Mutual Fire Insurance’s leadership is elected by the member policyholders in attendance at the Annual General Meeting. As members, the Directors understand your way of life and how insurance needs to work for you.

Mike Bose

Mike Bose

Chair of the Board

As a young boy helping on his family farm, Mike Bose heard of “Mutual Fire Insurance” time and time again. Since 1892, the Bose family has been farming in Surrey, BC and over the past four generations, a member of the Bose family has been on the Board of Directors at Mutual Fire Insurance, providing passionate guidance. Mike is proud to continue the family tradition around the table and brings a unique historical perspective to the Board, highlighted by his enthusiastic leadership and engagement. Continuing his family’s trade, Mike and his family raise turkeys and farm produce to sell both commercially and at farmers markets in the Fraser Valley. If you can name it, Mike has probably farmed it! Mike is passionate about the agricultural community, playing a part in founding the Surrey Agriculture and Food Security Advisory Committee in the ‘90s – the first in Metro Vancouver. In his spare time, Mike is passionate about coaching hockey and spending time with family.

Sam Wind

Sam Wind

Vice Chair

Before joining the Board of Mutual Fire Insurance, Sam Wind spent over 25 years working as a broker in the insurance industry. He joined his father in the family business, John Wind Insurance, and took over in 1990, growing the agency to eight employees. After selling in 2006, he joined The Alternative Board as a business coach and facilitator until his retirement in 2013. Today, Sam is passionate about serving at the Mission Thrift Store in Langley, BC where donated goods are turned into cash while saving tons of debris entering the landfill. In his spare time, Sam serves on several non-profit boards sharing his knowledge and expertise. He loves to travel and spend quality time with family and friends.

W.J. (Bill) Adams CPA, C.A.

W.J. (Bill) Adams CPA, C.A.

Treasurer

Bill Adams has a wealth of knowledge in overseeing and driving change, and in managing the challenges of both significant growth and financial restructuring in complex commercial organizations. As the Chief Financial Officer of NervGen Pharma Corporation, a BC-based life-sciences company that is developing novel pharmaceuticals for the treatment of nerve damage in spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease, Bill is dedicated to the constant improvement and wellbeing of his company, and MFI. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. As the Treasurer of the Board, Bill provides financial and corporate governance oversight and budget review at Mutual Fire Insurance. He enjoys having the opportunity to contribute to the governance of his insurance company. After hours, Bill and his wife run a horse boarding stable in Langley, BC. He also enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with family.

Amyn Alibhai

Amyn Alibhai

Director

Amyn is a second-generation farmer and has spent the last 22 years working in the poultry and agriculture sectors. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Business School, he worked as a Commercial Account Manager with HSBC before joining the family business—overseeing the farm and egg grading operation in the Okanagan and South Thompson areas. Amyn has been involved in many different areas of the egg industry’s production and grading sectors, as President and Director of both the BC Interior Egg Producers Association and the BC Egg Processors Council, and on various industry committees. He has served as director on the BC Egg Marketing Board and has chaired several committees including the Audit & Finance Committee. When he is not counting chickens, Amyn can be found hiking on a BC trail, volunteering in the local community with his family, or discovering new cultures and dishes.  

Steve Czeck

Steve Czeck

Director

Steve Czeck has worked in the information technology industry for over three decades, bringing invaluable IT insight to the Board of Directors at Mutual Fire Insurance. After a career portfolio which included working for various companies and financial institutions, Steve and his wife Jennine grew a successful IT business, Empyrion Technologies Inc. Empyrion Technologies employs more than 20 staff members, empowering other organizations through technology and strategic partnerships. Steve has actively served on the board of his church and is pleased to serve on the Board of his insurance company, Mutual Fire Insurance. When not around a Board table, Steve enjoys road cycling, fishing, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.

John Kartechner

John Kartechner

Director

John Kartechner is President of JWK ENT II HOLDINGS LTD. He has 40 years of experience in the reinsurance industry, most of it in senior positions, including President and CEO of a reinsurance company and Member of the Executive Committee of a reinsurance intermediary. He has a wide array of expertise in actuarial/technical, finance, underwriting, marketing, strategy, governance, regulatory, management and mentoring. He has served on the Board of a reinsurance company and the Reinsurance Research Council. Over his career, he was a frequent speaker at industry events and client functions, sharing his knowledge and expertise. John has experience with various mutual insurance companies during his time as a reinsurer and a reinsurance intermediary. In John’s free time he enjoys golfing and playing tennis.

Michael A. Kendler

Michael A. Kendler

Director

Michael Kendler has a law degree from the University of Toronto and has represented clients for McQuarrie Hunter LLP in Surrey, BC for over 40 years. He has gained extensive experience on Boards by supporting organizations within his community. Since 1989, Michael has been with Options Community Services Society (its predecessor Surrey Community Resource Society, and its sister Habitat Housing Society) as a Board Chair for 14 years and on various committees through the decades. Options is a dynamic organization with dozens of programs ranging from employment to housing to daycare with talented management and a diverse community board. He has also served on the Surrey Libraries Board of Trustees since 2017. In his free time, Michael enjoys bicycling, traveling, and growing fruit and vegetables.

Dave Pruim CPA, CMA

Dave Pruim CPA, CMA

Director

Dave Pruim spent twenty years in agriculture, specifically food manufacturing for eggs and meat, before transitioning to a role in recycled rubber products manufacturing. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Business at Trinity Western University and then pursued the Certified Management Accountant designation. With experience on the Boards for both his church and children’s school, Dave has a comprehensive understanding of Board governance and committees. Dave and his family live on a Christmas tree farm in Langley, BC and he enjoys road biking and ice hockey in his spare time.