Navacord Fuels Expansion in Manitoba with Avant Insurance

Toronto, ON, February 28, 2024 – Navacord Corp., Canada’s third largest commercial insurance brokerage, is pleased to announce its recent partnership with Avant Insurance, effective February 1. This transaction marks Navacord’s inaugural partnership of the year and a pivotal step in their broader expansion plan within the province of Manitoba. 

In operation since 2016, Avant has established itself as a key player in Manitoba, specializing in both personal and commercial lines. With three offices, the Winnipeg-based brokerage prides itself on their commitment to putting people before profit, a philosophy that aligns seamlessly with Navacord’s client-centric approach. The company has nurtured enduring relationships with numerous long-term clients, demonstrating a consistent track record of reliability and trust.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Avant Insurance and to have them be our first partner of the new year,” says Shawn DeSantis, President and CEO, Navacord. “Our collaboration is a testament to Navacord’s commitment to building strategic partnerships in Manitoba, reinforcing our focus on talent acquisition and alliances with businesses that share our vision as Canada’s third largest commercial insurance brokerage.”

Cole Leitch, President and CEO at Avant, adds his perspective: “Joining forces with Navacord is an exciting chapter for Avant Insurance. Our shared values of prioritizing people and fostering long-term client relationships create a strong foundation for this partnership. We are confident that being part of Navacord will open up new opportunities for growth and innovation, allowing us to continue providing exceptional service to our clients.”

This partnership with Avant Insurance also marks Navacord’s third in Manitoba in recent years, fueling Navacord’s strategic build out and presence in the central Canadian province.

About Navacord

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Navacord is one of Canada’s top three commercial insurance brokerages. With $3 billion in premiums, Navacord stands as a leader in group insurance and risk management solutions. From commercial and personal insurance to surety, employee benefits and retirement consulting, Navacord leverages national strength and resources with the local touch service of industry specialized Navacord Broker Partners to deliver the trusted advice, expertise and custom insurance solutions clients need to face the future with confidence.

About Avant Insurance

Avant Insurance is a family-owned commercial and VIP home insurance specialist in Manitoba.

Concerned about the growing consolidation happening in the insurance industry, Cole Leitch and his father founded Avant Insurance in March 2016, recognizing a significant demand for a “100% independently owned Manitoba broker who specialized in commercial P&C insurance and surety.” Since then, their business has grown to 3 offices and 20 staff.

Avant Insurance has been named Top Insurance Employer, and has been listed as a 5 Star Brokerage by Insurance Business Canada multiple times.

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