We are now accepting expressions of interest to join the Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan (IBAS) Emerging Brokers Council (EBC) for the 2023 calendar year.
The EBC was established in 2019 to replace the former Saskatchewan Young Brokers Network, and is a formal member advisory committee — under the governance of the IBAS board of directors — with a three-part mandate:
Ensure the unique perspectives of young and emerging brokers are represented in IBAS activities, within IBAS policy directives, and at industry functions;
Promote the insurance broker profession as a modern, rewarding, first-choice career; and
Champion the association’s engagement and philanthropic activities in support of the annual #BrokersCare Campaign.
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR INTEREST BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18.
Full details can be found in the EBC's terms of reference. Please note these terms are draft (updated over the current version) and are subject to a vote of approval at the upcoming IBAS board meeting. Here are some of the basic need-to-knows:
EBC members must be under the age of 40 or have spent five or fewer years as a licensed insurance broker at the time of first being appointed.
Individuals submitting interest to join the EBC must have the support of their brokerage principal(s).
Eligible expenses related to EBC participation, such as mileage and accommodations, are reimbursed by IBAS. EBC members also receive complimentary registration to designated IBAS events throughout the year, including the annual IBAS Convention & AGM.
All terms are one year in length, but are also renewable each year.
The EBC strives to meet a minimum four times per year. Some meetings are held virtually via Zoom, while other meetings — particularly when scheduled adjacent to IBAS and other industry events — are held in-person.
Appointments to the EBC will be made by the IBAS board of directors at its December 5 board meeting.
For potential EBC candidates, the EBC is a unique, rewarding opportunity to strengthen engagement within the insurance industry, get involved with IBAS, and make a meaningful, positive contribution to the broker profession.
For employers of potential EBC candidates, the EBC is a professional development resource unlike any other. Participants receive up to 12 annual CE credits and participate in important conversations that shape both IBAS decisions and the future of the insurance sector, both in Saskatchewan and throughout Canada.
Here's what our current EBC Vice Chair Talsa Warken of Western Financial Group in Assiniboia has to say about her involvement:
"Being a member of the EBC has brought a new depth of insight into the industry. The opportunity to collaborate with other brokers — provincially and nationally — provides me with an extensive understanding of the issues the industry faces. I am proud to advocate for Saskatchewan brokers, brokerages, and our customers, while giving back to local communities."
If you have any questions, please contact me directly at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your consideration and ongoing support!
Derek Lothian, ICD.D
President & CEO
Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan