Amplify Sessions 2020
Dragon – Dragon’s Den
Manjit Minhas is 40 years old and was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. This Petroleum Engineering student turned beer baroness is a Dragon on the hit TV show Dragons’ Den on CBC in its 15th season (for which she has been on for 6 seasons/years). Manjit leads a privately owned empire that had revenues in excess of $210 million last year.
Ryan Holtz Show Podcast & Marketing
As the number one podcaster in Canada, Ryan knows exactly what you need to do to amp up your brand currency and garner the attention you desire online. As an influencer, marketer, DJ and podcaster, Ryan has key insights that will help you grow your social media following, build brand loyalty and trust, and so much more.
Matthew Grant has over 25 years of experience introducing new data and analytics into insurance companies around the world. He is the executive partner of InsTech London, a business network that helps insurers identify the best companies to work with and assists technology companies in telling their stories and find new clients.
The Insurance Podcast
Pete Tessier is the founder and host of the Insurance Podcast. As an insurance professional, Pete has been in the industry for 17 years after joining the family insurance brokerage business. Prior to entering into the insurance industry, Pete worked in corporate communications for London Drugs, western Canada’s largest drug store chain based out of Richmond BC.
Roper Valuation & Insurance Advisors Ltd.
Nick is a self-proclaimed insurance geek and loves the ‘art’ of insurance. As both a Chartered Insurance Professional and a Chartered Professional Accountant, his main passion is business interruption insurance. Nick loves working with industry partners to support the improvement of BI related products and service offerings as well as to establish effective BI coverage and to provide claim quantification services when the losses happen.
Sauce Recruitment Corp.
With 15 years of insurance experience, Jenn knows what it means to be a broker when assisting her candidates. Working with companies of various sizes, Jenn understands the benefits and challenges that come with each. Jenn’s philosophy is that fit, and personality is just as important as skill set when interviewing new potential hires. Insurance can be taught: work ethic and diligence are engrained.
Julia started her insurance career at GoldKey Registry 30 years ago, climbing the ladder from the registry department to her current role as VP of Government Relations for Sharp Insurance. Julia is an active volunteer, currently serving her second term as the VP of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC).
Canadian Broker Network
An accomplished business professional with 25 years of management and leadership experience within the property casualty insurance industry and not for profit sector.
Justin Thouin is the Co-Founder and CEO of LowestRates.ca, one of the fastest growing companies in North America. He has been an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist and under his leadership LowestRates.ca has ranked in the top 15 on Maclean’s/Canadian Business’ Growth 500 list of Canada’s fastest growing companies for five years in a row, most recently placing 14th in 2020. The company has also ranked on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 the past three years, stemming from its rapid revenue growth. In 2019, LowestRates.ca won Startup Canada’s National and Ontario High-Growth Entrepreneurship Awards. It also placed on the Report on Business’ List of Canada’s Top Growing Companies the past two years.
Hunters International Insurance Brokers
Having built sophisticated risk management and insurance experience working in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Sydney, and running a large Toronto insurance brokerage, Brooke Hunter founded HUNTERS International Insurance in 2005. Active on multiple community boards, Brooke has served on the boards of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada, Toronto Insurance Conference, Canadian Association of Family Enterprise, St Clement’s School, The Canadian Mothercraft Society and two private clubs. Brooke is a supporter of the charity Trails Youth Initiatives on their Board of Governors. Brooke completed the University of Toronto Rotman Director Education Program in June 2016 receiving her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She completed the Wharton/Chubb CAPI designation, Certified Advisor in Personal Insurance, in November 2016. She is President and Director of Huntro Investments, a family office and also serves a Director of Morrison Lamothe Inc., a frozen food company with a private label coffee subsidiary, Club Coffee LLP. Mostly recently, Brooke joined the Board of the Insurance Brokers of Toronto Region.
As a leader and coach Jeff is fueled by 3 things – technology, people and big ideas. He also believes that the pinnacle of innovation for an entrepreneur is best measured by the number of times you’ve tried something new – and learned from the adventure when it didn’t go as planned.
What gives Jeff and his Excalibur team their edge? His peers believe it’s because he refuses to wait for someone else to make a difference. In 2016 Roy and Excalibur won Aviva Canada’s first Broker’s Hackathon. A contest designed to encourage groundbreaking ideas on how technology can enhance the industry.
Heather Masterson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Travelers Canada and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. She joined Travelers Canada in 2015 as its Chief Operating Officer, bringing more than 20 years of industry experience, market and broker expertise, and executive leadership to her role. Since becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016, Heather has been focused on driving financial and operational excellence across the business, improving the customer and broker experience, building capability in technology and innovation, and creating a best-in-class employee experience.
The Croo Group