Executive Team 

David Cook, ACAS – President

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

David joined ENCON as an actuary in 1992 and has gained extensive industry knowledge in his more than 25 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.

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

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.

Stefanie McKay, LL.B., RPLU – Chief Underwriting Officer, Managing Director

As Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO), Stefanie McKay is responsible for leading and developing underwriting strategy across all lines of business within ENCON’s Underwriting Management division. She focuses on delivering a high quality experience for our brokers and building on our strength in underwriting standards, product development and innovation.

Previously, Stefanie was a Senior Vice-President and Manager of the Errors and Omissions Underwriting department, which included ENCON’s A&E, E&O and Technology departments. She was responsible for the overall underwriting of professional and general liability for professionals in the medical, legal, financial, miscellaneous and information technology business sectors, as well as for architects and engineers.

Stefanie joined ENCON in 2000 as an underwriter in the Directors and Officers department after obtaining her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa. In 2002, Stefanie joined the Errors and Omissions department where she managed large professional liability programs with a focus on programs for health care, legal and financial practitioners. Stefanie was appointed to Senior Vice-President in 2012 and CUO in March 2017.

Rhonda Sommerville – Group and Retiree Benefits Leader, Managing Director

In her role as the Group and Retiree Benefits Manager, 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 25 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. Rhonda was appointed Managing Director in 2016.

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