Canadian Broker Network announces the 2020 Underwriter Awards

Toronto – September 22, 2020 – Canadian Broker Network (CBN), Canada’s leading network of independent insurance brokers, is pleased to announce its’ 2020 Underwriters of the Year.  CBN members have personally selected these individuals as having met and exceeded our award criteria during a particularly challenging time in the industry.  The criteria includes:  underwriting excellence and risk knowledge; being available to our teams; writing business that satisfies clients’ needs while creating a win-win for the broker and the insurer; a positive, helpful attitude; and investing time to develop trusting relationships with their brokers.

Commercial Award RecipientsVincent Cloutier, Northbridge; Tyler Pretto, Intact; Nicole Gilkie, Intact; Sarabjit Minhas, RSA; Jennifer Kinsella, Intact; Nicole Smart, Intact; Viet Nguyen, Unica.

Personal Award RecipientsNicole Featherstone, Northbridge; Alieu Fatty, SGI Canada; Anthony Guarangna, Travelers; Jason King, Aviva.

About the Canadian Broker Network

The Canadian Broker Network is an alliance of leading independent insurance brokerages representing more than $1 billion in property casualty premiums as well as employee benefits and life and financial services, with over 50 offices across Canada and more than 1,500 employees. We give independent, employee-owned brokerages a unique way to grow and innovate their businesses by leveraging the collective wisdom, experience, and connections of our members.

Maturing out of a forum dating back to 2002, originally designed to exchange best practices, CBN’s guiding principles of innovation, collaboration, commitment to growth, and independence ensures that members can deliver the best possible value proposition to their clients, employees, and insurer partners.

Fiercely Independent & Proudly Canadian

For more information on CBN and a list of our members, visit

Rogers Insurance acquires interest in McLean & Shaw Insurance

CALGARY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 – Doug Laird, President of Edmonton’s McLean & Shaw Insurance Inc. and Lee Rogers, President and Bruce Rabik, Chief Operating Officer of Calgary-based Rogers Insurance Ltd. are pleased to announce the partnership of these respective firms. Rogers has acquired a significant minority interest in McLean & Shaw and both Doug Laird and Ryan Lyster, Managing Partner, will
become shareholders in Rogers Insurance Ltd.

Since 1956, McLean & Shaw has developed tremendous expertise in the transportation, oil and gas servicing, manufacturing and farm sectors and has grown a very loyal base of customers. “Our partnership with Rogers Insurance provides additional access to markets which means more choice for our clients and allows us to focus on our areas of expertise so we can aggressively expand our clientele in Edmonton,” said Doug Laird. “McLean & Shaw’s core values of authenticity, passion and accountability are aligned with our new partners and we are pleased to be joining an organization with one of the best work environments in Alberta. Our team is committed to continue delivering best-inclass
service for our clients.”

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