Meet the Team
Eagle Underwriting is an independent managing agent, founded in 1996 by our current chairman, Bernie Cissek, and has offices in Brampton, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia. Since then Eagle has been writing insurance for “Things That Move”, delivering superior products, underwriting expertise, and first class claims service to our brokers and their clients.
In January 2014, Mike Wills joined Eagle as President to expand the company into new areas. Mike has several successes in building niche businesses, and together with Bernie and our staff, plans to build Eagle into the leading insurance provider for risks associated with Things That Move™.
Bernie Cissek (B.Sc., C.I.P.)
Bernie began his career over 30 years ago in marine and transportation insurance. After he gained experience in underwriting with Royal Insurance, he then became a producer in the marine departments of 2 major brokerage firms. He was the vice chairman of the International Union of Marine Insurance (I.U.M.I.) executive committee and former president of the Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters (C.B.M.U.). Bernie then founded Eagle Underwriting Group Inc. in 1996.
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Mike Wills (F.C.I.P.)
Mike has spent 30 years in the insurance business, most recently launching and building two successful specialty insurers in Canada. In addition, Mike has extensive experience in many niche areas with particular expertise in the transportation and trade sectors. Mike is past president of the Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters, a fellow chartered insurance professional and the current chair for the Academic Council of the Insurance Institute of Canada.
Matthias Cissek (B.A. Hons., C.I.P.)
Matthias started at Eagle 10 years ago and has become an industry lead in commercial Hull and P & I insurance in Canada from coast to coast. He is skilled in Marine Builders Risk, Ship Repairers, Marina Operators, Charterers’ Legal Liability, Yachts and general marine insurance, and has been actively building our broker relationships and marine business across Canada.
Andrea J. Sterling (BCL, LLB)
V.P. Claims and Risk Management
Previously a partner of a major insurance law firm in Montreal, Andrea brings over 20 years of experience in maritime, transportation and insurance law. Andrea greatly expands Eagle Underwriting Group’s ability to provide comprehensive services in the management of claims, both before and after a loss. Her impressive experience in subrogation, contract and risk management is a tremendous asset to both brokers and their clients.
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Ryan has a solid background in finance previously working for one of the major financial institutions in Canada. Joining Eagle, he assists our VP of claims, is responsible for monthly bordereaux and works directly with our insureds, claimants, brokers and third-party administrators.
Christin Moss (B.A.)
Business Development Manager & Underwriter
Christin has many years of experience in marine and transportation insurance. She joined Eagle in 2010 from a major North American insurer. Christin specializes in the development and underwriting of our Canadian cargo and Eagle Insure online system.
Mayleen has joined Eagle with over 10 years’ experience as a U.S broker. Handling Marine Cargo and Freight Forwarders insurance policies in her previous role, her knowledge and superior customer service is a great asset. She supports our senior underwriters in Canadian cargo, freight liability and our Eagle Insure online system.
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Manager, Underwriting Compliance – Senior Underwriter
Nickie has had many years of experience in the London market, at major insurers and as a Lloyd’s broker. Nickie specializes in our U.S. business; developing and underwriting freight liabilities, cargo, truck cargo and our US Eagle Insure online system.
Underwriter and Marketing Coordinator
Nicole joined Eagle in 2017 with a strong marketing and advertising background and has spent a number of years within the transportation logistics industry. She specializes in our Fine Art and Specie coverages, U.S marine cargo, US Freight Liability segments and our Eagle Insure online system. Along with supporting our senior underwriters she also oversees and promotes our specialized lines.
Ray Muise CAIB (Hons)
Ray has been in the Marine Insurance industry since 1995 and has had a close relationship with Eagle since 1999. As a Commercial Accounts (P&C) and Marine Manager in his previous role, he is familiar with all lines including Hull & Machinery, P&I, Ocean Marine Cargo, Builders Risk, Ship Repair, Marina Operators Liability, Yachts and Stock Throughput. After retiring as a broker in 2021, he joins Eagle in 2022, focusing on Business Development in the East Coast.
Paula began her Insurance career in 2000, which consists of 14 years underwriting marine insurance and 7+ years as a marine insurance broker in western Canada.
Her expertise in the segments of marine Hull & P&I strengthens our reach coast to coast, as she manages and develops Eagle’s western Canada Yacht book of business.
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Jean Huynh (B.A.)
Jean joined Eagle in 2004. Jean supports the senior underwriters in the hull and yacht lines. Jean also prepares the quotes for commercial hull and marine liability lines.
Policy Management Administrator
Trish joined the Eagle team June 2017 and has several years of experience in insurance administration. She is responsible for policy management development, policy production and issuance. In addition, she also supports our underwriters and brokers in all segments.
Justyna brings over 10 years of accounting and finance experience. After 5 years in the insurance brokerage sector providing office support to senior executives, she joined Eagle in June 2018. As an Accountant/Controller, she is responsible for all accounting and administrative duties. Justyna liaises with broker accounting, prepares insurers premium bordereaux and handles the day to day financial duties for the company.
Maria joins Eagle as the Operations Manager, with over 15 years of experience in the Insurance industry. An accomplished operations manager and service leader who has a demonstrated ability to transform, and streamline business processes and procedures. Maria focuses on advancing Eagle’s operational efficiencies.