About Us

It is the strength of the BCA team that sets us apart.

Barnescraig is in the claims and risk management business. We are committed to providing superior quality services to our clients worldwide. We achieve our mission by creating a corporate culture that attracts and supports the best people. We believe our clients’ success is our success.

 

Barnescraig is a dynamic, full-service adjusting firm. We are recognized as a market leader in handling liability/casualty claims and in risk and claims management.

 

Founded in 1992 and located in Vancouver, British Columbia, our team of experienced adjusters has grown to serve both local and international clients.

 

We are an energetic firm, passionate about our work and about meeting the needs of our clients.

Our Services

We're client focused!

Our Team

Here at Barnescraig & Associates, we're proud to employ some of the best and brightest claims adjusters this industry has to offer...

What Our Clients Say

We're passionate about meeting the needs of our clients.

 

13
Licensed Adjusters

More Than

15,000
Claims Handled Successfully

 

250
Years Combined Experience

 

25
Years in Business


Richard B. Darke
B.Comm CIP
CEO & Managing Director

Ric is the Managing Director and Chief Executive of our firm and one of four partners. He joined Barnescraig in 1995 after spending ten years as a claims analyst, branch manager and Assistant Vice-President in a nationally based claims firm, running operations in Vancouver and Toronto. Ric is an experienced claims professional who focuses his attention on complex claims issues including professional liability, construction liability and property claims, claims consulting, third party administration and litigation management. In 1996, Ric obtained his Associateship with the Insurance Institute of Canada, graduating as the Bronze medalist. He is a Chartered Insurance Professional.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3557


Tricia C. M. Smith
CM OBC BA LLB LLD (Hon)
Partner & Deputy Managing Director

Tricia is one of the five partners of Barnescraig and our Deputy Managing Director. She joined our firm in 1992 after practicing law for seven years. Tricia leads our personal injury practice and provides adjusting and consulting services on a broad range of liability claims, including head injury and catastrophic claims. She has completed detailed risk management studies for sport and recreation exposures. Tricia is a qualified Sport Arbitrator and a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport which oversees the International Court of Arbitration. A medallist at the Olympics, she remains active in the Olympic movement and the governance of international sport. She was recently elected to the International Olympic Committee.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3550


Karl H. Herrmann
Partner

Karl is a seasoned claims analyst and adjuster with over 30 years’ experience. Karl has focused his expertise on professional liability and construction claims. Karl, a skilled and respected negotiator, is extremely effective in resolving conflicts, advancing our clients' cases, and in bringing files to conclusion in an economic and expedient manner.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3551


Victor M. Machado
FCIP CRM
Partner

Victor has been an associate with Barnescraig since 2007 and in 2016 became a partner. Before joining the firm, Victor was a Senior Liability Examiner with ING Insurance Company of Canada, specializing in niche claims. Prior to that Victor was a Liability Examiner with Allianz Insurance and a Claims Analyst with TD Insurance. Victor has earned his Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations. Currently Victor handles a wide array of casualty claims while specializing in commercial host liquor liability.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3559


Nancy L. Bergh
LLB
Partner

Nancy has been an adjuster with Barnescraig since 2000. Before joining our firm, Nancy practiced law for several years, focusing on insurance and general litigation. Her portfolio includes a broad range of complex liability claims, including professional liability, CGL and products liability. Nancy was a key member of our adjusting team for the 2010 Games. She is currently managing a number of large cases including class action proceedings. Nancy also has extensive expertise in policy interpretation and coverage matters.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3554


Beverly L. Wilbee
CIP
Retired Partner

Bev is a founding partner of Barnescraig and has been with the firm since it was established in 1991. Bev brings energy and compassion to her work. A Chartered Insurance Professional, she has handled hundreds of liability claims in her adjusting career including professional and municipal liability, personal injury and motor vehicle claims. In 1997 Bev was the Silver medalist in the Insurance Institute of Canada's Associateship program. She was also awarded the Canadian Independent Adjusters' Association Prize for Top Graduate - Independent Adjuster.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3553


Jennifer A. McGowan
BA (Hon) CIP CRM
Associate

Jennifer began her insurance career at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group in 2001 and moved into independent adjusting in January of 2005. Before her start at Barnescraig in 2008, she handled a balanced mix of property and general liability claims, but quickly discovered her passion for the liability side of the profession. In addition to earning a double honours degree from York University, Jennifer is a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and a Canadian Risk Manager (CRM).

