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Senior Compliance Specialist

Date: Jan 1, 2022

Location: Toronto, ON, CA, M2P-2B7 Montreal, Quebec, CA, H4P-2J4 Calgary, AB, CA, T2R-0E4 Vancouver, British Columbia, CA, V6J-4Y3 Winnipeg, MB, CA, R3C-3P1 Moncton, New Brunswick, CA, E1E-4R5 Edmonton, AB, CA, T6E-6A8

Company: Wawanesa Insurance


We’re proud to give our employees the flexibility to choose how and where they want to work. In this role, you will decide whether your preference is to work from home, work from the office or a hybrid of time spent at both. You may live and work anywhere that Wawanesa operates in Canada. 

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders in Canada and the United States. Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.

We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience and advancement on a growing team.


Job Overview

The Senior Compliance Specialist is a key player in Wawanesa’s compliance regime.  Working under the supervision of the Director, Compliance, the Senior Compliance Specialist is a senior subject compliance subject matter expert who guides, educates, advises and monitors business team members handling first line of defense compliance activities.   He or she also reviews applicable laws, regulations and best practices and develops and uses compliance program processes, procedures and tools in order to further enhance and refine Wawanesa’s compliance program, and works closely with other members of Wawanesa’s Ethics, Legal and Compliance group to advance group and enterprise-wide objectives, including providing advice and support to Compliance Specialists. 


Job Responsibilities

  • Advises the business with the development and implementation of compliance processes, procedures and tools to mitigate compliance risks for the business supported by the Senior Compliance Specialist
  • Provides guidance, advice and support to Compliance Specialists and other members of the Ethics, Legal and Compliance group
  • Leads the control effectiveness self-assessments conducted by the business, and following up on management action plan items
  • Works with the Director, Compliance to provide regular reports on compliance events and activities, and the overall state of compliance programs to the Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, and senior leadership within the business supported by the Compliance Specialist
  • Identifies learning opportunities, coordinating training development and delivering training to the business on new or changed regulatory or other developments requiring compliance oversight
  • Develops and enhances business relationships by liaising with peers within the business supported by the Senior Compliance Specialist, including employees involved in first line of defense compliance activities
  • Works with and under the direction of the Director, Compliance and with other members of the Ethics, Legal and Compliance group and business stakeholders to assist with the development of new compliance practices and processes, and enhancement of existing compliance practices and processes
  • Coordinates and executes projects assigned by the Director, Compliance and the Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • 5 years’ prior experience in a compliance setting, preferably working for a federally regulated financial institution
  • Post-secondary education with a focus on legal, business or accounting matters (or equivalencies) required.  Completion of a Juris Doctor (JD) or Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree an asset
  • Knowledge of the insurance industry experience an asset
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to conduct detailed analysis of information, and to select and implement best solutions in a timely manner
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with the ability to communicate at the right level for the audience and present information or arguments in a convincing manner
  • Excellent planning and organizing skills, with the ability to develop and prioritize effective plans that define activities, resources and timelines
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to influence key relationships
  • Bilingual in French and English would be an asset




Wawanesa provides its employees with a respectful, challenging and rewarding environment where they can maximize their potential while contributing to the company’s goals. Our full-time permanent employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, annual bonus plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan). Wawanesa provides a stable environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets. 

Wawanesa is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that is equitable and inclusive for all. Wawanesa provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, colour, religion, creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family or marital status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected status. Accommodations are available upon request throughout all aspects of the selection process. Candidates requiring accommodations may contact, in confidence,

If you are interested in this exciting, challenging position with Wawanesa, apply today with your Resume.