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IBAO gives out Broker of the Year, Young Broker awards for 2012


October 24, 2012   by Canadian Underwriter


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The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) has awarded Peter Blodgett of Darling Insurance and Realty Ltd. its Broker of the Year Award, along with distributing several other awards during its annual convention.

Its annual Awards of Excellence gala, held during the association’s annual convention in Toronto Oct. 17 to 19, recognized the achievements of several prominent brokers and brokerages.

The 2012 winners and their achievements were noted in a written release from IBAO:

Broker of the Year — Peter Blodgett, Darling Insurance & Realty Ltd., Peterborough, Ont.

“Peter has served for several years on the IBAO Board of Directors and Executive Committee, most recently as chairman in 2010. His community involvement is vast as he donates to over 100 local charities, and his brokerage has raised nearly $75,000 charitable dollars each year. Eleven years ago, Peter founded the ‘Three Loonies on the Street’ charity event which raised $150,000 this year alone for the local food bank. In 2008, Peter was presented with the Mayor’s Award for his community involvement and in 2011 he received the Citizen’s Award. Most recently, Peter was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award bestowed to those who have made significant contributions in their communities.”

Young Broker of the Year — Scott Maskell, Glenny Insurance Broker Ltd. Fort Erie, Ont.

“Scott recently took on the role of President of the , serves as Treasurer at his local tennis club, is a proud member of the Progressive Conservative Association (Niagara Falls Region), and helps to coordinate a number of local blood donor clinics in the area.”

Affiliate of the Year — London Insurance Brokers Association (LIBA), London, Ont.

“LIBA represents 12 main office brokerages in London and organizes a variety of charity events throughout the year. One of LIBA’s proudest charitable involvements includes their gold level sponsorship of London’s Motorcycle Ride for Dad, whose mission is to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease. LIBA also sponsors the London Firefighter Department colouring book initiative and is heavily involved in the London Santa Claus Parade and the London Business Cares Food Drive every year.”

Brokerage of the Year (<10 employees) – Affiliated Insurance Management Inc., Oakville, Ont.  

“Affiliated Insurance Management Inc. is very proud of its community involvement which includes providing assistance to a local church camp through donations and volunteer work, while also supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation.”

Brokerage of the Year (>10 employees) — Donovan Insurance Brokers Inc., Kitchener-Waterloo

“President of Donovan Insurance Brokers Inc., Kevin Donovan has been Chairman of the Ontario General Insurance Hockey Tournament for over a decade which has raised over $30,000 for Camp McGovern, an affiliate of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. In addition, Donovan Insurance Brokers Inc. has raised over $10,000 for Scouts Canada and nearly $25,000 for the Lutherwood Foundation and their Youth Mental Health programs.”