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Mark Sylvia

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mark Sylvia joined Empire Life as President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2014. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors for Empire Life Investments. Mark has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, many in a leadership role where he has successfully grown companies by focusing on service, simplicity and strategic partnerships.
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Richard Cleaver, BACS

Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer

Richard Cleaver joined Empire Life in 2008. He is responsible for providing overall technology leadership for the company. Richard has 20 years of experience in Information Technology executive roles in insurance and banking including application development, technology infrastructure and enterprise architecture.
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Ron Friesen, CPA, CA

Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer

Ron Friesen joined Empire Life in October 2016 as Chief Financial Officer to lead the finance, taxation, accounting and audit services areas of the company. Ron has more than 20 years in senior and strategic leadership roles in banking and insurance in Canada and the United States. His areas of expertise include financial management and reporting, taxation, risk management, and liquidity and capital management.
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Edward Gibson, MBA, CFA

Senior Vice-President and Chief Actuary

Edward Gibson became Senior Vice-President and Chief Actuary in June 2008, 20 years after he joined the company as an Actuarial Analyst. He was appointed as Vice-President and Actuary in 2003. Edward graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Mathematics and has completed the Queen's Executive Leadership Program.
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Ian Hardacre, MBA, CFA

Senior Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer, Empire Life
Chief Investment Officer, Empire Life Investments
 

Ian Hardacre joined Empire Life Investments Inc. in 2016 as Senior Portfolio Manager and was appointed Chief Investment Officer in December 2016. He leads the Investment Team¹ providing investment management for segregated funds² and mutual funds³. In addition to providing overall direction for the team, Ian is the lead manager of the Empire Life Dividend Growth GIF and Empire Life Dividend Growth Mutual Fund. 
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Sean Kilburn, BSc, FSA, FCIA

Senior Vice-President, Retail

Sean Kilburn joined Empire Life in 2013 to provide overall leadership for insurance marketing, distribution and operations. Sean comes to Empire Life from Walmart  Canada, where he was Head of Insurance, Warranty, Gift Card and Money Services.  Previously he led both TD Life Group, as President and CEO and Canada Trust Assurance, as President. His experience also includes serving as Chief Financial Officer both for Canada Trust Assurance and Manulife, Individual Life Centre. Sean is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
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Steve Pong, BASc

Senior Vice-President, Group Products

Steve Pong provides overall leadership and strategic direction for our Group division, including marketing, distribution, product development and service operations. He joined Empire Life in 1997 as Director, Process Design and Improvement, and then became Director, National Marketing. He was appointed Vice-President, Individual Marketing and Service in 2001.
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