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Westland expands reach into Ontario with recent acquisitions

May 27, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Westland Insurance Group Ltd. has broadened its place in commercial and personal lines with the recent acquisition of two Ontario-based brokerages: MCR Insurance in Aurora and Walter Roberts Insurance in Richmond Hill.  Ontario is an area of strategic importance, Westland

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Canadian MGA adopts new national brand

February 1, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Agile Underwriting Solutions announced that Guardian Risk Managers and Exhale Insurance will be rebranded under Agile, effective Feb. 1, 2022.  Agile, based in Nova Scotia and owned by Westland Insurance, is an MGA that specializes in hard-to-place personal and commercial

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Inside Westland’s expansion strategy

January 14, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Westland Insurance has expanded its partnership with Blackstone Credit, which will be investing $250 million towards Westland’s acquisition strategy. And where will this M&A strategy focus next? “Our ambitions are to continue to grow, expand, to serve as many communities

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Westland’s M&A war chest expands

January 12, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Westland Insurance Group Ltd., a property and casualty insurance brokerage, has expanded its war chest for mergers and acquisitions, thanks to its partnership with asset manager Blackstone Credit.  Blackstone will be investing an additional $250 million towards Westland’s growth, the

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Large Canadian brokerages grow larger through acquisitions

November 5, 2021 by Jason Contant

Two large Canadian property and casualty brokerages — Navacord and Westland Insurance — continue to grow with the announcement of their latest acquisitions in Ontario and Manitoba. On Thursday, commercial brokerage Navacord Corp. said it added Ontario-based brokerages Ives Insurance

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Westland announces third acquisition in one-week period

September 15, 2021 by Jason Contant

Westland Insurance Group Ltd. has announced the acquisition of Tredd Insurance Brokers in Toronto and Calgary, one week after it acquired two other brokerages in Alberta. Tredd Insurance offers commercial insurance, with specialties including but not limited to transportation, oil

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Three large Canadian brokerages announce separate M&A deals

April 8, 2021 by Jason Contant

Three large Canadian brokerages have announced recent acquisitions of other brokerages. On Thursday, Westland Insurance reported it closed its acquisition of MBS Insurance Brokers, effective Apr. 1. Navacord Corp. added LL Renaissance Insurance Brokerage Canada Limited to its ranks, while

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The role of digital transformation in Westland’s acquisition strategy

January 14, 2021 by Jason Contant

Expanded opportunities for digital transformation are one of the key reasons behind Westland Insurance Group Ltd.’s recent acquisition of Storm Insurance Group, Westland told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. British Columbia-based Westland closed its acquisition of Storm Jan. 7. Storm operates under

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Brokerage M&A off to a strong start in 2021

January 7, 2021 by Jason Contant

Large Canadian brokerage Westland Insurance Group Ltd. now has a coast-to-coast presence with its acquisition of Storm Insurance Group, which has offices in Nova Scotia and Quebec. The deal, which closed Wednesday, is one of three acquisitions closed or announced

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Two ways COVID-19 affected this large brokerage’s M&A strategy

November 20, 2020 by Jason Contant

The COVID-19 pandemic required one large Canadian brokerage to take a “very different approach” to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity. COVID affected the M&A process in two significant ways, Jamie Lyons, president and chief operating officer with Westland Insurance Group

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Westland brokerage moves in an easterly direction

November 13, 2020 by Jason Contant

Westland Insurance’s mergers and acquisition strategy continues in an easterly direction from its roots in British Columbia. Just days after closing its first-ever brokerage acquisition in Ontario, Westland Insurance Group Ltd. announced its second acquisition in Manitoba. On Nov. 10,

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Brokerage M&A roundup: Westland and BrokerTeam announce deals

October 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Westland Insurance Group and BrokerTeam Group have both announced separate deals this past week. Westland Insurance Group Ltd. acquired two Alberta brokerages, effective Oct. 1. Surrey, B.C.-based Westland announced Friday it closed the acquisition of Carstairs, Alta.-based Ironside Insurance Brokers