OUR STAFF – CORNERSTONE
We’re proud of our people. Individually, they’re Jedi Masters of their own particular disciplines. Together, they’re a crack team – the ones you call in when the regular troops can’t handle the mission.
Owen Corus – President, CEO, CFO
There’s over 75 years of insurance tradition wrapped up in Owen. His mom, dad, and granddad were all brokers before him. Since assuming full ownership in ’87, he’s mergered and acquisitioned and evolved the brokerage into the full-service, customer-based company it is today.
In that time, Owen’s role has changed from helping people to helping people help other people. His management style, however, hasn’t changed a bit. He still leads from the front, by example. He’d never ask someone to do something he wouldn’t do himself, When he makes you a promise or gives you his word, he always keeps it.
Email: Owen Corus
Karim Mouait – VP, Business Development
If Cornerstone had an international man of mystery, it’d be Karim. He’s not only a world traveller, writer, and musician – he’s a martial arts expert besides. It makes you wonder: why isn’t this guy out saving the world?
Of course, if you asked him, he’d tell you he was – one policy at a time. Karim takes care of business (so to speak), as managing partner making sure our new clients are well looked after and that the brokerage runs smoothly on the operations side of things.
Email: Karim Mouait
Michelle Phosavanh – Manager Personal Service
Michelle takes Cornerstone’s philosophy of ‘working for you, not the insurance company’ to heart. Starting in sales, and now in management, her goal has never changed – to make sure that our clients have the insurance coverage they need to protect the things they really care about. Our clients can rest easy knowing Michelle is on their side.
Email: Michelle Phosavanh
Kirk Clavelle – New Business Specialist
Kirk has done a variety of things over the years: radio announcing, motorcycle detailing, academic researcher and now has found a home with insurance. The common denominator in his varied careers has always been providing strong customer service with a friendly attitude. This is why he feels so at home at Cornerstone. When he isn’t working he is listening to vinyl (Yes, it sounds better), exploring the river valley, hunting around thrift stores, or having a tea party with his niece.
Email: Kirk Clavelle
Bill Shuster – New Business Specialist
Bill started in the insurance industry in 1997 and has worked in life, personal and commercial insurance. He has worked in sales and service positions throughout his career. What Bill enjoys most about the insurance industry is helping clients find the right fit for their insurance needs.
Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Alberta and achieved his Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) designation. Bill was born and raised in Edmonton. He is a proud, life-long supporter of both the Oilers and Eskimos. Outside of work, Bill enjoys spending time with his active family and walking his dog through the river valley.
Email: Bill Shuster
James Rutherford – Commercial Account Manager
James grew up on a farm in small town Saskatchewan before joining the family insurance brokerage in St. Walburg. Since then he has come a long way in becoming an expert in giving advice on how to best protect your business needs. A love of dogs and music means that you might spot him at the off-leash area, or at a top nightclub playing guitars and various stringed instruments. According to James, “the best thing about insurance is how every commercial establishment is different from every other one”.
Email: James Rutherford
Jim Schoonmaker – Commercial Account Manager
After a successful and rewarding career in alcohol beverage brand development and distribution, Jim decided that it was time to get a real job! Introduced to the Insurance Industry by a dear friend, he dove deep and never looked back. That was 16 years ago, and over that time Jim has worked his way through personal lines and eventually developed into the commercial insurance professional he is today.
Service, Service, Service, … it never gets old for Jim, he prides himself on timely professional insurance service solutions for all his clients. What a perfect fit at Cornerstone! A supportive team and room to stretch. Jim enjoys walking his dog, gaming with his grandchildren and living at his small lake house.
For Jim, Life truly is a Beach!
Email: Jim Schoonmaker
Joyce Fung – Personal Insurance Specialist
It’s personal for Joyce. She’s been in the business for 30 years, crafting insurance solutions that make sense. If something happened and you had to make a claim, Joyce would move heaven and earth to make things right. Helping people, and keeping them safe and happy – that’s the best part of her job.
Email: Joyce Fung
Laura Langille – Personal Insurance Specialist
(Currently on Maternity Leave)
Laura has been in the industry since 2008. She moved from Nova Scotia to broaden her life experiences and has enjoyed every minute. She started as a receptionist and progressed through hard work to her current position. Now she couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Laura enjoys the level of responsibility of discussing and customizing the insurance needs of her clients. Outside of work she enjoys travelling and is Cornerstone’s ‘shoe’ aficionado.
Email: Laura Langille
Tanya McPeak – Personal Insurance Specialist
Things have worked out very differently from what Tanya had imagined when she finished university. Her original plan was to continue on to law school, but her life played out in a different way. Now, she’s a proud mother with a healthy obsession for rescuing (and keeping) animals. Born and raised in Edmonton, Tanya’s held many different positions in a variety of industries. The one thing that ties all of her experience together – she loves helping people. This is also why Tanya enjoys working for Cornerstone. She loves how grateful her clients are when she’s able to save them money. Great customer experience is something that drives her.
