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QBE Canada targets growth with new leadership appointments

By Sandra Villanueva
Senior Media Relations Manager

QBE Canada has today unveiled a new leadership team as it looks to strengthen its operations.

The team is now being led by Jamie Thompson, who took on the role as Director of Canada earlier this year. In this role, Jamie has oversight of QBE’s Canadian customers, including those who purchase insurance from QBE’s Lloyd’s operation.  Jamie has worked for QBE in the Lloyd’s marketplace for most of his career, developing strong technical expertise and a global perspective of the insurance industry. In addition, he worked as a senior underwriter for QBE in Canada for four years from 2010 to 2015.

The senior team is complemented by a number of experienced appointments:

Scott Pidduck, who currently holds the position of Underwriting Manager, Financial Lines & Cyber, will be taking on the position of Director of Underwriting. He takes over from Valerie Jobson, who will retire at the end of this year.

Darren Goldman, formerly Claims Manager for QBE Canada, has been appointed to the position of General Manager for Canada.  In this role, he will oversee claims, operations and finance.

Richard Newman has taken on a new role as Underwriting Manager, Casualty and Automobile. His promotion is strategically important in deepening relationships with existing customers and working in partnership with brokers, many of whom are seeking a single market solution for general liability risks.

Jamie Thompson, Director of Canada, said: “QBE Canada has experienced positive growth over the past eight years in large part due to a keen focus on customers’ needs. I am making these new appointments to ensure we continue this approach, further deepening customer relationships and support for our brokers. Our focus will remain on developing long term partnerships with our customers and broking partners, supporting them as their insurance needs evolve. We are committed to ensuring customers receive market leading service and remain impartial as to where they secure their insurance, whether it be with QBE’s operations in Lloyd’s or in Canada.


For further information contact:                                                                                                   

Sandra Villanueva, Corporate Communications, QBE, +44 (0)20 7105 5284, 

Alexis Burris, Corporate Communications, QBE, +44 (0)20 3465 3921,

About QBE Canada

QBE Canada is part of QBE Insurance Group, one of the world’s leading international insurers and reinsurers and Standard & Poor’s A+ rated. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, QBE’s gross written premium for the year ended 31 December 2017, was US$14.1 billion

As a business insurance specialist, QBE Canada offers a range of insurance products from the standard suite of property, casualty and automobile to the specialist financial lines, marine and energy. All are tailored to the individual needs of our small, medium and large client base.

We understand the crucial role that effective risk management plays in all organizations and work hard to understand our clients’ businesses so that we offer insurance solutions that meet their needs – from complex programs to simpler e-trading solutions – and support them in minimizing their risk exposures. Our expert risk management focus on helping clients improve their risk management so that they may benefit from a reduction in claims frequency and costs.

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Sandra Villanueva

Sandra Villanueva

Head of Media Relations & Content, QBE International