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Innovation Practice Specialist (Remote or Hybrid)

Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Winnipeg, MB, CA, R3C-3P1 Remote - Canada, CA

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 can decide whether your preference is to work from home (remote), work from the office or a hybrid of time spent at both. You may live in and work in any of the following locations: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador and/or the Yukon.  


The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, founded in 1896, is Canada’s largest mutual insurer, with $3.9 billion in annual revenue and assets of $10.5 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon; Wawanesa Life, which provides life insurance products and services throughout Canada; and Western Financial Group, which distributes personal and business insurance across Western Canada. With more than 5,700 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves more than two million policyholders in Canada and the United States. Wawanesa is thrilled to be named one of Canada’s Best Employers by Forbes for 2022. This certification recognizes us as a leading employer and reinforces that we’re a company that values our people for who they are and the work they do to support our customers, communities, and brokers. Wawanesa is also a Manitoba Top Employer for 2022 recognizing that we are an exceptional place to work. 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

As part of Wawanesa’s Digital Strategy & Exploration team, the Exploration Practice Specialist works collaboratively with stakeholders to explore ideas and emerging technologies that create new opportunities and add value to our business, brokers, and policyholders.  


In this role, you will execute on a broad spectrum of digital innovation projects in partnership with internal stakeholders from across the whole organization. Leveraging Wawanesa’s systematic Exploration process and toolkit, you will help to realize business strategy through clever problem solving and testing novel opportunities spanning products, services, customer experience, business models, technologies, and partnerships. 


As Exploration Practice Specialist, you are passionate about innovation and have a knack for coordinating and coaching cross functional teams through an innovation process that connects new ideas with insights to help solve business problems. 


Job Responsibilities

  • Under moderate supervision, facilitate initiatives through the systematic innovation process, from strategy to discovery and validation, while supporting project focused cross-functional teams.
  • Participate in the creation, execution and monitoring of innovation project plans and roadmaps, while ensuring clearly defined scope and problem focus with a direct connection to strategy and delivering business value.
  • Prepare and deliver compelling presentations and business artifacts that ensure the effective communication of learnings, track exploration outcomes, and promote openness and collaborative knowledge sharing across the organization.
  • Participate in the preparation and facilitation of workshops and experiments using established methodologies, frameworks, and tools (i.e., Innovation Engineering, Design Thinking, Business Model Canvas, etc.)
  • Evaluate the quality of innovation outputs and effective reduction of innovation risk through monitoring metrics, then contribute collaboratively to the continuous improvement and evolution of Wawanesa’s Exploration practice and processes.
  • Act as a subject matter expert on our Exploration process, passionately advocating for innovation and demonstrating new ways of thinking and problem solving.  
  • Practice continuous learning and professional development, staying up to date on novel innovation focused research, emerging technologies, and the evolving industry landscape and trends. 
  • Coordinate and participate in cross-functional team meetings to share critical information, establish work plans and business insights.
  • Oversee the maintenance and organization of business artifacts on the organization’s intranet, contributing to communication and knowledge sharing strategies.


  • Minimum three years’ combined experience working in innovation, digital transformation, or business analysis.
  • Completion of post-secondary degree/certificate or equivalent experience.
  • Functional knowledge of innovation methodologies, frameworks, and tools.
  • Strong facilitation and training skills to provide support and guidance to team members.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills, with the ability to build mutually beneficial relationships, motivate cross functional teams, and execute on innovation goals. 
  • Strong planning and organizing skills, with the ability to develop and implement plans by prioritizing and multitasking.
  • Experience in agile practices, Scrum, Kanban, and continuous delivery.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Strong communication skills, with experience in creating business presentations and documentation for consumption by senior leaders.
  • Innovation Engineering Blue Belt or Black Belt, Six Sigma, or Design Thinking certifications considered an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience in the insurance industry is considered an asset.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite. SharePoint experience considered 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,

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