Guiding Principles


Colonnade cooperation


  • Our companies are decentralized and run by the presidents except for performance evaluation, succession planning, acquisitions, financing and investments, which are done by or with Fairfax. Investing will always be conducted based on a long term value oriented philosophy. Cooperation among companies is encouraged to the benefit of Fairfax in total.
  • Complete and open communication between Fairfax and subsidiaries is an essential requirement at Fairfax.
  • Share ownership and large incentives are encouraged across the Group.
  • Fairfax will always be a very small holding company and not an operating company.


  • Honesty and integrity are essential in all our relationships and will never be compromised.
  • We are results oriented – not political.
  • We are team players – no “egos”. A confrontational style is not appropriate. We value loyalty – to Fairfax and our colleagues.
  • We are hard working but not at the expense of our families.
  • We always look at opportunities but emphasize downside protection and look for ways to minimize loss of capital.
  • We are entrepreneurial. We encourage calculated risk taking. It is all right to fail but we should learn from our mistakes.
  • We will never bet the company on any project or acquisition.
  • We believe in having fun – at work!

Corporate Governance

Corporate Structure

Board of directors

Ronald Schokking - Chairman, Executive Director
Jean Cloutier - Board Member, Executive Director
Frederick Gabriel - Board Member, Non-Executive Director
Leo de Waal - Board Member, Non-Executive Director
Marnix Wielenga - Board Member, Non-Executive Director
Bijan Khosrowshahi - Board Member, Executive Director

Executive management

Peter Csakvari - General Manager
John Ockenden - Chief Actuary and Chief Risk Officer
Andras Sellyei - Chief Financial Officer
Babette Chambre - Compliance Manager
Julien Immelé - Internal Auditor