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2016 Insurance Person of the year

Tina Osen

Tina Osen is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and acting Chief Sales Officer for HUB International, the largest insurance broker in British Columbia. A recognized leader and innovator who has championed employee empowerment, customer service and community investment, Tina has 20 years of experience in the insurance sector. Under her leadership, the Greater Vancouver operations of HUB International have more than doubled, growing from $170 million in sales to $424 million. In addition to her responsibilities as CEO and CSO, Tina is a member of the Executive Committee of the HUB Group of Companies, which includes 26 Presidents in North America. She is also one of only four presidents on the HUB International President Focus Group with the Corporate Executive Management Team headquartered in Chicago. Tina is synonymous with community leadership, currently as Chapter Chair for the Young Presidents Organization in Vancouver, and as a past Director on the Vancouver Board of Trade. She received the Business in Vancouver 40 Under 40 Award in 2004, and HUB International’s Chairman’s Award in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2015. In 2009 Tina received the Deloitte Women of Influence Award, was an Honoree at the BIV Influential Women in Business Awards in 2011, was recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Canada for 2013 by the Women’s Executive Network, and has been a mentor with the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Mentoring Program since 2015. Tina was recently presented with the 2016 Wendy McDonald Diversity Award by the Vancouver Board of Trade. Under Tina and her team’s leadership, HUB International has been actively involved in supporting a number of charitable causes including the Aga Khan Foundation, ALS Society, Amica Helping Hands Community Sponsorship, BC Special Olympics, Burnaby Hospital, Canadian Cancer Society, Canuck’s Place Hospice, Covenant House, Dare Arts Vancouver, Free the Children We Day, JDRF, Minerva Foundation for BC, the Variety Boat for Hope, and numerous Food Banks across the Greater Vancouver region.

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2015 Insurance Person of the year

Tom Meier

Tom Meier is the co-founder of Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group. Born in Vancouver, Tom spent his early years on his family’s chicken farm in the Fraser Valley. After graduating from Abbotsford Senior Secondary School, Tom enrolled in the CGA program at UBC and spent the next few years working as an accountant. He began his career in the insurance industry in 1969 with State Farm in Abbotsford. In 1973, Tom and Bruce Johnston started Johnston Meier Insurance with a commitment to customer service first and foremost. Their two-person office in Maple Ridge grew rapidly and now has 450 employees in locations throughout the Lower Mainland, the Okanagan and the Cariboo. Tom is very active in the community. Just to name a few of his many volunteer commitments, he was president of the Pitt Meadows Airport Authority, a director of Ridge Meadows Hospice, and co-chair of the Maple Ridge Policing Reform Committee and the Maple Ridge Advisory Committee for Municipal Employee Relations. He’s also served on numerous boards, including president of the Maple Ridge Chamber of Commerce, director of Maple Ridge Parks and Recreation and president of Maple Ridge First Night. Tom has also taken the time to serve on numerous advisory committees to international insurance companies, including Royal Sun Alliance, Intact, Gore Mutual, Wawanesa and Zurich Canada.

Accordingly, he’s been recognized for his service to the community. Among the various awards and honours he’s received:
• 2000 Maple Ridge Business Person of the Year
• 2002 Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation Volunteer of the Year
• 2002 Queen Elizabeth’s Service Medal
• 2007 Citizen of the Year
He serves on the ICBC MOUC, Strategic Marketing Committee and the BCEA Task Force. In 2014, he was reappointed to a second term on the BC Insurance Council. Tom shares his life with his lovely lady, Robin, and their blended family of five children, six grandchildren and two dogs.

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2014 Insurance Person of the year

Kevin Mcintyre

Kevin McIntyre is President of Underwriters Insurance Brokers and Guardian Risk Managers, a BC based MGA. Born in New Westminster, and raised in Victoria and Coquitlam, he enjoyed an active high school life, which culminated in a stint as class president and he went on to graduate from the BCIT Business Administration program in 1984. At the age of 19 he ran for a seat on the Coquitlam School Board and has continued to show a lifelong interest in politics and has worked on several local and provincial political campaigns. He started in the insurance business with Les Garrison Agencies. After several years on the brokerage side he eventually found himself at Commercial Union Assurance, now part of Aviva, working in the claims field. His claims career included time as a company and then independent adjuster. In 1993 he joined Underwriters Insurance Brokers in Kamloops, becoming President in 2001. He acknowledges that were it not for Intact Insurance, which financed the purchase, he would not be here today. Since taking over as President of the firm, Underwriters has grown from 7 employees to over 40. Kevin credits his great partners and team, and his supportive insurers for the firm’s success. An avid community supporter, Kevin has been awarded the Kiwanian of the Year and Rotarian of the Year awards and has spent time as president of Kamloops Crimestoppers. Currently serving his second term as President of the BC Brokers Association, he has spent a total of 11 years on the board. Kevin has also been a key player on the IBABC team negotiating the Strategic Accord with ICBC, including being involved in the negotiation of the last three Accords. Kevin currently Chairs the Optimum West Broker Council, sits on the Aviva Broker Council and the advisory board for the Canadian Commercial Insurance Summit 2015, and serves on the ICBC MOUC, Liaison and ISAS Committees. Nationally, Kevin served as Director of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada, Chairman of the Political Action Committee, and as the Founding Chairman of the National Task Force on Political Action. Jack Robertson, a well known BC broker, and former IBAC President commented that, “Kevin has changed the way IBAC does politics in Canada”. Kevin lives mainly in Kamloops, but also spends time in Vancouver where he lives on his boat, and several weeks a year at his home in
Phoenix. In his spare time he enjoys travel, time with friends and family, and cooking and entertaining. His passion in life is simple. “I can sum it up in three words: Making things better”.

