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

Suzette Huovinen

Chief Executive Officer

Suzette has been a part of the Securian Financial family since 1997 and has held a number of progressive leadership positions within the company, most recently as Senior Vice President, Chief Actuary and Chief Risk Officer. She brings to Canadian Premier more than 20 years of experience in risk management and actuarial oversight, including playing a key role in developing Securian’s enterprise risk management program. An active supporter of the community, Suzette has served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Children’s Museum and Stepping Stone Theatre for Youth Development, both non-profit organizations based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Anne Bjornson

VP, 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.

Brian M. Clark

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer

Brian brings extensive experience in financial, compliance, risk and information technology both at a national and international level. He has a proven ability to build strong, strategically focused, forward-thinking teams and plays a critical role by bringing his knowledge of management information to the organization’s decision-making function. Brian maintains active involvement in professional leadership of the insurance industry, helping advance the fields of financial management and insurance accounting.

Dana Easthope

Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary

Dana has 10 years of experience in the financial services industry with broad expertise in corporate law, regulatory matters, contracts, corporate governance and policy development. A proactive and solutions-oriented business partner, he is focused on providing effective legal advice to support the organization’s business objectives. His always steady counsel to management and the Board of Directors is critical to ensuring the Canadian operations’ compliance with legal requirements and risk appetite.

Graham Kent

Chief Actuary & Chief Risk 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.

Braam Kruger

Head of Product and Pricing

Braam has 14 years of experience in the life insurance industry with expertise spanning all areas of product and business development, operations and actuarial. A self-aware, innovative and solution driven actuary, he is focused on product development and pricing for Canadian Premier to support the organization’s growth and value for our partners in the evolving insurance landscape. Braam’s driving force is a passion for the customer and belief that the customer should be at the heart of the entire financial services value chain.

Sandy Olejniczak

Director, Human Resources

Sandy has more than 20 years of experience within the human resources management, financial services and technology sectors. Her energy, vision, and proactive approach is an asset to the organization, and her commitment to continuous improvement in organizational practices and employee experience has helped foster a collaborative and positive work environment for all employees. Sandy has broad experience across all HR disciplines including talent acquisition, workforce planning, leadership development, employee relations, performance management, and compensation and benefits.

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