Olivier Lafontaine

Vice President, Insurance

Olivier is a leader in core insurance systems and large-scale agile system integration projects. The head of a large team of insurance systems practitioners, Olivier has been working closely with Oracle and AdminServer over the past 10 years to create a strong partnership that has become the industry reference.

Equisoft is the first and largest specialized Oracle Insurance partner. Vice President of the Insurance division at Equisoft since 2006, Olivier is in charge of overseeing all aspects of Equisoft’s insurance projects as well as its illustrations and electronic application product, InsuranceElements. Olivier is a licensed engineer and graduate of École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Ruben Veerasamy

Vice President, Sales and Account Management, Canada and Caribbean

With over 18 years of experience in the IT industry, Ruben provides Equisoft with expertise in management and the establishment of solid client, partner and employee relationships. Prior to becoming Vice President of Sales and Account Management at Equisoft, Ruben headed Equisoft’s PMO for six years and also worked for more than ten years in project management at Hydro-Québec.

Ruben joined Equisoft in 2008 and is currently responsible for working closely with the sales and marketing teams to establish new business opportunities in the Canadian and Caribbean markets. He also oversees Equisoft’s current Canadian and Caribbean accounts. Ruben holds a degree in computer engineering from Concordia University.

Ronald Jackson

Executive Director CDEMA

Mr. Ronald Jackson assumed the post of Executive Director CDEMA on April 3, 2013.

Prior this appointment, Mr Jackson served in the capacity of Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in Jamaica, a position he held since August 2006 until March 2013. He previously served ODPEM as Deputy Director General, Senior Director of the Preparedness and Operations Division and as Regional Coordinator for the Southern parishes.

Mr. Jackson has been extensively involved in disaster management at the national, regional and international level in various capacities. At the national level, he lent his expertise to the coordination of the national response to the impact of Hurricanes Charlie, Ivan (2004); Dennis and Emily (2005); Tropical Depression 16 and subsequently Tropical Storm Nicole (2010) and most recently Hurricane Sandy (2012). He has been instrumental in the development of the Guidelines for Child-Friendly Disaster Management and Response, Reinstatement of the ODPEM Dedicated Communication Network and Revision of the Emergency Welfare Plan. In 2010 Mr. Jackson received a Certificate of Commendation from the Caribbean Community for his contribution to the rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the January 2010 Haiti Earthquake.

Mr. Jackson also served as a member of CDEMA’s Technical Advisory Committee, President of the IDB Caribbean Policy Dialogue Forum, the co-chair for the Inter American Network for Disaster Management and represented the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Member States on the Hyogo Framework for Action Mid-Term Review Committee and Post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action Committee.

Mr. Jackson holds a Master of Science Degree (M.Sc.) in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Resource Management from the University of the West Indies and a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) in Physical Planning and Environmental Resource Development from the University of Technology. He recently achieved a Masters Certificate in Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting.

Chris Murumets

Co-Founder & CEO, LOGiQ3 Group

Chris Murumets is the CEO & Co-Founder of LOGiQ3 Group, a group companies providing consulting, outsourcing, and software solutions to help life and health re/insurers solve data, compliance, and operational challenges.

In his current role, Chris is responsible for driving growth, discovering strategic partnerships, and creating synergies between insurers, reinsurers, and insurtechs through an open collaborative innovation model that drives acceleration and positive impact to the life and health insurance industry.

Prior to co-founding LOGiQ3 in 2006, Chris began his career at Crown Life and later at Sun Life where his portfolio spanned ceded administration, corporate actuarial, assets/liability management and reinsurance operations. He is an active volunteer of many industry associations and has held positions such as President of the LOMA Society of Toronto, Executive Director of CAILBA, and founding member of Reinsurance Administration Professionals’ Association.

Chris has been a member of the Canada Most Admired CEO Board of Governors, made up of leaders from past winning Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture Companies. He is passionate about building a company culture that drives employee engagement and organizational profitability. Chris enjoys mentoring students and professionals, and as the VP of Woodsworth College Alumni Association at the University of Toronto, Chris is devoted to inspiring the young minds of the future.

