Our functional leadership team
Rob Marsh, President, Liberty Mutual Canada
Rob is President of Liberty Mutual Canada, a branch of one of the world’s largest property & casualty insurers. He has been integral in championing a high-performing and people-first company culture while achieving market-leading financial results; supporting diversity, equity & inclusion; and contributing to Liberty’s environmental, social, and governance strategy. He is passionate about the insurance industry and is a strong advocate for attracting new talent into this socially responsible and rewarding sector.
Rob has been a community-builder for over twenty years. He is a founding Curator of Global Shapers, a World Economic Forum initiative, and is founder and past-President of S-drive, a federally incorporated non-profit dedicated to the personal and professional development of young professionals through networking, philanthropy, and community engagement. Rob has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. He continues to give back to his alma mater in similar ways to the support he received as a D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholar, and as a previous convocation keynote speaker.
Rob has been recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” and one of Insurance Business Magazine’s “Global 100”. Outside of his work at Liberty, he is involved with a number of boards, advisory groups, and non-profit initiatives.
Rob is proudly from Atlantic Canada. After living in Western Canada for a foundational part of his professional career, he now calls Toronto home, where he resides with his wife and three young sons.
Chris Corbeil, Senior Vice President, Head of Business Alignment and Chief Risk Officer
Chris Corbeil (he/him) is the Head of Business Alignment and Chief Risk Officer.
In this wide-ranging role, Chris’s responsibilities include the successful development and execution of corporate strategies, initiatives, and priorities. In addition, Chris is responsible for Liberty Mutual Canada’s Reinsurance function as well as our Program & MGA business. Chris also serves as Chief of Staff to Liberty Mutual Canada President, Rob Marsh.
Chris is a seasoned insurance leader with experience underwriting and developing products for both Canadian and multinational insurers. Throughout his time at Liberty, Chris’s strategic mindset and ability to challenge the status quo has helped the organization achieve significant success.
Chris is keenly focused on “making things better,” whether for customers, business partners, or employees. Chris believes that to operate at the highest level, it is crucial for the organization to appropriately recognize and leverage the talent, expertise, and perspective that exists within each of our functional areas, while driving collaboration and ensuring alignment on key business priorities.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary, Chris has earned several industry designations, including Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP), Canadian Risk Management (CRM), and Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB).
Haseeb Jalal, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Haseeb is the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Liberty Mutual Canada. In this role, he leads the finance and risk management functions. One of his core responsibilities is to enhance business reporting analysis to allow for business growth and make strategic changes to grow profitability. During his time with Liberty, Haseeb has also significantly overhauled the risk management framework, and is looking to continue making broad scale process improvements.
Haseeb prides himself on being a people leader. The most important resource in any company is its people, and Haseeb looks to find opportunities to improve employee engagement daily. He actively involves himself in making sure the team is motivated, focused on building their career path and progressing within it, and finding better ways to collaborate. Haseeb recognizes that the talent is strongest asset of the company, and ultimately, investing in people is investing in continued success for Liberty Mutual Canada.
Haseeb is a passionate leader and has over 15+ years of experience in finance, with over 10 years in the insurance industry. He has experience related to key financial concepts, including financial planning and analysis, regulatory and tax compliance, finance operations, risk management, and process improvement projects. He is a Certified Chartered Accountant and holds a CPA, CA designation, and is in the process of obtaining his Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation.
Janette McGrath, Senior Vice President, Operations
Janette McGrath is an experienced and passionate change leader with over 25 years of experience in P&C insurance, operations and technology. Throughout her career, Janette has built a reputation for driving results to transform businesses, placing an emphasis on continually making things better. Janette has earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA), as well as two Master’s Certificates in both Innovation Leadership and Lean Six Sigma – Black Belt, from York University’s Schulich School of Business.
Janette provides strategic guidance and leadership to our Operations function. She continues to streamline operational capabilities to drive consistency and process excellence throughout the organization.
