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Apollo Exchange moves into historic downtown Vancouver building

September 20, 2019   by David Dyck

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VANCOUVER, BC, Sept. 20, 2019/InsPress/ — Apollo’s Vancouver office has moved into a new home at 111 Water Street — a historic building dating back to the early 1900’s in the downtown neighbourhood of Gastown.

The Apollo Exchange’s Vancouver team will occupy the second floor of the new location, which holds a Heritage designation by the City of Vancouver for its influential role in shaping the city.

Constructed by hardware merchants McLennan and McFeely Company, the building was finished in 1905. But by then the rapidly expanding McLennan and McFeely had already started construction on a larger warehouse on nearby Cordova Street. 

The owners never occupied the building, instead leasing it to the Canadian Fairbanks Company — the largest machinery and mill supply house in Canada — as their sixth Canadian location.

“Apollo identifies strongly with the ambitions of our new home’s original owners and tenants,” said Apollo CEO Jeff McCann. “Their frontier spirit that embraces adventure and rewards courage is embodied by every Apollo team member.”

The three storey building at the corner of Abbott and Water Street was designed by preeminent architects Edward Evans Blackmore and William Tuff Whiteway, both of whom were influential in shaping the look of Edwardian era Vancouver. 

The building was restored in the 1980’s, and maintains its impressive masonry and brickwork. The second floor where Apollo’s offices are housed offers expansive views of the Vancouver Harbour, the North Shore, and mountains beyond.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff McCann, CEO
(778) 554-9640

Victor Lange, COO
(604) 362-8497 

About the APOLLO Exchange

The APOLLO Exchange (legal name “Apollo Insurance Solutions Ltd.”) is Canada’s largest online insurance marketplace. Apollo empowers brokers to instantly quote, bind, and issue policy documents for hundreds of classes of small business in real time, or white label the Exchange to sell directly from their website. Brokerages integrated with the Exchange are able to respond to the changing expectations of buyers and forward thinking employees.

Co-founded by Jeff McCann, David Dyck, Justin Hamade, and Drew Green, Apollo was created to empower brokers to better serve their clients. Following the completion of Beta testing in April 2019, Apollo successfully closed its angel round of funding, raising $1 million CAD with the support of notable investors, including Drew Green, Matias Marquez, Kim Kaplan, and Caliber Ventures. Acting members of Apollo’s Board of Directors are leading industry and entrepreneurial figures Drew Green, Steve Albiani, Tim Gamble, and Jeff McCann. In June 2019, the company launched a first of its kind: digital, monthly subscription insurance. For more information, visit:


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