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2013 Insurance Person of the year

Chuck Byrne

As Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer of the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. (IBABC) Chuck Byrne brings extensive Canadian industry experience to his role. Born in Edmonton, raised in Winnipeg, Chuck started his insurance career in 1975 when he joined the Prudential Assurance Co Ltd. in Winnipeg. Rising through the ranks, Chuck worked in each of the four western Canadian provinces. At the age of 33 he was appointed Manager for Prudential British Columbia in 1990. Chuck’s Prudential staff & branch operations where the proud recipients of the IBABC top honours in The BC Broker’s 1991 biennial Insurer Performance Survey. In 1993 when the company merged
with General Accident Assurance Co., Chuck was appointed Regional Manager, with responsibility for the B.C. operations of the merged companies. Over the years, Chuck has served on numerous industry committees including representing the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada; the Insurance Institute of Alberta; the ICBC Presidents
Advisory Committee and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) including multiple terms as the IBC British Columbia Advisory Committee Chair; and Chair of the British Columbia IBC Earthquake and Natural Disaster sub-committee. Chuck is the only industry representative to have been involved in each of the four negotiated Broker/ICBC Strategic Accords. Mentoring and helping others to start a solid career has been particularly rewarding for Chuck. He had those same opportunities and coaching offered to him in his career and recognized early the value of being challenged and tested to reach potential. Chuck’s community activities have included youth sport coaching and league organization, including coaching British Columbia high-school AA basketball for 5 years. Chuck also served for many years and was the founding President of the Seymour Basketball Association (SBA), an organization formed to bring youth basketball to the Mount Seymour area of North Vancouver. The SBA is now in its 15th year and has provided a safe, well instructed, community based basketball opportunity to thousands of neighborhood kids. As IBABC’s chief staff executive for the past 16 years, Chuck and his talented team promote the IBABC 800+ member insurance brokerages as the premier distributors of general insurance products and services in British Columbia. Chuck joined the IBABC in 1997 during a turbulent time in its history. A disastrous industry plan to reduce the number of Autoplan brokers by one-third had literally split the association membership and soon thereafter its bylaws were deemed invalid. Chuck’s marching orders were clear: bring the association’s diverse membership together and return clarity and strength back to the IBABC purpose. He is particularly proud of the teamwork and effectiveness Chuck and each IBABC President were able to forge through all manner of challenges experienced during their terms. In addition Chuck sees this leadership teamwork as instrumental in one of the larger IBABC accomplishments, that being the strengthening of broker and association relations with the provinces largest broker partner – ICBC. Chuck is a strong proponent of the BC insurance industry and has brought continuity to its leadership and association strategy. He has been a pivotal player in many of the BC insurance industry challenges over the last two decades. Chuck was reunited with his high-school sweetheart Cathy in 2006. Together with their blended family, Dillon, Evan, Meredith and Mathew, they enjoy pursuing the good things that life has to offer.

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2012 Insurance Person of the year

Barry Amies

Barry Amies is the owner and partner of Baron Insurance Broker Group. As a young man, he entered the financial services sector securing a position with the Bank of Nova Scotia. Six years later, insurance became his passion and he opened the first Baron Insurance Agency in the Okanagan. Over the next 26 years, Barry’s model of fairness to staff, insurance companies, and clients grew his business from a start up agency to a very successful operation with over 53 employees. In fact, Baron Insurance was so successful that a large BC credit union, Valley First bought the agency in 1994. Following the purchase, Barry remained with Valley First until his retirement in 1999. Retirement however, did not last long and together with his partners, Barry opened another agency, Landing Insurance. A few years later, there was a change in the partnership and a subsequent name change to Baron Insurance Broker Group. Today, Barry & his partners continue to grow the agency where they employ over 35 staff. Barry’s dedication to the industry is reflected in the service positions he has held over his long career. Barry is the past President of the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C., he was the First Vice Chairman of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada, the past Chairman of the Insurance Council of B.C., the past President of CSIO, the current President of the Vernon Curling Club and was a member of the Vernon Rotary Club. Giving back to the community is a lifelong passion for Barry. Whether it is Hospice House, North Okanagan Community Life Society, BC Cancer Foundation, local kid’s sporting events and summer camps, he is committed to improving the lives of others. Over the years, he has helped the city organize events such as the 2008 Ford World Woman’s Curling Championship and sponsored the Baron Insurance Woman’s Golf event in Vernon for over twenty years. In conjunction with the IBABC and IBAC membership, Barry was politically active for the Bank Act reviews throughout the 80s and 90s. Today, he continues to meet with politicians to promote the broker channel as the premier distribution network for insurance. If you need a best practices book on
running a brokerage, Barry Amies is the resource you need. When not at work, you will find him enjoying playing golf, softball, curling, fishing, hunting or simply spending quality time with his wife Donna, son Tyson, daughter Nicole, granddaughters Jayden & Mikaela and grandsons Carson and Hunter.

