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Rachel Kozak joins DKI Canada as Director, Western Region


October 21, 2021   by DKI Canada

TORONTO, ON, OCTOBER 21, 2021/insPRESS/ – DKI Canada‘s Business Development team is pleased to welcome Rachel Kozak as the new Director of Western Region. Based out of British Columbia’s lower mainland, Rachel joins DKI beginning on Thursday, October 21. 

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Rachel comes to DKI, with eight years of experience in the insurance industry. She has worked both as an adjuster, and claims representative, and was most recently Branch Manager for a national claims management company.

We are very excited to have Rachel join the Business Development Team as Director, Western Region,” says Adam Tzarik, Vice President of Business Development at DKI Canada. “Her years of insurance experience, and prior knowledge of DKI Canada and our Members, will make her a great asset to the team.”

As Director, Western Region, Rachel will deal with a variety of duties within the DKI Canada Network, from direct contact with Member locations and clients, to national operations initiatives and liaising with industry partners and stakeholders.

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About DKI
A leader in Canadian property restoration, DKI Canada provides services to insurance, commercial and residential clients from coast to coast. Whether it is emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mould remediation or complete reconstruction, our members are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI Canada actively contributes to creating a better future through environmental protection and social responsibility. Focused on leaving things better than we found them, we are committed to using environmentally sustainable cleaning products and mitigating risk in environmentally sustainable ways.

Media Inquiries:
Brooke Hunter
Director 
 Marketing & Communications, DKI Canada
416.708.5083

brooke.hunter@dki.ca

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2021 Awards of Excellence Winners Announced at IBAO Virtual Convention


October 21, 2021   by Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario

TORONTO, ON, OCTOBER 21, 2021/insPRESS/ The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) congratulates this year’s Awards of Excellence Winners who were announced at their second Virtual Convention. Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the broker channel.

“There’s a lot of talent to celebrate across Ontario’s broker channel,” said IBAO CEO Colin Simpson. “My sincere congratulations to all of our finalists and this year’s winners.” 

BROKERAGE OF THE YEAR—OVER $7.5M GROSS WRITTEN PREMIUM isure Insurance

isure claimed this year’s top prize for their long-term growth, mastery of digital marketing within the broker channel, progressive use of technology to streamline internal processes and a focus on building and maintaining internal culture despite working from home.

FUTURE LEADER — Sam Jazayeri, PrimeService Insurance

Sam was named Future Leader for his active role on IBAO’s Young Brokers Council, sharing his knowledge through webinars, presentations and podcasts, and driving growth at his brokerage by leading the recruitment process and contributing to its social media strategy.

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR ProNavigator

ProNavigator picked up Innovation of the Year for Sage—an AI-powered knowledge management platform. Sage enables insurance professionals to query a database of insurance information for answers to questions that would’ve previously required time-consuming searches.

COMMUNITY LEADER — Brent Stefan, McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers

Brent took home Community Leader for his considerable volunteer efforts during his more than 20 years as an insurance broker. A long-standing member of the Kinsmen Club of Delhi, Ontario, Brent has focused his efforts on giving back to his hometown.

DIVERSITY LEADER — Trevor McIntosh, Zensurance

Trevor has championed a number of DEI initiatives at his brokerage including creating a DEI Committee, introducing an inclusive paternity/maternity leave top up policy and setting up an entrance scholarship program through Humber College for a student from an equity-seeking group.

In addition to receiving awards, winners will be featured in The Ontario Broker magazine, receiving press and promotion throughout the coming year, and a donation will be made to a charity of their choice.

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The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) is a not–for–profit association representing over 14,000 insurance brokers across Ontario.

For more information visit:                                  For interview opportunities contact:
ibao.org                                                                     Norah Black
twitter.com/ibaontario                                          Director, Marketing & Communications
facebook.com/ibaontario                                      nblack@ibao.on.ca
linkedin.com/company/ibaontario                     416.488.7422 x128

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William Pay joins EFI Global as senior structural engineer in Atlantic Canada


October 19, 2021   by EFI Global

TORONTO, ON, OCTOBER 19, 2021/insPRESS/ – EFI Global, a leading full-service international consulting firm specializing in forensic engineering, environmental, fire investigation and specialty consulting services, welcomed William (Bill) Pay, P.Eng., to the role of senior structural engineer in Canada.

