Billyard Insurance Group (BIG) opens new branch in Sarnia, Ontario

Toronto, ON (Oct. 3, 2023) – Billyard Insurance Group (BIG), one of Canada’s leading brokerages, is proud to announce the opening of its newest branch in Sarnia, Ontario. The move brings the company’s growing portfolio to 84 branches nationwide.

The Sarnia office will be led by Managing Partners Ainsley McHenry and Kirstie Feddes. Both McHenry and Feddes are well-versed in the insurance sector and bring over a decade of combined industry experience. Having worked together in previous roles, the pair look forward to venturing into the next chapter of their professional journeys in tandem.

“Kirstie and I talked about starting a brokerage for years, and it became obvious after our first conversation with BIG that it was the company for us,” said McHenry. “The service model fits perfectly with how we want to do business, and we knew right away that our Sarnia office would be a success. We are beyond excited and proud to bring BIG to Sarnia, where we can provide the kind of local and personalized service we take pride in.”

“Starting our own brokerage has been a goal since Ainsley and I met,” said Feddes. “We wanted to start something that Sarnia could be proud of, and we knew that bringing BIG to Sarnia would accomplish just that. BIG aligns with our goals to bring old school customer service and relationship building back to the insurance industry, putting the client first.”

“We are thrilled to set roots in yet another community and expand our footprint within Ontario,” said Jennifer Smith, Director of Business Development at BIG. “Ainsley and Kirstie bring a wealth of experience and knowledge with them, and we are confident that their team will provide the highest level of service and support to their clients.”

Operating out of First Sarnia Place at 201 Front Street North – a prestigious waterfront location in the city’s downtown core – this new branch will offer a comprehensive range of insurance services to meet the diverse needs of individuals, families, and businesses in the area. From home and auto to commercial and travel, the experienced team at BIG Sarnia is committed to delivering customized solutions at the best rates available.

More information on BIG Sarnia and its team of insurance professionals can be accessed at

About the Billyard Insurance Group

Billyard Insurance Group is a well-established and award-winning brokerage in Canada. With 84 branches in four provinces and partnerships with 30+ leading insurance providers, the rapidly growing brokerage is committed to helping Canadians receive the coverage they need. For more information, visit

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Billyard Insurance Group (BIG) recognized by The Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s Top Growing Companies

Welland, ON (Oct. 3, 2023) – Billyard Insurance Group is proud to announce that it placed No. 127 on the 2023 Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies. An annual program that was launched in 2019, Canada’s Top Growing Companies is an editorial that ranks the country’s boldest entrepreneurial businesses and brings light to their accomplishments.

To qualify, companies must complete an in-depth application process and fulfill a variety of requirements. The businesses are then ranked based on their three-year revenue growth. In total, 425 companies earned a spot on this year’s ranking. BIG’s growth in revenue of 370% was key to the brokerage’s rank in the top third of the list.

“We are honoured to once again be named as one of Canada’s Top Growing Companies. This recognition is a testament to our innovation and commitment to serving Canadians. It inspires us to set even higher standards for ourselves and continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible,” said Stephen Billyard, CEO of BIG. “We’re grateful to our loyal customers, dedicated Managing Partners, and the entire BIG team for being instrumental in this success.”

“Over the last three years, BIG has seen an incredible jump in revenue. We’ve been able to achieve this by staying focused on our core values; taking care of our people, innovating relentlessly, and good old fashioned hard work. This allows us to continually offer our clients great value, maintain strong carrier relationships, and open new branches at a fast pace,” said Ryley Bellows, Director of Finance at BIG. “We are confident that as our business continues to expand, these results will only improve and take our brokerage to the next level.”

The full list of 2023 winners, along with editorial coverage, is published in the October issue of Report on Business magazine. The list can also be accessed online here.

“Canada’s Top Growing Companies acknowledges the drive and ingenuity displayed by Canadian business,” says Dawn Calleja, Editor of Report on Business magazine. “This year’s ranking serves as an inspiration for future business owners.”

“This year’s Report on Business magazine’s list of Top Growing Companies shows how innovative ideas always rise to the top, perhaps even more so in times of uncertainty,” says Andrew Saunders, CEO of The Globe and Mail. “The Globe and Mail congratulates this year’s winners for meeting and surpassing those economic challenges.”

About the Billyard Insurance Group

Billyard Insurance Group (BIG) is a leading independent insurance brokerage with locations throughout Canada. Their network of trusted insurance partners allows them to provide comprehensive coverage options for Home, Auto, Life, and Business Insurance. BIG’s team of experts works tirelessly to find the lowest quotes and best coverage options for their clients, taking the hassle out of insurance shopping. With thousands of satisfied clients across Canada, BIG is committed to providing personalized service and expertise in the insurance industry. For more information, visit

About the Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail is Canada’s foremost news media company, leading the national discussion and causing policy change through brave and independent journalism since 1844. With our award-winning coverage of business, politics and national affairs, The Globe and Mail newspaper reaches 6.2 million readers every week in our print or digital formats, and Report on Business magazine reaches 2.7 million readers in print and digital every issue. Our investment in innovative data science means that as the world continues to change, so does The Globe. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family.

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