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2011 Insurance Person of the year

Brian Wills

BC’s insurance community honoured insurance person extraordinaire Brian Wills at the 20th annual Salute insurance banquet on October 27, 2011 at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Brian is a well known Axa Pacific marketing exec and long-time industry promoter.Born in England, and raised in Toronto, Brian moved west in 1978. An Associate of the Insurance Industry (A.I.I.C.), he attended the University of Waterloo, majoring in Mathematics. He is married to wife Jacqui and has two lovely daughters Jennifer (21) and Lindsay (18). Brian started his career with AXA in 1979, when the company was first chartered, and has worked on both the broker and company side. He has held a number of positions within the company, primarily within the Marketing discipline and was appointed Vice President of Marketing in 1998, with responsibility for managing the company’s distribution channel. Brian is also a driving force behind a number of important, and popular, annual insurance events. He is actively involved in the industry and currently serves on the RPV Dinner Committee, an industry-wide political networking event, as well as B.C.I.T.’s Diploma Program in Insurance and Risk Management. Brian was also a founding member of the Salute Committee and is a well deserved recipient of the 20th Insurance Person of the Year Award.

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2010 Insurance Person of the year

Brent Atkinson

The Salute Committee is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Insurance Person of the Year award is Brent Atkinson. A graduate of UBC, Brent obtained his FCIP in 1971 and founded Atkinson & Terry Insurance Brokers that same year. Brent has worked tirelessly for our industry, serving as a director of the IBABC for eight years and president in 1980, as well as being vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Insurance Brokers of Canada. As a representative of the IBABC, Brent helped negotiate the first two five-year Accords between the Brokers in BC and ICBC, and acted as a consultant on the last negotiation rounds.

Brent has been a Notary Public since 1974. He has served as director of the Society of Notaries Public of BC for 24 years and was president from 1990-1992. Brent has been an active member of the community of New Westminster for over 50 years, serving in a variety of capacities including school trustee, treasurer of the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and president of the Hyack Swim Club.

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2009 Insurance Person of the year

Mark Woodall

Currently Mark Woodall is the president and CEO of Sports-Can Insurance Consultants. Since Mark’s acquisition of Sports-Can the company has experienced great success. Sports-can has also seen exemplary performance through expansion into new markets.

Mark’s career in the insurance industry began right after graduation from York University . Mark’s original intention was to article and become a Chartered Accountant. It was during a graduation wine and cheese function that he managed to wow a recruiter from the Allstate Insurance Company. The next morning he awoke to 2 job offers, the salary offered by Allstate beat out all his other offers and thus Mark began his career in the insurance industry. Mark completed an 18 month management training program, to be a Commercial Underwriter. Shortly after, Mark realized the Underwriting side of insurance was not for him and took a job as a field adjuster at Safeco Insurance Consultants.

It was at Safeco where Mark discovered his niche as an adjuster and within a year and a half he was promoted to Canadian Property Supervisor. After two years of employment at Safeco Mark decided to make a switch and received a job at Fireman’s Fund as the Property Claims Manager for Canada .. Mark spent the following 7 years at Fireman’s Fund. Through his years there, he progressed to Branch Manager in charge of underwriting and claims operation. With the help of his staff of 55, they managed to achieve a sales volume of over $30,000,000, an unprecedented number at the time. With the beginning of a new decade came new career opportunities for Mark. In 1990 he was hired as Assistant Vice-President of ISRM Ltd, an independent adjusting firm with five separate offices. During his time there, he progressed to Senior Vice-President and COO, directly handling the general claims division.

After 4 and one half years with ISRM, Mark decided to take the leap to ownership. Following multiple meetings with Vince Pritchard, now a close friend and colleague of Mark’s, Mark became a partner of Pritchard & Associates. The company was renamed Pritchard Woodall & associates shortly after. Over the next 12 years, Pritchard Woodall saw considerable expansion in Western Canada . At its peak Pritchard Woodall employed close to 30 independent adjusters in 6 different offices. During the August 2003 Kelowna forest fires, Mark and Pritchard Woodall played a very significant role in the reestablishment of the community. Mark work with the local fire authorities and the representatives of the insurance industry to co-ordinate the handling on many total loss claims.. Pritchard Woodall handled 83 total residential losses over 1/3 of the total. On top of that they handled multiple wineries and commercial buildings damaged by the fires. Mark personally handled the reestablishment of the communication towers on the mountainside. To this day Mark considers this as one of the high points of his career. After the sale of Pritchard Woodall to SCM Adjusters in October 2006, Mark made the switch to the underwriting side with the purchase of Sports-Can Insurance Consultants.

Over the years Mark’s excellent public speaking abilities have been a keystone to his success. He has delivered countless speeches, presentations and has been a speaker at all levels of Industry training and leadership. He is a regular speaker at Provincial Sports Associations and is a former instructor for the insurance institute. In 1998 Mark received an award for the Instructor of the year from the insurance institute.

