Executive Team 

Jean F. Laurin, CPA, CA – President

As President of ENCON Group Inc., Jean Laurin is responsible for developing the vision and strategic direction of the company.

In his more than 25 years with ENCON, Jean has garnered considerable management and industry expertise. He joined the Research and Development Department of ENCON Insurance Managers in 1985 to assume the position of Assistant to the Vice-President. Over the next 10 years, he held several management positions in both the Professional Indemnity and Construction departments. In 1998, he was named Executive Vice-President of The ENCON Group with the responsibility of managing the Underwriting Management operations and in 2001 he was named President.

Prior to joining ENCON, Jean was a Senior Chartered Accountant with one of the Big Four accounting firms and was responsible for public company audits. His work with insurance companies sparked his interest in the industry and led to his present position with ENCON.

Jean graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.Adm. and a B.Comm. He is a member of the Ontario and Canadian Institutes of Chartered Accountants, as well as a member of various professional accounting and insurance organizations. Jean is fluently bilingual in English and French.

Kate Harley, B.A., LL.B. – Managing Director, Claims and Operation

As Claims Manager, Kate Harley is responsible for the management of all claims arising out of the policies issued by ENCON. In her operations role, Kate leads infrastructure development and operational efficiency across the company. ENCON's Marketing and Communications department also reports to Kate.

Kate graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French, and obtained her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. Kate is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

David Cook, ACAS – Chief Underwriting Officer, Managing Director

In his role as Chief Underwriting Officer, David is responsible for managing all aspects of ENCON’s Underwriting Management division.

David joined ENCON as an actuary in 1992 and has gained extensive industry knowledge in his more than 20 years with the company. He was appointed Vice-President and Chief Actuary for ENCON’s Underwriting Management division in 2002, with responsibility for aggregate loss reserving and product pricing. In 2007, he was appointed Senior Vice-President, responsible for the underwriting review of large accounts and the provision of application handling and policy issuance services to brokers. In 2009, David was promoted to the position of Chief Underwriting Officer, and in 2016, David was appointed Managing Director.

David holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and has been an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS) since 1996.

Rhonda Sommerville – Senior Vice-President, Managing Director

In her role as Senior Vice-President, Rhonda is responsible for overseeing all aspects of ENCON’s Group and Retiree Benefits division.

Rhonda has garnered extensive experience in the group benefits industry, holding a variety of positions within ENCON during her more than 20 years with the company. She began her career at ENCON in 1989 as a member of the Human Resources department. She quickly moved into a business role as a Client Service Representative, where she was responsible for building and maintaining client relationships. In 1991, she took on a sales role and was promoted to manage the Third Party Administration division in 1995. In 1997, she was made an Assistant Vice-President and she was promoted to Vice-President in 1999.

In 2001, Rhonda was appointed to the role of Senior Vice-President, with continued responsibility for managing the company’s Group Benefits operations. In 2004, she also assumed responsibility for managing the Retiree Benefits operations. In 2016, Rhonda was appointed Managing Director.

A graduate of The University of Western Ontario, Rhonda holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.