September 22, 2014 by Canadian Underwriter
The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) announced Monday that Rodney Hancock, CEO of McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers in London, Ontario, is the recipient of the inaugural Dale Rempel Award of Excellence.
The award – in honour of Dale Rempel, IBAC’s highly regarded former president who passed away in 2012 – recognizes excellence in broker education and will be presented to an individual who has made a significant difference in the professional development of insurance brokers.
Rempel was a passionate believer in broker professional development, notes a statement from IBAC, the national voice of property and casualty insurance brokers and an advocate for insurance consumers. The award was presented during the President’s Banquet at IBAC’s Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon from September 18-20.
“It gives us great pride to honour Dale’s memory and the difference he made to our professional development by recognizing and celebrating others who share his commitment and support of broker education,” Dan Danyluk, CEO of IBAC, says in the statement.
Nominations were received from IBAC member associations and reviewed by an independent panel of judges made up of representatives for IBAC’s Board of Governors, practising brokers and the insurance industry press. Nominators and supporting referees highlighted Hancock’s ongoing pursuit and passion for professional development and broker education.
Hancock – whose own educational achievements include a PhD in Psychology and the CCIB designation – has supported both provincial and national education initiatives (such as IBAC’s CAIB and CPIB programs), served as a CAIB instructor for more than two decades, and volunteered both his time and expertise as an IBAC course reviewer.
In an initiative that combines both professional development and broker education, Hancock served on the committee responsible for finding a university post-graduate program for insurance brokers. In that capacity, he was instrumental in selecting Laurentian University’s online MBA program, and has participated in the negotiations with Laurentian to secure an agreement enabling brokers to earn advanced standing credit for CAIB and CPIB, in pursuit of an MBA degree through Laurentian University.
For 2014, the inaugural year for the Dale Rempel Award of Excellence, his family also received an award in his memory.
It is in honour of his commitment to the advancement and promotion of broker education that this award is presented each year, notes the IBAC statement. As an individual, Hancock stands out among those nominated this year, IBAC adds.