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Karen Barkley

Karen Barkley


(416) 601 2475


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.