About John McArthur

John C. McArthur, UE, FCIP


Chartered Insurance Professional

profile-mcarthur.jpgAfter studying Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo,‭ ‬John McArthur entered the insurance business as an independent adjuster trainee in Chilliwack,‭ ‬BC. ‭ ‬He graduated as a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of Canada and his career progressed rapidly,‭ ‬through a number of claims and general management assignments.‭ ‬In 1975 he was appointed CEO of SAFECO Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario. ‭ ‬‭

For the next‭ ‬17‭ ‬years,‭ ‬under John‭’‬s leadership,‭ ‬SAFECO was an industry trend setter and selected as a case study by Wilfred Laurier University for consistently outperforming the competition in service,‭ ‬growth and bottom line results.

In‭ ‬1991,‭ ‬John negotiated SAFECO Canada‭’‬s sale to The Dominion of Canada and was responsible for merging the field operations of the two companies. ‭ ‬He then joined ITT Hartford Canada in‭ ‬1992,‭ ‬as President and CEO,‭ ‬with a mandate to restructure and‭ ‬prepare the company as an acquisition target. ‭ ‬On completion of this challenging assignment,‭ ‬he returned to B.C. ‭

In‭ ‬1996,‭ ‬John co-founded AMAC Consultants Inc.,‭ ‬a Vancouver based insurance management consulting firm,‭ ‬specializing in‭ ‬acquisitions,‭ ‬mergers and‭ ‬executive‭ ‬search within the financial services sector.‭ ‬

In‭ ‬2010,‭ ‬John returned to Ontario‭ ‬and continues to‭ ‬manage a national mergers and acquisitions and executive search consulting practice under the banner of John C.‭ ‬McArthur‭ & ‬Associates,‭ ‬Inc.‭

Throughout his career John has been very active in industry affairs having served as President of the Insurance Institute of Ontario,‭ ‬Chairman of The Insurance Crime Prevention Bureau and‭ ‬Chairman of Canadian Industrial Risks Insurers. He has served on the board of directors of all the major industry trade and technical associations, including the Insurers Advisory Organization,‭ ‬the‭ ‬Vehicle Information Centre of Canada,‭ ‬the Centre for Insurance Operations,‭ ‬the Underwriters Adjustment Bureau,‭ ‬the Facility Association and‭ ‬the Insurance Bureau of Canada. ‭ ‬During his‭ ‬eleven years as a director of the Insurance Bureau of Canada,‭ ‬he served successively as chairman of the‭ ‬public‭ ‬relations,‭ ‬provincial‭ ‬legislative and‭ ‬liaison and‭ ‬claims committees and latterly as a member of the executive committee of‭ ‬the board.

In‭ ‬2009‭ ‬John‭ ‬served as a director of Family Insurance Solutions Inc.‭

John has earned a sterling reputation for integrity, knowledge, contacts and his ability to get things done. He is accredited by the Supreme Court of British Columbia as an expert witness on the evaluation of insurance brokerages and broker's books of business. 

John has been a major influence on the careers of many current industry leaders. He is most proud of the fact that over‭ ‬150‭ ‬of his former SAFECO and Hartford associates now hold the rank of‭ ‬vice‭ ‬president or above, including the‭ ‬presidents and CEOs or COOs of‭ ‬a number of significant‭ ‬property and casualty insurance companies and industry organizations.

Community and Industry Involvement

Insurance Institute Of Ontario  
Member 2010-Present
Blue Goose International  
Member, Ontario Pond 2010-Present
Family Insurance Solutions Inc.  
Director 2009
Vancouver Board of Trade  
Member Public Safety Task Force
Member Community Affairs Committee
Chartered insurance Professionals Society  
Member 1990-Present
British Columbia Society of Fellows  
Member 1996-2010
Insurance Institute of British Columbia  
Member 1996-2010
AMAC Consultants Inc.  
Chairman 1996-Present
Insurance Crime Prevention. Bureau  
Chairman, Board of Directors
Chairman, Board of Directors
Canadian Industrial Risks Insurers  
Chairman of Governing Committee 1993-1995
Underwriters Adjustment Bureau Ltd.  
Executive Committee of Board of Directors
Board of Trade, Metro Toronto  
Insurance Committee 1991-1995
Centre for Study of Insurance Operations  
Policy Management Systems Canada Ltd.  
Director 1994-1995
Insurance Bureau of Canada  
Chairman, Claims Emergency Response Plan
Chairman, Claims Committee
Executive Committee of Board of Directors
Chairman, Provincial Legislation & Liaison Committee
(Industry Spokesman at annual Superintendents of Insurance Conferences)
Chairman, Public Relations Committee
Vehicle Information Centre of Canada  
Founding Director 1989-1991
Facility Association  
Deputy Chairman, Board of Directors
Insurers Advisory Organization Inc.  
Director 1985-1990
Insurance Institute of Ontario  
Governing Council
Insurance Institute of Canada  
Vice President 1978
Toronto Society of Fellows  
Honourary President 1978
George Brown College  
Insurance Advisory Board 1977-1978
Lectured Vancouver City College 1970
Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters  
President Elect
President, Northern Chapter


Club Memberships and Community Involvement

Vancouver Club  
Member 1998-present
Burlington Golf and Country Club 1977-Present
Member Club 60 Committee 2013-Present
Member of Membership Committee 2012-Present
Member of Curling Steerring Committee 2012-Present
United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada  
Member 2009-present
Doors Open Burlington 2014-present
Member Organizing Committee 2014-present