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Volante Canada delivers a range of insurance products designed to support the country’s industrial heartland. We offer robust coverage that provides insureds with the risk security to move their business forward. Our products include CGL, Umbrella, Excess and Wrap up polices as solutions to our insureds needs. 

Working in close collaboration with specialist brokers, each product we develop represents our strong working knowledge of core industries. 

Competitive coverage  

Our market-leading capacity helps protect businesses in multiple sectors, spanning activities in Canada as well as US-related sales. Our experience allows assessment of clients from small commercial operation to multinational corporations. 

Our primary focus is: 

  • Mining – CAD junior and mid-sized mining 
  • Forestry – focus on risk-managed forestry accounts 
  • Municipalities – including all government-related entities 

Other areas we will consider: 

  • Construction – working with trades and associations, our strong relationships with brokers across the sector ensure highly tailored solutions sector-wide 
  • Manufacturing – we provide comprehensive coverage across the manufacturing sector, supporting companies in multiple industries and offering cover for US exports 
  • Projects – we support the strong pipeline of construction projects taking place across Canada, delivering comprehensive solutions built on our extensive underwriting experience and ground-level knowledge 
  • Utilities – providing a range of relevant products built to meet the unique risk requirements of the electricity, gas, and water sectors with the flexibility to respond to changing market dynamics 

Sector knowledge 

Our extensive sector knowledge across Canada’s commercial and industrial sectors, coupled with our direct contact with specialist brokers, enables us to develop highly customised insurance products that mirror the risk dynamics of each individual organisation. Partnering expert brokers with expert underwriters ensure the best outcome for our clients. 

That insight also ensures that policies are designed with the longer-term objectives of the company in mind. That means coverage designed to flex with the changing requirements of the organisation itself or the demands of the markets in which it operates. 

Our insurance solutions are built to provide long term solutions for our clients. With this in mind, we offer stable insurance platforms for our clients to confidently build their organisations on. 

Complementary insurance  

As a multi-line insurer, Volante Canada can also extend its coverage options into complementary lines of business. Our specialist teams can develop umbrella programs that also span commercial property and auto fleet products. 

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The Volante Canada Team

Richard Newman

Managing Director, Commercial General Liability

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Richard Newman

Managing Director, Commercial General Liability

Volante Canada Limited

With over 20 years of casualty market experience, including 16 years in the Canadian insurance market, Richard is a veteran of the sector.

His technical underwriting expertise and ability to achieve profitable growth have helped him secure senior positions with international carriers in the Canadian market. Most recently, Richard was Underwriting Manager for Casualty and Auto at QBE in Canada and was also a North American Liability Practice Group Leader at Allianz.

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Rob Tsai

Managing Director, Property

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Rob Tsai

Managing Director, Property

Volante Canada Limited

Robert has over 14 years of experience in property insurance in the Canadian market, working across virtually every major industry sector. His expertise also extends to facultative reinsurance.

During his extensive career he has held numerous senior positions at firms including FM Global, QBE and most recently Swiss Re, where he was a Senior Property Facultative Underwriter. He has established a strong track record in building and maintaining successful client relationships and has secured an extensive client network.

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Steve Vandriel

Managing Director, Auto

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Steve Vandriel

Managing Director, Auto

Volante Canada Limited

Steve is a vastly experienced senior underwriter in the fleet and commercial auto sector, having worked in the Canadian automobile market for over 29 years.

He has held numerous leadership roles and has been responsible for the establishment of new auto teams at a number of insurance carriers. Previous companies have included Zurich Allianz, Aviva Canada and most recently Berkshire Hathaway where he played a central role in setting up the Canadian auto division for BHSI Canada.

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Kristina Nelson

SME Portfolio Manager

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Kristina Nelson

SME Portfolio Manager

Volante Canada Limited

Kristina is an accomplished senior underwriter with over 10 years of claims and underwriting experience in the Canadian market.  Kristina directs the execution of Volante’s small to mid-size enterprise strategy and portfolio across Canada catering to commercial combined SME packages and programs.

Kristina has successfully completed multiple insurance designations and is an active volunteer mentor.  She has strong broker connections across Canada and excellent relationships in Lloyds.  Her technical and product knowledge of SME business and the market trends, along with analytical and negotiation skills, set her apart as a dynamic leader in the industry.

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Maria Bella

Business Manager

Volante Canada Limited

Biography

Maria Bella

Business Manager

Volante Canada Limited

With over 15 years  experience in underwriting support including 6 years experience as a Team Leader.  Maria joined from QBE Canada where she has spent the past  9.5 years working her way up from Underwriting support to the role of an Underwriting Services Manager. Prior to her time at QBE  Maria was  a Senior Underwriting Assistant at Northbridge Insurance Canada.

Maria joined as Business Manager at Volante Canada where she will manage most of the relationships and tasks with Lloyd’s Canada and Provincial licensing regulators.  She is in an evolving role which will continue to develop as the local business grows.

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