Mark was born in Saskatoon but not long after the family packed up to follow his father’s job. They relocated to Winnipeg , Manitoba where he spent his elementary school years. For high school the family picked up and moved again. They relocated to Toronto Ontario , it was through these multiple moves that Mark developed an uncanny ability to adapt to his surroundings and respond to change. Throughout school Mark’s father, an Accountant by profession, instilled planning and organizational skills in all of his children. Although Mark did not follow his Father into the accounting world, he was able to apply the skills throughout his career in the insurance industry.

Since high school, education has always been important to Mark. He received a BA in Economics from York University in Ontario in 1978 which kick-started his career. In 1990 he received an AIIC Designation from the insurance Institute of Canada and in 1992 he completed the Canada Risk Management Diploma program and received his CRM Designation. All three of these achievements have played their own role in developing Mark not only as a businessman but as a person.

In his early years Mark was a sports enthusiast; Playing on Hockey, Football and Baseball teams as well as almost every other sport on the side; as one of 5 children Mark never had to look far for a pick up game. This is one of the factors that attributed to Marks abilities as a strong team leader and fostered his results oriented nature. Today Mark is an avid golfer and a professional sports enthusiast. It is rare to hear anything other than Team 1040 on the drive to work.

Mark has made an effort to help out in the community where ever he can; whether it be organizing charity programs through his company or going down to the front lines to volunteer. Most recently Mark volunteered for the 2009 winter games as a communications coordinator and plans to hold a similar position during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Last year Mark developed a Sports-Can Charity program which donated to numerous charities including over 50 backpacks packed with school supplies to the Surrey food bank.

When Mark is not working he enjoys working out in his home gym, golfing when ever its not raining, playing games on the computer, or just lounging at home watching Sports,. Mark is also an avid traveler, he and his wife, Judy McKague, enjoy laying by the beach in Maui or seeing the world on a cruise ship. Another of his favorite destinations is Las Vegas , where has been going for years with the same group of friends for a traditional yearly visit.

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2008 Insurance Person of the year

Rick Parent

Always with a spirit of goodwill and the intention of bettering our industry, Richard (Rick) Parent is a tremendously giving person who makes a huge contribution.

Always with a spirit of goodwill and the intention of bettering our industry, Richard (Rick) Parent is a tremendously giving person who makes a huge contribution. Rick began his working career as an Engineer in the Canadian Armed Services in 1970 and retired from the forces in 1976 as a fully commissioned officer (2nd Lieutenant) of the Armoured Corp. Upon leaving the forces (1978), he joined a Victoria credit union, which through mergers and accompanying name changes has evolved to become Coast Capital Savings (CCS). Rick serves as President of its (CCS) subsidiary Coast Capital Insurance Services a general insurance agency with 30 offices on Vancouver Island & the Lower Mainland of BC

Rick is known and respected for his caring manner, his positive attitude and his commitment at work, in our industry, in the community and at home.

Over the years, Rick has committed thousands of hours to volunteer time in our industry and the community. He is an active member of the Credit Union Insurance Services Association serving in various capacities on the board and executive. Rick served as President of CUISA from 2002-2003. He currently serves as a Director of CUPP Services an organization created to provide insurance solutions to its members.

Since 1998, Rick has served on the Board of the Insurance Council of British Columbia ensuring the highest of professional standards are upheld by those who serve in our industry. Rick occupied the position of Chairman of the Board for the 2007/08 term and currently holds the position of Past Chair.

As Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Victoria (2003-2005), Rick was influential in achieving some high level funding for the organization. He was actively involved in Monopoly Madness and in renovating the organizations Central Saanich facilities.

On the home front, Rick is a dedicated husband to Terry (35 years), a loving father of two and devoted grandfather of four. Rick takes an active place in the raising of two of his grandchildren – known as ‘Baja’ to granddaughters Talia and Eve, he provides a strong role model of what it means to love unconditionally. He is a strong coach and the ultimate support to his daughter and granddaughters providing a supportive and caring environment, attending numerous dance recitals, swimming lessons, school/church concerts and girl guides events.

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2007 Insurance Person of the year

Jim Ball

An insurance Renaissance man who has worked as an adjuster, company man and broker. A dedicated volunteer who has contributed to the Canadian insurance industry, his community and the world. Meet Jim Ball – 2007 Insurance Person of the Year.

Jim was born in Port Hope, Ontario, 66 years ago and has fond memories of an “jdllic” youth. He attended university in the U.S., studying Canadian history in Cleveland and political science in San Francisco. He started his career in 1966, working for the insurer CNA in its Cleveland office as a bodily injury adjuster. He transferred to the company’s Toronto office seven years later where he worked as a claims examiner, reinsurance underwriter and marketing rep.

He became western regional manager based in Vancouver after CNA sold its Canadian operation to Citadel General. He then joined Paragon, the precursor to Axa Pacific, where he managed the marketing set-up and development of its head office, two branch offices and a network of brokerages.

