Executive Advisor Announcement: Steve Mannik

In this series, we’ll be highlighting top leaders and thinkers in the industry that are part of Optimity’s advisory board. Read on to learn more about their perspective on our industry and the expertise and knowledge that they’ll be bringing to Optimity.


Steve Mannik

Optimity would like to highlight our advisory board member Steve Mannik who has been with our team since 2017. Having spent more than 30 years in the insurance industry his knowledge and expertise have been instrumental in helping guide the leadership team when it comes to all things insurance-related.

Steve is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. Prior to his retirement in 2016, he served as President and CEO of General Re Life Corporation, an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway, where he headed the group’s Decision Analytics (Big Data / Predictive Modelling) initiative.

Q. Where do you see the industry going?

Two of the biggest trends in the insurance industry are the growth of InsurTech solutions and the focus on customer experience. Optimity is at the intersection of both of these trends.

Q. Why are you working with Optimity?

I believe in Optimity’s mission and I love the passion and energy of the team.

Q. Examples of other success stories you have worked with?

I have been working with Ladder Life since 2016 as a Strategic Advisor and Board Member. Ladder issued its first policy in 2017 and since then has successfully developed into one of the leading direct-to-consumer providers of term life insurance.

Q. What do you expect will be the most exciting thing to happen over the next quarter / year?

By necessity, COVID has accelerated the trend of the insurance industry towards digital solutions. It has also highlighted the real need for consumers to be able to access tools to help with their physical, mental and financial wellness.

Q. What expertise are you bringing to Optimity?

I bring insurance industry expertise to Optimity and many contacts into insurers, reinsurers and other value chain companies.

Q. Favourite thing about working with Optimity and the ecosystem?

I love the flexibility of the Optimity solution and all of the possible ways that we can deploy it to benefit our users and business partners.

At Optimity, Steve is working with our executive team on all things insurance. If you are interested in partnerships and collaborations with Optimity, feel free to reach out to him at smannik@myoptimity.com or our solutions team at engage@myoptimity.com.

For additional information, visit www.myoptimity.com.

About Optimity

Optimity is a mission-driven technology company that uses evidence-based behavioural science and gamification to improve population health. The company’s health and wellness solutions for enterprise and consumer markets are developed by leading health experts and backed by more than 30 years of behavioural science research.

Optimity Enterprise, the company’s B2B solution, engages large populations in staying healthy and live longer. It is used by employers and insurance companies in Canada, the U.S. and Japan to drive better health outcomes and longevity for employees and policyholders. The Optimity consumer app (formerly Carrot Rewards) rewards users for walking and completing short educational quizzes focused on the body, mind, and finances. Optimity partners with popular consumer loyalty brands, enabling points (gems) earned in its enterprise and consumer apps to be redeemed towards grocery, travel, and lifestyle rewards. With a reach of over one million Canadians, Optimity is the most popular and trusted health rewards program in the country.

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