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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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Edward Gibson, FSA, FCIA

Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Actuary

Edward joined Empire Life in February 1988 in the Individual Insurance division, and then progressed into senior roles in Group Solutions, Corporate Actuarial and Corporate Finance.

In 2008, he became Senior Vice-President and Chief Actuary, and in 2018 was appointed Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Actuary. 
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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 Team providing investment management for segregated funds and mutual funds. 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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James (Jim) McKeen, PhD

Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer

Jim joined Empire Life in July 2018 as Chief Technology Officer to provide overall leadership to our IT division.

An experienced IT strategist, Jim came to Empire Life from Queen’s University School of Business where he was a professor emeritus. For the past 25 years, Jim has worked with senior IT teams to build effective IT management systems and delivery models.
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Kathy Thompson, BA, FSA, FCIA

Senior Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer

Kathy was appointed Senior Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer in September 2018 to oversee the enterprise-wide risk management and internal audit practices of the company.

She joined Empire Life in 1989 as an actuarial analyst, and after completing her Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries in 2001 and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries in 2002, joined our group division.
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Richard Carty

General Counsel and Senior Vice-President Human Resources

Richard Carty is the General Counsel and Senior Vice-President Human Resources of Empire Life and is Vice President and General Counsel of its parent company, E-L Financial Corporation Limited.

Prior to joining Empire Life in 2007, Richard practiced corporate and commercial law. He is currently a director of Algoma Central Corporation, a public shipping company.

Richard has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Law from the University of Victoria, and a Masters of Business Administration from Imperial College London. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1992.
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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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