Canadian Broker Network announces 2023 Underwriters of the Year

Toronto, ON (Sept. 12, 2023) – Canadian Broker Network (CBN), Canada’s leading network of independent insurance brokers, is pleased to announce its 2023 Underwriters of the Year.

“CBN members have personally selected these personal and commercial underwriters as having met and exceeded our award criteria,” said Lorie Phair, President of CBN.

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 brokers.

“These are significant achievements that underscore the importance and value of broker-underwriter relationships,” said Andrew Kemp, Chairman of CBN. “We congratulate all of our winners and thank them for their contributions as we continue our vision to help secure the future success of independent brokers.”

Commercial Award Recipients:

  • Amir Ali Akbarli, Economical Insurance
  • Kathy Bartolitius, Peace Hills Insurance
  • Brad Clisdell, Aviva Canada
  • Stephanie Hodson, Aviva Canada
  • Jordan Hollett, Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company
  • Mark Hoyte, Northbridge Insurance
  • Francois Letourneau, Sovereign General Insurance
  • Natalie Magaletta, Northbridge Insurance
  • Lisa Moores, Intact Insurance
  • Matt Pike, Travelers Canada
  • Katie Stanley-Paul, Intact Insurance
  • Greg Steinbach, Intact Insurance
  • Linda Tetreault, Aviva Canada

Personal Award Recipients:

  • Lisa Decker, Intact Insurance
  • Ashley Folk, SGI Canada
  • Steve Henley, Intact Insurance
  • Alexander Kwan, Aviva Canada
  • Kevin McDermott, Aviva Canada
  • Katie Murray, Coast Underwriters Limited
  • Ramy Sonbl, Intact Insurance
  • Cristina Sorescu, Northbridge Insurance
  • Jimmy Sota, Chubb Insurance
  • Pat Walker, Heartland Mutual Insurance

MGA Award Recipients:

  • Marina Bodine, CanSure
  • Patrick Bouchard, Soplex Insurance Solutions
  • Lisa N. Campbell, Burns & Wilcox
  • Marianne McKinnon, Victor Insurance
  • Jean Mullin, GFH Underwriting
  • Heath Paull, i3 Underwriting
  • Melanie Pon, Southwestern General Insurance Group
  • Ian Stamp, Burns & Wilcox
  • Gabriel Urtusastegui, CanSure
  • Cheryl Wiley, CanSure
  • Danielle Woolf, SUM Insurance


About the Canadian Broker Network

Canadian Broker Network (CBN) is an alliance of leading independent insurance brokerages representing more than $.52 billion in property casualty premiums, as well as employee benefits and life and financial services, with over 100 offices across Canada and more than 2,000 employees. CBN provides independent, employee-owned brokerages a unique way to grow and innovate their businesses by leveraging its collective wisdom, experience and connections and helping members gain the scale and benefits needed for future success. Maturing out of a forum dating back to 2002 originally designed to exchange best practices, today CBN’s guiding principles of innovation, collaboration, commitment to growth and independence help us ensure we deliver the best possible value proposition to our 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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