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Andrew Kemp

President & CEO

Tel: 604.484.0204

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: akemp@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Andrew became a partner with CMW Services in 2004 after 19 years experience with another large commercial broker where he was a Senior Vice President and managed the Construction and Development Unit. Andrew has been active with the real estate and construction organization and has spoken to many real estate groups on the topics of risk management and insurance. Andrew has a degree in Economics (BA) from the University of British Columbia, Associateship from the Insurance Council of British Columbia (AIIC) and a Certificate in Risk Management from the Canadian Risk Management Council.

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Arminder Sahota

Client Executive

Tel: 778 945 0817

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: asahota@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Armin brings over 12 years of business development and client service experience to CMW, previously working in the commercial division of a large national insurance company. As a Client Executive, Armin provides custom insurance and risk management solutions to companies spanning various industries including construction, hospitality, transportation and manufacturing. Armin works directly with each client to conduct a thorough risk analysis and design a solution to minimize their property, crime and liability exposures. In addition, he offers specialized expertise on Directors & Officers and Errors & Omissions Liability coverage to protect board members and professionals in their course of duties. Outside of his professional life, Armin enjoys traveling and reading.

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Chris Waters

Client Executive, Partner

Tel: 604 294 3773

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: cwaters@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Chris has 35 years experience within the insurance industry, working in both the underwriting and brokerage fields. As one of the founding partners, Chris formed CMW Services Ltd in 1994. Prior to this, Chris worked for an international brokerage as an Account Manager, Vice-President in the Contractor Services Division, handling the insurance, contract bonding and risk management needs of contractor and manufacturer clients. Chris currently handles a diverse practice consisting of contractors, developers and property management companies.

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Danielle Russell

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 4973

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: drussell@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Danielle joined CMW in 2002. At the time, she was responsible for structuring custom insurance programs and negotiating with insurance markets on behalf of clients. Today, she manages a diverse client base including contractors, developers, seniors care providers and real estate managers. Danielle has extensive experience analyzing client risks and tailoring insurance solutions to meet their needs. She holds both a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation. She is also an active volunteer and fundraiser, involved with Children’s Hospital, Dress for Success, Canadian Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House and Young Women in Business.

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David Green

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 678 3557

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: dgreen@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

David joined CMW Services after 12 years in the insurance industry. David’s role at CMW is to develop and manage the insurance placements and programs of large commercial clients while offering expert risk management advice. After a decade with two major international brokerage firms David has gained significant experience working on large complex placements for both public and private entities. He gained a deep understanding of major infrastructure projects delivered through the Private Public Partnership construction model having worked with International Concessionaires as well as Lenders on some of Canada’s largest deals. David earned his undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University while playing varsity football and returned years later to complete an Executive MBA at SFU’s Business school. He earned his Chartered Insurance Professional designation early in his career. David was raised in North Vancouver where he currently resides with his young family.

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Donna-Lea Billesberger

Client Executive, Vice President - Private Client Services

Tel: 604 235 1856

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: DBillesberger@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Donna-Lea joined CMW in 2014 as Client Executive, Vice President - Private Client Services. She began her career in 1981 and has been working for a large international brokerage for the past 27 years. Her last position was as Associate Vice President, Personal Insurance, where she managed a large group of client service personnel and gave strategic direction to the division. Donna-Lea has always specialized in Personal Insurance. Her passion for clients personal needs drives her to provide solutions that create value for CMW clients beyond just insurance. Her role at CMW is to provide risk consulting advice and management of Personal Insurance programs to high net worth clients. Donna-Lea loves the outdoors, her seasonal getaway and enjoys good friendships.

