Karen Barkley, CRM, CIP, MBA

President, Markel Canada

Karen began her insurance career in the claims area in 1977 with Zurich in Ottawa, transferring to underwriting and Toronto in 1979. Continuing throughout the 80’s with Markel and Chris Steer Insurance Brokers moving to CIGNA/ACE in 1992 until 2010 holding various management positions including President/CEO for Canada. Ventured into independent MGA and retail broker world and then to ESR/Markel in 2013 as President of the Canadian Division.

Karen also acted as Chair of the Insurance Institute of Canada for the 2011-2012 term.