The Ridge Canada Team

 The people behind our service.

 

Leadership Team

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GREG MARKELL

Greg Markell is a leading insurance expert on the topic of cyber and privacy liability. He has advised public, private, and non-profit organizations regarding their risk transfer of organizational exposure to cyber-related losses.

Greg began his career underwriting for a large national insurer, starting in property and casualty before quickly moving into executive and professional risk, with a focus on director’s and officer’s (D&O) insurance. He then moved on to join a national brokerage, focusing on specialty insurance products for financial services companies, including D&O and cyber liability. He left this firm as a partner in 2014 and joined a top 10 global broker, where he was a resource for his colleagues for D&O and the practice leader for cyber and privacy liability.

Greg received his Bachelor of Commerce degree with a minor in Economics from Queen’s University. He is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional and an accredited Canadian Risk Manager.

e: gmarkell@ridgecanada.com

 
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Jeremiah Tonn

Jeremiah Tonn joined Ridge Canada in 2019 where he focuses on cyber underwriting, thought leadership and broker relations.

Jeremiah has specialized in cyber and errors and omissions (“E&O”) insurance in Canada as both an underwriter and broker since 2012.

As a broker, Jeremiah was Vice President in the national cyber practice at Marsh Canada. He was responsible for advising clients of all sizes on emerging cyber risk issues, managing and growing relationships with insurers, conducting insurer wording reviews, and assisting Marsh offices/colleagues across all industry verticals. As an underwriter, Jeremiah has spent time with both AIG Canada and Zurich Canada. He began his cyber and E&O insurance focus with AIG from 2012 to 2014 before moving on to Zurich where he eventually became the cyber and E&O practice lead for Canada. His responsibilities at Zurich included the creation and implementation of business strategy, thought leadership, and the promotion of Zurich’s value proposition for Specialty E&O in Canada.

In addition to the above, Jeremiah brings a varied background to the insurance industry having also worked in both private equity and management consulting.

Jeremiah earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois in 2006. He is also a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation.

e: jtonn@ridgecanada.com

 
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Trevor George

Trevor joined Ridge Canada in January 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis School of Business. He held co-op positions at several financial institutions, including a Canadian domiciled insurance company.

e: tgeorge@ridgecanada.com

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Kyle Gray

Kyle is an established presence in the Canadian specialty insurance community. His passion is driving meaningful long-term relationships through broker education, service, and process improvement.

Kyle joined Ridge Canada in 2017 and is responsible for leading underwriting strategy, product development, and broker relations. Since starting his career, he has been an underwriter at major Canadian and International insurance companies focused on governance products including Directors & Officers, Errors & Omissions, and Cyber insurance.

Kyle holds his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) and an accredited Canadian Risk Manager (CRM).

e: kgray@ridgecanada.com

 
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Dmitri Kralik

Dmitri Kralik is an experienced insurance professional, currently working as an underwriter for Ridge Canada. He brings over five years of experience in underwriting and financial analysis to his position.

Dmitri attended Western University, completing his degree at the Richard Ivey School of Business, along with a semester abroad at Fundação Getulio Vargas university in Sao Paulo, Brazil. During his undergrad, he also simultaneously received his HBA Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

After receiving his HBA he went on to work as an analyst for various logistics and tech companies before becoming an underwriter at Liberty Mutual Canada. During his time at Liberty, Dmitri specialized in D&O and various management liability & governance coverages. He has also passed all three levels of the CFA exam as of June 2018.

e: dkralik@ridgecanada.com

 
 

Founding Members

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TOM RIDGE

Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. During his DHS tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000 employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide.

Before the events of September 11th, Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania, serving as the state's 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Governor Ridge's aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state's advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment.

He currently serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and is chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's National Security Task Force. After graduating from Harvard with honors and his first year at Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Upon return, he earned his law degree and, later, became one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms.

 
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BRIan Jones

Brian Jones is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (HBA 1974) and the University of British Columbia (MBA 1975). 

He entered the insurance brokerage business in 1975 and joined the firm of Johnson & Higgins in 1976 as Executive Assistant to the President.  Over the next 21 years, Brian held various positions with J&H, ultimately becoming a member of the Board of Directors and SVP for Central Region Canada.

Following the acquisition of Johnson & Higgins by Marsh & McLennan in 1997, Brian elected to form Jones Brown Inc. with the dream of becoming Canada’s finest privately owned insurance brokerage firm. After ten years, Brian relinquished the title of President in December 2007 to serve as Chairman of Jones Brown Inc. In February 2015, with the unanimous support of the Board of Directors, Brian approved a management buy-out of Jones Brown Inc. 

Brian’s most recent venture is Chairman of Ridge Canada Cyber Solutions Inc., which was formed in Toronto on April 1st, 2016.

Brian has been married to his wife Jill for 33 years.  They have 2 children and 6 very active grandchildren.