Jump to our leaders:
- Laura Samaroo | Market Leader, Willis Towers Watson, Western Canada
- Jean-Robert Élie | Market Leader, Montréal
- Stephen Hornberger| Market Leader, Toronto
- Kristy McClellan | Market Leader, Western Canada
- Demetri Demopoulos | Retirement Co-Leader, Canada
- Erica Bodi | Retirement Co-Leader, Canada
- Ross Cristiano | Health and Benefits Leader, Canada
- Erin Magilton | Risk & Broking Leader, Canada
- Nicolas Beaudoin | P&C Practice Leader, Canada
- France Dufresne | Employee Experience and Mergers and Acquisitions Leader, Canada
- Chad Hiley | Work and Rewards Leader, Canada
- Luiz Farias | Investment Leader, Canada
- Darlene Stevenson | Regional Operations Officer, Corporate Risk & Broking, Canada
Meet our Leadership
Laura Samaroo has been with WTW for over thirty years, with leadership roles in both management and consulting. As the Canada region leader, Laura focuses on strengthening client relationships, providing strategic guidance to support business development, and promoting WTW’s leading capabilities. Laura is passionate about providing exceptional client service, assembling diverse perspectives, and creating high-performance teams and culture.
Laura holds a BSc in Statistics and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
Market Leader, Montréal
Jean-Robert has over 25 years of consulting experience managing some of the largest and most complex clients in Montreal. Jean-Robert has a proven track record of success as an entrepreneur and business leader helping organizations achieve their goals through innovative solutions, particularly in the field of non-traditional employee benefit funding vehicles, such as employee benefit captives.
Jean-Robert graduated from the Université de Montréal, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in actuarial sciences. He also holds the designations of Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
Market Leader, Toronto
Stephen brings more than 20 years of management and consulting experience to his Market Leader role, with a focus on collaboration, teamwork, and client success. A recognized compensation expert within the GTA, he is a Senior Director in WTW’s Work & Rewards practice and a member of our global Sales Effectiveness & Rewards team. Stephen has broad experience managing both compensation and benefits programs, and in particular the design of new and innovative reward programs to drive business results. Stephen earned a BA in Economics from York University and an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. Stephen is also a Group Benefits Associate, a Compensation Management Specialist, and a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS).
Market Leader, Western Canada
As Market Leader, Kristy focuses on building WTW culture, creating an engaging work environment and bringing diverse teams together in the service of our clients. Passionate about helping organizations realize the potential of their people, Kristy is a Director in WTW’s Employee Experience practice, with more than 20 years’ expertise advising on all aspects of talent management including employee experience, HR strategy, leadership assessment and development, DEI, organizational design, recruiting, performance management, competencies and change management. Kristy holds a BSc in actuarial science from Pennsylvania State University, and is certified in Hogan, Facet5 and Saville Assessments.
Retirement Co-Leader, Canada
Demetri brings more than 25 years of experience working with a broad spectrum of organizations across multiple industries. He provides strategic advice in all areas of retirement plan management and has led numerous large and complex change management and financial risk management projects. Demetri has a B.Sc. in actuarial science and economics from the University of Toronto. He is a fellow for the Society of Actuaries and a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
Retirement Co-Leader, Canada
Erica is a senior consulting actuary with 19 years of experience assisting clients in the management of the people and financial risks associated with their retirement arrangements. She has led many complex and challenging consulting assignments, including a significant number of plan design projects, plan mergers, corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, large retirement change management projects and partial and full plan settlements.
Erica has a B.Sc. in actuarial science from Western University and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries.
Health and Benefits Leader, Canada
Ross has more than 20 years of experience working with some of the largest and most complex employers in Canada. His areas of expertise cover a broad range of topics including benefits design, implementation and financial management. In this role, Ross leads a team of multi-disciplinary professionals across Canada. Ross earned a Bachelor's degree in Actuarial Science from Concordia University. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries.
Risk & Broking Leader, Canada
Erin leads the Risk & Broking team in Canada. She brings over 25 years of extensive broking experience, with expertise in Financial Risk, Professional Liability, Risk Management, and Property & Casualty Insurance. Erin is a well-respected insurance leader in Canada, and frequent speaker at industry events. Erin is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
P&C Practice Leader, Canada
Nicolas is the leader of the Canadian P&C practice, where he provides advice to stock and mutual insurers, reinsurers, branches of foreign reinsurers, reciprocals and captives. He has more than 20 years of experience in the actuarial valuation of liabilities, commercial and personal lines pricing, work of the Appointed Actuary, reinsurance pricing and negotiations, surplus adequacy and financial/economic capital modelling. He is the Appointed Actuary for over 10 P&C insurers.
Nicolas holds a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science from Laval University. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
Employee Experience and Mergers and Acquisitions Leader, Canada
France is an accomplished Market Leader at WTW for Employee Experience and M&A. A strategic partner to clients and colleagues, a mentor of numerous next generation leaders, she assists organizations in accomplishing their business and people strategies. She has 30 years of experience in designing and implementing solutions associated with transformation, leadership effectiveness, culture evolution, and employee experience leading to business performance. She is a Canadian Human Resources Leader, honoured by the CHRA for her engagement in the advancement of the profession, and holds an MBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal. France is also a ballet master and choreographer and has trained dancers for over 40 years.
Work and Rewards Leader, Canada
Chad has more than 20 years of experience advising on sensitive and complex executive compensation and related governance issues. Working at both the senior executive and Board levels, he has broad experience in engaging all stakeholders, including external advisors and shareholder advisory groups. Equally, Chad’s expertise includes program design and implementation across the full spectrum of total rewards, communications and employee engagement. Chad earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Business from the University of Waterloo, and completed the advanced human resources executive program at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Investment Leader, Canada
Luiz has over 12 years of experience in investment management and consulting and has held several key positions within the financial industry in both Latin America and North America. Most recently, Luiz was the leader of WTW’s investment practice in Brazil. His areas of expertise includes Asset-Liability Management (ALM), portfolio construction, investment policy statement formulation and review, investment choices design, manager selection, and performance monitoring. He holds a degree in computer engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.
Regional Operations Officer, Corporate Risk & Broking, Canada
Darlene leads business services for the Canadian Corporate Risk and Broking practice, spanning client service, marketing, operations, compliance, human resources, recruitment, procurement and audit. During her more than 30 years at WTW Darlene has held a variety of roles, including Client Executive in the Public Entity practice, Business Unit Compliance Officer, Director of Client Service Operations in Vancouver and Regional Operations Leader.
Darlene is a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker, and most recently, a coach in the WTW SHE Leads program to develop emerging talent from a D&I perspective.