Janette’s team exists to drive excellence in execution, to support top-line growth, and to manage efficiencies with operational and digital transformation. They value progress over perfection, drive decisions backed by data, and embrace an experimental approach through testing and learning and close collaboration with our end-users.
Jessica Seppi, Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Jessica Seppi (she/her) has more than 20 years of insurance industry experience with a varied background, including claims, underwriting, in-house legal, compliance and regulatory work. Jessica’s role at Liberty Mutual Canada as Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer involves providing legal support and advice, compliance oversight as well as strategic advice to all of the underwriting groups, senior management and other corporate departments.
Leanne Desai, Senior Vice President, Head of Claims
Leanne Desai is the Senior Vice President, Head of Claims at Liberty Mutual Canada. Under her leadership, claims professionals are empowered to make decisions and encouraged to provide creative solutions to complex claim issues. Local authority and collaboration with our underwriting partners allow the claims team to proactively manage claims with a commitment to excellent results.
Leanne firmly believes in taking a customer centric approach to claims, valuing the relationships that we build with clients and partners.
Ryan Benson Vice President, Head of Technology
Ryan Benson is an accomplished global IT leader with a diverse background in industries such as insurance, technology, human resources, and real estate. He brings extensive experience in IT operations, service desk management, ITIL, security, compliance, cloud computing, service delivery, project management, and software development. Ryan has a proven track record of implementing enterprise cloud systems that enhance user productivity while reducing costs.
In his current role as Vice President and Head of Technology at Liberty Mutual Canada, Ryan leads the company’s digital transformation and technological evolution. He focuses on improving customer experience, enhancing employee engagement, and optimizing operating expenses. Reporting to the President and serving on the Senior Leadership Team, Ryan drives technology initiatives aligned with the long-term business strategy, spearheading the Canadian digital transformation efforts and prioritizing customer experience and operational optimization by adopting a reuse-first strategy of Global Risk Solutions technology assets.
Ryan Ho Senior Vice President, Chief Actuary
Ryan is the Senior Vice President, Chief Actuary at Liberty Mutual Canada. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He leads the Actuarial Function at Liberty Mutual Canada and oversees all actuarial related initiatives including pricing, reserving, and capital management. He collaborates across different functions including Underwriting, Finance, Claims, and others to develop and execute business strategies.
Ryan truly believes in providing insights to stakeholders through data to enable better decision making. He uses an innovative and continuous improvement mindset to achieve aspiring enterprise-wide objectives in a sustainable manner.
A graduate of University of Waterloo, Ryan has worked in the property and casualty insurance industry for over 20 years. During this time, he has gained experience working in consulting, reinsurance, and commercial insurance, spanning diverse geographies including Canada and the Asia-Pacific region. He has held senior roles at various organizations including Chief Actuary, Appointed Actuary, Head of Pricing, and Head of Finance.
Sandy Bernier, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Sandy Bernier (she/her) is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources of Liberty Mutual Canada. In this current role, Sandy is responsible for leading Liberty’s overall human resources strategy and oversees a team of HR professionals that provide the full spectrum of HR services. She also works as a creative business partner and problem solver linking HR strategy to organizational goals and offering solutions to complex HR challenges.
Sandy is a change advocate who believes it is important to challenge the status quo to make things better. Sandy also has expertise in employee relations, organizational design, change management, total rewards, talent development, performance, training, HRIS and talent acquisition. She believes that people are Liberty Mutual Canada’s greatest asset, and that Liberty’s open, collaborative culture encourages teamwork and creative thinking and ideas, plays a key role in helping our team achieve strong financial results.
Sandy is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Certified Benefits Professional (CBP), a Certified Coach, and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) and taught part-time for almost 10 years at a local community college in the HR Diploma Program.
Taylor Shields, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Distribution
Taylor Shields (she/her) is the Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Distribution at Liberty Mutual Canada. In her expansive role at Liberty, Taylor leads all activities related to marketing, distribution, and communications, driving key strategic initiatives within these functions to support business goals and priorities. Taylor’s customer-centric approach has allowed her to help demonstrate the unique expertise and value that Liberty Mutual Canada offers through thought leadership, customer engagement, and process improvement.