Deciding that he wanted to put down roots in Vancouver, in 1983 he moved over to the brokerage side, taking the position of president of Reliance Insurance; he bought the firm in 1985. The Reliance Group now employs 35 people and includes MGAs Pacific Marine Underwriting in Vancouver and Harbour Insurance Services in Midland, Ontario. Two of Jim’s four children – son Chris and daughter Judy – work at Reliance.

Jim was a very active volunteer in the insurance industry during the 1990s, serving as the 1992/93 president of the Greater Vancouver Insurance Brokers Association, going on to lead of the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. in 1994 and the insurance Brokers Association of Canada in 1999. He played a leadership role in developing the Broker Identity Program – a national branding initiative that has raised the profile of the broker channel with elected officials and consumers.

In 1992 Jim was part of he volunteer group that started Salute – the annual Insurance Person of the Year award. He has served for the past five years on the committee that organizes the annual R.P. Vickerstaff distinguished-speaker dinner. And he chairs the all-industry BCIT Diploma Committee.

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2006 Insurance Person of the year

PattiKernaghan

Patti was born in Winnipeg in 1955, the third oldest of five children in the family of Agnes and Stan Kernaghan, the well-known founder of Kernaghan Adjusters. Patti moved to West Vancouver with her family when she was a teenager, and graduated from Sentinel Secondary School, having made her mark as a track and field athlete.

Soon after, Patti embarked upon a career in business, and after ten years of management experience with the Bank of Montreal, she began her insurance career with Kernaghan Adjusters in 988. At Kernaghan Adjusters, Patti first worked as a licensed adjuster in the field, then as Director of Marketing, and then became Vice-President Operations. Since becoming President of the company in 1993, Patti has concentrated her focus on the vision and direction of the firm within the Canadian insurance industry and the service excellence of their team.

Patti believes strongly in the value of education and professional development. After General Arts studies at Capilano College, she pursued studies in International Relations and Art History at UBC. She is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional and holds a Canadian Risk Management Diploma. Patti has also completed Executive Programmes through the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration at UBC.

Patti also believes strongly in contributing to the insurance industry in BC and across Canada. During her 18 years in the industry she has been involved with the Insurance Institute of BC and the Insurance Institute of Canada where she has held the position of the Regional Vice-Chair of the Insurance Institute of Canada (Western Institutes), President of The Insurance Institute of BC, a member of the Academic Council for the Insurance Institute of Canada and also a member of the Education Committee for the Insurance Institute of Canada.

Patti has also served as a Steering Committee Member of WICC BC (Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade), President of the Canadian Insurance Professionals of Vancouver, and was also as an Advisory Board Member for the Kinsmen Rehabilitation Foundation of BC.

Patti presently serves on the Insurance and Risk Management Advisory Board for the University of Calgary, the Board of Trustees for Insurance Dispute Resolution Services of British Columbia, and is a member of the Steering Committee for The BCIT General Insurance & Risk Management Education Program.

Patti and Pierre have been married for 23 years, and have raised their two daughters, Alexis and Neisha,
on the North Shore. They enjoy travelling, art galleries, cross-country skiing, biking, gardening and spending time at their cottage in Quebec, whenever possible.

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2005 Insurance Person of the year

Conrad Spiers

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2004 Insurance Person of the year

Vince Pritchard

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2003 Insurance Person of the year

John Toomer

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2002 Insurance Person of the year

Terri Johnson

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2001 Insurance Person of the year

Ron Defieux

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2000 Insurance Person of the year

Eric Laity

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1999 Insurance Person of the year

Jake Brouwer

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1998 Insurance Person of the year

Dave Clark

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1997 Insurance Person of the year

Mike Porter

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1996 Insurance Person of the year

Herb Osen

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1995 Insurance Person of the year

Bob Vickerstaff

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1994 Insurance Person of the year

Jack Hamilton

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1993 Insurance Person of the year

Ron Newcomb

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1992 Insurance Person of the year

John Glavin

Previous Rising Star

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2016 Rising Star

Crystal Petrie

A farm girl at heart, Crystal grew up spending countless hours outdoors riding horses, fishing, camping, mountain-biking and hiking. All hobbies she still passionately pursues.

In 2010, Crystal stepped into the insurance world. Achieving her CAIB designation in short order and currently on the cusp of her CIP designation, Crystal spent her first three years at an Insure BC office, rapidly moving into a personal lines managerial role, before Capri Insurance landed her talents and she became Branch Manager for their South Kamloops location. Crystal has served the last three years on the IBABC Board of Directors, chairing both the Education and Membership committees.

Outside the office, Crystal is focused on making her community better. With four years on the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation Committee in Kamloops, she helped raise over $380,000 for the foundation. Crystal shares her keen business acumen with local youth through Junior Achievement BC, presenting Economics for Success to high school students, and facilitates Be Entrepreneurial for Grade 11 classrooms. Crystal has worked hard with Work BC to create awareness about careers in insurance through job fairs and other promotions. Finally, Crystal is a Big Sister volunteer and commits time each week to her ‘little sister’.

In what’s left of her spare time, Crystal enjoys weightlifting and CrossFit. She and husband Robert own and operate a conditioning studio in Kamloops, F3 Fit, where their border collie Henry spends most of his days.

