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Four Canadian brokerages swept up in latest M&A deals

April 11, 2022 by Jason Contant

Western Canada is the target for the latest rounds of acquisitions from large Canadian P&C brokerages. Intact Financial Corporation subsidiary BrokerLink and Westland Insurance Group announced recent acquisitions in northern and southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Westland Insurance Group also

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Top 4 brokerage steps into new province with acquisition

March 8, 2022 by Jason Contant

Founding Navacord broker partner Jones DesLauriers has announced Navacord’s inaugural partnership in Quebec with the addition of Abatis Risk Management (Abatis Gestion de Risques inc.) to its ranks. “The addition of Abatis deepens the Jones DesLauriers’ commercial bench strength, further

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What BrokerLink looks for in an M&A deal

March 7, 2022 by Jason Contant

BrokerLink looks at best practices when making an acquisition, recognizing that each deal is unique and doesn’t follow a boiler template, says the brokerage’s president, Joe D’Annunzio. “One of the things for us is we look at best practices,” D’Annunzio

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BrokerLink execs discuss expansion strategy

March 4, 2022 by Jason Contant

BrokerLink’s M&A strategy remains focused on regions where it currently does business and is not looking to get into other verticals at the moment, senior executives at the brokerage tell Canadian Underwriter. “The focus continues to be Ontario, Alberta, and

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National brokerage acquires two Ontario-based firms

March 3, 2022 by Jason Contant

Westland Insurance Group Ltd. has announced the acquisition of two Ontario-based brokerages: Stewart Morrison Insurance Brokers Ltd. and Transure Insurance Inc. Stewart Morrison Insurance provides home, auto, business, farm and agribusiness, and lifestyle insurance. It has offices in Lindsay, Fenelon

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Westland’s newest brokerage acquisition

February 3, 2022 Canadian Underwriter Staff

Westland Insurance Group has continued its expansion spree, today announcing acquisition of Campbell, Roy & Eldridge Insurance Services. Markham, Ont.-based Campbell, Roy & Eldridge offers a wide range of coverages, including home, condo, auto, RV, motorcycle, boat, watercraft, business, trucking

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How Intact is faring with the RSA integration

February 3, 2022 by Jason Contant

Intact Financial Corporation’s integration of RSA plc is on track, with earnings slightly better than originally anticipated, the insurer’s chief executive officer reports. The deal increases Intact’s specialty lines presence in North America by close to 30%, Intact Financial Corporation

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Canada’s most popular brokerage M&A models

January 24, 2022 by Jason Contant

Private equity-backed brokerages that acquire 100% of a brokerage and then offer the ability to roll over some equity continue to be Canada’s most popular M&A model, but others are gaining traction, a P&C transaction advisor says. “While obtaining markets

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Looking to sell your brokerage? Here’s what to ask yourself first

January 21, 2022 by Jason Contant

When it comes to selling your brokerage, timing is everything. Principals considering selling their brokerage should always ask themselves when is the best time to exit in terms of career and family situation, and then work backwards to plan from

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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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Western Financial rings in New Year with acquisition

January 6, 2022 by Jason Contant

Western Financial Group began the New Year with the announcement that it has acquired a full-service brokerage located in southern Ontario. Western Financial’s latest acquisition of Wiesner Insurance Inc. “adds a significant commercial interest in Ontario,” the large brokerage said

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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