Longtime insurance broker Judy McCuskee has been named the recipient of the 2021 IBAS Community Leadership Award, presented by Saskatchewan Blue Cross. The announcement was made at the association’s annual general meeting on October 14.
This award — now in its third year — recognizes IBAS members who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their respective communities. Judy is well-known throughout the insurance sector for her 47-plus years of service as a broker, brokerage owner, and advisor, as well as for her immense contributions to advance both the broker profession and dozens of not-for-profits, charities, and important local causes.
“The impact that Judy has had on the industry, on IBAS, and in the community is truly profound,” explains IBAS President & CEO Derek Lothian. “She has directly shaped insurance legislation and education curriculum, has been a champion of Saskatchewan’s unique motor licence issuing framework, and has volunteered countless hours to her community. Judy embodies what being an insurance broker is all about, and we couldn’t be more humbled to acknowledge her with this honour.”
Judy began her career in insurance with SGI in 1974. A decade later, she co-founded ISI Insurance Services, which was then sold to Western Financial Group in 2002. She continued to manage the brokerage until 2005, when she started her own advisory practice, McCuskee Consulting Ltd.
Within the industry, Judy sat for a decade on the IBAS board of directors, chaired the General Insurance Council of Saskatchewan during an unprecedented time of transformation, authored thousands of pages of training curriculum, served as an expert witness for insurance-related legal proceedings, and helped lead negotiations surrounding the SGI motor licensing issuing relationship and the introduction of The Insurance Act.
Outside of insurance, Judy has served on the boards — often in an executive position — of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Law Society of Saskatchewan, All Saints Anglican Church, Kidzone Child Care, Business and Professional Women’s Club of Regina, Saskatchewan Association of Care Homes, Wascana Care Home, and Last Mountain Lake Sailing Club. Additionally, Judy holds her Master Gardener’s certification, and has volunteered her time to support employment readiness programs at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, as a canvasser with the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and as an election worker.
“Being an active part of our communities is core to our values as an organization and to the DNA of the entire insurance industry in our province,” says Megan Douglas, vice president of customer relations and external affairs with Saskatchewan Blue Cross. “That’s why the IBAS Community Leadership Award is so meaningful to us: It is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the amazing work being done by our broker partners and to acknowledge how intrinsic our sector is to the social and economic fabric of Saskatchewan. Congratulations, Judy — this distinction is so very well deserved!”
IBAS and Saskatchewan Blue Cross have made a joint $5,000 donation to Judy's chosen benefactor, Phoenix Residential Society, as a symbol of our gratitude. Saskatchewan Blue Cross has generously added a subsequent $5,000 through the 2021 #BrokersCare Campaign for Mental Health, for a total contribution of $10,000.
A special thank you to our Presenting Partner: