Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Changtao, Hailey and Hannah

We are pleased to continue our intern spotlight series! Over a couple weeks, we will be introducing each our summer interns to learn more about their background and interests.

This week we are excited to introduce Changtao Shuai, Hailey Gillen and Hannah Kojetin.

Changtao Shuai

Changtao has joined our Information Technology department and is studying at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He is originally from Hangzhou, a city located in southeast China. He describes the tropical city as “a place where tradition meets modernity at every corner”. Providing business solutions and insights using data are one of his strengths and with this internship, he hopes to expand his knowledge of coding, visualization, and communication. He also wants to explore a career in data analytics and the internship will help steer him in that direction. If Changtao could go anywhere in the world, he would choose to go to Iceland. “The Northern Lights are one of the most beautiful and magical views that nature has given us”, he says.

Hailey Gillen

Hailey is interning at our Actuarial department. This summer, she hopes to gain a better understanding of the insurance industry and the different roles an actuary can play within the company. With this internship, she also wants to challenge herself, and get experience of working in a corporate environment. Hailey is from Viroqua, Wisconsin and is attending the University of St. Thomas. She aims to become a property and casualty actuary and sees Intact Specialty as a platform to develop and hone real world skills outside the classroom. The last book she read was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Hannah Kojetin

Hannah is from Eagan, Minnesota, and has joined our Actuarial department. She first heard about Intact Specialty at a career fair organized by her school – the University of St. Thomas. She was drawn by the unique coverages that the company offers and thought of it as an opportunity to develop her analytical skills and apply her school education to real-life work. With this internship, she hopes to learn about specialty insurance and understand the role of a property and casualty actuary.  If Hannah had a chance to go anywhere in the world, he would love to take a cruise to different Caribbean Islands. If she was in a deserted island with food and water and two items of her choice, she would choose a friend or family member and a radio.

Best of luck Changtao, Hailey and Hannah! We look forward to working with you and being a part of your career development.



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Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Brooke, Diana, Gabriel and Jerry

We are pleased to continue our intern spotlight series! Over a couple weeks, we will be introducing each our summer interns to learn more about their background and interests.

This week we are excited to introduce Brooke Johnson, Diana Krmzian, Gabriel Avery and Jerry Thompson.

Brooke Johnson

Brooke is an intern in our Actuarial department. She is from Eagan, Minnesota and is studying at St. Olaf University. With this internship, she aims to gain experience of applying her skills to real life situations and projects. Brooke interned with Intact Specialty last summer as well and enjoyed working with her team, so, she was excited to be given the opportunity again this summer! If she could go anywhere in the world, she would choose to go to Bora Bora. Currently Brooke is watching T.V. series Criminal Minds, for the second time!

Diana Krmzian

Diana is interning at our Information Technology department. Being a math major, she wants to develop her skills using different data sets of varying complexity. Diana is from Belmont, Massachusetts and is studying at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She enjoys problem solving and is excited to use different tools and programs during the internship. She was attracted to Intact Specialty because she liked the people she met at her interviews and was pleased to get an opportunity to learn about insurance data. If Diana had a chance to go anywhere in the world, she would choose to go to Italy to experience its vibrant history, culture, and nature.

Gabriel Avery

Gabriel is from Homer, Michigan, and has joined as an underwriting intern at Intact Management Liability. When he first heard about Intact Specialty, he was drawn to its focus on specialized businesses. Getting an opportunity to work at a dynamic specialty insurance firm felt like a challenge that he wanted to take on. With this internship, he is excited to gain experience of working in the industry and connect with professionals. He also hopes to hone his communication and presentation skills, as well as bring value to the team. Gabriel is currently a senior at Illinois State University. Said Gabriel, “when I spoke to the people at my interview, it became clear that I will be working with some of the most experienced and intelligent underwriters in the industry who are also some of the kindest people I have ever spoken with.”
Having grown up in rural Midwest, Gabriel was exposed to different kinds of farming, which is why he decided to minor in agriculture. He feels that people who work in the agricultural industry are passionate, and he was greatly influenced by their work. If Gabriel could go anywhere in the world, he would visit Buenos Aires in Argentina because of its incredible food, beautiful weather, landscapes, and culture. He is currently watching T.V. series Criminal Minds – for the fifth time!

Jerry Thompson

Jerry is interning at Intact Accident & Health. He is from Yonkers, New York and is studying at SUNY Brockport. He wishes to gain more professional experience and felt like an internship would be a great opportunity to get that. He visited Intact Specialty’s Morristown, New Jersey office and was attracted by its people and work environment.
When Jerry was 10 years old, he got a chance to play football at halftime during a New York Giants game! This was a memorable and exciting experience of his life. If he had a chance to go anywhere in the world, he would love to go see the pyramids in Egypt. He recently finished reading the book Ask Questions, Get Sales by Stephen Schiffman. If he was in a deserted island with food and water and two items of his choice, he would choose a cellphone so he can talk to someone and a challenging game.

