MaryKate Townsend, CAIB Sr. Underwriter & Ontario Manager
To many, she’s known as MK. She wasn’t always an Insurance Professional. MaryKate graduated from the Horticulture Program at Ridgetown College, which led her to a career in Parks and Recreation - Gardener in the summer, Zamboni driver in the winter. Fast forward a few years, and 2 children later, it was time for a change, 10 years ago MaryKate began her career in Insurance as an agent with a Mutual Insurance company, before taking the leap into the broker channel. MaryKate joined the Pacific Marine team In January 2014.
MaryKate is currently the President of the London Insurance Brokers Association, and has previously held the role of Education Chairperson for the past 3 years with the board of directors.
While spending time with her family and close friends is one of her favourite things to do, she also enjoys golfing, softball and gardening.
Rola Nasser, Manager – Operations & Business Development - Québec
Working back in her native home in the middle east at an insurance brokerage was Rola’s inspiration to launch her insurance career in 2009 as an insurance agent where she obtained multiple damage insurance licenses including Ontario and the maritimes (NB,NS,NF,PEI). She has completed many seminars in communications, negotiations and public presentations. Seeking new challenges and opportunities encouraged her to move on to the insurance brokerage in 2014, obtain her RIBO license, and collaborate with many insurance providers as an insurance broker. Understanding the needs of the brokers and their various implications in the damage insurance industry enticed her to shift her career to the MGA (Managing General Agent) side and join Pacific Marine Underwriting Managers Ltd. as a Manager of Operations and Business development for the Quebec division.
Rola has completed her first Risk management course with honours, and currently pursuing to obtain her CRM Certification. As a mother of two, family for Rola comes first, spending time with her boys, watching movies and playing video games with them is what she enjoys the most.