A serial entrepreneur who strives to create change, Chris has led the successful establishment of three start-up businesses and continues to bring new perspectives to make insurance better. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust.

Patrick Ward

Group President & CEO of Bahamas First Holdings Limited & BFG

Mr. Ward is currently Group President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bahamas First Holdings Limited and its principal subsidiary Bahamas First General Insurance Company Limited (BFG).

The Bahamas First Group is the country’s largest property and casualty insurance organization with premium writings in excess of $140 million, ranking it in the top tier of companies in the Caribbean Region.

Mr. Ward has held various technical and managerial jobs within the Insurance Industry over the last 25 years, and, over this period of time, he has attended various overseas courses and short-term work secondments to United Kingdom based insurance companies and institutions. He has extensive experience with reinsurance transactions and is recognized in the Caribbean as an industry leader.

Mr. Ward is a proud graduate of St. John’s College and qualified as an Associate and Fellow of the Insurance Institute of Canada in 1987 and 1990, respectively. In 1994 Mr. Ward graduated from the University of Miami Business School Executive MBA program with honors (Beta Gamma Sigma).

He was appointed Chairman of the National Insurance Board between 2007 and 2012 and currently serves as Chairman of the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation. He continues to serve as a director on various other Civic and Company Boards. He has also assisted the Government of The Bahamas, in various capacities, on matters related to the insurance sector.

He is a past Chairman of The Bahamas Insurance Association and in April of 2005 the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Bahamas Chapter, nominated him “Boss of The Year 2005/2006.

Mitch Ocampo

CTO of LOGiQ3 Group

Mitch is an experienced technology executive with over 18 years in Financial Services, Reinsurance, and Tech, with a strong focus on modernizing insurance and reinsurance markets. He currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for LOGiQ3 Group, an RGAx company. He is actively involved in the fintech and insurtech startup communities, and continues to explore various market uses for distributed apps on the blockchain.

Mitch started his career designing software for CCBN, a financial data company later acquired by Thomson Reuters. He served as Practice Lead US and Canada for EMC’s Global Services Division, where in 2005 he was first introduced to the reinsurance industry, tasked with developing a Bermuda-based underwriting platform. He later served as Partner and Managing Director for Kogent Corp (via acquisition), before joining msg global as Managing Director in 2011. In 2015 as part of the joint-venture purchase of TAI, Mitch accepted the role of Executive Vice President and CTO for TAI before taking on the Group Level role in 2018.

Mitch serves as mentor / coach / investor / adviser to Brown University’s B-Lab accelerator, supporting entrepreneurs developing high impact ventures. Other involvement includes serving as Advisory board member for Crosscheck News, a startup focused on delivering unbiased journalism through Machine Learning and AI, and board member for the Town of Sandwich, Youth Lacrosse Programs building confident, independent future leaders on Cape Cod. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire, and a double Masters in International Business from Brown University and the IE Business School.

William Pargeans

Director of A.M. Best’s Life/Health Ratings Division

William (Bill) Pargeans is a Director in A.M. Best’s Life/Health Ratings Division. A.M. Best is an independent global full-service credit rating organization dedicated to serving the financial and health care service industries.

Mr. Pargeans has responsibility for the ratings and analysis of a portfolio of domestic life insurance companies followed by A.M. Best. The rating analysis includes a comprehensive review of a company’s operations and financial condition and concludes with the assignment of financial strength, issuer credit and debt ratings. In addition, Mr. Pargeans researches emerging trends in the life insurance industry has authored a number of articles and speaks on insurance topics at conferences. Prior to joining A.M. Best, Mr. Pargeans was a manager in the large group pension division of the Equitable Life Assurance Society (AXA). Mr. Pargeans has been with A.M. Best for twenty three years and has an MBA from Pace University, NYC.