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Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force: Steering Committee Members

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Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force: Steering Committee Members

Ministry of Finance

The Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force will be assisted by a steering committee that includes the following members:

Fred Gorbet CM, PhD - Chair

Fred Gorbet is the CIT Chair in Financial Services and Associate Director of the Financial Services Program at the Schulich School of Business at York University. From 1968-1992, Mr. Gorbet served in the federal government in a number of positions, including Associate Secretary to the Cabinet and Deputy Minister of Finance. 

He serves on the Panel of Senior Advisers to the Auditor-General of Canada, and has served on several advisory groups, including acting as Executive Director of the MacKay Task Force on the Future of Canada's Financial Services Sector and the Saucier Task Force on Corporate Governance. He is Vice Chair of the Government of Canada Audit Committee; a Trustee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation; a Director of LAWPRO (where he chairs the Finance and Audit Committee); Chair of the Board of Assuris; and Vice Chair of Covenant House Toronto.

Mr. Gorbet is a member of the Advisory Council to the Dean of the Schulich School of Business and an Honourary Governor of York University. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2000.

George Cooke

George Cooke is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company. He is Chair of the Ontario Committee of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and served as a director of the IBC since 1992 (Chair of the Board 2000-2002). 

Mr. Cooke holds a directorship on several boards, including E-L Financial Corporate Limited, Hydro One Incorporated and the Property & Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation.  He was also a director of Facility Association from 1992 - 2010.

Mr. Cooke's community leadership and business achievements have received special recognition from the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Insurance Institute of Canada and Assumption University, Windsor, Ontario.  Mr. Cooke is a Honourary Director of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and a former director of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

Margaret Beare, PhD

Margaret Beare is a professor of Law and Sociology at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School.  She is a former director of the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption at Osgoode Hall Law School, and served 11 years with the Department of the Solicitor General Canada, including two years as Director of Police Policy and Research.

Her book, Criminal Conspiracies: Organized Crime in Canada (Toronto: Nelson Canada, 1996), was the first academic book to look at organized crime in Canada and to trace the development of the concept and the legislation, and remains the point of reference for scholarship in the field.

Ms. Beare's areas of interest include policing, transnational crime and enforcement, money laundering and research related to the functioning of the criminal justice system.

Deputy Chief Bob Percy

Bob Percy is Deputy Chief of the Halton Regional Police, responsible for the force's operations portfolio where he oversees all front line and investigative policing. Prior to this Mr. Percy was Deputy Chief of Community Policing Administration, where he oversaw areas such as community policing support, human resources, finance, training, courts, facilities, fleet and communications.

Deputy Chief Percy has nearly 27 years of experience on the Halton Regional force, including stints as a detective and a front line supervisor. He also spent five years in the District Criminal Investigation Bureau where he managed the fraud portfolio.

James Daw

James Daw is a business journalist writing in the field of personal finance, pensions, tax, insurance, business and the economy. Mr. Daw is a former Toronto Star personal finance columnist who has written extensively about the auto insurance system in Ontario.

Mr. Daw is a Certified Financial Planner.

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