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What does the 2021 International Women’s Day slogan, #Choosetochallenge mean for you in your work life?
It means we celebrate the achievement of women within Navacord and the insurance industry as a whole, constantly challenging gender inequality and biases.
Your current job is Financial Lines Practice Leader for Navacord. Is this role what you expected to be in when you started in the workforce? How did it change? Tell us about your journey.
This role was designed for me and allowed me the opportunity to create and develop the role over the past two years with the support of Navacord’s leadership.
What barriers have you faced, as a woman, in becoming successful in your field? How did you overcome them?
As a working mom of two beautiful children I took maternity leaves with both my children, and each time feeling as though I lost of year of progress within the organization in terms of salary increases/profit sharing, and potential lost opportunities that came up while I was on leave. I quickly overcame these barriers with open dialogue with my employers who were also making great strides in gender equality at the time. Working hard, showing your worth, using your voice, and having supportive and progressive employers were all key pieces to overcoming these barriers.
Based on your own experience, what advice would you give to women considering jumping into the insurance industry?
Having been in the insurance industry for over 20 years I recognize the difference women have made in this field. Some of the top organizations are lead by females who have mentored and supported me throughout my career. The insurance industry has also proven to be a very stable and prosperous industry even in an economic downturn like 2020. Jobs are plentiful as a new entrants to the industry or seasoned professionals!
How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does that mean to you?
There have been many moments in my career where I felt I needed to be picked up and it was in those moments I was supported by wonderful women around me in my personal life and professional life. The truth is “when women support each other, incredible things happen.”
Waypoint Insurance expands operations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland with addition of GNK Insurance Services Inc.
Waypoint Insurance, Navacord’s premier Broker Partner in British Columbia specializing in top-tier P&C insurance products unique to life on the West Coast, is thrilled to announce the addition of GNK Insurance Services Inc., effective March 1, 2021.
The addition of GNK supports Waypoint’s growth strategy of expanding their operations through a mix of profitable
organic growth and M&A with like-minded brokers.
“Our partnership with Navacord aligns with our vision—with how we, as a company, want to move forward and grow our business,” says Lio Spagnuolo, COO and Managing Partner, Penmore Benefits. “With Navacord’s backing, we can add to our existing portfolio by utilizing their national relationships, technology, and infrastructure support.”
The addition of Penmore Benefits further strengthens Navacord’s leadership and national presence within the group benefits and retirement sector.
Waypoint Insurance, Navacord’s premier Broker Partner in British Columbia specializing in top-tier P&C insurance products unique to life on the West Coast, is pleased to announce the addition of Lynn Valley Insurance.
The addition of Lynn Valley furthers Waypoint’s strategy of continuing to build in North Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver area through like-minded brokers. It also enhances Navacord’s position in the province, supporting their vision of building the great Canadian brokerage and is expected to be one of many announcements through 2021.
Henderson Insurance, Navacord’s premier Broker Partner in Saskatchewan and a leader in mid-market commercial insurance and risk management, is pleased to announce its addition of HAL Insurance, effective November 2, 2020. The deal strengthens Henderson’s position in the transportation sector and further deepens their expertise.
Highway Agencies Ltd., now HAL Insurance, was founded in 1955 by the Saskatchewan Trucking Association and maintains a proud history of attracting and developing knowledgeable team members
focused on delivering expert advice that’s driven by experience. With roots in the trucking industry, HAL
Insurance specializes within the transportation sector and adds their expertise across a range of other
products including Commercial, Personal, Farm, and Sports and Events insurance.
TORONTO, October 26, 2020 – Navacord Corp., one of Canada’s top commercial insurance brokerages and a leader in risk management services, is pleased to announce the addition of Jim Edmands as SVP, Benefits and Retirement, effective November 9, 2020.
Navacord solidifies national benefits practice with addition of B.C. consulting firm Dehoney Financial Group
TORONTO, September 10, 2020 – Navacord Corp., one of Canada’s top four commercial insurance brokerages and a leader in risk management services, expands its benefits business coast-to-coast with the addition of B.C.-based broker Dehoney Financial Group (DFG).
TORONTO, August 17, 2020 – As they continue to build out their national benefits practice, Navacord Corp., one of Canada’s top four commercial insurance brokerages and a leader in risk management services, is pleased to announce the addition of PEI-based Cooke Capital, effective August 13, 2020.
TORONTO, July 22, 2020 – Navacord Corp., one of Canada’s top commercial insurance brokerages and a leader in risk management services, is pleased to announce the addition of Ontario-based brokers Selectpath Benefits and Financial Inc. and ProBenefits Consulting Inc. The two deals strengthen Navacord’s position in the Canadian benefits space, which the company has set as a priority growth area.
Jones DesLauriers Insurance Management Inc. announces a strategic partnership with Condominium Insurance Solutions Inc.
TORONTO, July 13, 2020 – Jones DesLauriers Insurance Management Inc. (JDIMI), a Navacord broker partner and a leader in risk management services, announces a strategic alliance with Condominium Insurance Solutions Inc. (CIS), one of Ontario’s largest condominium insurance program providers, effective July 1, 2020.