Pay brings to EFI Global 15 years of professional experience as a structural engineer. Over the course of his career, Pay has managed hundreds of projects in the areas of structural design and construction inspection for a variety of sectors, including insurance, residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure.

“We are excited to have Bill bring his strengths and expertise to our growing forensic team in the Atlantic Canada region,” said Kevin Burgher, vice president of EFI Global in Canada. “After our recent acquisition of Wentzell Engineering, Bill’s skillset was the only missing piece of the puzzle; now that he’s on board, EFI Global is able to provide full-service forensic engineering solutions across Atlantic Canada.” 

Pay holds three bachelor’s degrees — in physics, education and civil engineering, respectively — from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For further information, contact Bill.pay@efiglobal.com or 902-880-9712. EFI Global has five locations serving the Atlantic Canada region. For more on EFI Global in Canada, visit efiglobal.ca.

About EFI Global
EFI Global, a Sedgwick company, is a well-established brand with an excellent reputation in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, New Zealand, South Africa, U.K. and the U.S. as a market leader in environmental consulting, engineering failure analysis and origin-and-cause investigations. Each year, EFI Global completes more than 45,000 projects worldwide for a wide range of clients, such as commercial, industrial, institutional, insurance, government, risk managers, public and private entities. EFI Global is one of the world’s most respected emergency response firms, capable of providing practical solutions to the most complex problems. Our multidisciplinary team of first responders, project managers, engineers, geologists and scientists are selected for their technical proficiency and in-depth industry knowledge to aid clients in resolving technical problems. For more, see efiglobal.com.

About Sedgwick
Sedgwick is a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions. We provide a broad range of resources tailored to our clients’ specific needs in casualty, property, marine, benefits and other lines. At Sedgwick, caring counts; through the dedication and exper­tise of more than 27,000 colleagues across 65 countries, the company takes care of people and organizations by mitigating and reducing risks and losses, promoting health and productivity, protecting brand reputations, and containing costs that can impact the bottom line. Sedgwick’s majority shareholder is The Carlyle Group; Stone Point Capital LLC, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Onex and other management investors are minority shareholders. For more, see sedgwick.com.

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APOLLO welcomes Michael Ekkers as the new Marketing Director for its Wholesale Division


October 19, 2021   by APOLLO Insurance

VANCOUVER, BC, OCTOBER 19, 2021/insPRESS/ – APOLLO Insurance, Canada’s leading online insurance provider is pleased to announce that Michael Ekker has joined the APOLLO team as Director of Marketing for its wholesale division.

Ekkers brings over 15 years in the marketing industry across a variety of roles to APOLLO’s Marketing Department. Most recently, Michael served as a Marketing Manager at Informa Connect, the world’s largest events organizer and business intelligence provider. During his time at Informa Ekker was responsible for managing the marketing strategies for a series of Canadian business-to-business event brands for the building and logistics sectors.

 

“Michael is an incredibly strong addition to the APOLLO marketing team, his experience managing the world’s largest events organizer and business intelligence provider will add momentum to APOLLO’s Wholesale Marketing team as we continue to improve and grow our team,” said APOLLO Vice President of Marketing & PR David Dyck. “His expertise and knowledge across the marketing industry, from branding, products and services, strategy development, is an ideal fit for APOLLO.”
 

At APOLLO, Michael will work closely with the rest of the marketing team as they continue to execute its mission to become the “everything store” for online insurance products. He will provide his insights and expertise to accelerate APOLLO’s growth. 


This is a very exciting time to be joining APOLLO, as we are currently experiencing enormous growth as a company and an industry,” said Ekkers. “Being able to work on the Wholesale side is a tremendous opportunity as we’re helping insurance professionals optimize their work processes, which helps reduce cost, lower their carbon footprint, and give them more time to build meaningful relationships with their clients.”

For more information, please contact:

David Dyck, VP Marketing & PR
APOLLO Insurance
(778) 917-9667
david@apollocover.com

About APOLLO Insurance

APOLLO is Canada’s leading online insurance company. Our proprietary platform, the APOLLO Exchange, allows insurance agents and their customers to purchase their policy immediately, from anywhere, on any device, 24/7. Unlike traditional paper-based processes, APOLLO leverages extensive data and sophisticated algorithms to quote, collect payment, and issue policies for thousands of types of small businesses and individuals without human intervention. Through traditional agents and embedded finance partnerships, APOLLO is redefining the distribution of insurance. 

