Michael P. Canning is an experienced insurance defence litigation partner at Beard Winter LLP. His expertise ranges from bodily injury, products liability, and construction deficiency, to property and fire losses, and professional liability. Over the past 25 years, Michael has focused his practice almost exclusively in the areas of life and health claims with an emphasis on long-term and short-term disability policies, as well as critical illness, life, health and travel insurance. This includes all types of individual, group, and administrative services only (ASO) claims for an ever-widening spectrum of insurers. He currently heads up the Life and Health team at the firm, which also continues to provide defence litigation services to an increasing roster of institutional clients. Michael has also embarked, in the last several years, utilizing his litigation and settlement experience in the area of mediation. He acts in the capacity of mediator for dispute resolution in all of the areas of practice that are outlined above, with increasing emphasis on the resolution of life and health claims. Michael has presented at Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) conferences. He has also been a member of the Halton Regional Health Center Research Ethics Board since 2021.