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2015 Rising Star

Jacob Singh

A Kiwi by birth, Jacob came to Canada as a toddler, and aside from four high school years in Calgary, grew up as an East Van boy. In 1997, while pursuing his BCom degree at UBC, he dipped his toes into insurance waters with a summer job at Reliance Insurance, and three years later was a Commercial Lines Underwriter Trainee at Dominion of Canada. From 2003 he was a Marketing Representative and Analyst and then Marketing Manager at AXA Pacific, now Intact, where in 2011 he became Regional Business Development Manager, then Regional Branch Manager and currently Branch Director, where he is responsible for managing over $65 Million in GWP for his branch. Jacob feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to acquire skills in the fields of underwriting, product development, broker management and broker financing, and he credits having exposure to these areas as helping him to provide effective solutions. Jacob has played in the insurance softball league, curls in the Blue Goose curling league, is the Co-chair of both WICC BC and the Gary Dorman Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, and is involved with Intact’s Diversity Council and United Way committee. A rhythm guitar player with the industry band The Moral Hazards, he was delighted when they won the 2015 Insurance Institute of BC Battle of the Bands. Jacob is very proud of the many relationships he has at all levels in the insurance industry. He credits the strive for excellence as his driving force combined with his optimistic approach for helping him realize the success he has had so far in his career. In addition to his Bachelor of Commerce degree, Jacob has also earned both his CAIB and CIP designations. Jacob and his wife Claudia, are the parents of three-year-old twin boys, Uriah and Joshua, and when not spending leisure time with the family he also enjoys golf, cheering on the Seahawks and attending the occasional rock concert.

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2014 Rising Star

Eric Glaser

Our Rising Star for 2014 is Eric Glaser. Having earned his BA from the International School of Economics in Rotterdam and his MBA from Simon Fraser, Eric began his career utilizing his marketing expertise with Tourism Vancouver and Sophos.

His insurance career began at AXA as a Business Development Analyst. For the past 2 years, Eric has held the role of Marketing Manager for InsureBC. In this role he is responsible for liaising with various insurers to roll out product updates, monitor results and identify and develop growth opportunities. In addition he supports over 80 offices in the development, implementation and monitoring of marketing campaigns as well as consulting on HR and other operational matters. Eric also assists with activities related to relocation and renovations of various offices as well as reviewing acquisition opportunities and creating operational efficiencies for new acquisitions.

Eric has an active volunteer life, both within the industry and his community, becoming involved on committees for the Vickerstaff dinner, Gary Dorman Golf Tournament and the AXA Pacific Producer School as well as Co-Captaining the AXA Soccer Team. His community involvement includes being a member of the Dutch Business Professional Association and the Princess Christina Concours Concert Series Committee.

At home, along with his wife of almost 4 years, Brianna, he is the proud parent of a 14 year old Pomeranian named Hampton. He is currently working on his CIP designation and in his down time he is a soccer and golf enthusiast.

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2013 Rising Star

Aly Kanji

Aly Kanji is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Sussex Insurance, which has more than 40 offices throughout BC and is currently expanding into Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. Aly is a lawyer by training and obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia and his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining Sussex Insurance, Aly was an associate with a prominent national law firm and appeared before all levels of the B.C. Courts. Although Aly acted for both insurers and insureds as a lawyer, he was first exposed to the business of insurance when he acted for Sussex Insurance on a commercial litigation claim. Like many in insurance, what started out as a short term involvement with the insurance industry has turned into a passion and a way of life. Aly obtained his CAIB designation within a short period of time and has since become fully immersed in the world of insurance. Aly has been instrumental in building the Sussex Insurance franchise model in British Columbia and has helped to nearly double the size of Sussex Insurance in terms of locations and insurance premium volume since joining the organization.

A passionate advocate for the insurance industry, he is often invited to various community events, conferences and trade shows to speak about industry trends. He is a forward thinker who embraces the opportunities presented by new technologies and alternate channels of distribution, which in his view will result in insurance being more accessible to the public. Aly has helped many insurance agents purchase their own brokerage and become successful entrepreneurs. He, himself is a brokerage owner in three Sussex Insurance franchised locations.

Aly is actively involved in the community and is generous with his time, holding various positions on boards and committees of community groups and non-profit organizations. For example, Aly was a member on the executive of the Aga Khan Education Board for Canada for several years. Its mandate is to inspire excellence and ethics in education. Aly was responsible for developing a career planning program for secondary school students and he managed a large awards and scholarship funding envelope along with a micro lending program designed to help young people obtain funding for vocational training, education and small business start-ups. Aly also served as the past Vice President for the Novaco Childcare Centre Society which operates a childcare facility in North Vancouver. He has served in various capacities for multiple strata corporations and is currently the President of the Strata Council for the Dollarton Business Park. He is also a volunteer with the Ismaili Business and Professionals Association and a volunteer mentor with the FastTrak Mentorship Program.

Throughout his university career, Aly was an avid and successful debater and mooter. He represented Canada at two World Universities Debating Championships and has won several awards for his oral advocacy skills. In his spare time, Aly is a freelance sound technician for live concert performances. He loves to read business books and cheer on the Edmonton Oilers. Aly and his wife Seema have been married for 7 years and are expecting their first child in early 2014.

