Senior team

Karen Barkley

Karen Barkley

President

(416) 601 2475

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Karen began her insurance career in the claims department at Zurich Insurance Company in Ottawa in 1977, later transferring to Commercial Underwriting in Toronto. She has held various underwriting and management positions at AIG and CIGNA Insurance Company of Canada. Karen was the President of ACE INA Insurance prior to venturing into the equity and ownership of an independent wholesale brokerage firm Specialty Risk Underwriters Inc. Most recently, she returned to the corporate world of Markel with Elliott Special Risks. Karen has been Chair of the Insurance Institute of Canada and served on the boards of ACE INA Insurance & ACE INA Life Insurance.

Rod Spurrell

Rod Spurrell

VP, Underwriting and business development

(416) 601 2473

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Rod started his insurance career at Elliott Special Risks in 1995 immediately after he graduated University and moved to Toronto. His first years at Elliott’s were spent underwriting Primary CGL accounts and Umbrella Business. In 2005, he was asked to help underwriting Professional Liability, which included Architects & Engineers E&O, Medical Malpractice, Miscellaneous E&O and Media E&O. In 2009 Rod’s career continued with Elliott’s and he was moved into the EIL Department to learn and start underwriting Pollution accounts. Shortly thereafter he was made AVP and subsequently VP Manager Environmental. Currently Rod is tasked with leading the National Team of Regional and Product Line Leaders as VP, Underwriting and Business Development.