Best of luck Brooke, Diana, Gabriel and Jerry! We look forward to working with you and being a part of your career development.




Also read: Kicking off our Summer 2021 Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Alexis, Anna and Connor


Intact Inland Marine offers long weekend security tips

With the July 4th holiday quickly approaching, Intact Inland Marine is here to help offer tips that help prevent cargo and equipment theft, as well as damage to jobsites.

Unsecured cargo, equipment and builders risk jobsites are a prime target for thieves, or anyone with malicious intent over long weekends, particularly at night. 

Whenever cargo, equipment or a building under construction is left unattended, the potential for incurring a loss is greatly increased. For jobsites, potential damages from fire, smoke and water tend to increase during these non-operational hours.  

What can be done to help minimize the potential losses when cargo, equipment or construction sites are left unattended?  

  • Cargo – Our partners at Inland Marine Underwriters Association (IMUA) published safety measures that should be considered. Additionally, this infographic brought to you by CargoNet illustrates this year’s cargo theft trends.
  • Equipment – Check out these theft prevention tips, including tips for Maintenance, Operators, Load Securement and Transportation.
  • Builders Risks – Consider these safety tips to help minimize potential losses at unattended construction sites.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!




Back to Basics: Docking

Summer is in full swing! That means boating season is here and we are ready to get into the water!

As we all know, being on a boat is one of the most enjoyable things to do in the summer heat. For drivers however, approaching the dock, even for the most experienced boaters, can be nerve-racking. This is especially true in crowded marinas or when environmental conditions are not in your favor.

Bringing your boat to the dock and safely docking it is both a basic skill and an imperative one. Discover Boating offers a step-by-step guide that will make your next docking experience a bit easier:

  1. Prepare dock lines on the bow and stern of the boat, and then attach the fenders.
  2. Check surroundings – line up the approach and survey the docking area.
  3. Examine the current, wind and water conditions.
  4. Proceed and maneuver at a slow speed towards the dock using intermittent acceleration.
  5. Navigate into the boat slip or turn to come alongside the dock.
  6. Tie off the boat onto cleats, posts, or pilings using docking lines.

It can be useful to have another person onboard or on the dock to help assist you throughout the process. If you’re docking by yourself, make sure to take your time and if need be, pull back, circle around and try again. The guide also offers some specifics on how to tie a boat to the dock and how to dock in a slip.

Following best practices and taking measures is crucial to a safe and successful docking experience.

Kicking off our Summer 2021 Intern Spotlight Series: Introducing Alexis, Anna and Connor

We are incredibly excited to announce the continuation of our annual internship program! This summer, we’re welcoming 22 college students who will be working in our Actuarial, Audit, Finance, IT and Specialty Business departments alongside our teams of experts.

To get to know them better, we’re kicking off this year’s intern spotlight series! Over the next couple weeks, we will be introducing each our interns to learn more about their background and interests.

This week we are pleased to introduce Alexis Hanchett, Anna Puhek and Connor Glinski.

Alexis Hanchett
Alexis is an underwriting intern with Intact Specialty Property. She is from Delton, Michigan, and is studying at Olivet College. With this internship, she aims to gain more insight and knowledge of the surplus lines side of insurance. She is eager to learn more about Intact Specialty, and how the insurance industry relates to real life situations. Alexis loves watching television shows and recently finished watching Outlander on Netflix.

Anna Puhek
Anna is an intern in our Actuarial department. With this internship, she wants to gain exposure to real-world actuarial science applications outside of a classroom setting. Anna is from Lakeville, Minnesota and is studying at University of St. Thomas. Before joining Intact Specialty, she researched on the product lines that are offered under specialty insurance and found it fascinating. Said Anna “At my internship interview, I met friendly people and saw a great culture, which attracted me to join the company.” She looks forward to working with her team members and understanding how she can put her skills to use. Anna loves to travel and wishes to visit Italy and Alaska. She is also aiming to study abroad in the upcoming semester. Anna recently finished reading The Great Alone which is set in Alaska and written by one of her favorite authors Kristin Hannah. The last T.V. show she watched was The People vs O.J. Simpson.

Connor Glinski
Conner is from Lakeville, Minnesota and has joined our Actuarial department. Having never worked in the property and casualty sector of insurance, he is excited to join the company to learn more about the industry and flesh out his technical and analytical skills. He is a student at the University of St. Thomas and first heard about the internship from his peers. He visited Intact Specialty’s virtual booth at a career fair and received a warm welcome. Said Connor “The culture described and demonstrated by Intact representatives really attracted me to the company. Everyone was friendly and genuinely interested in who I was and answering the questions I was asking.” If Connor could go anywhere in the world, he would visit Asia, starting with Japan. If he was in a deserted island with food and water and two items of his choice, he would choose a kindle with as many books downloaded as possible (assuming he could charge it with solar power). He would also bring a journal to document his experience.

Best of luck Alexis, Anna and Connor! We look forward to working with you and being a part of your career development.