Brian spent the majority of his
working career at Great West Life, culminating in the position of Vice
President Individual Underwriting & Claims. After leaving Great-West, Brian spent 5 years
as an independent consultant for Clinical Reference Laboratory.
He returned to underwriting in the
role of Chief Underwriter at Wawanesa Life Insurance Company from 2005-2011,
and in 2011 moved to Gamma-Dynacare Laboratories as Associate Director -
Brian has been active in underwriting
associations in both Canada and the US and holds the distinction of being the
only individual who has been President of the
Institute of Home Office Underwriters,
President of HOLUA and Chair of the CIU.
He’s served on the Executive Council
of the AHOU, as Chair of the ALU Board, and on the Executive Committee of the
Canadian Living Benefits Seminar.
In addition to presenting at every
major meeting in Canada and the USA and participating on many underwriting
committees, Brian’s industry achievements include co-authoring the original
North American Guiding Principles for the Underwriter and the Original
Constitution for the CIU, and serving on the committee that executed the merger
of the IHOU and HOLUA into the AHOU.
Lynn Patterson, FALU
his insurance career in 1973 with Allstate Insurance Company and joined Life
Underwriting in 1980. Over the years he has worked for Kemper, United of Omaha,
Zurich Life, Bank One Life, and Chase Life.
Currently he is a Chief Underwriter with ING US. He attained his FALU in 1984 and has authored
several chapters for ALU examination texts.
A graduate of
the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics, he served 2 years in the
US Army, and is the father of 2 grown children.
He’s a life master bridge player, and enjoys fishing and golf.
Lynn is known
throughout the underwriting community as an expert and an active industry
speaker especially on fraud topics, presenting fraud education to underwriter
groups, association meetings, and reinsurers. In 2010 he completed a professional
examination program to become a Certified Fraud Examiner.
He served on the MIB Board of Directors from 2002-2005 and in 2008 was the
President of the AHOU.
Debbie Rankin, FALU
Debbie started her underwriting career at Crown Life and
later joined Sun Life Reinsurance, a global retrocessionaire. In
1992, Debbie moved to Sun Life Canada where she served as Chief Underwriter and
subsequently handled Global Underwriting Projects in the corporate underwriting
area at Sun Life Financial.
In 2009 Debbie became a self-employed consultant offering
underwriting expertise in Individual Life, Disability, Critical Illness and
Health insurance, Group Individual, LTD and Health insurance, Off-shore Foreign
Markets, Training, Auditing and Expert Opinions.
During her career Debbie has served the industry in many
Debbie is an avid golfer and dragon-boater and is a
member of 2 pipe and drum bands.
strongly in continuing education and has always encouraged underwriters to
attain their professional designation and volunteer on industry
- Canadian editor of On
- Secretary and Chair of the
- Program Chair for HOLUA
- Executive Committee of the
Western Home Office Underwriters Association
- Canadian Reinsurance
Conference –Secretary for 2 three-year terms
- ALU Board member and Chair
of the ALU Underwriting Forum Group
- A founder of Chief
Underwriter Discussion Group of Toronto