Pat Van Bakel

Pat is a seasoned insurance industry professional with an impressive career that has resulted in a successful leadership journey and impressive business results. Over his 24 years of experience, Pat has developed strong business relationships and is a well – respected colleague within the insurance and Canadian business community.

Pat is a visionary leader focused on developing high performing teams and an engaged employee culture. He holds self and others accountable to a high standard of performance, accountability, and commitment with a laser focus on delivering best in class customer experiences. Pat has had the privilege of taking on a variety of senior leadership and executive roles. More specifically, where strong performance and extremely high employee engagement were revealed and benchmarked by Towers Watson against high performing cultures domestically and globally; a well-respected industry metric for organizational and leadership team success.

Pat is quite passionate and committed to business innovation and excellence in service delivery. He is often invited to engage audiences and/or present to leaders on emerging industry trends and participate in advisory boards and oversight committees. Pat is often revered as a ‘leader among leaders’ in executive development forums where he confidently shares his vision, values, and the attributes of high performing industry professionals. He leads with a strong moral compass and is business savvy in all areas of leadership, positively influencing culture, corporate governance, and his industry interactions.

Pat leads the Crawford team with great pride in their trusted brand and industry leadership in Canada and globally providing the Property & Casualty insurance industry, large corporations, and government with trusted solutions across a range of risk management and claims services.

Pat’s passion for personal and service excellence extends itself to being equally passionate about work-life balance and ensuring family and personal aspects of life remain a strong foundation for professional success. Pat is married, has a variety of interests and community ties, and enjoys coaching both his son and daughter in hockey.

Pat is currently President & CEO of Crawford (Canada) Inc. and serves as Chairman of the Board for Origin and Cause; Canada’s largest Forensic Engineering and Fire Investigation Consulting Firm specializing in cross-disciplinary forensic expertise.

Pat is a graduate and active alumnus of Wilfred Laurier University.