For more information, visit: https://apollocover.com/

Availability of the Apollo Exchange and the products described herein are subject to applicable eligibility requirements, including jurisdiction, and other terms and conditions. Descriptions of the Apollo Exchange and such products contained herein are qualified in their entirety by such requirements, terms, and conditions. All rights reserved.

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Shaun DeLorey joins DKI Canada as new Director of Operations


October 19, 2021   by DKI Canada

TORONTO, ON, OCTOBER 19, 2021/insPRESS/DKI Canada is pleased to welcome Shaun DeLorey to DKI Head Office as the new Director of Operations. Based out of Kitchener, ON, Shaun joins the Operations Team beginning on Tuesday, October 19.

Shaun comes to DKI Canada from DKI Member company, Golden Triangle DKI, and brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the restoration and insurance industries. An accomplished senior manager, Shaun will be responsible for direct leadership, prioritization, coaching and oversight of the shared services department in his role as Director of Operations.

“I am very excited to welcome Shaun to the DKI Head Office team,” says Natasha Pinto, Senior Vice-President, Operations. “His experience as a DKI Member will bring a fresh perspective to our operational strategy and his willingness to challenge the status quo will help DKI be the industry leader and partner of choice for our clients.”

Shaun will work closely with the DKI Membership on Network performance and role out of new initiatives to aid in better serving stakeholder groups.

 

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About DKI
A leader in Canadian property restoration, DKI Canada provides services to insurance, commercial and residential clients from coast to coast. Whether it is emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mould remediation or complete reconstruction, our members are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI Canada actively contributes to creating a better future through environmental protection and social responsibility. Focused on leaving things better than we found them, we are committed to using environmentally sustainable cleaning products and mitigating risk in environmentally sustainable ways.

 

Media Inquiries:
Brooke Hunter
Director
Marketing & Communications, DKI Canada
416.708.5083

brooke.hunter@dki.ca

 

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Save the Date for the 2022 National Insurance Conference of Canada


October 19, 2021   by National Insurance Conference of Canada

TORONTO, ON, OCTOBER 19, 2021/insPRESS/ – MSA Research is pleased to announce the annual National Insurance Conference of Canada (NICC) will be held September 18th to 20th, 2022 at the Halifax Convention Centre, and welcomes industry leaders to save this event in their calendar today!

As our country re-opens safely from the pandemic, the value of authentic human connections has never been more obvious. NICC has established a respected brand as Canada’s preeminent insurance industry forum designed for leaders to address key issues of the day and to network and socialize with Canadian and global contemporaries and industry stakeholders.

“Since 2007, NICC has provided a truly national insurance conference experience,” says Joel Baker, President and CEO, MSA Research, “With the help of our Senior Advisory Committee,” continues Baker, “NICC is the foremost industry gathering offering an outstanding and relevant agenda and exceptional networking opportunities year after year. We have missed seeing you and look forward to raising a glass with you in Halifax in 2022.”

“The agenda and format of NICC is shaped every year by industry leaders for industry leaders,” says Don Forgeron, President and CEO of Insurance Bureau of Canada and long-time Advisory Committee member, “which means the agenda is rich with content, covering the issues that matter most and continually engaging delegates in meaningful ways” continued Forgeron.

NICC remains steadfast in its focus, catering to senior executives of insurers, brokers, reinsurers, industry associations, risk managers, policymakers, and industry partners. The National Insurance Conference of Canada runs from September 18-20, 2022, at The Halifax Convention Centre.

2022 NICC Advisory Committee Members

Joel Baker
President & CEO, MSA Research

Peter
Braid
CEO, Insurance Brokers Assoc. of Canada
Don Forgeron
President & CEO, IBC
 

Peter Hohman
President & CEO, Insurance Institute of Canada

Claus-Ulrich Kroll
President & CEO, Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada
Gale Lockbaum
President & COO, Arch Insurance Group
James Russell
President & CEO, TD Insurance
Jonathan Stephenson
Managing Director, Guy Carpenter
Andy Taylor
President & CEO, Gore Mutual Insurance
Kyle Winston
President, CRU Group
Matt Wolfe
President, Reinsurance Solutions, Aon Canada

About the National Insurance Conference of Canada

In its 15th year, the National Insurance Conference of Canada is the Canadian P&C industry’s pre- eminent conference and leadership forum. Designed for insurance and reinsurance company executives, brokers, regulators, risk managers and industry partners, this executive-level conference addresses many of the diverse and complex issues facing leaders in the Canadian P&C insurance industry.

