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Mike Robinson named chairman of Canadian Broker Network

February 23, 2017   by Canadian Underwriter

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Mike Robinson, president and CEO of PBL Insurance Limited, has been named chairman of the Canadian Broker Network (CBN), a network of independent insurance brokers.

Robinson takes the reins from Tim Miller, president of Capri Insurance Services, who as chairman, “focused his energy on fostering higher levels of collaboration between the members, growing the membership and laying the groundwork for CBN’s strategic direction,” notes a statement Wednesday from CBN, which has 50-plus offices across the country and more than 1,500 employees.

Miller’s “guidance has helped to set us on a successful course for the future,” says CBN managing director Lorie Phair, who previously served as CEO of ingenie Canada.

Mike Robinson, chairman of the Canadian Broker Network, and president and CEO of PBL Insurance Limited

Mike Robinson, chairman of the Canadian Broker Network, and president and CEO of PBL Insurance Limited

Welcoming Robinson (pictured right) as chairman, Phair notes that his “industry experience, vision and leadership skills will be of great value to CBN as we continue to grow and execute on our strategy.”

In announcing Phair’s appointment as managing director last fall, Miller said CBN is looking to refine its strategy and accelerate its “ability to act while leveraging our network’s diversity.”

CBN is made up of Capri Insurance Services, CMW Insurance Services, Lawrie Insurance Group, McLean Hallmark Insurance Group, PBL Insurance, Rogers Insurance, Smith, Petrie, Carr & Scott Insurance, South Western Group and digital commercial broker Bullfrog Insurance.

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Together, the network writes more than $1 billion in property and casualty premiums, as well as employee benefits, life and financial services.

“CBN provides a unique alternative for members to grow their business while bringing a co-operative, non-competitive national reach to the regional focus of its members,” the statement notes.

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The network’s key strategy “is to assist the growth and profitability of its members through cross learning and sharing of information in a confidential environment,” adds information on the CBN website.

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