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (778) 242-5612


Laura L. Yovanovich
Associate

Laura joined Barnescraig in April 2012 after working with SCM Claims Pro as a property adjuster and most recently with a property restoration company. We are looking forward to Laura's leadership in the property side of our business as well as working with her in our liability practice.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3556


Tyler T. Chan
CIP CRM
Associate

Tyler came to Barnescraig & Associates with a background in automobile and property adjusting. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia majoring in Accounting and is currently working towards obtaining the Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional designation. Tyler manages a diverse portfolio including automobile liability, commercial general liability, course of construction, and professional liability claims. Tyler was born and raised in Vancouver and appreciates the value of preserving his culture. He is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3380


Valerie E. Weston
CIP
Associate

Valerie joined Barnescraig in 2015 after 15 years as a multi-line field adjuster and examiner, followed by 7 years in claims management with Family Insurance Solutions Inc. A Chartered Insurance Professional, Valerie brings a pragmatic and professional approach to problem solving resulting in successful claims solutions. Valerie’s experience and portfolio includes a broad range of liability claims including casualty and property, professional liability, construction liability and TPA work for syndicates of Lloyds of London.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3555


Elaine J. Barr
BA LLB
Associate

Elaine Barr joined Barnescraig in January 2016.   Elaine started her career in insurance managing an ICBC litigation portfolio in 1991 after moving from Alberta where she practiced law.   In 2001 she joined Aviva Insurance where she spent 14 years diversifying her insurance knowledge handling a portfolio of casualty claims including professional liability, director’s and officers’ liability. She also developed an expertise in coverage and policy interpretation.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3383


Ryan O'Keeffe
Associate

Ryan joined Barnescraig & Associates in 2016 after completing BCIT’s General Insurance and Risk Management program. He is both a Canadian Risk Management (CRM) and a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) candidate. Ryan has also refereed in B.C.’s Junior “A” Hockey League for the past four years and has been selected to officiate in various International Championships.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3552


Jason Harrison
FCIP CRM
Associate

Jason Harrison joined Barnescraig in April 2016, having spent nine years working for a leading insurer dealing with personal lines automobile, property and casualty claims. Jason brings a further ten years of previous claims experience, gained in the UK outbound travel industry where he handled bodily injury claims and consumer contract dispute litigation for a multi-national tour operator’s package travel, travel agency and airline operations. Jason recently achieved the Fellowship Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) designation with Honors.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3386


Denise D. Joskowitz
Manager of Administration

Denise is the Manager of our Administration Department. She has been with Barnescraig since 1997. Through her hard work and dedication in all aspects of our administration and IT, Denise has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge which makes her an indispensable member of our management team.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3382


Sinéad McGovern
London Administration

As the London Desk Coordinator, Sinéad McGovern is the firm’s liaison with intermediaries, London brokers and cover holders. She is responsible for funds management, compliance, and reporting. Sinéad obtained her Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Finance from the Institute of Technology, Tallaght. Sinéad is looking forward to building upon her previous experience and advancing in her career.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3558


Wanda Simek
BCL LLB
Associate

Wanda Simek joined the Barnescraig team in 2017 after practicing as a litigation lawyer in Vancouver for thirteen years, both in private practice and in-house.  While practicing law, Wanda specialized in professional liability defence and construction claims, as well as contractual claims and shareholders’ disputes.  Wanda developed effective advocacy and negotiation skills in court and in mediations. Wanda is looking forward to applying her legal expertise to a varied adjusting portfolio.  She is fluent in French.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3383


Kerry Ferreira
London Administration

As the London Desk Coordinator, Kerry is the firm’s liaison with intermediaries, London brokers and cover holders. She is responsible for funds management, compliance, and reporting. Kerry is looking forward to building upon her previous experience and advancing in her career.

Email: [email protected]


Jack Ng
B.Comm.
Associate

Jack Ng joined Barnescraig in June 2017 with an analytical background in the banking and insurance industry. He discovered his passion in adjusting and leaped to a career change. Jack holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, majoring in Finance. He is currently working towards attaining the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation. Jack is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3387


Desiree A. Varhanik
FCIP CRM
Associate

Desiree Varhanik has been an associate with Barnescraig since late 2017. Before joining the firm, Desiree was an independent adjuster at Payne Travis & Associates for 11 years, working with property and liability claims. She has 17 years industry experience. Desiree has earned her Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) with Honors and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations. She also has completed a Human Resource Management Certificate from BCIT. Currently, Desiree handles a wide array of casualty claims, with a specialty in property damage liability and bodily injury.

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3381


Lisa J. Balcaen
BBA
Associate

Lisa Balcaen joined Barnescraig in late 2017. Before joining the firm, Lisa was a multi-lines adjuster with a geographical focus on the Sea-to-Sky corridor. She attained her Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) in 2009 from Capilano University. Lisa has 6 years of industry experience and is currently working towards attaining the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation. 

Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 1 (604) 806-3384