Registration and complete agenda details (when available) can be found at www.niccanada.com .

For more information, contact:
Laura Viau, VP, Administration & Events

laura.viau@msaresearch.com
(416) 368-9001

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IBAO Announces 2021 Awards of Excellence Finalists


October 15, 2021   by Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario

TORONTO, ON, OCTOBER 15, 2021/insPRESS/ The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) is proud to release the names of the finalists for their Awards of Excellence, an annual celebration of high achievement within the broker channel.

“It’s great to be able to give out a full slate of awards after running a modified program last year,” said Norah Black, VP, Marketing & Communications. “We have so many incredible members—this gives us the opportunity to lift up some of the best and brightest.”

“With what a challenging couple of years it’s been, it’s never been more important to take a moment to recognize some of the exceptional talent in the broker channel,” said IBAO CEO Colin Simpson.

BROKERAGE OF THE YEAR—OVER $7.5M GROSS WRITTEN PREMIUM

  • isure insurance
  • McCam Insurance Brokers
  • PIB Insurance Brokers

FUTURE LEADER

  • Mark Orlecki—Petley Hare
  • Sam Jazayeri—PrimeService Insurance
  • Samantha Roelofsen—PIB Insurance Brokers

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

  • FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada
  • ProNavigator
  • SNAP Premium Finance

COMMUNITY LEADER

  • Anton Antonov & Michael Lewis—Marsh Canada
  • Brent Fletcher—Preferred Insurance Group
  • Brent Stefan—McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers

DIVERSITY LEADER

  • Irene Gomes—Zensurance
  • Marlene Morrison Nicholls—Stewart Morrison Insurance
  • Melissa Forward—BrokerLink Insurance
  • Trevor McIntosh—Zensurance

Awards of Excellence winners will be announced at the IBAO Virtual Convention on October 20th —  register here.

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The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) is a not–for–profit association representing over 14,000 insurance brokers across Ontario.

For more information visit:

ibao.org
twitter.com/ibaontario
facebook.com/ibaontario

linkedin.com/company/ibaontario

For interview opportunities contact:
Norah Black
VP, Marketing & Communications
nblack@ibao.on.ca
416.488.7422 x 128

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APOLLO Insurance Partners With Finaeo Inc. to Empower Brokers and Consumers With Digital Products


October 14, 2021   by APOLLO Insurance

VANCOUVER, BC, OCTOBER 14, 2021/insPRESS/ – APOLLO Insurance, Canada’s leading online insurance provider, has partnered with Finaeo Inc., Canada’s largest broker-focused life insurance marketplace, to offer insurance brokers and their clients across Canada access to their mutual suites of products. 

Insurance brokers partnered with either APOLLO or Finaeo are now able to access both APOLLO’s suite of hundreds of small business and personal lines insurance products, as well as Finaeo’s suite of digital life and health insurance products, enabling them to spend less time on paperwork and more time building relationships. 

Canadian insurance brokers are able to access all of the products on the APOLLO broker portal by registering for free. Brokerages partnered with APOLLO are also able to white label this and other products to sell directly from their brokerage website in an eCommerce environment. 

APOLLO and Finaeo share a common goal of making it easier for people to transact insurance,” said APOLLO CEO Jeff McCann. “We are very excited for what this partnership can do to move that goal forward.”

“We are proud to join forces with APOLLO and provide insurance brokers with the game-changing and innovative technology solutions. Together we will help brokers to digitize their practice, understand and manage clients’ needs and then easily move into the buying process,” – says Aly Dhalla, CEO/Co-Founder at Finaeo.

APOLLO’s proprietary technology platform, the APOLLO Exchange, transacts insurance business in real-time and leverages extensive data and sophisticated algorithms to quote, collect a payment, create and deliver policies. Thousands of types of small businesses and individuals are able to buy online without human intervention. 

Finaeo is on a mission to build the digital fabric, to connect and power life and health insurance, globally. Finaeo’s digital marketplace empowers independent life/health insurance brokers to increase efficiency and take clients from prospect-to-policy.

For more information, please contact:

David Dyck, VP Marketing & PR, APOLLO
(778) 917-9667
david@apollocover.com

Galyna Sereda, Growth Marketing Lead, Finaeo
(437) 983-34-22
galyna.sereda@finaeo.com

About APOLLO Insurance

APOLLO Insurance (“Apollo Insurance Solutions Ltd.”) is Canada’s leading online insurance provider. Our proprietary platform, the APOLLO Exchange, allows insurance agents and their customers to purchase their policy immediately, from anywhere, on any device, 24/7. 

