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Founded in 1998, the Travel Health Insurance Association (THIA) is the national organization representing travel insurers, brokers, underwriters, re-insurers, emergency assistance companies, air ambulance companies and allied services in the travel insurance field. THiA is the leading voice of the travel insurance industry in Canada and is engaged in public education and issues relating to regulatory affairs and member communications.

Our committee structure allows for participation on a regular basis on issues relating to regulatory affairs, public education and communicating our message to stakeholders who regulate, purchase and report on experiences with the programs offered by our membership. There are also opportunities to share our expertise through online seminars and continuing education sessions at our Annual General Meetings and our annual conferences.

The travel insurance industry is a dynamic environment and THIA is at an exciting point in its evolution, having recently finalized the strategic direction for the coming years. Beyond our vision, we have also developed several Strategic Imperatives to help guide our resource allocation. The four strategic imperatives are: to raise the profile of THIA; to promote the value of travel insurance; to drive the value of membership and; to invest in key relationships. These items have been identified as key areas of focus in achieving our vision.

THIA's Executive Board

  • President - Richard Ollier, Allianz Global Assistance
  • Vice President - Kimberly Winkworth, AIG
  • Past President - Brad Dance, TuGo
  • Treasurer - Patrick Charbonneau, Optimum Reassurance Inc.
  • Secretary - Mindy Tarantelli, ScotiaLife Financial
  • Executive Director - Will McAleer, World Travel Protection

THIA Committees & Committee Chairs

  • Claims Committee - Lisa Voisin, RBC Insurance
  • Communications Committee - Mike Vallee, Air Ambulance Worldwide
  • Conference Committee - Michael Camacho, CSI Brokers & David Ewing, SkyAlta
  • Education Committee - Janet Pacini Thibodeau, Manulife
  • Regulatory Affairs Committee - Sean McGurran, RSA Group
  • Innovation Lab - Tony Abou-Asaleh, TitanFile