Global Corporate & Specialty

Leadership team

John Mattioli, Executive Director

John Mattioli

Executive Director

John Mattioli has 30 years of experience in the Property & Casualty industry, with a history of embracing new opportunities and turning them into profitable business ventures. Reporting to the CEO of Aviva Canada, John is responsible for the Global Corporate & Specialty business (GCS) at Aviva Canada. GCS is a national business with annual revenue of $700 million and a staff count of 250 employees. 

Joe Vachon, Executive Director, National Brokers

Joe Vachon

Executive Director, Corporate and Special Risk, National Brokers

Joe Vachon joined Aviva Canada in 2010. He has profit and loss accountability for Special Risk and Corporate Risk, and is responsible for National Broker relationships at Aviva. With more than 30 years of experience in commercial lines General Insurance, he has held executive roles in the US and Canadian markets in Commercial Specialty, Marine, and international insurance businesses as well as in sales and marketing roles.

Mazdak Moini, Chief Operating Officer

Mazdak Moini

Chief Operating Officer

Maz Moini is currently responsible for the development of trading and operational capabilities for GCS in the North American market. Reporting to the Executive Director of GCS, Maz also holds accountability for cross border and portfolio solutions. Prior to Aviva, he worked at De Beers Canada Inc. Maz holds a bachelor’s degree from Ryerson University, and three post graduate degrees, including an MBA from Wilfred Laurier University. He sits on a number of committees including the United Nations Environmental Program Finance Initiative and CatIQ Inc.

Peter Walker, Chief Technical Underwriter

Peter Walker

Chief Technical Underwriter

Peter Walker is responsible for developing and delivering on underwriting capabilities, building empowered and accountable teams, and an aligned underwriting strategy. He oversees Underwriting Risk and Controls. Peter’s team is accountable for the Reinsurance, Catastrophe and Accumulations function at Aviva. Prior to joining Aviva, Peter worked for Zurich, and held underwriting roles in Hong Kong and London. Peter is a board member for the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation.

Phillip Best, VP, Underwriting, Corporate Risks

Phillip Best

VP, Underwriting, Corporate Risks

With over 30 year of experience in the insurance industry, Phillip is responsible for large corporate accounts (over $1 million in premium) and complex risks for accounts over $100,000 in premium for Auto, Property & Casualty lines of business. He is also involved with brokerage relationships and corporate reinsurance. Prior to joining Aviva, Phillip held senior leadership roles at Allianz Global US Risks Insurance Company and Elliott Special Risks Ltd.

Terry Michalakos, VP, Surety

Terry Michalakos

VP, Surety

Terry Michalakos oversees all surety lines of business including Contract, Commercial, and Developer surety across Canada. His team provides support to the construction industry, developers and resource companies in Canada and the United States. He launched his surety career in 2000 at London Guarantee (now Travelers Canada), and joined Aviva Canada in 2013.

Vince Rende, AVP Special Risks

Vince Rende

AVP Special Risks

Vince Rende joined Aviva Canada in 2008.  With over 38 years of insurance experience, he is responsible for Special Risk Property, Special Risk Casualty, and Managing General Agencies (MGAs). Vince’s team supports hard to place Property risks and provides coverage on Umbrella and General Liability for hard to place Casualty risk, including United States sales exposures. Finally, they represent the largest Canadian domestic insurer, providing support to MGAs in the niche product line space.

John Hastings, AVP Client Relationship Management

John Hastings

AVP Client Relationship Management

John Hastings is responsible for building the Client Relationship Management (CRM) team, including the creation of the structure, governance and target-operating model for the CRM function. This team drives client retention and acquisition by working cross functionally with underwriters, brokers and clients. With more than 23 years in the insurance industry, he has worked as a Director of Client Management and a Client Advocate. More recently, he worked as Head of Corporate Property for Canada at Allianz. 

Tim Woods, AVP Engineering and Risk Management

Tim Woods

AVP Engineering and Risk Management

Tim Woods is responsible for the Equipment Breakdown and Risk Management, Loss Control services for Global Corporate & Specialty. With more than 28 years of experience at Aviva Canada, Tim has worked in inspections, underwriting, marketing and claims. Tim started his career in insurance as a field engineer at Commercial Union. Through his career, he has learnt that people are at the core of the business and matter most to its success.

Paul Gilbody, Senior VP for National Claims

Paul Gilbody

Senior VP for National Claims

Paul Gilbody is Senior VP for National Claims leading a GCS team that provides a client-centered approach to claims management. He is responsible for ensuring service excellence, as claims service managers and technical claims specialists work alongside underwriters and Aviva’s Risk Management Solutions (ARMS) to understand the clients’ operations, culture and strategy. Prior to joining Aviva in 2016, Paul worked at Friends Life UK.