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Gordon Li

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 0117

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: gli@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Gordon joined the sales team at CMW in November 2003. Gordon's role at CMW is to provide risk consulting advice and management of insurance programs to a diverse group of clients including building owners, developers, manufactures and recreational resorts. Prior to joining CMW, Gordon worked for a national broker specializing in real estate and manufacturing risks. During his five years with CMW, Gordon has proven success in development of corporate clients and the management of complex insurance programs. He is a leader in providing risk management solutions and the structuring of insurance programs for our property management and strata program and possesses extensive experience in claims management. Gordon was raised in Winnipeg and moved to Vancouver in 1991. He has an undergraduate degree from University of Waterloo and holds CIP and CAIB insurance designations.

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Grant Pritchard

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 2908

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: gpritchard@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Grant started his insurance career with Pritchard Woodall & Associates in 1999 as an independent claims adjuster. He was introduced to a wide variety of clients and claims including liability, personal lines and commercial. He later developed a specialty in residential and commercial strata property losses. Grant joined CMW as an Account Manager in 2008. His former claims experience, along with relationships developed with property managers and claims adjusters, results in a proven ability to act on your behalf in the event of a loss. His claims background also provides a thorough understanding of the policy wordings and coverages. Grant is responsible for managing a diverse book of business at CMW including both Commercial and Residential strata. Grant is an associate member of Professional Association of Managing Agents and an active participant with the British Columbia Apartment Owners & Managers Association.

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Kevin Casey

Client Executive, Partner

Tel: 604 484 4976

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: kcasey@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Kevin joined the sales team at CMW Services in 2003 and became a partner in 2005. Kevin brings over 20 years of business experience to CMW from the previous positions as Director of Western Canada Operations for a major national printing company and General Manager of a large regional manufacturer. Kevin brings to CMW a broad skill base in sales, customer relations and management. While at CMW, Kevin has proven success in the development of corporate clients and the management of complex insurance programs. He is a leader in providing risk management solutions and structuring insurance programs for CMW's property management and strata program. He also has extensive insurance experience with many other commercial and industrial segments. Kevin participates in many different associations that focus on building ownership and property management. Kevin holds his CAIB professional insurance designation. Kevin was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in North Vancouver. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys the outdoors including skiing, water skiing, fishing, boating, ATVing, snowmobiling, hiking and hockey.

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Mark Lee

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 4999

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: mlee@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Mark began his career in 1994 with an international insurance brokerage in Alberta prior to returning home to Vancouver in 2001. With extensive experience developing and structuring of large, complex insurance and risk management programs in the manufacturing, construction, municipal and transportation sector he has extensive knowledge in all lines of commercial exposures and coverages. Mark's skills include providing clients with solutions beyond conventional insurance and making positive impacts on his client’s employees, customers and profits. Mark is a past Director with both the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and the Insurance Brokers Association of British Columbia. He is also a member of the Insurance Institute of Canada and the Global Insurance & Risk Management Institute. He is an avid hockey & baseball player and spends his free time coaching these sports throughout the year.

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Peter Casey

Executive Director

Tel: 604 294 3776

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: pcasey@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Peter is a founding partner of CMW Services. His role is to provide risk management advice and develop and structure insurance programs for clients in the real estate, construction, recreation and manufacturing sectors. Through his experience Peter has extensive knowledge of the risks facing complex operations and of all lines of commercial insurance coverage. Peter has 36 years of insurance and risk management experience. Prior to CMW he spent 20 years with a major international insurance broker where he was a vice president specializing in real estate and construction. Peter was born in Alberta and moved to British Columbia at the commencement of high school. He has lived on the North Shore since 1967. Peter Is a Chartered Insurance Professional in the Insurance Institute of Canada. He is an avid ice hockey player and golfer.

