Meet our team

We would pleased to meet brokers and their policyholders to discuss where QBE may be able to assist. Key individuals within QBE who you can contact are as follows:

Toronto Team

Peter Askew

Peter Askew
Director of Canada

Tel: +1 4166825981
Email: peter.askew@ca.qbe.com

Peter joined QBE as Director of Canada in July 2016 and is responsible for leading the QBE Canada Branch. Before joining QBE, Peter was a Managing Director for Guy Carpenter & Company Ltd from 2009 - 2016, and was a member of the Leadership Team. Peter’s primary responsibilities were as Account Executive for numerous Canadian clients representing Personal and Commercial, Specialty and Agriculture insurance portfolios for regional, national, multi-national and government entities. Prior to that Peter held senior roles at Benfield Canada Limited, AON Re Canada Limited, amongst others. Peter brings over 25 years’ experience of the insurance industry to his role at QBE. He has an established network of relationships with the insurance community in Canada, as well as with UK and European firms. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

Kimberly Fernandes

Kimberly Fernandes
Business Development Manager

Tel: +1 4166825944
Email: kimberly.fernandes@ca.qbe.com

After completing her business degree, Kimberly began her insurance career working as an insurance broker. Through various roles, she has developed a broad base knowledge of the risk issues and coverage needs of policyholders in various industries. With a focus on service and a strong business acumen, she is ready to work with brokers and policyholders to try to develop insurance solutions that will meet their needs.

Darren Goldman

Darren Goldman
Claims Manager

Tel: +1 416 682 5901
Email: darren.goldman@ca.qbe.com

Darren has over 20 years experience in handling insurance claims. He began his career working in South Africa where he was qualified as a lawyer.  Darren moved to London, UK in 2002 and joined QBE European Operations in 2005.   While in London, Darren managed a team which handled claims emanating from Europe, Canada and South Africa, with a specific focus on Casualty risks and large losses. Since moving to Canada in 2009, Darren has held the role of Claims Manager for QBE Canada.   He currently manages a diverse team which handles Casualty, E&O, Property, Med Mal, EIL and Auto claims.  Darren will also personally get involved to negotiate larger losses, and provide technical support where required.

Valerie Jobson

Valerie Jobson
Director of Underwriting, Canada

Tel: +1 4166825909
Email: valerie.jobson@ca.qbe.com

Along with over 30 years of underwriting experience, Valerie brings an extensive knowledge to the Canadian marketplace as QBE’s Head of Underwriting. Her strong relationships with customers, brokers, industry bodies, business partners, reinsurers and colleagues that have been built over the years, combined with her expertise in underwriting risks across all sectors means your risks will be managed with the highest level of professionalism.

Richard Newman

Richard Newman
Senior Underwriter - Casualty

Tel: +1 4166825926
Email: richard.newman@ca.qbe.com

Richard started his insurance career working for a Lloyds syndicate in the UK over 15 years ago. While working as a liability underwriter for Allianz, Richard made the move from the UK to Canada in 2003. Over the last decade, Richard has established a solid reputation across Canada for his expertise in insuring policyholders with international exposures. Most recently, Richard joined QBE in late 2014, where he is leading our liability team.

Steve Vandriel

Steve Vandriel
Senior Underwriter - Auto

Tel: +1 4166825913
Email: steve.vandriel@ca.qbe.com

Steve began his insurance career working at Zurich Insurance Company in 1990. Over the years, he has worked as a senior auto underwriter and manager for numerous insurance companies including Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty and Aviva Canada. Since joining QBE in 2012, Steve established the automobile department and now manages a team of underwriters. Steve’s underwriting experience and risk management knowledge make him a valued business partner to both brokers and policyholders.

Scott Pidduck

Scott Pidduck
Senior Underwriter - Professional Lines and Cyber

Tel: +1 416 682 5925
Email: scott.pidduck@ca.qbe.com

After completing his Business Administration Diploma, Scott began his insurance career at ACE Canada as an E&O underwriter. Over the past decade, Scott has looked at E&O risks from a Canadian and also a global perspective. He has gained extensive knowledge of the professional liability risks facing individuals and businesses across a broad spectrum of industries, most significantly in the technology, media and cyber areas. Since joining QBE in 2012, Scott has worked in partnership with brokers, sharing his knowledge of the ever-changing risks of professionals and businesses, and developing market leading solutions to best address those risks.

David Hartley

David Hartley
Senior Underwriter - Programs

Tel: +1 4166825906
Email: david.hartley@ca.qbe.com

Dave joined in 2015 to lead QBE’s effort to develop new programs for both brokers and association groups requiring a customized solution. He has over 30 years of experience working as a broker, insurer as well as working with a reciprocal exchange. This experience allows Dave to work in true partnership with others to build solutions that can incorporate both property and casualty coverage needs.

Derek Reedie

Derek Reedie
Senior Underwriter - Property

Tel: +1 4166825951
Email: derek.reedie@ca.qbe.com

Derek joined QBE in 2015 to oversee QBE's Canadian property team after having held leadership positions at a few large Canadian insurance companies. During his career, he has developed a deep insight into construction project risks as well as a broad knowledge of commercial and industrial property risks. Derek enjoys using his knowledge and expertise to work in collaboration with brokers and policyholders to meet their unique needs.

Vancouver Team

David Edgar

David Edgar
General Manager

Tel: +1 (604) 558-5770
Email: david.edgar@ca.qbe.com

As the General Manager of QBE Canada, David brings 25 years of experience and expertise underwriting business across Canada. He has built and maintained strong relationships with clients, service providers, broker and cover holders. His priorities are effectively managing business risks and developing specialised solutions.

Dawn Cooper

Dawn Cooper
Underwriter - Programs

Tel: +1 6045585774
Email: dawn.cooper@ca.qbe.com

25+ years experience underwriting and program management with major brokers, Lloyd’s and domestic insurers.

Michael Baugh

Michael Baugh
Senior Underwriter - Property & Construction

Tel: +1 6045585772
Email: michael.baugh@ca.qbe.com

Joined QBE in 2013. 30+ years underwriting Property and Construction, previously at Commonwealth.

Willy Stugis

Willy Stugis
Underwriter - Casualty

Tel: +1 604 558 5771
Email: william.stugis@ca.qbe.com

Joined QBE in 2010. 30+ years underwriting Casualty, previously at Commonwealth and AIG.