Just-in-time changes at IBC cover legislative reviews

It’s been just over three months since Canadian Insurance magazine profiled incoming Insurance Bureau of Canada’s Ontario region vice president, Bonnie Lysyk. But already there’ve been some hasty changes.

In May, the IBC issued a statement announcing the appointment of Don Forgeron to the vice president, Ontario position, stating only that Lysyk had “decided to pursue other opportunities.”

Forgeron moves in to the role just as Ontario launches into its requisite review of Bill 198. For the past 15 years, Forgeron has presided as vice president of IBC’s Atlantic region. In announcing the changes, the organization pointed to Forgeron’s “considerable expertise in government relations and auto reform” heading up matters for Atlantic Canada.

Most notably, Forgeron was a proponent of stronger graduated licensing legislation, which was passed in all four Atlantic provinces during the 1990s, and his work in the mid-1990s to streamline government regulation led to a multi-government initiative to produce a harmonized Atlantic Insurance Act. So the IBC anticipates his government liaison skills will be integral to its voice at a time deemed “a most critical moment.”

Simultaneous to Lysyk’s departure and Ontario’s pending legislative review, Jane Voll moved from the IBC policy division to become special advisor to its president to work on the organization’s submission to the Automobile Insurance Rate Board in Alberta’s premium review hearings this summer.

To replace Forgeron, Bill Adams takes the helm of Atlantic Canada matters.

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