Patti Kernaghan

President & CEO, Kernaghan Adjusters Ltd.

Patti Kernaghan, a well-known and respected professional in the Canadian insurance property and casualty industry, is the chief executive officer of Kernaghan Adjusters. Patti is recognized in her industry as a distinguished and exceptional leader, and as a perceptive entrepreneur.

The Insurance Institute of Canada granted Patti their Award of Merit in 2002. Her peers in the industry named her the Insurance Person of the Year for BC in 2006.  In 2018 the CIAA granted her the distinction of Fellow of the Canadian Independent Adjusters Association (FCIAA).  These industry recognitions have helped set Kernaghan Adjusters apart as a firm with strong leadership at the helm.

Patti studied International Relations at UBC and soon afterwards embarked upon a career in banking.   After ten years of various management positions at the Bank of Montreal, she joined her father, Stan Kernaghan, and began her insurance claims career. Patti started as a junior adjuster and ultimately held several management positions before being named President and CEO in 1993. Since then she has focused her attention on the vision and direction of the firm’s position within the adjusting services market.

Contributing to the professionalism of the industry comes naturally to Patti.  She has served as President of several associations: Canadian Independent Adjusters Association, International Federation of Adjusting Associations, The Insurance Institute of BC, and the Canadian Professionals of Vancouver.  She was also a founding member of several boards: Chair for the National Insurance Industry Advisory Board to the CIAA, the BCIT Advisory Board for Insurance and Risk Management, and the Steering Committee for WICC (Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade BC).  She served as the Western Chair for the Insurance Institute of Canada, and was a member of the Insurance and Risk Management Advisory Board for the University of Calgary.  She has also served on the Academic Council for IIC, the Education Committee for IIC, and on the Advisory Board of the Kinsmen Rehabilitation Foundation of BC. Patti is a Fellow Charter Insurance Professional under seal of Insurance Institutes of Canada and holds a Canadian Risk Management Diploma.

Patti has a strong record of developing and maintaining critical business relationships.  She is an effective leader who upholds the interests of her staff at the forefront of everything that is done at Kernaghan Adjusters.  Her collaborative work style helps set Kernaghan Adjusters apart in the independent adjusting market in Canada.