Canadian Association of Black Insurance Professionals forms partnership with Swiss Re Canada

Move aims to bring awareness to career options

Canadian Association of Black Insurance Professionals forms partnership with Swiss Re Canada

Diversity & Inclusion

By Mika Pangilinan

The Canadian Association of Black Insurance Professionals (CABIP) has named Swiss Re its new partner.

In a news release announcing the partnership, Jolee Crosby, CEO of Reinsurance, Canada and English Caribbean, emphasized the alignment of CABIP’s mission with Swiss Re’s values.

“We’re proud to be a partner of CABIP,” said Crosby. “Their mission aligns with our values, and we are happy to be part of an organization dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for Black professionals within the Canadian insurance industry.”

James Gasco, who heads Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ Canadian operations, also spoke of the importance of diversity of thought in managing risks and the company’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

“Partnering with CABIP aligns with our commitment to provide equitable opportunities for all, and in turn create a stronger, more resilient Canadian insurance industry,” said Gasco.

CABIP co-founder and chair-elect Dionne Bowers additionally expressed enthusiasm about the association’s new partnership with Swiss Re, calling it a “big step in bringing awareness to career opportunities, specifically, within the industry that Black insurance professionals may not have previously had on their radar.”

Bowers also commended Swiss Re’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, quoting an excerpt from its Leading with Inclusion: Our 2023 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion report:

“Unlocking the value of our diversity means, among other things, having honest conversations with one another and building a culture that empowers every one of us to deliver innovative, sustainable business success. It also means holding ourselves to our DEI commitments.”

She went on to highlight the importance of “honest conversations, empowerment, [and] accountability” in expanding DEI initiatives.

“This is what we encourage organizations to consider and embrace,” Bowers said.

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