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Claims Counsel/Examiner - Health Organizations Protective Association

Established in 1992, Health Organizations Protective Association (HOPA) is a leading insurance reciprocal dedicated to supporting the insurance and risk management needs of healthcare entities across Nova Scotia. Fueled by the mantra “the reciprocal advantage” HOPA provides an insurance program that goes beyond insurance placement by maintaining a vibrant relationship with its members to deliver comprehensive claims and risk management services tailored to the unique needs of its Subscribers. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, HOPA offers property and a broad range of liability insurance services to crucial members of Nova Scotia’s healthcare system including Nova Scotia Health, Emergency Health Services, Health Association Nova Scotia and the St. Anne Community and Nursing Care Centre.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Claims Counsel/Examiner plays a crucial role in managing the defence of claims against HOPA’s subscribing healthcare organizations. The Claims Counsel/Examiner will conduct a thorough analysis of claims, assess claim merit, review precedent conditions for resolution, ensure proper documentation and communicate effectively with Subscriber organizations. The Claims Counsel/Examiner will collaborate closely with external counsel and experts when necessary to mitigate exposure and achieve successful outcomes. In addition to claim management, the Claims Counsel/Examiner will assist in collecting and analyzing claims data to deliver targeted risk management initiatives to member organizations.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a minimum of 4 years of legal practice focusing on insurance defence, and/or medical malpractice, professional liability or healthcare law, or minimum of 4 year claims examination experience in property & casualty and/or professional liability. Demonstrating a strong ability to analyze complex situations and develop strategies for interest-based resolution, they will also possess a natural curiosity, staying up to date with industry trends and developments. Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication abilities are essential for collaborating with internal and external stakeholders. Strong organizational skills are necessary for prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines successfully. The preferred candidate will exhibit a proactive approach to their work, thrive in a team environment, demonstrate initiative, deliver compelling presentations, and leverage technology to enhance their work.

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Royer Thompson is committed to presenting a diverse and inclusive roster of candidates to our clients. We welcome and encourage applications from the following underrepresented groups: Indigenous persons, racially visible persons, persons with a disability, women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity. If you are a member of one of these underrepresented groups, we invite you to self-identify on your cover letter or resume.

HOPA will provide accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in the application, interview, or selection process, please contact Erica Pirnie at

Please submit your resume and interest online by clicking “Apply.” For further information about this opportunity, please contact Erica Armstrong in confidence at or 902-500-2982 or Erica Pirnie at

Royer Thompson Management & Human Resources Consulting is a Canadian talent management firm focused on capturing the full potential of people in organizations by supporting a shared sense of purpose, recruiting and cultivating leadership, and fostering an innovative, caring and entrepreneurial spirit.

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