WALKAWAY is at the forefront of consumer debt protection. In 1999, we introduced the first ever vehicle return insurance designed to protect consumers from the unexpected. We provide buyers with peace of mind when leasing or financing a new or pre-owned car.
It is our mission to make a real difference with our people, partnerships and products.
Our vision is to be the best provider of the highest quality products and services, period.
Founder and Executive Chairman
After talking with a long-time friend and car dealer, Vince heard stories about customers who needed to get out of their leases. The dealer had helped by buying back their vehicles. Vince thought there should be protection for consumers in case an unplanned incident affects their finances – protection that would pass the “mom test”. From that simple idea, Vince helped co-found WALKAWAY Canada Incorporated in 1999, and has helped build a global enterprise that now protects billions of dollars in automotive debt.
President and CEO
Robert joined WALKAWAY Canada in 2001 as VP Sales & Marketing and General Manager with responsibility for sales, marketing, and business development. In 2005, he was appointed President of WALKAWAY’s Canadian operations and currently oversees all national operations, program development, and corporate relations. Robert has become an industry expert by continuing to monitor economic circumstances and delivering flexible products that are best suited to manage customer needs.
Vice-President Operations & Product Development
In 2011 David Stewart joined WALKAWAY Canada as Vice-President of Operations and Product Development bringing with him over thirty years of combined experience in sales management in the finance and insurance industries. At SAL Group, David led the development of the very first underwriting profit sharing program in Canada for car dealerships, and helped develop the first fully vertically integrated Vehicle Service Contract program for the automotive, RV, and power sports sectors.
Vice-President Information Technology
In 2011 David Launen joined WALKAWAY Canada as Vice-President of Information Technology after having spent over a decade as an independent Systems Architect and Application Developer in the financial services sector. David’s expertise lies in working closely with businesses to help define, refine, and establish new processes and systems using open source technologies. He has worked for major financial clients in designing, developing, and deploying, enterprise-class web applications for insurance and other types of financial transactions.
Vice-President Marketing & Business Development
Neal O’Donoghue joined WALKAWAY Canada in 2013 having spent the last eight years at AutoTrader.ca, where he led the transformation of the weekly magazine sales organization to a digital leader in the Automotive space in Canada. Neal brings over 30 years of digital media, automotive, and sales experience to the WALKAWAY team, and even helped one of the first traditional newspapers in Canada generate a million dollars in online revenue.
Vice President Human Resources
Judy joined Walkaway Canada in 2014 with over 25 years of Human Resources experience in multiple industries including pharmaceutical, energy, consumer packaged goods and fleet management. With expertise in organizational transformation, Judy led Biovail Corporation’s global HR team through a shift in the company’s strategic direction and the merger with Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. Judy is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with the Human Resources Professionals Association and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) with the Coaches Training Institute.
Dave Sproule joined the Insurance Insight team in 2012 as an Account Manager bringing with him a wealth of experience in traditional commercial insurance products. Shortly after joining the team Dave moved into the role of Senior Account Manager where his efforts achieved significant organic growth within Insurance Insight’s white-labelled program business. In 2014 he was appointed to the position of Principal Broker. Dave is responsible for both internal and external regulatory compliance, OEM and lender programs and insurer relations.
Shareholder and Board Member
Long before “social networking” became a buzzword, Bruce made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding the beginnings of Lavalife in 1988. Under his direction, it grew into the marquee brand in online dating with over 2,000,000 users (and countless successful marriages!). After its spectacular rise and with the support of his partners, he led the sales of the company to a stunning $176 million dollars. Bruce is now taking his expertise to a new level with Round13, a company dedicated to incubating and investing in digital start-ups.
Co-Founder and Board Member
Michael Croxon’s entire career has been in the retail automotive business, having worked in various capacities on the sales side of the business before buying out the family-owned operation, North York Chevrolet Oldsmobile. Michael then expanded and purchased other stores, growing the group to seven dealerships. His compassionate gesture of paying out a loan for a customer who needed to return her vehicle, sparked the idea for WALKAWAY protection. He sits on WALKAWAY’s board, representing the dealers’ perspective and the unique realities of the showroom environment.
Wes Neichenbauer is a finance executive with deep experience in the real estate and automotive sectors. Along with overseeing the transformation of the former Inn on the Park luxury hotel site into a multi-phase development project, Wes is also involved with managing Rowntree Enterprise’s many diverse investments, family office and philanthropic activities. Wes has been a WALKAWAY Board Member since its inception and brings strong direction and guidance with regard to Corporate Governance, Audit, Capital Structure, Cash Flow and Finance Analytics.
Andrew Jones practices intellectual property and commercial litigation. Using his extensive experience in the insurance industry in Canada and the United States, Andrew acts for insurers, brokerages and producers, managing general agents, and third party administrators. He regularly represents insurance brokerages and producers in a broad range of disputes. He assists insurance clients in planning and negotiating insurance marketing and distribution program agreements and advises on regulatory matters in the design, sale and marketing of insurance products and services.
Michael is retired from corporate life & now leverages his experiences through board of director/advisory board appointments & selectively providing strategic advise to companies in the U.S and Canada. Prior to retirement, Michael was Senior Vice President at Cox Automotive/Dealertrack Technologies where he had North America wide executive leadership responsibilities. Michael is also a co-founder of Curomax Corporation; Canada’s first Internet based multi-lender auto loan origination platform. Prior to his outstanding automotive software career, Michael was a successful executive in the asset-based lending industry including nearly 20 years as a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association.