Melissa Banfield – Manager of Policy, Insurance Bureau of Canada

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Melissa has an extensive background in public policy and law, with a career that has spanned both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining IBC, she held several senior policy advisory positions with Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and Ministry of Labour.

As IBC’s Manager of Policy, Melissa advocates with federal and provincial governments, on behalf of IBC members, for sound public policies related to emerging issues that affect property and casualty insurers.


Her focus is on innovation policy, automated vehicles, regulatory modernization and cyber security. She also manages research projects and supports the organization’s regional government relations teams.

Melissa has a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Toronto. She has also earned her bachelor of laws from the University of Windsor and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2005.

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