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2019 Caribbean Insurance Conference

The Shifting Landscape in Insurance: The Challenge of Change

June 2, 2019 – June 4, 2019
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Mexico

  • Marcus Bosland

    Resident Actuary
    Colina Insurance Limited
    Marcus Bosland has been the resident actuary of Colina Insurance Limited, the largest life and health insurer in The Bahamas, since December 2007. Prior to joining Colina, he was the Assistant Vice President – Actuarial and Appointed Actuary of Guardian Life of the Caribbean in Trinidad & Tobago. A Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Marcus graduated with distinction from the University of Waterloo with a joint honours degree in Actuarial Science/Economics. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School. Marcus is the Immediate Past President of the Caribbean Actuarial Association and serves on the National Health Insurance committee of the Bahamas Insurance Association. Marcus currently coaches two football teams, an under-11 team, and a men’s team. He also serves on the Board of a parent-run swim club.
  • Susan Boyea, BSc (Hons), MBA, FLMI, BRMP

    Vice President, Business Relationship Management
    Sagicor Life Inc. Barbados
    Mrs. Susan Boyea has held the position of Vice President of Business Relationship Management, in a strategic capacity, since 2016. She currently leads the strategic relationship between Technology and the Business Operation of Sagicor. Mrs. Boyea has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. She brings a wealth of expertise in Insurance Operations, particularly in Information Technology Governance and Operations, and in Shared Services Operations. She was instrumental in establishing the shared services technology division of Sagicor Financial Corporation which she led for over 12 years. In addition to her executive career, Susan serves on the Business Relationship Management Institute council and she served on the Technology Council of LOMA – one of the largest trade associations in the US Insurance industry. Susan graduated with BSc (Upper Second Class) Honors in Mathematics and Computer Science and has attained a Master Business Administration with Distinction from the University of the West Indies - Cave Hill campus. She was awarded the Fellow of Life Management Institute and recently attained the Business Relationship Management Professional designation from the BRM institute. Susan is also trained in negotiation strategies from the Wharton School of Business and has certifications in Project Management and Governance of Information Technology.
  • Leslie Lee Fook

    Director & Co-founder
    INCUS Services Limited
    Leslie Lee Fook is the Director and co-founder of INCUS Services Limited, a leading analytics and information security Consulting Firm based in Trinidad and Tobago. His career spans over twenty years in the Information Technology field with experience in Telephony, Infrastructure, Business Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence. He has managed enterprise-sized IT projects in the UK and throughout the Caribbean. Leslie is passionate about data literacy and open data and believes that we will all someday become data citizens. His vision is to foster the development of a Caribbean Analytics community that’s highly sought after for its talent and expertise by delivering custom, high impact solutions that empower everyone with the ability to gain actionable insight from their data in a very fast and easy manner.
  • Carmelo Galante

    Managing Director
    Department of Life and Health, Latin America
    Carmelo Galante is the Managing Director of the Department of Life and Health for Latin America. He began his career in the reinsurance sector in 1996. In 1999, he joined the Life and Health Department of Gen Re in Cologne, Germany, where he was responsible for the countries of the Southern Cone. In 2000 he spent 6 months in Buenos Aires supporting the local Gen Re team. In 2004 in Cologne, he worked in the Department of Corporate Services Underwriting responsible for the Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries and No-Proportional contracts worldwide. In 2005, he moved to Mexico office as Regional Director for Latin America. Since January 2010 he is located in Cologne, Germany, where it plays its current position. Carmelo studied Economics and Business Administration with specialization in Banking and Insurance at the L.U.I.S.S. University in Rome, Italy. He speaks Italian, German, Spanish, English, Portuguese and French.
  • Larry Hartshorn

    Corporate Vice President and Director, International Research and Member Engagement
    LIMRA and LOMA
    Larry Hartshorn is responsible for the development and execution of LIMRA’s international research strategy. Under his guidance, the international research unit conducts a wide variety of research to provide insights and trends in distribution, consumer behavior and sentiment, products, retirement, and technology for markets throughout the world. Prior to joining LIMRA in 2015, Larry was Aetna’s executive director for Greater China in Shanghai. His responsibilities included strategic planning, research, management operation and consulting. Larry also previously served as research program manager for The Ohio State University, managing a multi-million dollar cluster of private, state, and federal grants targeting primary, secondary, and higher education curriculum reform.
  • Ron Johnson

    Managing Director and Co-Founder
    Blueprint Creative
    Ron Johnson is Managing Director and co-founder of Blueprint Creative – one of the Caribbean’s leading strategic branding agencies and the world’s first ‘bhranding’ agency. Ron and his team help CEOs, marketing teams and HR departments build stronger brands and stronger businesses. While Ron is passionate about all aspects of branding, he is especially passionate about helping clients build company cultures where hard work, fun and profitability can co-exist. Ron has led his team at Blueprint Creative to win several “ADDY awards” for its branding work with clients as well as three Barbados’ Best Employers Awards in recognition of the company’s exemplary culture, working environment and HR practices. When Ron isn’t helping clients with their branding projects, you can find him thinking (about branding), reading (about branding), writing (about branding) and speaking (about branding).
  • Olivier Lafontaine

    Chief Product Officer
    Equisoft
    Olivier Lafontaine is Equisoft’s Chief Product Officer, responsible for ensuring the execution of the business strategies for all Equisoft products. Olivier maintains the product vision and strategy, as well as managing the sales team and product strategy directors. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s product development. Olivier is a recognized leader in core insurance and wealth management systems, as well as large-scale agile system integration projects. He has forged strong industry partnerships over the past ten years, including Equisoft’s relationship with Oracle as their largest specialized insurance partner. Olivier has more than fifteen years of insurance industry Operations experience, and a proven track record of senior leadership success. He has been an executive with Equisoft since 2006. He is a licensed engineer and graduate of École Polytechnique de Montréal.
  • Kenrick Leslie, CBE, OD, PhD

