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David Smagata
David Smagata

Vice President, Claims & Chief Legal Officer

What excites me the most about working for DAS is that I get to use a large part of my experience and knowledge to help fulfil DAS’ Vision – to provide access to justice. With over 15 years’ experience in civil litigation, as both counsel for plaintiffs and defendants, and a legal office manager, I understand the needs and concerns individuals have when faced with a legal issue. My job is to ensure that you have those needs and concerns addressed; whether it be by receiving exemplary legal advice, having an unparalleled claims experience, or having the lawyer with the requisite skills and experience act on your behalf.

Jeff Kless
Jeff Kless

Assistant Vice President, Marketing

DAS is a great place to work for marketing professionals. It presents a rare opportunity in the Canadian financial services industry to be creative and build a brand new insurance market from the ground up. More importantly, it also gives me the personal satisfaction of increasing access to justice for average Canadians and small business owners. My job is to build awareness of legal expense insurance and firmly establish the DAS brand as the market leader in Canada. I bring passion to my job and leverage over 18 years of marketing experience in developing strategies and managing dynamic marketing teams.

Alex Manning
Alex Manning

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Working for DAS provides me a unique opportunity. Educating the Canadian insurance market and promoting the many benefits of legal expense insurance in Canada is a challenging, but hugely rewarding experience. Having been a part of the growth DAS in Europe and the UK over the last twenty five years, I have a unique perspective on this great opportunity. I am excited to bring my experience and passion to the team here at DAS for the benefit of our partners and my colleagues. My role is to ensure the insurance carrier marketplace is fully aware of our offering and when they do choose to partner with DAS, they have an outstanding experience. It’s a role that I enjoy immensely.

Dominique Zipper
Dominique Zipper

Director, After The Event Insurance

I am grateful for the opportunity to build innovative strategies with DAS for the delivery of access to justice. I previously practiced law for six years at two prominent Toronto litigation boutiques, initially as insurance defence counsel, and later as a social justice and constitutional lawyer. I am excited to use this experience at DAS to make a meaningful impact on our country's changing legal landscape, while ensuring greater and more consistent access for Canadians to our justice system. In my spare time, you'll find me enjoying Toronto's parks and restaurants, while planning my next adventure travel journey!

Grace Klemke
Grace Klemke

Assistant Vice President, Sales

“Our customer is at the heart of everything we do.” These words resonated with me and were influential in my decision to join DAS. I bring more than 25 years of insurance industry experience to my role in areas of operations, management, sales development, and business strategies within the broker and corporate channels. I strive to create solutions for our partners and customers that align with their goals, values, and strategic objectives while, at the same time, providing Canadians with access to justice. I enjoy giving back to the industry by educating, coaching, and mentoring insurance professionals and those new to the industry. In my free time, you can find me on the golf course, running the scenic paths of B.C., or enjoying time with family and friends.

Trevor McIntosh
Trevor McIntosh

Director, National Broker Sales

"Access to Justice": three simple words with so much meaning. As an innovative insurance professional with more than 10 years of experience, I am eager to drive success with Legal Expense Insurance and your brokerage. At DAS, we have products that fit everyone. Be it an off-the-shelf solution for a savvy small business owner, or a bespoke package for your large affinity group, we constantly strive to deliver exceptional value that is not easily forgotten. Service-orientated, out-of-the-box, and energetic are just a few of the words my colleagues would use to describe me. In my spare time, I like to keep busy and have sat on industry boards, chaired networking groups, and coached running teams.

James Ling
James Ling

Director, Underwriting

Being part of the growth of DAS in the UK has given me a fantastic opportunity to bring my skills and experience to DAS here in Canada. I worked for DAS UK for over 11 years in a variety of roles, including Product Management and Underwriting. As the DAS Underwriting Manager, my responsibility is to ensure that Legal Expense Insurance provides valuable yet affordable access to justice within the Canadian marketplace. Since moving here, I am looking forward to discovering what Canada has to offer. In my spare time, I enjoy martial arts, trekking, and a growing love of hockey.

Adrian Reyes
Adrian Reyes

Manager, Claims

As a common and civil law trained litigator, I worked as counsel for one of Canada’s top insurance companies prior to undertaking my new role with DAS. I now oversee the national claims department for DAS and manage litigation across Canada. In my daily engagement with clients, I work to establish enduring partnerships through mutual trust and respectful engagement. In addition, I sit on the Board of the Stella Nova Football Club and I am an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association.

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