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Richard Folkins

Director of Business Development, Partner

Tel: 604 484 4993

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: rfolkins@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Richard became a partner in CMW Services in December 2005. Richard's role at CMW is to provide risk consulting advice and manage the insurance programs of his clients while also assisting in the sales development of the Commercial Insurance practice groups. Richard came to CMW after 14 successful years with a major international broker where he was a Senior Vice President and a leader of the Vancouver Industrial and Public Sector practice groups. Prior to his insurance career, Richard worked in commercial lending for a major Canadian financial institution. Richard has extensive experience managing risk and insurance programs for both large public and private entities. As a result, Richard has developed a valuable understanding of the diversity of risks facing complex operations. Richard was raised in Vancouver and has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from McGill University in Montreal and his CIP, AIIC and CAIB insurance designations. Richard is an avid outdoorsman and lifelong skier.

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Rob McFarlane

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 4957

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: rmcfarlane@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Rob has been in the insurance industry since 1986, working in both the underwriting and brokerage fields. Prior to joining CMW in 2007, Rob was an Account Executive at a national brokerage, specializing in complex commercial and industrial risk management and insurance services. Currently, he serves on the BC Board of Directors for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

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Rob Shearar

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 0208

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: rshearar@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Robert began his insurance career with CMW in 2003 as an Associate Account Manager. Since then, Robert has held positions as a Commercial Marketer and Account Manager, specializing in complex manufacturing, construction, wholesale/distribution and commercial properties. His extensive expertise on the issues faced by these industries has proven to be a significant asset to his clientele in his current role as Client Executive, Vice President. He is actively involved as a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of BC and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association. Outside of his professional life, Robert is an avid football and hockey player as well as a strong advocate for health and fitness. He is a certified CrossFit coach and strives to help others achieve healthy lifestyles. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) designation.

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Rob ten Vaanholt

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 235 7032

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: rtenvaanholt@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Rob brings over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, starting in Australia with a large national insurance company. Most recently, he held senior advisory positions with one of Canada's leading global insurance companies. With his extensive underwriting expertise, Rob provides his clients with a unique perspective on managing commercial and high value residential risks. He is a graduate of Curtin University in Australia and has lived in Canada since 1990. He lives with his family in West Vancouver and is actively involved in many sports, including a passion for golf and field hockey.

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Roz Phipps

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 0205

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: rphipps@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Roz joined the sales team at CMW Services in 2004. She holds her Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB Honours) designation. Roz brings over 15 years of sales and marketing experience to her position. Previously, she was the Director of Sales for a world-class ski destination as well as a Marketing Instructor for BCIT's prestigious School of Business Marketing Management Program. As a result of her vast sales experience, she has developed a detailed understanding of the issues facing businesses today. Roz works with a wide variety of commercial clients including a large number of tourism businesses, as well as property management and strata clients. She is committed to providing her clients with the highest level of service and the best in risk management. As one of CMW's strata Account Managers, Roz delivers a competitive and high quality insurance program to her valued clients. Roz and the CMW strata Account Managers form a core group of professionals that pride themselves on being the most knowledgeable team of strata experts in the industry today.

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Sean Graham

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 3707

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: SGraham@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Sean joined CMW in 2014 with nearly 20 years of experience advising stakeholders in non-profit, faith-based and charitable organizations. Sean has a proven ability to consult strategically with organizations of any size to set and achieve goals required for success. Sean builds lasting relationships through simple, effective and economical solutions and enterprising client care. Sean is responsible for the management of insurance and risk solutions for a diverse group of clients. His people orientation, integrity and incisiveness will help your business or organization get the very best expert advice for all your risk management needs. Sean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) designation. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, cooking, participating in community events, exploration travel and golfing.