Unlike traditional paper-based processes, APOLLO leverages extensive data and sophisticated algorithms to quote, collect payment, and issue policies for thousands of types of small businesses and individuals without human intervention. 

Through traditional agents and embedded finance partnerships, APOLLO is redefining the distribution of insurance.

For more information, visit: http://apollocover.com/

About Finaeo

Finaeo is an insurance technology company that connects independent life and health insurance brokers with prospects and policyholders through a digital ecosystem. From its roots in Canada, the company now serves customers in the United States. Finaeo’s mission is to globally build the digital fabric to connect and power life and health insurance. With Finaeo Marketplace’s integration of more products and services, brokers will reduce redundant work, and consumers will benefit from a more personable experience.

Finaeo’s tools provide brokers with the ability to:

  • Run products comparison and generate quotes in a matter of minutes, and start the checkout process.
  • Digitally onboard customers through customizable fact-find questionnaires.
  • Invite clients to the self-on board through a broker-branded white-labeled client portal.
  • Generate more leads with the broker landing pages and contact capturing forms.
  • Easily manage contacts, store documents and create notes. 
  • Create teams and seamlessly share contacts with other insurance brokers in your firm.

Availability of the APOLLO Exchange and the products described herein are subject to applicable eligibility requirements, including jurisdiction, and other terms and conditions. Descriptions of the APOLLO Exchange and such products contained herein are qualified in their entirety by such requirements, terms, and conditions. All rights reserved.

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Optiom obtains CSIO Certification for Personal Lines eDocs


October 13, 2021   by CSIO (Centre for Study of Insurance Operations)

(Toronto – October, 13, 2021) – CSIO is pleased to announce that Optiom Inc. has obtained CSIO Certification for Personal Lines eDocs.

CSIO eDocs enables digital policy documents to be sent between insurers and their brokers’ BMS platforms. By becoming CSIO Certified, Optiom demonstrates its continued commitment to helping broker partners create and implement more efficient processes, ultimately benefiting the end customer.

“Our employees and broker partners are all excited that our Personal Lines eDocs solution is live,” according to an Optiom Inc. representative. Another Optiom teammate noted that, “This step forward in our journey reinforces our commitment to our People First philosophy. We look forward to all the ways Personal Lines eDocs will benefit our broker partners, and by extension, our mutual clients. This is an important step for Optiom as it is evidence of our willingness to listen to our partners and implement change that benefits them as well as the consumer.” The company is clearly excited about, “the substantial resources it is allocating to various integration points with its broker partners” and, how “pleased they are to obtain this latest certification with CSIO eDocs.”

Optiom, a specialty Canadian automotive excess property insurance provider focusing on vehicle replacement coverage, joins many other CSIO-Certified insurers across the country who have cumulatively sent more than 45 million eDocs annually since the certification program launched in 2015.

“We’ve seen first-hand how achieving an eDocs Certification has helped our partners increase efficiency, lower costs, and even reduce their ecological footprint,” says Catherine Smola, President and CEO of CSIO. “I congratulate Optiom Inc. on further strengthening their operations with a CSIO Certified eDocs solution.”

In addition to Personal Lines, CSIO also offers eDocs for Billing and Claims. Find out the potential time and cost savings of these solutions to your brokerage in just a few minutes with our Billing and Claims eDocs Savings Calculator.

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About Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO)

CSIO is Canada’s industry association of property and casualty insurers, service providers and over 38,000 brokers. CSIO is committed to improving the consumer’s ease of doing business within the broker channel by overseeing the development, implementation and maintenance of technology standards and solutions such as My Proof of Insurance, eDocs, and eSignatures. In addition, CSIO operates the industry-owned mail network service, CSIOnet. CSIO maintains offices in Toronto and Montreal. For more information, visit csio.com.

For further information, please contact:

Sarina Visram, MBA, CIP | Director, Member Relations & Communications
110 Yonge Street, Suite 500 | Toronto, ON M5C 1T4
(416) 360-1773 x 2300 | 1 (800) 463-2746 x 2300
svisram@csio.com | www.csio.com

About Optiom Inc.

