Reinsurance from a position of strength and knowledge

Canada Life Reinsurance began operation in 1989. Prudent business practices coupled with a strong client service ethic have helped guide Canada Life Reinsurance to a strong market position.

Canada Life Reinsurance is a division of The Canada Life Assurance Company and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates. The Canada Life Assurance Company is a subsidiary of Great-West Lifeco Inc. and a member of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies.

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Our success is guided by our strong team of experienced reinsurance professionals led by Jeff Poulin, CEO of Reinsurance.

Jeff Poulin, FSA, FCIA
Chief Executive Officer of Reinsurance

As Executive Vice President of Canada Life Reinsurance Jeff Poulin leads the Reinsurance Divisions, focusing on continued development of new solutions and new markets.

Jeff joined London Life Insurance Company in 1988 as an Actuarial Assistant. In 1992, Jeff moved his family to Barbados where he served as Vice-President, Life & Health for London Life & Casualty Reinsurance Corporation.

In 1995, Jeff became part of the US operation of the London Reinsurance Group via London Life Reinsurance Company (LLRC) in Blue Bell, PA. During his career with LLRC, Jeff has contributed to the development of a sound portfolio of life, health and annuity reinsurance. From 2007 to 2017 Jeff served as the President of London Life Reinsurance Company.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (1992) and the Canadian Institute of the Actuaries (1993).

Derek Popkes, FCIA, FIA
Chief Operating Officer, Reinsurance

As the Chief Operating Officer, Derek Popkes is responsible for the group’s life reinsurance marketing, pricing, underwriting and administration operations.

Derek joined Great-West Life in 1996 and held a number of actuarial roles before joining the reinsurance group in 2001. Over the following years Derek held a number of actuarial, pricing and marketing roles in the group’s London and Dublin offices including overall leadership of the group’s European reinsurance operations based in Dublin. From 2012-2017 Derek held the role of Great-West Life’s European Chief Risk Officer with responsibility for the effective operation of the group’s risk management system across its European insurance and reinsurance operations.

Derek is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (1999) and the Irish Institute of Actuaries (2007).

Glenn Hickling, CPA, CA
Vice President, Reinsurance
Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Glenn Hickling overseas financial management operations for the entire Reinsurance group of companies.

Glenn joined London Life in 1996, holding a number of senior financial roles prior to his appointment in 1997 as Chief Financial Officer of London Life Insurance Company and London Insurance Group, and London Reinsurance Group in 1998. With the coming together of London Reinsurance Group and Canada Life Reinsurance as part of the Great-West Lifeco organization in 2003, Glenn assumed responsibility for certain discontinued reinsurance operations. In 2010, CFO responsibilities for Canada Life Reinsurance were added.

Eamonn Mernagh
Chief Risk Officer


As CRO for Canada Life Reinsurance, Eamonn Mernagh is responsible for oversight of all risk taking activities across the Reinsurance Division.

Prior to taking up this role, Eamonn has been the CRO of CLIRe for 5 years, where he was responsible for developing and implementing risk policies and reporting to the local Board and the Irish regulator on risk issues. Eamonn continues to retain his CRO function at CLIRe. Eamonn is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland (2008) and is a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA)

Gabriel Kelly, FCA
Chief Executive Officer, London Life and Casualty (Barbados) Corporation

As Chief Executive Officer, Gabriel Kelly oversees all operations in the Barbados office.

Gabriel joined London Life in 1992 as Vice-President, property and casualty operations and now oversees the P&C operations worldwide based in Barbados. A native of Ireland, Gabriel is an experienced professional in all aspects of traditional and non-traditional property and casualty reinsurance for international markets.

Gabriel is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (1994).

Tom O’Sullivan, FSA, FCIA, MAAA
General Manager and Actuary, The Canada Life Assurance Company Barbados Branch

As General Manager and Actuary, Tom O’Sullivan leads the growth of Canada Life's/London Life's Barbados Branch together with its ongoing management.

Tom joined Canada Life in 1979 and held roles of increasing responsibility in Group Insurance, Home and Auto Insurance and Corporate Actuarial prior to joining Reinsurance in 2003 where he was responsible for the actuarial functions of the Reinsurance Operation. He moved into his current role in 2010.

Tom is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (1984) and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (1984) and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (2006).

Mike Mulcahy, FSA, MAAA
President, London Life Reinsurance and U.S. Product Development, Canada Life Reinsurance

As President of London Life Reinsurance, Mike Mulcahy is responsible for all aspects of the operations of LLRC including pricing, marketing, and financial reporting, as well as development of client solutions for Canada Life Reinsurance in the United States.

Mike joined London Life Reinsurance Company (LLRC) in 1999, after 9 years pricing individual life and annuity products with direct insurers. As a member of the LLRC team, he developed and priced a diverse range of reinsurance products including life, health, disability and annuities, and he was responsible for Structured Life Reinsurance Pricing for Canada Life Re until 2010.

Mike is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (1998) and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (1995).

Dale Kraus
Vice President, Administration, Life Reinsurance

As Vice President of Administration, Dale Kraus is responsible for the receipt of data, the administration of premiums and claims, and ensuring that our risk is managed through quality review.

Dale has worked with the Reinsurance Division in a variety of capacities since 1997, including as CIO. His career stretches over 30 years in the financial services sector in banking and insurance with a strong background in Information Services work consulting with CGI and IBM. Dale has extensive experience managing business operations in complex environments, individual insurance, pensions and medical insurance in the Caribbean and Bermuda.

He is a certified Project Management Professional.

Laurie Kolb, FSA, FCIA
Vice President and Chief Actuary

As Vice President of Traditional Life Business Development, Laurie Kolb leads our traditional life reinsurance business development which includes pricing, underwriting and research and development.

Laurie joined Canada Life in 1995 and acquired insurance experience via several areas within our Canadian Division prior to joining the Reinsurance traditional life reinsurance pricing team in 2002. She is a past member of the Canadian Reinsurance Conference council and is a current board member of a not for profit organization.

Laurie is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (2003) and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (2003).

Conor O’Neill, BSc, MBA, FIA, FSAI
CEO, Canada Life Re Ireland dac

As Managing Director of Canada Life International Re in Dublin since June 2017, Conor is responsible for the Group’s reinsurance operations in Europe.

Conor has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services space, both in life assurance and in the financial markets. Conor spent the earlier part of his career as an actuary working in Dublin based life assurance companies before moving into a client facing role as Director and Senior Consultant in Life Strategies (now Milliman). In 2001, Conor co-founded and lead, Ireland’s first online retail derivative provider ‘Delta Index’ until 2011. Conor was most recently Managing Director of Barclays Insurance Dublin.

Conor is a fellow member of both the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK.


Global Offices

To find an office, contact someone at Canada Life Reinsurance or make a general inquiry, contact us.

  • U.S. Headquarters
    1787 Sentry Parkway West
    Ste. 420
    Blue Bell, PA 19422
    Phone: 215-542-7200

  • European Headquarters
    Block C, Irish Life Centre,
    Lower Abbey Street
    Dublin 1, Ireland
    Phone: 353-1-829-1500

  • Canadian Headquarters
    330 University Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R8
    Phone: 416-597-1456 (switchboard)

  • Barbados Headquarters
    Fourth Floor, Cedar Court, Wildey
    St. Michael, Barbados BB14006
    Barbados, West Indies
    Phone: 246-227-1000