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Shaheen Esmail

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 4972

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: sesmail@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Shaheen has been a partner at CMW since 2005. Her role is to provide risk management advice to her clients while overseeing the placement and servicing of their insurance programs. With over 20 years of experience in commercial sales and management, Shaheen has developed a valuable understanding of the diversity of risks and exposures facing her clients. Shaheen is also a practice leader in the development of industry specific insurance programs managed by CMW for food and beverage, real estate, hospitality, assisted living, self storage, warehousing/freight forwarding and retail/distribution. Prior to her insurance career, Shaheen worked for a large international development and humanitarian agency network managing major planned gift campaigns for institutions focusing on health, education and poverty in the developing world. This included securing donations and demonstrating the impact of donor dollars. Shaheen was born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Kigali, Rwanda, Brussels, Belgium and Vancouver. She has an undergraduate Bachelors Degree from the University of British Columbia, and her CIP, AIIC and CAIB insurance designations. Shaheen is a past three time Co-Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society's signature fundraiser, the Diamond Ball (now Daffodill Ball) and currently is a member of their distinguished Advisory Council, in Vancouver. She is also an active volunteer and participant with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and with the Ismaili Community including the World Partnership and Ismaili Walks.

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Steve McConnell

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 235 1027

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: smconnell@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Steve McConnell is a member of CMW's contractor services and surety group. Prior to joining CMW, Steve was a Surety Manager for a leading National bonding company and an account manager for a major international brokerage. Steve has extensive experience with construction bonding and insurance. He is past chair of the Surety Association of BC and has played an active role with the BC Road Builders, the Public Construction Council and the Vancouver Regional Construction Association. Steve has a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, is a Certified General Accountant and has his CAIB and CRM insurance designations. An avid kayaker, Steve can be found on weekends paddling BC’s many white water rivers, tide races and surf breaks as he applies his risk management training to real world situations.

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Stewart Shearar

Client Executive, Partner

Tel: 604 484 4991

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: sshearar@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Stewart has been a partner at CMW since 2005. His role is to provide risk consulting advice and manage his clients insurance programs. Through his extensive experience managing risk and insurance programs for manufacturers and exporters, Stewart has developed a clear understanding of the issues and problems inherent in this area of business. Stewart joined CMW in1998 and has been in the insurance industry for 33 years. Stewart was raised in Pretoria, South Africa and emigrated to Canada in 1978 when he started his insurance career. He has his AIIC and CIP insurance designations. He is an avid family man, ocean kayaker and loves to work out.

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Ted Murray

Client Executive, Vice President Construction Insurance & Contract Bonds

Tel: 604 484 0119

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: tmurray@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

A partner in CMW Services, Ted has spent the last 20 years in the insurance industry concentrating mainly in the construction sector. Before moving to CMW as Construction Insurance and Surety Manager, Ted was with National & International brokerage firms in the capacity of Surety Manager. In his early career, he worked as a journeyman steel fabricator having served his apprenticeship at Ebco Industries in Richmond. Ted has a diploma in marketing management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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Tracy Hayes

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 0210

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: thayes@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Tracy has over 20 years experience in the commercial insurance industry and is responsible for providing risk management advice to clients while overseeing the placement and servicing of their general insurance programs. Tracy has broad experience in insurance sales and management with specialization in manufacturing, forestry, hospitality and retail/distribution. Before moving to CMW, Tracy was with International Brokerages for 17 years as an Account Executive. Tracy has developed a wide-ranging understanding of the risks facing businesses with a diversified clientele for large commercial accounts. Tracy has a Diploma in Business Administration from Douglas College and Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) insurance designations. Tracy is an active member of the Burnaby Board of Trade.

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Vicki Melhus

Client Executive, Private Client Services

Tel: 604 484 2910

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: vmelhus@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Vicki joined CMW Insurance in 2007 as the team lead in their Personal Insurance Division. Vicki began her insurance career in Alberta, and came to British Columbia in 1991 where she worked for a large brokerage for many years. She has been a broker for over 35 years, specializing in Personal Insurance, including ICBC. Vicki attained her CAIB professional insurance designation in 2006. At CMW, Vicki specializes in insuring high net worth clients, as well as mentoring staff and overseeing the Personal Insurance Department. Vicki is committed to providing her clients with the highest level of service. When not working, Vicki enjoys live music, cooking, and travelling.

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Ryan Wing

Client Executive, Vice President - CMW Financial

Tel: 604 484 4992

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: rwing@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 484 4990

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