Taylor firmly believes in putting people first and clients at the center of everything Liberty does. She is also a supporter of community engagement, social responsibility and philanthropy.
Taylor has worked in the property and casualty insurance industry for over 14 years. Over this time, she has gained experience leading initiatives within marketing, communications, business development and underwriting. Taylor graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Commerce and has earned the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation, from the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies as well as a certificate in Digital Marketing Management. She is a believer in continuous learning and development and has participated in various leadership courses, including the Queen’s University Executive Education Strategy program.
Our underwriting leadership team
Todd Armstrong, Chief Underwriting Officer
Todd Armstrong (he/him) is the Executive Vice President, Underwriting at Liberty Mutual Canada. In his current role, Todd is responsible for strategic guidance and managerial direction of all underwriting and risk services units across Canada. Over the past twelve years at Liberty Mutual Canada, he has played a key role in the growth and success of our Canadian organization, expanding his leadership footprint and building strong relationships in the industry.
Todd firmly believes that cross-functional collaboration and a solutions-oriented culture drive best-in-class outcomes for our customers. Todd enjoys working as both a mentor and coach, recognizing the importance of these roles in fostering engaged and diverse talent within Liberty Mutual Canada.
Todd is a graduate of Ivey Business School at Western University and lives with his spouse, son and daughter in the greater Toronto area. He brings a unique perspective to his role, with more than 25 years of diverse leadership experience across commercial and specialty underwriting, claims, risks services and operations.
Aiden Lanzon SVP, Quebec Regional Leader & National Practice Leader, Construction
Aiden Lanzon is the Senior Vice President, Quebec Regional Leader and National Practice Leader, Construction. In this role, Aiden is responsible for our regional presence within Quebec, as well as the national underwriting strategy within the Construction industry.
With more than a decade of underwriting experience within Quebec, Aiden understands the nuances and local needs of this unique marketplace. Since joining Liberty as a Casualty Team Leader in 2017, Aiden has expanded our presence within the region from a small market presence focused on underwriting a few lines of business, to growing into a full-service branch within the region. Our success within Quebec can be attributed to the hard work of our regional team, Aiden’s commitment to creating the best place to work and his ability to attract, retain, and develop top talent within Quebec.
Aiden holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, as well as his CIP and CRM designations.
Cara Stebbings Senior Vice President, Head of Specialty
Cara Stebbings is the Senior Vice President, Head of Specialty Liberty Mutual Canada. In her expansive role, Cara works closely with all divisions within the organization to support the continued growth of our specialty insurance presence through the expansion of products and offerings to our customers.
Cara began her career at Liberty in 2005, and over the last 18 years has progressed her career to increasingly senior positions. She credits her career to taking advantage of all development opportunities within the organization, she has been selected to participate in various global training programs at Liberty and continues to develop personally through participation as a mentor in the Liberty Mutual Canada mentorship program. In addition to overseeing the successful growth of her region, Cara was recognized alongside her colleague for actively seeking ways to improve an underwriter’s experience, and was awarded the Liberty Mutual President’s Award.
Cara is an active member of the BC insurance community, and helped establish a women’s insurance networking group, Women in Insurance that Lead (WIL), with the focus of developing leadership skills and supporting systemic change within the wider insurance industry.
Chris MacLean, Head of Alternative Risk Solutions & Programs
Geoffrey Dusseldorp SVP, Western Canada Regional Leader & National Practice Leader, Energy & Renewables
Geoff Dusseldorp is the Senior Vice President, Western Canada Regional Leader & National Practice Leader, Energy & Renewables. In this role, Geoff is responsible for our region underwriting presence across Western Canada, which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northern Canadian territories. Additionally, in his National Practice Lead role, he is responsible for the national underwriting strategy for clients within the Energy & Renewables industry, including Power, Mining, and related businesses.
