We are proud of the Executive Team leading Mutual Fire Insurance. Read on to learn a little more about them.

Darin Lord Nessel, CIP, ARe

Darin Lord Nessel, CIP, ARe

President & CEO

What do you do?

I have the ultimate responsibility of day-to-day management decisions at Mutual Fire Insurance. I guide the Company to implement our long and short-term strategic plans and act as the direct liaison between the Board of Directors and Management.

What is your background and education?

Before joining Mutual Fire Insurance in 1994, I was employed as a construction worker, bricklayer, truck accessory salesman, and insurance adjuster. Each job offered unique experiences that help me in my job today. I have earned both the Chartered Insurance Professional and Associate in Reinsurance designations.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

That’s easy, when I was growing up I wanted to be a hockey player in the NHL. This was my dream career! Think of it – when you ask an NHL player what they do for a living they will answer I PLAY hockey.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I like to golf and travel when I’m not at the office. I love spending time with my wife and enjoy the BC summers at home with our friends and neighbours.

Jason Christopherson, CPA, CGA, BAccS, ARe

Jason Christopherson, CPA, CGA, BAccS, ARe

Chief Financial Officer

What do you do?

From analyzing financial statements to evaluating reinsurance to strategic planning and working with our broker partners, every day is different and I love what I do.

What is your background and education?

I started working at Rogers Video as a teenager and worked my way up to Assistant Controller at head office as an adult. I spent time at McDonald’s as a Finance Manager and later at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) as the VP of Finance. I have a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of Calgary and earned the Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant, and Associate in Reinsurance designations.

What community initiative are you most passionate about and why?

I often volunteer at the Vancouver Police Museum. Their mandate is to collect and preserve the history of the Vancouver Police Department with a focus on education opportunities for youth. Working with the Board has given me a distinctly different perspective on our police authority and a renewed appreciation for what our police do. I also volunteer with Surrey Cares Community Foundation which donates grants to non-profits and scholarships in Surrey, BC.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

Away from the office I enjoy karate, fishing, biking, and camping with my family (including 3 dogs).

Pamala Louttit, CIP

Pamala Louttit, CIP

Vice President, Claims

What do you do?

I mentor and guide the claims team to successful conclusions by establishing relationships with our key partners and providing exceptional customer service when it is needed most – during a loss. I am responsible for the overall management of claim services for all lines of business in all provinces.

What is your background and education?

I worked briefly in the banking industry, as a unit clerk in a hospital, and was a partner in a family business. I’ve spent over 17 years at MFI in the claims department loving every minute of it. I have also earned my Chartered Insurance Professional designation.

What community initiative are you most passionate about and why?

I am proud to lead the Donations Committee at Mutual Fire Insurance. Our staff members are passionate and willing to come forward and support their community. My community concern is supporting homelessness initiatives. Everyone deserves a home and – as a society and as a government – we need to step up. Even small gestures make a difference, like buying a sandwich for someone.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I enjoy golfing and spending time with my family doing outdoor activities like nature walks with our dog and kayaking. My husband and I also love a Sunday cruise in our 1969 SS Camaro.

Pete Smith

Pete Smith

Vice President, Information Technology

What do you do?

From privacy management to infrastructure planning to product and rating development, I run all aspects of the technology department for Mutual Fire Insurance.

What’s your background and education?

Before joining the team at Mutual Fire Insurance, I spent several years working as a broker and then moved into financial services holding various positions in a large local credit union before transitioning to Information Technology. Most recently before Mutual Fire, I had moved to a global financial institution where I was a member of their Crisis Management team working with staff from multiple countries and departments to ensure minimal downtime for technology.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a child, I had imagined many potential careers including police officer, pastry chef and jeweller.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I recently started carving bentwood rings (a small imagining of my childhood dreams!) and I enjoy sipping on a craft beer in Fort Langley, BC and spending time with my family.

Clare Stewart, CIP(Adv), CAIB

Clare Stewart, CIP(Adv), CAIB

Vice President, Underwriting & Business Development

 What do you do?

I oversee two departments, Underwriting and Business Development. Working with a talented team that shares common goals is extremely rewarding and challenging – in a good way!

What’s your background and education?

Like many individuals in our industry, I happened upon insurance by chance – and I am so happy I did! My previous roles vary from contact centre management to sales management to underwriting and everything in between. I am very fortunate to have worked with, and be mentored by, some of the best industry professionals. I have earned my advanced Chartered Insurance Professional and Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designations.

What community initiative are you most passionate about and why?

I believe that we all have a responsibility to make the world a better place, in any capacity that we can. In 2004, I began collecting winter clothing and blankets by donation from friends and family. Every November and December, I spend a couple of evenings a week and one day per weekend handing out goods to the less fortunate. I firmly believe that if we all start to look for commonalities between us, instead of differences, we will start to close the gaps in society that push us apart.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I am an avid traveller. Instead of sightseeing, I love immersing in the culture of where I am and experiencing it as the locals do, often with a nice glass of wine. I also have a big family, so I spend lots of my spare time with family and friends where possible.