
    • If possible, assemble proofs of purchase, photos, receipts and warranties. Take photos of the damage and keep damaged items unless they pose a health hazard.
  • Keep all of the receipts related to cleanup, and if you’ve been displaced, keep the receipts for your living expenses.
    • Ask your insurance representative what living  expenses you’re entitled to and for what period of time.

Next steps

  • Once you have reported a loss, you will be assigned a claims adjuster. It may take some time given the number of people affected by the wildfires, but you will be contacted. 
  • The claims adjuster will investigate the circumstances of the loss, examine the documents you provide and explain the process. Take notes during the conversations and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Your insurance company will ask you to complete a Proof of Loss form, to list the property and/or items that have been damaged or destroyed, with the corresponding value or cost of the damage or loss. You must sign and swear that the statements you make in the proof of loss are true. Ask your insurance representative or claims adjuster to clarify anything you are unsure about.

Resources