    Executive Director
    Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs)
    Kenrick Leslie is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) which is located in Belmopan, Belize. In December 2003, he was charged with the responsibility of the development of the Centre from a concept to its current recognition as a Centre of excellence. Prior to becoming associated with the Climate Change Centre, he was a Senior Principal Scientist in the Applied Physics Laboratories of AlliedSignal Corporation, now Honeywell International in Morristown, New Jersey in the United States. Dr. Leslie established the National Meteorological Service of Belize and served as its first Director from 1972 to 1981. Regionally, he served as a meteorologist in the meteorological services of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Bahamas, and also on the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology from 1972 until 1981. Dr. Leslie is married to his wife Marlene for fifty three years and together they have four children and eleven grandchildren.
  • Blake Love

    Business Analyst
    Equisoft
    Blake has numerous years of experience in client facing environments for real estate, financial, and digital consulting industries. Blake has expertise in systems and process analysis, and serves our clients loyally on integration, data aggregation, and customization projects. Blake is a business analyst and product expert for Equisoft’s CRM development team. He is in charge of maintaining the product roadmap as well as designing services and features. Blake has a BCOMM with distinction in Business Technology Management at Concordia’s John Molson School of Business in Montreal.
  • Garfield Reece

    Audit Partner
    PWC Jamaica
    Garfield Reece, an audit partner at PwC Jamaica with more than 15 years of experience, leads financial and internal audit engagements for companies in a wide cross-section of industries, including manufacturing and retail, financial services, construction, agriculture, hospitality and the public sector. He has led audit engagements for entities listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and others regulated by the Financial Services Commission and Bank of Jamaica. Garfield has also led multi-location audits for private groups of companies with operations in 30 countries across the Caribbean, North America, Central America, Europe and the Pacific. A certified chartered accountant, Garfield has completed the certified information systems auditor (CISA) examinations and has led information technology (IT) audits for companies in Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean. His experience in IT audits has exposed him to information security for common operating and enterprise resource planning systems. Garfield has led regulatory reviews for light and power utilities in Jamaica and Bahamas. As part of his professional development, Garfield was seconded to PwC Canada in Toronto for seven months, where he worked as an audit senior manager with a portfolio of audit clients in the financial services sector. At PwC Canada, he focused on life and property and casualty insurance companies and mortgage banks. Garfield is responsible for risk management for PwC Jamaica and for the risk and controls service line for PwC firms operating in the Caribbean.
  • Nadjla Riedwyl

    P&C Structurer, Vice President
    Swiss Re
    Nadja Riedwyl has been working for Swiss Re since 2008. Currently, she works as Property & Casualty Structurer for Latin America with the main focus to develop and provide clients with customized, innovative prospective and retrospective solutions, supporting the achievement of insurers’ strategic objectives and improvement of insurability in rapidly changing reinsurance and insurance markets. Before, she was managing client relationships and was responsible for accounts in Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Dutch Antilles and Suriname, and she was also working as actuary in the Life & Health Risk & Actuarial Management department of Swiss Re. Thus, Nadja has more than 10 years of experience in the reinsurance sector in different functions. She first came into contact with reinsurance by modelling probable maximal losses of natural hazards for the Intercantonal reinsurance union in Switzerland and by working in the field of climate change research (Swiss National Science foundation project “Paleoclimate variability and extreme events” PALVAREX). Ms. Riedwyl holds a PhD in Climate Sciences “European climate reconstructions back to 1000 AD – a methodological approach” and a Diploma in Mathematics “The agglomeration of INAR time series”, University of Bern, Switzerland.
  • Ruben Veerasamy

    Vice President, Consulting and Account Management
    Equisoft
    With over 18 years of experience in the IT industry, Ruben provides Equisoft with expertise in management and the establishment of solid client, partner and employee relationships. Prior to becoming Vice President of Consulting and Account Management at Equisoft, Ruben headed Equisoft’s PMO for six years and also worked for more than ten years in project management at Hydro-Québec. Ruben joined Equisoft in 2008 and is currently responsible for working closely with the sales and marketing teams to establish new business opportunities in the Canadian and Caribbean markets. He also oversees Equisoft’s current Canadian and Caribbean accounts. Ruben holds a degree in computer engineering from Concordia University.
  • C. Richard Weylman, CSP, CPAE

    Best-selling Author
    Chairman, Weylman Consulting Group
    CEO & CDO, Weylman Center for Excellence in Practice Management

     

    Richard Weylman is considered one of the leading authorities on marketing innovation and understanding the customer perspective. Christopher Forbes, Vice Chairman of Forbes Media, refers to his work as “brilliant”. Richard is a strategic advisor to executives in all three sectors of the financial industry; insurance, advisory and banking. He is the author of three international best-sellers, including his latest which is also a CEO Reads best-seller The Power of Why; Breaking Out in a Competitive Marketplace. Richard has several business interests that serve the global financial industry including The Weylman Consulting Group, The Weylman Center for Excellence in Practice Management™, a web based educational platform where 4,000+ financial professionals attend streaming video classes each month, and Richard Weylman, Inc. which designs and delivers custom presentations and content. On a personal level, Richard was orphaned at age 6 and lived in 19 foster homes. Having overcome those circumstances, he has been recognized for his philanthropy on behalf of others by several organizations, including a nomination for the prestigious Horatio - Alger Award.