Jan is the Assistant Vice President, Western Operations at Sovereign Insurance where she leads a team of dedicated and highly experienced underwriting staff across western Canada to drive profitable growth to Sovereign, provide our broker partners with professional support and advice, and ensure financial security to clients.
Jan’s insurance career began after graduating from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce degree when she joined Continental Insurance, which later became Lombard Canada. As she progressed into more senior underwriting, business development and management roles, she also obtained her Chartered Insurance Professional and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional designations. Two years on the broker side of the business with Hub TOS gave her a broader perspective of the insurance industry before she moved back to the underwriting side and joined Sovereign as B.C. Branch Manager in 2008. She is now responsible for the underwriting operations for Western Canada, a position she has held since 2014.
Jan’s passion in business is participating in the development of the strategic direction of Sovereign and working collaboratively with her teams to convert the direction into action. She believes that strong relationships with team members, brokers and clients leads to mutual success and that listening and clear communication are the keys to achieving an understanding of the issues at hand and a commitment to a resolution.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Jan and her husband Al and their two daughters enjoy getting outdoors into the beautiful scenery that surrounds the city. Summers usually find them on Sechelt Inlet where they have a cabin. She is an active member of West Vancouver United Church where she works with Syrian refugees and assists with youth outreach extending into Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.