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2012 Rising Star

Kevin Sigouin

Kevin Sigouin is currently Vice President of Insurance for the First Credit Union. Kevin joined the First Credit Union in January 2008 with wide-ranging experiences in sales and management of both domestic and international insurance brokerages. In his current role, he overseas multiple brokerage locations of First Insurance Agencies and Westview Agencies located on the Sunshine Coast and the Comox Valley. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Risk Management and Insurance from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and was past co-chair of the Risk Management & Insurance Advisory Board at the business school where he actively engaged youth to choose insurance as a career.

He is heavily involved in the business community and was appointed Vice President of the Credit Union Insurance Services Association (CUISA) to promote and protect the interest of the insuring public and Credit Union owned brokerages. Kevin also serves as city director and Treasurer of PRSC Land Developments Ltd; a unique public private partnership between the City of Powell River, Sliammon First Nations and Catalyst Papers which was created to promote economic diversification for the coastal region.

Kevin was elected Executive Secretary of the BC Liberal Party in May 2011 and is past president of the BC Liberal Riding Association for the Powell River Sunshine Coast. He is past chair of an Emerging Leaders forum for politically minded youth on the Sunshine Coast and is past chair of the International Business Committee at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce where he was responsible for responding to government policies relating to international business.

To add to this list, Kevin is also president of Reach For The Sky Limited, a company formed with the sole purpose of creating long-term revenue solutions for community minded foundations.

In May 2011, Kevin received an inaugural award from the University of Calgary for his contribution to leadership and higher education in risk management and insurance.

Kevin is the proud father of two bilingual daughters aged 6 & 8 and the lifelong husband to a remarkable woman whose passion lies in family and a career in dental hygiene.

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2011 Rising Star

Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green is the Regional Vice President of British Columbia for Optimum West Insurance Company, a position which he has held since early 2009. Prior to that, he worked with ING as Regional Branch Manager in Vancouver.Jeremy is the third generation of his family to work within the insurance industry. He has held various positions with independent brokers, Credit Unions and Insurance Companies. He has 18 years experience in this industry and holds his CIOP and CAIB insurance designations as well as a Commercial Pilot License. He is a past Director of CUISA and he currently sits as a Director on the Board of RainCity Housing Society. His support of RainCity as a Director allows him to assist with driving positive changes in attitude on Vancouver’s homelessness issue across multiple socio-economic segments of the population.

Jeremy was recently responsible for developing North America’s first Carbon Offset program linked to a residential insurance policy and he has worked hard to improve social and environmental awareness with all companies he has worked for during his career. Jeremy and his spouse are residents of North Vancouver where they are raising their 1 year old daughter.

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2010 Rising Star

Barbara MacPhail

Barbara is the senior vice president and COO of Hub International Insurance Brokers, TOS Division. Barbara’s career began at the age of 15 with Barton Insurance Brokers. By the time she was 18, she had finished all four levels of her Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designation and went on to complete a BA in Communications at SFU. Barbara joined Hub International in 1999 as personal insurance manager and quickly earned the respect of her peers, staff and others in the industry. She is an exceptional leader whose vision and strategic direction are integral to the success of the operations she oversees. Barbara has been a facilitator with the IBABC, instructing CAIB courses, and was part of the steering committee for BCIT’s general insurance program. In 2009 Barbara was recognized by Business in Vancouver’s Forty under 40 Awards.

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2009 Rising Star

Shelly Maurer

In her current role as Senior Manager, Insurance Operations at Valley First Insurance, Shelly Maurer is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of nine insurance locations throughout the Okanagan – Similkameen region.

Like many in our industry, Shelly literally fell into her career. A short conversation with a friend set her life on the path of insurance. “I had just finished college and wasn’t sure what my next step was going to be, for the moment I just wanted to get a job. An acquaintance working in insurance suggested I give it a try. I dropped off a resume at a local brokerage and went home to do a bit of research. I ordered my Fundamentals of Insurance manual a few days later and started home study. Soon after, I got a call from the agency and started in a data entry position. It was April 1, 1992…and the rest truly is history”

Shelly has held almost every position within the insurance agency environment, from that first clerical job to training, sales and various administrative positions. She moved to Penticton and joined Valley First head office in her current capacity in 2005.

Shelly is most grateful to the guidance and mentorship provided to her over the course of her career which has given her the skills and the confidence to grow into her leadership role.

“I’m still in insurance today because every day is a challenge, and because I have been lucky enough to be given many opportunities and responsibilities throughout my career.” Shelly embraces the variety and challenge of the business and feels fortunate to have developed both professionally and personally by her experiences so far.

Shelly has a diploma in Business Administration and her Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designation. She has served on the board of directors for the Credit Union Insurance Services Association since 2004. Shelly sought election to the CUISA board to represent non-lower mainland brokers and bring a better understanding of regional issues to the forefront. In her time on the board, she has been honoured to work with many accomplished industry leaders and her experiences on various sub committees and insurance company broker councils have developed a broader appreciation of the relevant issues affecting the entire industry.