Email: Tanya McPeak
Shania Woudstra – Personal Insurance Specialist
Shania grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she started off her working career at the family printing business. In 2015 she moved to Alberta to start some new adventures. These adventures include travelling around, making new friends, getting married and starting off her career in the Insurance world. Shania has always loved helping others and is always looking forward to meeting new people.
When Shania isn’t at work you can find her sitting around a campfire with friends, binge-watching her favourite TV show or just relaxing at home with her family.
Email: Shania Woudstra
Gerardo Rosales – Personal Insurance Specialist
Gerardo has been in the insurance industry since 2011 in various roles such as claims adjusting, underwriting and currently as a broker. He enjoys all the rewarding challenges that come from day-to-day life as a broker and is always staying up to date with current changes in the insurance industry to better service his clients.
When he is not working his regular job at Cornerstone, you can bet he is writing in his spare time. He has published his first novel and hopes to complete the trilogy in years to come.
Email: Gerardo Rosales
Ann Sulaiman – Personal Insurance Specialist
With over 14 years of experience in the insurance industry, starting out as a Life Insurance agent and becoming a Personal Line Specialist in 2016, Ann is a big believer in insurance products. She values offering this service and catering to her client’s needs to protect them and their families.
Ann also has a passion for sewing and fashion design and used to own a Bridal store in Edmonton. Ann lives in Edmonton with her husband and 2 adult children. She enjoys going on trips with her husband, renting a car and exploring different cities.
Email: Ann Sulaiman
Terri Mierke – Personal Insurance Specialist
Terri first entered the insurance industry in 2008 in Personal lines after working as a helper in the Human Services field. She puts her helping skills to use daily assisting and supporting clients through life transitions with their insurance needs. Insurance has provided an opportunity for Terri to be a broker in both rural and urban Alberta representing several insurers. Her interests of late include researching ways to live more harmoniously with our environment and natural health and healing. She is excited to be a part of the Cornerstone family and looks forward to talking to you!
Email: Terri Mierke
Caroline de Boer – Broker Support
Caroline is appreciated by everyone. She takes care of our clients the whole day through, and making everyone’s day a little happier is clearly a driving force. She started off in insurance in 1978 but was interrupted by marriage, kids, and grandkids, who are still the most important part of her life. She has now come full circle, and according to her: “It has been quite a ride. But getting there was half the fun.”
Email: Caroline de Boer
Bridget Millen – Broker Underwriter
Bridget’s a keeper. She’s been with Cornerstone from almost the very beginning, and we’ve been exceptionally lucky to have her. She started out as a service rep – helping clients, attending to their needs – and, right off the bat, she was a complete professional. People enjoyed dealing with her so much she actually developed a following.
Fast-forward two decades or so. Bridget has a unique position: in-house underwriter for the Peace Hills policies. It’s a mountain of paper, and it’s her job to make sure that every form is correct, in every respect.
Email: Bridget Millen
Wendy Kushnir – Audit & Underwriter Support
With 17 years of experience, Wendy can’t seem to get enough of insurance. Having briefly left the industry to try her hand in electrical work, she found that she couldn’t stay away for too long, making her return to insurance in 2017 when she joined the Cornerstone team.
Wendy loves spending time with her three adult children and has a passion for cars and the gym!
Email: Wendy Kushnir
Deborah Christensen – Receptionist
Deborah is very much a “people person” and truly believes that the first contact people have with Cornerstone Insurance should always be a positive one. Her years of teaching and positions involved with being that initial contact with customers have developed those skills.
Deborah loves to meet and assist people when she is not busy with her family activities. She enjoys sharing her love of Zumba, encouraging and assisting people of all ages and fitness levels to have fun while developing a healthier lifestyle.
Email: Deborah Christensen
David Corus – Controller
Following in his father’s footsteps, David decided to join the family business in 2014. He’s been involved in insurance for over 5 years now and enjoys learning something new about the business each day. Always a team player, David can be found playing Slo-Pitch or Ball Hockey in his free time.
He has a degree in Psychology and has also received his Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation from the University of Alberta.
Email: David Corus
Gilles Wilvers – Certified Financial Planner ® – Abacus Wealth Management
Gilles spent a rewarding 25 year career helping people build their dream homes as the Manager of a top Home Improvement Retailer and then renewed his passion for helping people in his new career as a Financial Advisor. Now he gets to help clients build their financial future every day.
With a world of education and training since 2009, as well as a wealth of personal insurance and financial products and strategies to help clients with all their financial goals and dreams, Gilles would be happy to meet with you to help you build and protect your financial future
Email: Gilles Wilvers
Kevin Corus – Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator
Cornerstone is in his blood so to speak; Kevin is the youngest son of owner Owen Corus. His career at Cornerstone began when he was just ten years old, working weekends to help clean the office and shred papers, now he handles the graphic design and marketing needs of the brokerage.
Kevin has a degree in Kinesiology and a diploma in Visual Communication. In his free time, you can find him playing basketball or drawing in his sketchbook.
Email: Kevin Corus