David H. Atkins, M.A., F.C.A. | Chairman
Mr. Atkins presently serves as Chairman of CIGNA Life Insurance Company of Canada and Chairman of Omega Insurance Holdings Inc. He also serves as a Director of Nightingale Informatix Corp., a TSE Venture listed company; Director of Integrated Asset Management Inc., a TSE listed company; and Governor of Actra Fraternal Benefit Society. Mr. Atkins previously served as Chairman of Swiss Reinsurance Group in Canada; Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Swiss Reinsurance Group of America; Director of Kingsway General Insurance and Jevco Insurance, underwriting non-standard automobile insurance; Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Pareto Corporation, a TSE listed company; Director of Pethealth Inc., a TSE listed company, providing health insurance for companion animals; and Former Executive Committee Member of the International Insurance Society (IIS). A former Executive Partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), Mr. Atkins led its Canadian financial institutions and international insurance practices, and acted as an advisor to the insurance industry on financial reporting and mergers and acquisitions. A former Senior Advisor at Lang Michener LLP (now McMillan LLP), he provided advice regarding insurance and regulatory matters including financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Atkins is also considered an Expert Witness on insurance accounting. Mr. Atkins graduated with an MA (Law) from Oxford University.
Philip H. Cook, M.B.A., F.C.I.P. | Chief Executive Officer
Serving as Omega’s Chief Executive Officer since 2004, Mr. Phil Cook entered the Insurance Industry in 1962 and has worked in a variety of capacities with companies in England, Canada and the United States. From a background in Claims and Claims Management he moved to Administration, Operation and General Management. Before establishing Focus Group Inc. in 1986, he was the Chief Executive Officer for a major insurer. His qualifications and his extensive practical experience make him uniquely qualified to consult, advise and handle all aspects of insurance management. His specialties include claims management, strategic planning, risk management, feasibility studies, internal operations, IBNR calculations, audits and all areas of general management. He is presently Chief Agent for four insurers/reinsurers operating in the Canadian marketplace.
J. Wesley Carter, C.A. | Director
Wesley Carter is presently CEO of Laurier Insurance Company in charge of all operations. His previous positions include Executive Vice President and COO of all operations worldwide of an international Nursing Home and Assisted Living group. During this tenure he took on the responsibility of President and CEO and was based in the U.S.A. Over the span of 13 years, he managed a very successful program providing a broad range of insurance coverage for nursing homes in Ontario, Canada with a significant brokerage operation. This operation grew from a staff of five to a staff of 90, with premiums over $45 Million. His career in healthcare spans over a period of 31 years.
Donald R. Georgevitch | Director
Presently President of D-Tek Adjusters Corporation Inc., Don Georgevitch entered the insurance industry in 1967, becoming an independent adjuster in 1975. His area of expertise lies in the adjustment of Commercial Casualty, Environmental Liability and Product Liability losses. He also manages large accounts on behalf of Construction and Property Management business. In his capacity as control adjuster for several large constructions companies, or on specific assignment he has handled a wide variety of environmental claims.
Wayne Kauth | Director
Mr. Kauth is a consultant on various insurance matters and served 13 years on the board of Kemper Corporation, a NYSE listed property and casualty and life and health insurer with approximately $2.5 billion in annual premiums. He is also a director Resource Re Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Till Capital. Previously, he was a partner with Ernst & Young (“E&Y”) where he practiced for 34 years and was the National Director of E&Y’s insurance practice in the U.S. He is currently an Accreditation Review Team Member for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) and has previously served on a variety of insurance industry committees and task forces for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois Society of CPAs, and the NAIC. Mr. Kauth is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Property and Casualty Underwriter, a Certified Life Underwriter, and a Fellow in the Life Management Institute. He holds both a BA and MBA from the University of Wisconsin
Frank Palmay, P.Eng., B.A.Sc. (Engineering Science); M.Phil. (Biomedical); J.D. | Director
Frank Palmay is a partner in McMillan LLP’s Toronto office. His practice consists of general corporate and commercial law with particular emphasis on insurance matters, health, technology and mining exploration. In the insurance area, he has advised on insurance and reinsurance company acquisitions, domestications and reorganizations; policy drafting and review and regulatory approvals; direct marketing and strategic planning.
Edward A. Richards, F.I.I.C., C.I.P. | Director
Edward Richards’ insurance career commenced in England in 1957, where he worked for two Lloyds of London Insurance Brokers. He moved to Canada in 1964 holding various management positions in both claims and underwriting. While in his position as Vice President and then Executive Vice President with a large Canadian insurer, managed complex and specialty risk Property and Casualty accounts. He also was General Manager and Chief Agent in Canada for a foreign branch. He has also been an insurance consultant to the Ontario Government on a number of projects including Risk Management.
Dr.Terry Rickard | Director
Dr. Rickard has 44 years of experience in advanced technology and financial organizations, all of it in management, oversight and technology development positions. He has been an executive and a director of several private companies and one public reporting company. He was President and later Chief Scientific Officer of OptiMark Technologies, Inc. and served on its board. He was a co-inventor of the OptiMark transaction matching system and was instrumental in the development of this company from a start-up enterprise to an operating entity on the Pacific Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq market and the Osaka Securities Exchange, including the securing of over $350 million in investment capital from major investors in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to that, he was President of the brokerage firm Mitchum, Jones & Templeton. He has authored/co-authored over 70 refereed technical publications in engineering, electronic market structure, matching algorithms and trading strategies, and has coauthored 11 issued patents. He has also served as an expert witness in multiple intellectual property litigations involving financial markets. He received a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1975
As the Director of Quantitative Research for Till Management Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Till, Dr. Rickard is responsible for designing computationally intelligent systems for automated trading and investment due diligence. He currently beneficially owns or directs 271,666 shares (7.6%) of the Company’s outstanding stock.