Patrick Robinson (pictured), former CEO of travel insurance provider TuGo, has passed away.
Robinson played a pivotal role in shaping TuGo’s trajectory during his nearly three-decade run in the company. As CEO, he worked alongside his sister, Kathy Starko, and other executive members to stir TuGo through significant milestones, including its 2015 rebranding from Travel Underwriters. He was also a respected member of the Travel Health Insurance Association (THIA).
Robinson passed away on November 28 after battling cancer for several years, according to a statement posted by TuGo on LinkedIn. He was 62 years old.
In honour of his commitment to mental health causes, TuGo has asked those who wish to pay their respects to consider donating to Step Forward Health, an organization dedicated to providing mental health support through qualified counselling and educational and group support programs.
Robinson is survived by his wife, Gabriela; daughter, Daisy; mother, Georgina; brother, Jay; sister, Kathy; and other family members.
In 2019, TuGo was nominated for Insurance Business Canada’s CNA Canada Award for Excellence in Philanthropy & Community Service. Robinson spoke of the recognition and highlighted the insurance industry’s role in “promoting better communities.”
“If people care about each other, if they care about the communities they live in, they’re going to be safer, they’re going to do better things, they’re going to do more positive things, and it’s going to lift everybody up,” Robinson said.
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