April 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter
Copeland assumed the role effective April 15, succeeding Can-Sure founder Jeff Hart, who has “decided to step away from the industry to spend more time with his family and pursue other business opportunities,” Can-Sure said in a press release. He will remain with the company for a “period of time” as executive advisor.
Hart founded Can-Sure in 2003 as an MGA focused on providing brokers with commercial P&C insurance products. The company has since merged with two other MGAs, broadened lines and services, and grown to 130 staff in five offices across Canada.
“It’s been a privilege to start a MGA and to work closely with staff and partners to build it into one of the largest MGAs in Canada,” Hart said in the press release. “This industry is exciting, dynamic and continues to experience rapid change. I am confident the company is well positioned for these changes, and under the leadership of Cameron and the senior management team, Can-Sure and Beacon will continue to provide exceptional service to brokers across Canada.”
Copeland previously held the role of underwriting manager and has been with the company for six years. He served in senior leadership team and contributed to marketing, product development, sales, staff management and numerous growth initiatives, the press release noted. Copeland has a MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. and designations from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA) and Insurance Institute of Canada (FCIP).
Company plans for the future include growth through product innovation, new product lines, market territories, acquisitions and creating a broker portal to support broker services, Can-Sure reported in the press release, noting that “service and expertise will continue to underpin the customer experience and culture unique to the company.”
“Working with Jeff as a partner and as a friend to build a market-leading organization has been a great experience and privilege for me,” Copeland said. “I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to lead this organization and build on what Jeff has created for brokers in Canada.”
Can-Sure provides underwriting solutions for standard and non-standard commercial property and liability risks for brokers across Canada. Industry specialties include realty, construction, inland marine, contractors, hospitality, recreation, manufacturing, personal lines, pollution and professionals.
Beacon Underwriting provides insurance package solutions for personal and commercial watercraft, motorcycles (British Columbia), off-road vehicles (B.C. and Manitoba), special events, mobile homes, small vendors, hole-in-one, boat dealers, marina operators and personal contents-in-storage.