Management Team

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Kevin Konecny CPA, CA, CIP
President & CEO

Kevin was born and raised on a family farm in Chatham Township and appreciates the values of hard work and community.Kevin holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) in good standing. In April 2016 he achieved his Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation.Kevin was a Senior Staff Accountant with BDO Dunwoody LLP (now BDO Canada LLP) for 6 years prior to moving into the mutual family. Kevin was the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary for K&E for the past 9 years. Effective April 1, 2016 Kevin was appointed President & CEO.Kevin has been an active member of numerous internal Committees and is a past Chairperson of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association’s Accountants Roundtable. In March 2016, Kevin was appointed a member of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association’s Accounting Advisory Committee.Kevin was elected to the Board of the Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan Inc. in March 2016.Kevin, his wife and two daughters reside in Chatham. Kevin is Treasurer of the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village and a Parent Council representative for McNaughton Avenue Public School.

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Reg L’Ecuyer CPA, CGA

Reg joined Kent & Essex Mutual Insurance accepting the position as Chief Financial Officer in March 2016. Reg is a Chartered Professional Account receiving his CGA designation in 1999. Previously Reg was employed for 10 years in the agricultural industry and then worked in the automotive industry as controller for 13 years. Reg grew up in Chatham-Kent in the former Dover Township where he lives today with his wife Luisa.

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Carol Holmes CIP
Insurance Services Manager

Carol joined Kent & Essex Mutual in June 1983 and received her Chartered Insurance Professional designation in 1988. Carol spends her time working on efficiencies in processing, Manages the IT Department and assists in the Property Department. Currently, Carol is the Chair of the MCCG Administration User group. She and her husband Darryl live on their family farm and love to travel and camp. She enjoys spending time with their three sons and their growing families. Local Book club, quilting and gardening fill her spare time.

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Brenda Brooks CIP
Auto Underwriting Manager

Brenda joined Kent & Essex Mutual as an Automobile Underwriter in September of 2001.
She started her career in the insurance industry as a broker in 1989 selling home, auto & commercial insurance. She achieved her Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) designation in 1999 & her Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation with the Insurance Institute of Canada in October of 2007. In 2008, she was promoted to Automobile Underwriting Manager. She obtained her Certificate in Leadership through the University of Waterloo Professional Development program in December, 2014.
Brenda grew up on a family farm outside of Tilbury, ON & now resides in Chatham, ON with her daughter, Megan. She enjoys playing softball, volleyball & golfing in her spare time.

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Joyce Dykema CIP
Property Underwriting Manager

Joyce joined Kent & Essex Mutual in June of 1984 after obtaining her Executive Secretary degree at St Clair College. She achieved her Chartered Insurance Professional designation with the Insurance Institute of Canada in October of 1991. She has worked in various departments within the company and was appointed Property Underwriting Manager in 2009. She obtained her Certificate in Leadership through the University of Waterloo Professional Development in April 2015. Joyce is responsible for managing her department, liasoning with our broker force, development of products, pricing and services. She is involved with her church and also enjoys playing volleyball, golf and camping. Joyce and her husband Wayne and 2 sons live in Wallaceburg, ON.

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Jeff Knight B.Comm, FCIP, CRM
Commercial Underwriting Manager

Jeff joined Kent & Essex as a Commercial Underwriting Manager in 2012. He attended the University of Windsor where he graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Jeff spent the next 21 years with a large national insurer in various underwriting, marketing and supervisory roles. Jeff continued his education receiving his CIP in 1994 and FCIP in 2008 from the Insurance Institute of Canada. He has also completed his Risk Management designation (CRM). A native of Kingsville, Jeff now calls Strathroy his home where he lives with his wife and two children. He enjoys sports, reading and watching his daughter dance and his son play hockey.

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Wendy McCann CIP
Claims Manager

Wendy joined Kent & Essex Mutual as Claims Manager in June 2015 after working for a national insurer for almost 30 years. After graduating from the Business/Marketing program at St. Clair College she began her insurance career writing auto policies. She moved to the claims department handling auto physical damage, property and bodily injury claims before becoming an Accident Benefits Adjuster exclusively in June of 1990. Wendy received her CIP designation in 2003. She enjoys gardening and travel and spending time with her family.

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Laurie Basiak CIP, CRM
Business Development Specialist

Laurie joined Kent & Essex Mutual Insurance as Business Development Specialist in 2016.
She began her insurance career in Chatham-Kent as an insurance broker and for the past 25 years worked for several large independent insurance brokerages in Hamilton in various leadership positions.
Laurie has attained her Chartered Insurance Professional and Canadian Risk Management designations.

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