A seasoned insurance professional, Robin’s experience spans a wide variety of disciplines over the last 30 plus years in the P&C insurance industry, in Personal lines as well as Commercial lines.
Robin has held senior management positions contributing to growth and profitability of three P&C insurance organizations, including leadership roles in underwriting, operations, finance and distribution. Robin joined CAA in May 2011. Leading various areas including Underwriting, Business Development and Risk Management for both CAA Insurance and Orion Insurance. In August 2019 he was appointed to the role of President of Echelon, a leading specialty insurer.
He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and holds designations as a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) and Canadian Risk Manager (CRM).
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Property & Casualty Insurance
University of Toronto: Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP), Insurance Management 2009
Insurance Institute: Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP), Insurance 1990
University of Waterloo: Bachelor of Mathematics, Mathematics/ Business 1982
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Hospitality insurance has skyrocketed, putting pressure on already struggling hotels
For companies like Echelon Insurance, the problem presents an opportunity. In the fall the company expanded its commercial insurance offerings for small and medium-sized hospitality businesses in Ontario and as of Jan. 1, it has made those available to companies across Canada. "We are definitely hearing the noise from some businesses and brokers, which tells us that there's a need for this particular coverage because there's a gap in the industry," said Echelon Insurance president Robin Joshua.
Echelon Insurance expands commercial insurance to hospitality businesses
Insurance Business Magazine online
Echelon will provide up to $5 million in property and $5 million in liability coverage to small and mid-sized businesses in the hospitality sector. These businesses include family and fine dining restaurants, hotels and motels, including bed & breakfasts, banquet halls, and select pubs, bars, and lounges. "We've heard the frustrations of business owners in the hospitality sector, and Echelon is responding to their needs by expanding the pool of choices businesses have when it comes to choosing the right insurance coverage for them," said Echelon Insurance president Robin Joshua. "While we're seeing other insurers retract from the hospitality industry, Echelon is stepping in and extending our insurance offering to provide hospitality business owners a reliable option during these uncertain times."
This Canadian insurer may want to cover your hospitality clients
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“We have underwriters who know this business,” Joshua said of the restaurant, hotel and banquet hall sectors. “Some of these small and medium-sized businesses are having difficulty finding insurance and in some cases there is an affordability issue where the price is being jacked up dramatically by various companies.” Joshua said Echelon Insurance underwriters will assess a client’s risk in order to quote a price that is reasonable and fair. If you have clients in the hospitality sector, an insurer such as Echelon will look at four areas of risk, Joshua said. Those are the construction of the building, occupancy (such as a banquet hall or fine dining restaurant for example), protection (against hazards such as fire and water) and the environment that the business is in. Echelon Insurance was already providing restaurant and hotel coverage when CAA acquired Echelon Insurance from Echelon Financial. “We decided to re-launch [commercial hospitality coverage] with a focus on those small and medium-sized businesses, specifically in a small number of categories that are really struggling today,” Joshua said.
Insurance-Canada.ca Technology Awards Name CAA Insurance and Octo Telematics Best Technology Provider
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“We recognized the value that a partnership with an industry pioneer like Octo Telematics would bring to our solution and it’s nice that industry leaders have recognized their contribution to our success,” said Robin Joshua, vice president, CAA Insurance.
“The world is coming in through the brokerage to CAA” – VP
Insurance Business Magazine online
“Auto insurance is interesting because it cycles throughout the country – things that happen in one place happen in another eventually. What’s happening in the Atlantic now is what’s happening in other places – costs are rising, and insurance is becoming less affordable and the availability has become a bit of an issue,” said Robin Joshua, vice president of insurance at CAA Insurance.
Every move you make: Privacy expert wary as insurers track drivers
Global News online
In the Canadian Automobile Association’s program, drivers get a five per cent discount when they sign up, and up to a 15 per cent discount if they renew, senior official Robin Joshua wrote in an e-mailed response to questions. They may qualify for further discounts, based on reports from their boxes.