Giving back to her community is also one of Shelly’s core values; her 10 years on a fundraising committee for BC’s Children’s Hospital have provided her a sense of personal fulfillment which comes from knowing what each of us can do to make things better for others.

Shelly grew up in the small town of Salmon Arm BC . The youngest of 6 children, she attributes her strong work ethic to the influence of her parents and the experiences of being raised on a small farm where everyone had responsibilities.

From the age of seven Shelly was a member of the local 4H horse club and was involved competitively in showing horses throughout her teens. The club instilled responsibility and accountability, while providing learning opportunities for personal growth in areas such as public speaking that have proven to be useful throughout her career.

Away from work, Shelly also enjoys traveling, staying active at the gym, playing volleyball and spending as much time as possible enjoying the unique lifestyle of the sunny Okanagan.

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2008 Rising Star

Steve Sache

Steve Sache is among the second-generation family members joining Don Sache, Don Terry and Brent Atkinson at Atkinson & Terry Insurance Brokers, the thriving family business that now has 19 locations in the Lower Mainland employing about 160 people.

Steve works in the Delta head office on Scott Road where the partners first opened shop. Family and roots are important to Steve. His parents moved to Delta when he was three, and he remains there today with wife Monique, daughter Sydney, 10, and his two boys Max, 6, and Tyler, 5.

On graduating from high school Steve went to work in the construction industry, but in the 1980s construction work was seasonal, and during an off-season lull, Don Sache suggested to his son that he obtain an insurance license. “In 1990 I found myself working for the King’s Cross office in Newton, in the mail room,” Steve recalls.

Like so many brokers before him, he got hooked. “Two things really appealed to me,” he says. “I loved meeting all sorts of different people, and I loved that there are so many disciplines you can explore.” He became a road-runner for one of the dealerships and managed an office in Surrey’s Whalley district.

Steve credits the direction provided by his father, Don Terry and Brent Atkinson for his professional growth and accomplishments. “They encouraged me to get involved in as many functions, committees and task forces as possible.” He joined the Insurance Brokers Association of BC board of directors in 2003, and in ’05 became treasurer, a post he held for two years. Last year he served as the first chair of the newly formed Young Broker Network. The challenge of attracting young people to the industry is one that’s especially close to his heart: “I love the idea of other young people receiving the kind of support and inspiration I’ve enjoyed. And in these times of chronic labour shortages, such a network aids our profession enormously.”

Over the past decade Steve served on several industry committees and task forces, and was a valued contributor to pilot projects integrating Web-based technology in brokerage systems. In ’07 he was one of IBABC’s representatives on the negotiating team for the 2008-13 ICBC/Broker Strategic Accord, and his ability to hold his own in a forum that is usually dominated by more senior owner/managers is one of the factors that led to him being selected as this year’s Rising Star. Earlier this year, he traveled to Ottawa to participate in the national broker association’s annual political-action events.

Work and keeping up with three active, growing children keep Steve and Monique busy, but Steve manages to do some fishing in his spare time.

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2007 Rising Star

Carla Smith

Carla grew up in Vancouver as the oldest of 3 children. As described by her parents, from the day of her birth she possessed more than her fair share of life and engergy. As a young child she was known for her tendency to be the leader of the pack, a trait which was most often put to good use. Her outgoing nature also proved helpful in performing arts as she spent many evenings and weekends dancing, baton twirling, and playing piano. All of this activity early on in life gave Carla a taste for being busy, something that has carried through to later years of her life.

Carla attended Notre Dame High School, where she was most known for her academic accomplishments. She earned herself the nick name “four point oh” for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average through the entirety of her high school years. She also completed Avdvanced Placement English and Mathematics during her grade 12 year so as to get a head start on University. In between studying and exam writing, she also maintained participation on the Notre Dame Volley Ball, Basket Ball, and Track & Fiels teams, the Ski Club, and held a weekend job. After graduation, she continued to act as on of Notre Dame’s Volley Ball Coaches.

Carla’s academic accomplishments earned her a scholarship to UBC – but she chose to go to SFU instead because of the strength of their Co-Op program. It was Carla’s goal upon entering University to get early hands on work experience. By the 3rd year of her Finance Degree, she was working full time with BCAA while also balancing a full university course load.

In 1999 at the age of 22 and in the last year of her Finance Degree, she began working for ING Insurance. By the age of 24 she was an underwriting manager, at 26 she was promoted to Regional Branch Manager, and at 29 on the 7 year anniversary of her start with ING, she was made the Regional Vice President of their B.C. Mainland Office.

During her years at ING, she also made time for completing her Chartered Insurance Professional Designation. A strong believer in continuing education, Carla is now amidst the completion of a Project Management Certificate with a specialization in Strategic Leadership at the University of British Columbia with completion slated for April 2008.

Outside of work and school, Carla is presently a steering committee member for the B.C. Chapter of WICC, and a Volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society – teaching a mandatory training course for all the employees and volunteers who are newly hired by CSS each month. In her spare time, she enjoys contributing to Starbuck’s revenue, running around Stanely Park, helping with home renovation projects, relaxing with her family and friends, and dreaming about what project to take on next.