AIRB Board Members

Members of the AIRB were recruited from across the province selected through a public, open competition managed by an outside executive search firm. Board members have various skill sets, and include an individual to represent the interests of consumers

See the Board Meeting Schedule (updated yearly).


Mr. Allan Cleiren
(Chair)

Allan CleirenMr. Cleiren is a Chartered Accountant with over 22 years of executive and financial management experience in both private and public companies.

His experience includes that of CFO for a large publicly traded multidivisional company with international operations, Price WaterhouseCoopers where he was engaged in audit and tax services, Afexa Life Sciences Inc. as Senior Vice President Operations/ Chief Financial Officer, and his most recent appointment to A & B Rail Services Ltd, as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for all support services groups including Human Resource, Safety, Risk Management, Warehouse, Fleet, Mechanical and Finance departments.

Mr. Cleiren holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and has held several director positions in not-for-profit and for profit boards.


Ms. Charlene Butler (Vice-Chair)

Charlene ButlerMs. Butler is currently an independent consultant focused on strategic planning, program evaluation, resource requirement assessments and non-financial risk management.

Ms. Butler has worked for 11 years in the insurance industry, initially as an underwriter and later she worked in progressively more senior management roles: Regional Branch Manager for Intact Insurance (formerly ING Canada), Regional Branch Manager for Allianz Canada, culminating with Aviva Insurance Company of Canada, where she served as Assistant Vice President until 2007. Ms. Butler returned to University at that time and completed a MBA in 2009. Earlier qualifications included a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction), with concentration on Risk and Insurance Management and a Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Actuarial Science.

Ms. Butler offers the Automobile Insurance Rate Board strong technical skills combined with energy, passion and a commitment to serve.


Mr. James Cuming

Mr. Cuming is currently the senior partner at Cuming & Gillespie, a boutique law firm in Calgary. His area of practice includes representing clients dealing with automobile insurance claims. He offers the unique consumer perspective of the insurance claimant.

Additionally, James is familiar with various models of governance.  He serves as a Governor of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), is a former Executive member the Canadian Trial Lawyers Association and Past President of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association.


Mr. Chris Daniel (Consumer Representative)

Mr. Daniel is a retired senior insurance executive with over 35 years in the insurance industry, most recently with TD Insurance Meloche Monnex. He has dealt with consumer organizations and has developed programs for their members. Mr. Daniel co-chaired the provincial “no fault” automobile insurance debate in the past.

His Board experience includes serving as a Director of the Insurance Brokers Association and several other community boards, including Wellspring Edmonton, Compassion House Foundation and Wizard Lake Watershed and Lake Stewardship Association. His passion to make a difference in the community and his focus on fairness and consumer satisfaction was acknowledged when he was awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for service to the community. Prior to joining the insurance profession Mr. Daniel served with the London, U.K. and Toronto police forces.


Ms. Nilam Jetha (non-voting member)

Nilam Jetha is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Financial Sector Regulation and Policy (FSRP) with Alberta Treasury Board and Finance. This position includes the roles of Superintendent of Insurance, Superintendent of Pension, and Superintendent of Financial Institutions. She has over 25 years of leadership experience in the Government of Alberta.

Ms. Jetha holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto and is a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute. Ms. Jetha is a strong believer in working in partnership and collaboration with stakeholders and models the way to inspire a shared vision, challenge the process and enable others to act.