For 20+ years, Optiom Inc has provided specialty, excess automotive property insurance (Vehicle Replacement Coverage) to Canadian drivers. We exist to: (i) educate and support our distribution partners and our mutual clients and, (ii) to provide those mutual clients with the most purchasing power possible when their primary carrier “writes off” their vehicle. Our Lloyd’s coverholder status allows us to deliver on our commitments with speed and simplicity. Originally launched in B.C., Optiom is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Our products are available through distribution partners in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Visit us at Optiom.com and/or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.  Interested in understanding how our products work? Watch these videos.

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Billyard Insurance Group’s national expansion begins with branch location in Edmonton, AB.


October 13, 2021   by Billyard Insurance Group

EDMONTON, AB, OCTOBER 13, 2021/insPRESS/ – Billyard Insurance Group (BIG) has established their first office in Edmonton, AB. Managed by husband-and-wife team Haseeb and Eilaf Rehman, the BIG Edmonton South branch is open and ready to serve the local residents with reliable and affordable insurance products, including auto & home, business insurance, pet insurance, travel insurance, and life insurance. “Through BIG, we have access to many insurance carriers, which gives us more flexible options for our clients,” Haseeb shared.

Between the two of them, Haseeb and Eilaf bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their new venture – not only in sales – but also in customer service, handling claims, administration, and marketing. As a Managing Partner, Haseeb’s philosophy of leadership is to nurture his team and share his own career experience through strong training and development.

The BIG Edmonton South team ultimately desires to build lasting relationships with their clients and the community, “Our focus in the community is building relationships so that people trust us not just professionally, but personally. We view clients as family and provide that personal touch to customer service.” Eilaf explained. The two have a love for the Edmonton area, which they’ve called home for a number of years now, “It’s a great city to raise a family and build a life-long, family business that will last until retirement,” she added.

Partnership with MPs

When BIG President Stephen Billyard and Vice President Cody Douma met with Haseeb and Eilaf to discuss the branch opportunity, Billyard remarked, “First of all, we loved the fact that Haseeb and Eilaf are a husband-and-wife team. With BIG having been originally founded as a husband-and-wife, family business, this carries significance for us to see the continuation of that in Alberta.”

Over the course of their correspondence with the Edmonton power couple, Stephen recognized, “these two were the ideal candidates because they share our vision to think BIG. They have the same growth mindset which firmly aligns with our values as a company.” As Stephen and Cody continued to discuss the new branch, their conversations further cemented that Haseeb and Eilaf were the right fit. “We could tell they had the true entrepreneurial spirit that we were looking for. It’s unique for a husband-and-wife team to have that desire to grow a business opportunity together. We found that both in company culture and personality, they carried the same passion for insurance,” Douma recounted.

As the Rehmans considered the future of their insurance careers, joining BIG was the logical next step, “For us, joining BIG means that we have access to many different markets, and their business model gives us the opportunity to expand. [The BIG team] were professional, organized, and transparent. We consider it a privilege to be a part of the national expansion.” Eilaf also chimed in, “We also recognized how quickly BIG was growing in Ontario and saw that same potential here. We definitely wanted to be at the forefront of BIG’s growth in Alberta.”

For Billyard Insurance Group, the forging into national territory is a significant step, having dedicated considerable resources to build technology and infrastructure to support and sustain growth on a national scale. Their company mission is to have a brick and mortar establishment in all key provinces across Canada. Stephen Billyard is pleased to see the first of this expansion take place in Alberta, “[It] is certainly a growing territory with a dense commercial and residential population. We are excited to be partnered with them and continue together to drive success in serving families and businesses in Edmonton, Alberta.”

Haseeb and Eilaf are overwhelmed with the support they’ve received thus far and look forward to serving the Edmonton community, “We are proud to be in Alberta and to protect the residents of Edmonton through trustworthy and affordable insurance coverage,” they commented.

About the Billyard Insurance Group

The Billyard Insurance Group is an independent and award-winning Canadian insurance brokerage. Their holistic approach to insurance ensures their clients receive the best coverage for home insurance, auto insurance, commercial insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, life insurance and financial planning services. In recent years, BIG has witnessed exponential growth with President Stephen Billyard and his team paving the way for growth and innovation. What started as a local, family-run brokerage in Welland, Ontario has now expanded to 48 branches in key cities of Ontario and Alberta. Their growth strategy is fueled by a vision to acquire top talent by providing industry-leading training, technology, and broker support.

