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AIG Canada: Top Employer for Young People and Greater Toronto
AIG Canada is part of American International Group, Inc. (“AIG”), a global insurance solutions provider serving more than 90 million clients in 80 countries and jurisdictions. AIG serves over 88% of Fortune Global 500 companies. In 2017, AIG colleagues dedicated over 54,000 hours to causes that were meaningful to them. During the annual Global Volunteer Month in April, nearly 3,400 AIG employees contributed over 10,000 hours to more than 150 projects in 25 countries.
For over 50 years, AIG Insurance Company of Canada (AIG Canada) has been a national leader of insurance solutions within Canada. AIG Canada provides a wide range of business and consumer products through a large network of independent brokers and direct to consumers. With a workforce of approximately 430 dedicated insurance professionals, AIG Canada prides itself upon its innovative insurance products, underwriting expertise, and exceptional claims service. In 2017, AIG Canada reported gross written premium of $1.228 billion, assets of $4.29 billion and policyholder surplus of $788 million. AIG Canada handled over 28,000 claims and paid out $623 million to its insureds in 2017.
AIG Canada is headquartered in Toronto, with additional offices in Vancouver and Montreal.
AIG products and services offer meaningful protection to its clients as they look to a future of emerging risks such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, climate change, cyber security and other national and global risks.
WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER AIG AS YOUR FUTURE EMPLOYER?
As you begin your career, you’ll benefit from training, guidance, and mentoring by leaders and managers invested in your success. Apply to join AIG Canada’s creative and dynamic organization where knowledge is cultivated, innovation is encouraged, and achievement is rewarded – it’s a great place to start your career.
AIG Canada offers numerous programs and policies to attract and retain young people. Such as:
- Employee Resource Groups – Women & Allies, Young Professionals, LGBTQ & Allies—where purpose and passion are aligned
- Flexible Working Arrangements (FWAs)
- Early Career Development Programs
- Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) – new graduates receive 26 days of PTO annually at time of hire
- Global Mobility – launching and supporting careers across the globe
- Tuition Reimbursement for specific programs (CIP, CRM, etc.)
- Pension & Savings Plan – Eligibility from day one. Employer contributes 5% and offers up to an additional 3% in company matching employee contributions
- Innovation Bootcamp – opportunity for high potential talent. The 12 week assignment guides employees through the innovation process and takes an insurance concept from ideation to commercialization
- Learning & Development - AIG launched a new portal in 2018 called the Learning Journey. This is part of AIG’s commitment to investing in our internal talent
Careers at AIG are as diverse as its people. AIG values diversity in all its forms, from backgrounds and skills to new ideas and thinking styles. The company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is visible in all aspects of our organization, including hiring, career development, employee resource groups, the Global Executive Diversity Council, and beyond.
DID YOU KNOW?
- AIG Canada is the proud recipient of the Top Employers for Young People award for 2018 and 2019. The company was also recently named Greater Toronto Employer for 2019
- AIG is celebrating its centennial in 2019. AIG started in Shanghai, China in 1919
- AIG Canada celebrated its 50th year in 2016
- AIG Claims teams assisted people and businesses during the following severe natural disasters of 2017– hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey; British Columbia and California Wildfires; hail storms in Western Canada and the earthquake in Mexico
WE ARE LOOKING FOR STUDENTS IN THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS:
- Legal Studies
- Math & Information Technology
- Arts & Humanities
ROLES AT AIG CANADA
- Claims Analyst
- Customer Service
- Human Resources
- Legal Counsel
- Field/Account Engineering
- Business Development/Marketing
Starting as a co-op student and then returning as a full-time employee after graduating, AIG has been supportive of my career development at the onset of my career. What has impressed me most is the people and the culture. They emphasize collaboration within and across departments, a ready-to-help attitude, as well as clearly promoting employee well-being. Though insurance is not always a top of mind career choice for business graduates, many will be surprised to find that it is a dynamic and social environment within the financial services sector. Every day I find myself applying the knowledge and skills I learned at school to my work, which feels very fulfilling. Overall, working for AIG is challenging and worthwhile. I encourage all students to consider the insurance world as a great career opportunity, particularly with AIG, an industry leader.
- Shannon, Underwriting Analyst, Financial Lines – Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, B.Comm.
Working at AIG has been a truly rewarding experience for me. As a lawyer in private practice, making the move from a large law firm to an in-house role has allowed me to work closely with the business to participate in projects from the ground up. Unlike working in a law firm, I get to see the impact of my advice on a day-to-day basis. The work at AIG is challenging, fulfilling and each day presents a wide variety of clients, issues and the chance to learn new areas of law. AIG’s global presence offers employees the chance to work with team members all over the world, and while large in size, AIG’s supportive culture and “close-knit” atmosphere is remarkable. When deciding to join AIG, I was impressed by the company’s commitment to social responsibility and the various initiatives available to employees that make a meaningful impact on our communities. In this regard, I have had the opportunity partake in pro bono legal work with other members of the legal team as well as teaching in community schools and fundraising for local charities. Like U of O, AIG attracts diverse talent and creates an environment where employees are recognized and encouraged to grow professionally. The world of insurance is unique in its exposure to careers in many different fields which I think would make an ideal choice for students embarking on their professional journeys.
- Dahlia Tessler, Assistant General Counsel, AIG Canada – University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, LL.B.
My career at AIG has been a challenging and rewarding experience. When completing my undergrad (Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communications) I was overwhelmed with the different career paths that I could take. Through networking and summer job postings, I learned about the insurance industry and applied for an internship at AIG. After the ten-week internship, I learned about the endless career opportunities and growth potential in insurance, which forced me to re-evaluate my career goals. As of July 2018, I have been working at AIG for over three years as a Commercial Property Underwriter. The opportunities and experiences that I have had so far have been overwhelming. I have joined AIG’s Employee Resource Groups, competed in an innovation boot-camp, played on a few AIG sports teams, become a peer mentor and much more. My Bachelor of Arts undergrad taught me the importance of teamwork, adaptability, self-management and conflict resolution, which have encouraged me to becoming a successful professional in insurance. AIG is an innovative, global organization that has not only assisted in furthering my education, but has encouraged my future goals as well.
- Nicole Besse, Property Underwriter - University of Ottawa, B.A, Organizational communication.
I made the move to AIG just over a year ago from the consumer goods industry. I was attracted to this company because of its global scope and stellar reputation. I can honestly say that the insurance industry is so much more diverse and complex than I could have imagined. There are so many career options that exist in our organization and we attract a diverse set of candidates from all types of backgrounds and experiences. Our industry is very purpose driven and you see that manifest in the pride our employees take every day in their work. I graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BSc in Human Kinetics. One could argue whether I found the profession of Human Resources or it found me but I’m certainly glad it did. Once I started my career, I went on to pursue my Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation. In my role, I’m the Head of HR for Canada, Bermuda and our Multinational business. I love what I do and through our HR strategy, I’m able to have a direct impact on the employment experience of our incredibly talented people. My role is global in nature and enables me to work with a cross section of people from various parts of the world. I would describe AIG as a highly collaborative environment and one in which we draw strength from the diversity of thought, background and experience. If you’re looking for an organization that is purpose driven, committed to your development, and offers a variety of opportunities, we would like for you to make AIG your “Plan A”.
- Elizabeth McSavaney, Director of HR Canada, Bermuda & Multinational – University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences