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April 13, 2017 10:09 AM

Insurance Institute names Conestoga grad top student in Canada

The Insurance Institute of Canada has named Olivia Pocol, a 2016 Conestoga Insurance graduate, winner of the Frank Dougan Award. The award recognizes the top graduating student from a full-time insurance program in Canada.

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Conestoga graduate Olivia Pocol was named Canada's top insurance student by the Insurance Institute of Canada. She received a plaque and cash award at a ceremony on March 9. L - R: Mike Divjak, vice president, Insurance Institute of Canada; Olivia Pocol; and Tom Reikman, president, Insurance Institute of Ontario. Photo credit: Michael Hauck, Viewfinder Photography

Pocol was presented with a plaque and cash award of $500 at the annual convocation and awards ceremony for the Institute’s Conestoga chapter, held March 9 at Bingemans. The Institute is a national not-for-profit education and professional development organization that represents more than 39,000 members. It administers the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) designation programs for the general insurance industry.

This is the second consecutive year a Conestoga graduate has been named Canada’s top insurance student. Last year, the Institute honoured 2015 Insurance graduate Caesar Martini with the award.

Program coordinator and faculty member Glenn Planert described this year as a record-setting season for Conestoga Insurance graduates. In total, 15 Conestoga graduates recently received their CIP designations at events in Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa and Regina. Jeremy Newman, a 2010 graduate, became the college’s first graduate to receive the FCIP designation. Pocol also received the Conestoga chapter award for the highest grade in the Essentials of Loss Adjusting course, and Martini was honoured with the Rose Bowl Award as the top CIP graduate in the Conestoga chapter.

Conestoga’s two-year Insurance - Property and Casualty diploma program prepares students for successful careers as insurance professionals and includes studies in all areas of property and casualty coverage: agency claims, underwriting, marketing and management. Students have the opportunity to gain nine of the ten credits required for the CIP designation from the Insurance Institute of Canada.

For more information, visit the Insurance - Property and Casual program page

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