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  • HELENE Wood has been an insurance professional for 27 years.  Her passion for teaching and ongoing learning led to her becoming an accredited course provider with the various Insurance Councils in 2002.  Since then, she went on to get numerous seminars accredited to ensure brokers, agents and adjusters not only obtained their annual credit hours but obtained quality educational knowledge to assist them in their everyday worlds.  Her strong Level 1 and Level 2 courses assist both newcomers and existing brokers to get to the next level of their career.   As a full time broker herself she brings practical knowledge to the Level 1 and Level 2 courses helping to solidify the knowledge students are learning. To continually provide quality seminars, Helene has aligned herself with both industry and non-industry experts in their field.  

  • Lloyd Hamshaw

    Lloyd Hamshaw spent the first seven years of his career with the Western Hockey League head office here in Calgary and is a self-described hockey guy.

    Lloyd fell into recruiting when looking for an accounting job and he was hired by Diversified Staffing as an account manager. He has spent over 12 years in the recruiting world working with Diversified Staffing, Noramtec, Talent Builders and now REAL Recruitment.

    REAL Recruitment specializes in assisting small to mid-size companies with their recruiting needs. Lloyd’s passion these days is playing match maker between his clients and candidates.

  • Nicki Chang-Powless

    Business Strategist

    Nicki Chang-Powless is an expert at helping overwhelmed business owners get clarity and direction. She has developed a well-defined process that has resulted in many business owners getting their AHA! moment, giving them the confidence to move forward and make more money in a shorter period of time. 

    Her programs have been so successful that in February 2018, she won the New Business Venture Award at the SuPEARLative Awards Gala. 

    The program that Nicki is offering in alliance with Advance Insurance Education Services Inc. is custom designed for insurance professionals and will use her sales and marketing skills to help brokers grow their portfolio. Graduates from this program will have both a strong foundation and coaching through the initial start-up period. This will allow them to be more successful in a shorter period of time, which translates to savings for insurance brokerage companies. 

  • George Cooper, CIP

    Insurance Learning Specialist

    George is an enthusiastic and energetic individual with over thirty five years experience in the education and development, management, sales and service areas of the insurance industry.

    He is highly motivated and his principal strengths include communication, creativity, initiative and problem solving.

    Among his significant achievements are the development and implementation of programs improving individual and team performance in

    • personal lines insurance sales and service;
    • insurance agent licensing exams;
    • Insurance Institute of Canada Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) courses;
    • interpersonal and technical skill development;
    • career pathing specific to the insurance industry.

    A commitment to excellence and a sincere desire to help people succeed in personal and professional development are his most notable characteristics.

    He achieved his Certificate in Business Management in 1989, his Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation in 1996 and continues his professional development through various educational programs.

    George is an active volunteer with, and Ambassador for, the Insurance Institute of Southern Alberta and the Chiu School of Business at Bow Valley College.

  • Pat Martens B.Sc.(Hons.) B.Ed. M.A.

    Pat’s professional teaching career started on the shores of Hudson Bay, teaching high school students in Fort Churchill, Manitoba and culminated as a Dean at the Southern Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta. After SAIT, Pat was hired as the Education and Training consultant for Keyera Corp., a Calgary-based mid-stream oil and gas company.

    Pat has Bachelor’s degrees in Science (majors included Zoology and Microbiology) and Education (major Administration) from the University of Manitoba and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Pat’s Master’s thesis was the integration of Six Sigma and ISO in the classroom in order to enhance student performance. This integration of education and standardized quality processes led to the development of the Career Pathway’s program which was Internationally recognized by Cisco Systems in San Francisco in 2008.

    For the past seven years, Pat was the Health, Safety and Environment Manager of a Calgary-based disaster restoration company. In his role, Pat developed and taught environment-specific training seminars for the restoration technicians, adjusters, and others in the industry. The competency-based modules integrate communications, health & safety and environment which are all core skills for those working in emergency restoration. Today’s restoration industry requires an educated and competent workforce in order to meet the new “Standard of Care” that is demanded by the regulatory organizations and the community we serve.

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