With nearly 15 years of underwriting experience, Geoff has spent over a decade leading teams in western Canada. He joined Liberty as a Casualty Team Leader at our Calgary office in 2013, before assuming responsibility for the entire branch operation, including both commercial and specialty lines, in 2016. Most recently, Geoff was tasked with leading both our Calgary and Vancouver offices across commercial property and casualty and specialty lines of business underwritten across Western Canada. Additionally, Geoff’s extensive underwriting experience with energy clients has equipped him with the necessary skills to lead our energy & renewables book of business at the national level, focused on engaging and partnering with top clients.
Geoff holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University, as well as CIP and CRM designations.
Jennifer Soper, Senior Vice President, Underwriting Officer, Casualty
Jennifer Soper joined Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in 2017 and currently holds the role of Senior Vice President, Product and Risk Services. In her current role she oversees all corporate governance for Liberty Mutual’s underwriting operations on a national basis with both internal and external customers. She oversees the Risk Services and Engineering team that supports the underwriting operations in a variety of capacities including technical engineering engagement, risk services guidance and client coordination.
She has been part of the insurance industry for more than 40 years having been in a wide variety of roles including Northbridge Insurance as Casualty Underwriting Director, at Travelers Insurance where she was the Chief Underwriting Officer for the Technology underwriting segment, head of regional operations and risk engineering, and the cross-border and global underwriting practices and at Zurich Insurance in the special risks casualty division underwriting large complex accounts including property management, large manufacturing, aerospace, pharmaceutical, mining, light rail, and sports.
A graduate of George Brown College, Jen holds her Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations and has spoken to various industry groups on a wide variety of topics.
Rebecca O’Connor, Senior Vice President, Regional Leader, Ontario & Atlantic
Rebecca has been with Liberty Mutual Canada since 2000, taking on progressively senior roles since starting as an Intermediate Underwriter. As Senior Vice President, Regional Leader, Ontario & Atlantic at Liberty Mutual Canada, Rebecca is responsible for leading a team of Underwriters servicing Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces for the following lines of business: Property, Terrorism CGL, Automobile, Umbrella, Excess Liability, Property/Casualty Package and U.S. Workers’ Compensation. She profitably manages a team of 22 underwriters, including 4 managers and a portfolio of $156M in GWP. She was responsible for the original business case proposal to launch an Atlantic Region, resulting in the extension of Liberty Mutual Canada’s presence coast to coast across Canada.
Rebecca is recognized across the industry for her hard work and dedication and was named a recipient of Insurance Business Canada’s Elite Women Award in 2022 in recognition of her exceptional achievements and initiatives. She is also an active member of multiple committees and organizations. In 2022, Rebecca was named executive sponsor of Liberty Mutual Canada’s Employee Engagement Committee. She is also an active participant in Liberty’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee, championing the acquisition of guest speakers, donations, sponsorships, education programs and helping to develop various internal resources/ tools. She is also the acting tri-chair of Liberty’s first Women and Allies network in Canada. Rebecca has also held increasing roles including Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and finally President responsible for organizing an annual calendar of educational and social events within the GTA insurance industry.
Steven Hastings Vice President, Surety
As Head of the Canadian Surety Team, Steven has worked tirelessly in developing a culture that prioritizes customer service and the ability to find solutions while producing exceptional results. He has successfully built a truly National Surety practice, which comprises business partners and stakeholders from coast to coast. Steven relies on over 25 years of industry experience, a strong leadership team and the vast array of knowledge and resources of Liberty’s Global Surety Group to be a Canadian market leader.
Steven is proud to represent Liberty on the Surety Association of Canada (SAC) Board of Directors and as a Corporate Partner with the Canadian Construction Association (CCA).
While based in Liberty’s Toronto office, Steven currently resides in Stouffville, Ontario with his wife Julie, son Ryan and daughter Claire.