Board of Directors/ Conseil d’administration

Board of Directors / Conseil d’administration
(in alpha order)

Selena Fredericks B.A. (Hons), CSC, CAIB

Director, Operations & Marketing
A.M. Fredericks Underwriting Management Ltd.

With a specialization in Strategic Communications, Selena spent her early career working in media for a prominent Toronto advertising agency. Since then, she has spent over a decade in the Canadian MGA space, with a passion for ensuring a quality client service experience – from Quotes to Claims. In her spare time, she sits on the Board of Directors of CAMGA as well as a prominent independent school for girls in Ontario.

Gary Hirst

President & Chief Executive Officer
CHES Special Risk

Gary’s insurance career began in the early 1980’s, at Lloyd’s Broker as a ‘scratch boy’ running policy endorsements into the market. He later became a director, participating in the management buy-out and floatation of the Lloyd’s Broker onto the London Stock Exchange. In 1998 he co-founded a small boutique Lloyd’s Broker later expanding into North America and the eventual sale in 2012. He now is president and CEO of the award winning CHES Special Risk. Gary is a founding member and current President of CAMGA.

Grant D. Kimball, CIP

Angus-Miller Insurance

Grant started work at Angus-Miller in 1978 and has held almost every position within the company until becoming President in 2001. He is actively engaged in the profession and community including The Insurance Institute of Canada, The Insurance Bureau of Canada, Rothesay Kings Rotary Club, The Town Of Quispamsis Planning Advisory Committee and most recently as Chair of the Greater Saint John Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Lough, FCIP, CRM

Vice President, Specialty Programs & Associations
Frank Cowan Company

Michael has over 26 years experience in the insurance industry. His focus is to develop relationships with specialized brokers across Canada and create new opportunities with specialty organizations and targeted associations. Michael his team of experts specialize in creating new and unique solutions for brokers and clients by providing the best risk solutions available enabling Frank Cowan Company to be an innovator and pioneer in the insurance industry.

Paul McCague

McCaque Borlack LLP

Since 1978, Paul has an extensive property, casualty, and special risks practice acting primarily for the insurance industry. He has a reputation for achieving results on complex national and international matters with substantial quantum at risk. Paul is works with large corporations on their self-insured retention programs, and coverage disputes, including excess, umbrella, and reinsurance issues. His practice involves litigation and trial advocacy, and all forms of alternative dispute resolution and he frequently acts for clients on coroner’s inquests and at hearings involving regulatory and enforcement proceedings. Paul also has had considerable success pursuing major subrogated claims, and he is a pioneer in the defence of class action law suits in the Province of Ontario. Lexpert, a Canadian legal publication and directory, lists Paul as a repeatedly recommended Commercial Insurance Litigation lawyer and in 2012, Paul was added to the Best Lawyers listing in the area of Personal Injury Litigation.

Steve Masnyk

Managing Director

Steve has been a government and public affairs professional for more than 20 years. He has worked for a large Canadian bank, a foreign government, several government elected representatives. He worked for 12 years at the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada and started his own government relations firm SkyBridge Strategies, which represents segments of the insurance industry with governments. He was appointed Managing Director of CAMGA in October 2020

Larry Shumka, FCIP

Executive Chairman
SCM Insurance Services

Beginning his career as an adjuster 44 years ago, Larry hasgrown SCM Insurance from a single branch in Edmonton, Alberta in 1986, into a national group of companies with seven business units and more than 120 branches coast-to-coast.A member of Canada’s insurance services industry for over 40 years, and served as Past President of the Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters and the Insurance Institute of Canada, and Board Member of the Ontario Insurance Brokers Association. What gets Larry excited today is a business he created five years ago in the data and predictive analytics sector. The ability to enhance clients’ data sets while at the same time making SCM’s other six companies smarter has unlimited possibilities.As Executive Chairman, he continues to oversee the development, growth, and success of SCM Insurance Services, a company that has quickly become a leader in the industry across Canada with aspirations of future growth in the UK and US.