Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario Elects New President

Toronto, ON (Jan. 11, 2016) – The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) is proud to announce that Mr. Doug Heaman has been elected as IBAO’s 73rd President.

Doug was officially inducted at the IBAO Convention held in Toronto and formally assumed his role as President on January 1, 2016. His presidential theme is Create Your Future, based on the famous Abraham Lincoln quote: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

Doug steps into his role as President with more than 33 years of experience in the insurance industry. Doug began his career in 1982 working for a local brokerage; within 5 years he started his own brokerage, DW Heaman Insurance. Three years later, he merged with Bradley Gaskin Marshall Insurance located in Cambridge Ontario, a company with a legacy that began in 1900.

In 2005, Doug became sole owner of the company. With a vision to change the face of insurance, the office was relocated to Kitchener and rebranded as the Advocate Insurance Group. Advocate has continued to grow organically as well as through acquisition.

In addition to obtaining his CCIB, Doug is a certified transformational trainer.

“Insurance brokers provide choice and advice, and act as an advocate for their customers. I am looking forward to giving back to a profession that provides a valuable service to Ontario consumers,” said Heaman.

As President of IBAO, Doug will lead implementation strategies for the provincial association. With a focus on educating brokers, educating consumers, advocating on insurance-related issues and ensuring the sustainability of the brokerage channel, Doug looks forward to helping Ontario brokers meet the future challenges of the insurance industry.

“We are so pleased to welcome Doug into his new role as President,” said IBAO CEO Jim Murphy. “He has already made an incredible contribution to the industry with his work on the executive for the last three years. We look forward to an exciting and productive year with him at the helm of our association.”

About IBAO

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario is a ‘not for profit’ association that represents and serves the interests of over 12,000 independent Property & Casualty Insurance Brokers in the Province of Ontario. For information about IBAO, visit

Source: Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO)