Geoffrey began his working life selling small business telephone equipment just as call centre technologies were being developed. Shortly after, he launched his insurance career at Allstate as an adjuster working in a call centre. Over the next three decades, Geoffrey gained experience working in claims and product distribution for four of CADRI’s five founding member organizations.
As VP Insurance Operations at The Co-operators for the last 15 years, Geoffrey has been a CADRI Board member, committee chair and, most recently, its Vice Chair. Having retired from The Co-operators at the end of 2020, Geoffrey now leads the CADRI Board to advance its members’ interests.
Catherine Allman Vice President & External and Government Relations
Catherine has held senior public affairs roles in the financial services sector in Toronto. Previously, Catherine ran Hawkestone Communications & Public Affairs, a public relations and policy agency advising industry and public agencies. A former journalist, she worked in regulatory affairs in the media business for close to a decade.
Catherine’s volunteerism seeks to improve the quality of life of Canadians – particularly young people – through the nonprofit sector. She is a Board member of the Orillia Centre for Arts + Culture in Orillia, Ontario. She has sat on Boards of Directors in the performing arts; was a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Toronto Grant Review Team for six years, and a cabinet member for YMCA Camp Pine Crest’s 100th-anniversary fundraising campaign.
Ruth and her team have provided association management to CADRI for close to 20 years. As CEO of Base Consulting and Management, Ruth has more than 30 years’ experience in consulting and management to the association world, convention and meeting planning. Ruth participates in several professional associations in these fields and holds various community volunteer roles. Ruth is a graduate of Glendon College at York University in International Relations and French.
Board of Directors
Chair & CEO: Geoffrey Beechey
Vice-Chair: Domenic Naccarato, belairdirect
Secretary-Treasurer: Jonathan Bida, Definity Insurance Company
Director at Large: Jeff Castle, Co-operators
Director at Large: Laura Doddington, Aviva
Director at Large: Roger Dunbar, Sonnet Insurance
Director at Large: Moira Gill, TD Insurance
Director at Large: Christian Jobidon, Desjardins General Insurance Group
Director at Large: Lisa McWatt, Allstate
Atlantic Regional Committee: Romi Morning, Co-operators
Risk Systems Task Force: Anson Wong, Desjardins General Insurance Group
Digital & Emerging Technologies Task Force: Huma Pabani, TD Insurance
Ontario Regional Committee: Sam Palmerio, Desjardins General Insurance Group
Licensing Task Force: Moira Gill, TD Insurance
Western Regional Committee: Paul Wilkins, belairdirect
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF DIRECT RELATIONSHIP INSURERS (CADRI)