Canadian Broker Network announces 2021 Underwriters of the Year

Toronto, ON (Sept. 21, 2021) – Canadian Broker Network (CBN), Canada’s leading network of independent insurance brokers, is pleased to announce its 2021 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,” said Lorie Phair, president of CBN.

The criteria include: 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 brokers.

“While we have traditionally focused this award on primary insurers, this year we have introduced an additional award for MGA Underwriter of the Year,” said Andrew Kemp, chairman of CBN. “We congratulate all our winners and thank them for their contributions.”

Commercial Award Recipients:

  • Linda Tetreault, Aviva Canada
  • Chris Hirte, Intact Insurance
  • Jennifer Irving, Northbridge Insurance
  • Derek Waters, Economical Insurance
  • Jordan Thompson, Intact Insurance
  • Brad Clisdell, Aviva Canada
  • Nelson deQuintal, Intact Insurance
  • Kathy Morris, Economical Insurance

Personal Award Recipients:

  • Justyna Gordon, Intact Insurance
  • Kirra Moore, Aviva Canada
  • Tony Machado, Intact Insurance
  • Anthony Guaragna, Travelers Canada
  • Jason King, Aviva Canada
  • Paolo Bottiglieri, Intact Insurance
  • Shawn Brockley, CAA Insurance

MGA Award Recipients

  • Jocelyn Côté, Assurances Evolution
  • Emily Han, Unique Risks
  • Brett Graham, Agile Underwriting Solutions
  • Brynja Clipsham, Vailo Insurance Services
  • Steve Hrab, Burns & Wilcox Heath Paull, i3 Underwriting Services
  • Daniel Moses, TruStar

About the Canadian Broker Network

The Canadian Broker Network is an alliance of leading independent insurance brokerages representing more than $1.8 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, including a list of our members, please visit

SOURCE: Canadian Broker Network

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