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Insurance executive, instructor receives Haskayne Distinguished Alumni Award

UToday HomeMay 1, 2013

Michael Ilnycky, director of claims and corporate services at Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance.Michael Ilnycky, director of claims and corporate services at Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance.This year marks the 20thanniversary of the first graduating class from the Risk Management and Insurance concentration at the Haskayne School of Business.

As part of the celebration, the school is conferring the Distinguished Alumni Award in Risk Management and Insurance for just the second time. The 2013 recipient is Michael Ilnycky, director of claims and corporate services at Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance.

The award recognizes individual success in the fields of risk management and/or insurance as well as excellence in the areas of school support and community involvement. In addition, the award winner must embrace the Haskayne School of Business values of ethics, leadership, commitment, excellence, integrity, and dedication.

Ilnycky completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree (with a concentration in insurance and marketing) at Haskayne in 1999. He has since also earned a BA in conflict resolution and an MBA as well as professional insurance designations, CIP and FCIP. Prior to joining Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance in 2011, he had a long and successful career with Federated Insurance in claims, underwriting and project management.

School support and community commitment are strong themes in Ilnycky’s story. He has been a sessional instructor for Haskayne’s RMIN program since 2010, and continually strives to build relationships between students and industry professionals, mentoring and promoting job shadowing. In 2012, he accompanied a group of students in the International Insurance Markets course to Bermuda and London to learn first-hand about those insurance/reinsurance markets. Ilnycky has also been instrumental in bringing other insurance professionals into his class to ensure the students are exposed to topic-experts relevant to the given lecture.

An avid long-distance runner, Ilnycky is keenly interested in current events, politics and the stock market. He has held senior leadership positions in several community and charitable organizations.

He was presented his award by Jim Dewald, dean of the Haskayne School of Business, on April 30 at the RMIN 20thAnniversary luncheon held at Calgary’s Ranchmen’s Club.

Risk management and insurance is one of 18 specializations available to Haskayne Bachelor of Commerce students and is the only program of its kind in Western Canada. Graduates in this field apply risk management strategies and processes to succeed in the competitive insurance industry environment.


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