If you know your history then you will know that Hamilton has played an exceptional role in the insurance industry. Many of the big names in the business had headquarters here before the consolidation of the financial district in downtown Toronto, and the growth of the health care and education sector here in Hamilton. It is no wonder then that many of the industry’s most respected and accomplished professionals started their career here in Hamilton and many continue to call Hamilton home. Now with the advent of expanded work from home due to the unprecedented conditions that we are now living in, many more insurance professionals continue to flock to Hamilton as a home base.
The move is understandable since, although it may not look like it from the Skyway Bridge, Hamilton has some of the most natural beauty in southern Ontario. From the wooded trails on the escarpment and rolling countryside in the Greenbelt, to the Hamilton waterfront, the city has a lot to offer. With an ambitious growth plan for the downtown and city core, we are also seeing a revival in great restaurants and entertainment venues to rival any other major city. Not to mention our already strong arts and music scene, (Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Stan Rogers, The Arkells etc.)
Since its inception, the OIAA Hamilton Chapter has had a strong connection to the fabric of the insurance world in the city. From the annual Hamilton Law Association Joint Insurance Seminar (Thursday December 2, 2021 – email events @hamiltonlaw.on.ca for details) and our spring educational event – we are committed to providing top-notch professional development in the insurance space.
We also host a variety of fundraising events throughout the year and take pride in giving back to the community wherever we can. This includes our annual Bowling Bas fundraiser where we are partnered with Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, as well as our annual Golf Tournament and Christmas Party where proceeds go to various charitable organizations.
All of which is only made possible through the hard work and dedication of our exception executive team including: Jennifer Allan (Brant Mutual), Laura O’Hearn (Maxwell Claims), Armaine Smith, Bradley Remigis (Agro Zaffiro LLP) and our past executives who have contributed so much over the years; Janice Brooks (Dumfries Mutual), Alyson Harper (Sedgwick), Dave Hladysh (Desjardin) and so many more.
I am very fortunate to have been selected by such wonderful people to be Chapter President and I look forward to growing the OIAA Hamilton Chapter to provide professional development and networking opportunities to aspiring and accomplished insurance professionals alike.
Whether you are local, new to the area or just visiting, the OIAA Hamilton extends our warmest welcome!