President’s Message

Dear Fellow O.I.B.A. Members,

I would like to open with a huge thank you to our current board of directors for their commitment and dedication to our association.  It has been an extreme pleasure working with all of the old and new faces that have been a part of the board since I joined this board 6 years ago.  We are privileged to have many unique talented people in our association that volunteer to enhance the experience of being a member of our association.

In a very dynamic and changing insurance world, your association welcomes the opportunity to engage our members and offer education to progress to the new norm.  Whatever that may be with all of the changes facing the independent broker channel.

Our Strategic Plan meeting in early September has identified areas for us to improve as an association.  In the next two years, we hope to improve our website for all of our members, increase our visibility online and step up our political advocacy with the Bank Act being reviewed in 2018.

As we say goodbye and a big thank you for their service to Scott Sleightholm and Graham Mann, we welcome Chelsea Reece and Edward James to the board.  The two new additions will bring a younger point of view to this mature cast of characters already on this board.

Again this year we managed to raise and donate throughout our communities many thousands of much needed dollars.  That being said, we are turning the page with the last Charity of Choice Poker Event and are looking at other options that will provide networking opportunities.

This is proof our hard working board is recognized throughout the Province as we have made it to the IBAO final three for the Affiliate of the Year Award (again)…


Brian Erwin

OIBA Profile

Founded in 1910, the Ottawa Insurance Brokers Association (OIBA) is a voluntary membership organization serving the interests of independent insurance brokers in the Eastern Ontario region. Each member is served at three levels: The OIBA, the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) and the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC).

The IBAO has a membership of more than 10,000 independent insurance brokers across the Province of Ontario and represents the interests or OIBA members to government ministries and regulatory bodies, as well as to insurance industry commissions and associations.

The IBAC considers the needs of Ontario’s independent brokers when new policy shifts are introduced by the Canadian government or the insurance industry.

Working together, the three associations build and maintain a business environment that allows individual brokerages to thrive.

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