About us

Our purpose

At Canadian Premier, we’re here for family. And we’re here because of it. We believe your financial picture should support the everyday moments as much as the major milestones. That’s why our insurance solutions give you the peace of mind to focus on what matter most – creating a secure financial future for the people you love.

Who we are

For more than 60 years, Canadian Premier has been committed to providing financial security to Canadians and their families in the face of uncertainties. We now insure over 2 million Canadians and families coast-to-coast. Our insurance products are available through financial institutions, retailers, and other businesses. Canadian Premier is an A rated insurance company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. We are a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of Securian Financial Group.

Leadership

Nigel Branker

Chief Executive Officer

Nigel brings over 25 years of Canadian business experience to Canadian Premier. He is an innovative growth leader, effective strategic thinker, and transformational change agent for Canadian Premier’s strategic growth. Over the course of his career, Nigel has held various leadership roles in pension and benefits businesses within Canadian and global firms, and has spearheaded many successful acquisitions and go-to-market strategies. A consulting actuary by background, he remains a Fellow of both the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. Nigel is a progressive thought-leader and industry author who focuses on emerging issues for organizations, including mental health, the future of work and improving workplace diversity, equity and inclusion.

Anne Bjornson

Assistant Vice President, Insurance Operations

Anne has been instrumental in setting up Canadian Premier’s insurance operations function as well as establishing the practices, procedures and policies needed to deliver service excellence. A strong supporter of professional and personal development, she encourages lifelong learning for herself and her team as a powerful tool to navigate and excel in an increasingly complex environment. With over 30 years’ experience, Anne applies integrity and compassion as well as a solid service delivery as keys to strengthening partnerships and building trusted relationships.

Cristina dos Santos

Vice President, Specialty and Innovation

Cristina is a recognized leader who drives innovative, unique, and highly effective solutions. She brings to Canadian Premier more than 14 years’ experience—showcasing exceptional leadership, program management and product development expertise across the insurance, information technology (IT), and aviation industries. With her strong knowledge of our business and expert insights into our company, she leads Canadian Premier’s Specialty Markets and works across the company to drive innovation in support of business development and client management, product development, underwriting, and distribution strategies. Cristina is a member in good standing with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Deliska Beauregard

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Deliska brings over 20 years of experience providing bilingual legal support across the insurance and financial industry sectors. Over the course of her career, Deliska has developed deep expertise in insurance, retail banking, financial services, privacy, marketing and advertising. A natural leader, Deliska provides valued counsel to Canadian Premier’s executive leadership team and Board of Directors to ensure compliance with applicable laws. Deliska is an active member of numerous CLHIA Committees and served as the Vice Chair of the United Way Committee at a previous employer for six years.

Dwight Rodgers

Assistant Vice President, Insurance Operations

Dwight has more than 20 years' experience coaching, developing and managing high performing teams. His collaborative approach to client and customer experience ensures Canadian Premier continues to achieve operational and service excellence across its Bank and Retail operations. Dwight works with an eye to future; balancing the organization’s current and future needs by seeking opportunities to apply new and emerging ideas to the benefit of our business and customers. Dwight is an active mentor for new to Canada professionals, and participates in a number of industry groups.

Graham Kent

Chief Operating Officer

Graham is a recognized leader of change and a champion of using education, technology and communication to advance management understanding of industry challenges and how actuarial assumptions are set. He is renowned for his ability to quickly sort through complex issues, see relevant patterns and come to accurate conclusions. Graham believes strongly that in knowledge there is power, and that understanding the risk decisions we make is key to helping our partners thrive.

Sharla Postic

Senior Vice President, Insurance Operations

Sharla is a proven, best-in-class operations leader that effectively balances strategy with execution to maximize business success. A champion of change, Sharla brings over 20 years of experience to Canadian Premier, with a track record for exceeding operational goals, driving rapid growth to scale and generating strong business results. Over the course of her career, Sharla has acquired a deep understanding of the insurance, digital health solutions, health management, and mental health industries in both Canada and the U.S. A devoted leader and cultivator of collaborative alliances, Sharla brings her passion for enabling high levels of client satisfaction and organization-leading employee engagement.

Shirley Chen

Chief Financial Officer

Shirley has more than 20 years of leadership experience in financial services, and expertise in funding, financing, reporting and strategic planning. With a proven record of supporting company growth strategies, Shirley oversees all financial functions at Canadian Premier. As an active member of many professional associations throughout her career, Shirley believes in the philosophy of putting people first, which forms the foundation of achieving sustainable business growth and financial strength.

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