Finance executives and individuals from the insurance industry battled the 30 plus degree heat playing cricket on Wednesday August 24th in Toronto, to raise funds for Autism Ontario. The group raised over $7,000 for the unique “Transition to Life” program which helps young adults with high functioning autism find meaningful employment and fulfill their potential.

Before the game, the group heard first-hand from David Francis, a recent graduate of the program. David recently landed a position within the governance department at CIBC. He spoke about how the program gave him the necessary skills and confidence to help him land the new role and to be successful within it.

It was a close match, with the Insurance Industry team coming out on top over the Finance Executive team with a score of 92 runs with one wicket remaining. A range of individuals played on both teams including: the CFO from Molson Coors Canada, the VP of Finance from Nando’s Chicken, the SVP of Willis Towers Watson, the SVP of Claims at Marsh Canada and the VP of Finance, M&A from Open Text. Players from Odgers Berndtson included Ross Woledge, Shannon Cooper and David Nazareth.

Special thanks to Ross Woledge from Odgers Berndtson and Graham Toon from Berkley Canada who helped organize this special inaugural event.

Members from the Insurance Industry team celebrating their win from left to right: Najeeb Sachidina, Vice President at Purves Redmond, Andrew Torr, General Manager at Willis Towers Watson, Graham Toon, Vice President at Berkley Insurance and Beth Woledge, Vice President at Marsh Canada.

Members from the Insurance Industry team celebrating their win from left to right: Najeeb Sachedina, Senior Broker at Purves Redmond Limited, Andrew Torr, SVP at Willis Towers Watson, Graham Toon, Vice President at Berkley Insurance and Beth Woledge, Vice President at Marsh Canada.

Members of the Insurance Team talking strategy for the cup.

Members of the Insurance Team talking strategy for the cup.

The Insurance Industry and Finance Executive line-up before the match.

The Insurance Industry and Finance Executive line-up before the match.

David Francis addresses the teams about the impact the transition to life program has had on him and his experience at CIBC.

David Francis addresses the teams about the impact the transition to life program has had on him and his experience at CIBC.

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