Broker network Western Financial Group has purchased its first brokerage in Manitoba. Barker Agencies has two offices in Brandon and one in Souris, Manitoba, serving the western part of the province. This brings the total for the Western Insurance Network up to 54 offices in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Barker Agencies was founded in 1919, and primarily deals in auto, residential and farm coverage, although investment and life insurance products are also sold. Western Financial CEO Scott Tannas calls the acquisition “a good fit”, noting its product line compatibility. He adds all of Barker’s staff will remain.