September 4, 2017
The Insurance Brokers’ Association of Saskatchewan (IBAS) announced today the hiring of Derek Lothian as its new chief executive officer, replacing Ernie Gaschler, who retired this spring after 25 years leading the organization.
Lothian most recently served as a senior level advisor to more than a dozen private and publicly-traded enterprises, industry associations, academic institutions, and First Nations across the country. He also held positions as vice president and national director of communications and business development with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters — Canada’s largest trade and industry association.
“Saskatchewan’s insurance brokers do more than represent the interests of consumers — they are pillars of our communities,” says Lothian. “From small towns to our urban centers, brokers provide excellent career opportunities, invest countless hours and dollars in worthwhile local causes, and help residents and businesses alike protect what they hold dear. There is no industry like it, and I am excited to become a small part of its fabric.”
IBAS is a voluntary, membership-based entity, comprised of more than 95 per cent of the province’s insurance brokers. Its core focuses include advocacy, education, certification, and networking.
“Like many sectors, the insurance industry is in a significant period of disruption,” says IBAS President, Blair Andrew. “The advance of technology and other market pressures will require brokers to become more agile and responsive to the needs of customers, offering the independent advice they’ve come to rely upon through the modern delivery channels they want to use. IBAS has an important role to play in that shift, and Derek brings a strong, innovative, and influential voice to the conversation.”
Lothian has been previously named to PR in Canada’s Top 30 Under 30, as well as CBC’s Future 40, and is a recent Premier’s Award nominee. He will assume his post at IBAS in November 2017.