Contact:

Charlotte Steinschifter
charlotte@thebig.ca
905-346-2190 ext. 826

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Accident Support Services Ltd., Officially Opens in Peel!


October 13, 2021   by Accident Support Services

TORONTO, ON, OCTOBER 13, 2021/insPRESS/ – Accident Support Services International Ltd. (ASSI) and Peel Regional Police Services are set to cut the ribbon for the implementation of three Collision Reporting Centres (CRCs) Wednesday, October 13th at 11am at Police Headquarters.

Accident Support Services International Ltd. has operated the Collision Reporting Centre Program since 1994. “Collision Reporting Centres are already being successfully utilized in several jurisdictions across the province. Transitioning to the use of these safe, efficient locations to report minor vehicle collisions will result in our roads being cleared of collisions much more quickly, will reduce call wait times, and provide our officers with an improved ability to focus on proactive strategies designed to improve community and road safety” says Chief Nishan Duraiappah.

The goal of ASSI is to facilitate an active partnership between the police and insurers in post- collision care by providing knowledgeable advice and assistance to collision victims with empathy, integrity and availability. “Collision Reporting Centres provide a no cost, convenient, safe place to report a collision to police. Allowing drivers to come in within 24 hours, photos of the vehicle damage are recorded and sent to the insurer if desired, which fast tracks the claims process for the consumer. Resulting in better customer service.” Says ASSI President Steve Sanderson.

The two CRCs in Mississauga will be located inside Peel Regional Police buildings, the first being Headquarters at 7150 Mississauga Rd open Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm, the second at 11 Division located at 3030 Erin Mills Pkwy open Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm. The Brampton CRC will be located at Shoppers World at 499 Main St S Unit 189A open Monday to Friday 8am

– 8pm and Weekends & Holidays 10am – 6pm.

Media Enquiries for Accident Support Services International Ltd.
Steve Sanderson, President

ssanderson@accsupport.com

1-877-895-9111

Kumar Siva, COO

coo@accsupport.com

1-877-895-9111

www.accsupport.com

 

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InsureLine Acquires Majority Ownership in Clear Cut Insurance


October 12, 2021   by InsureLine Brokers

PORT COQUITLAM, B.C., OCTOBER 12, 2021/insPRESS/ – Earlier this year Clear Cut Insurance joined InsureLine’s network as a franchise by becoming InsureLine Brokers (Clear Cut) (“Clear Cut”). InsureLine has now acquired a majority ownership in Clear Cut, which has offices in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.

In May, 2021 InsureLine expanded their British Columbia Head Office operation into Ontario by acquiring InsureLine Brokers (Mutual Aid) and now, InsureLine has added Clear Cut as their Head Office operation in Alberta. In just over five years, InsureLine has seen tremendous growth to 30 locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario.

At its core, InsureLine believes that to be a successful franchisor it is vitally important to also be an operator in the insurance brokering business. Their owned operations enable them to have a finger on the pulse of what is happening on the front lines of the business and to better help and support franchisees. In addition, an expanded Head Office team provides franchisees with increased capacity and stronger talent to serve the network. Moreover, InsureLine’s ability to continually improve on its own brokerage operations will serve to provide innovations and enhancements to the Franchise System overall.

Aly Kanji, President and CEO of InsureLine noted; “When looking to strengthen and expand our service offering in Alberta, the choice was Clear (Cut)! Clear Cut has strong ties in the community.” Kanji went on to say “InsureLine recognizes the importance of a successful team, and we intend to retain all of the personnel and will listen carefully to all of whom have helped to make Clear Cut successful.”

Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Phong Le will continue to manage and oversee the brokerage’s operations. Kanji noted that “Phong has a long history as a builder and collaborator in the insurance industry in Alberta and being able to add Phong to the Alberta head office team was a big part of InsureLine’s decision to acquire a controlling interest in Clear Cut.”

Clear Cut started in Edmonton, and through their growth has maintained their values and service standards ensuring that all clients get the right coverage. “We aim to make the insurance process clear and simple, hence the name,” said Phong. He continued: “We are looking forward to this next phase in our growth and are very excited to have added support from the existing InsureLine Head Office teams, and we look forward to helping and serving InsureLine franchisees in Alberta”.

For more information about InsureLine visit www.InsureLine.com

For media enquires contact:
Aly Kanji, President & CEO
InsureLine
aly@insureline.com
604-554-1610

 


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