Media releases

  • Brock’s Talent Bridge program to guide grads to insurance careers

    MEDIA RELEASE: 21 October 2021 – R0114

    It’s a perfect match.

    As new grads polish their academic skills for the job market and employers strive to find new talent, one Brock University program is bringing them together.

    After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brock’s Talent Bridge program will again welcome graduates from any accredited post-secondary institution and program to take part in an 11-week online program that will offer career development training in the insurance field.

    Talent Bridge Manager Jillian Nero said the program offers a chance for participants to gain the necessary skills to begin a fulfilling and profitable career in an established industry.

    “Talent Bridge will help bridge the gap between academics and employment for those interested in jump-starting their careers in this dynamic and evolving industry,” she said. “Through collaborations with our new and returning partners, participants will build their professional network, benefit from one-on-one coaching and other career supports, and participate in an exclusive recruitment opportunity at the completion of the program.”

    As part of the application process, the Talent Bridge team will review each applicant’s professional and academic history, while also engaging applicants in a virtual interview process to ensure their goals and values are aligned with roles in insurance. Then, from January until April, participants will complete the training program while simultaneously preparing to write entry-level licensing exams with the Insurance Institute of Canada.

    “We are pleased to enter into a partnership with Brock University for licensing delivery and a variety of career development events and activities through Career Connections,” said Margaret Wasserman, Senior Director, Insurance Institute of Ontario. “This collaboration provides an exciting opportunity for new graduates to begin their careers in the property and casualty insurance industry.”

    The final portion of the program will include a two-week exclusive recruitment opportunity to connect participants directly with employers.

    Employer partner Scott Maskell, President of Erion Insurance Group, said the insurance industry is in need of the skills and work ethic possessed by recent graduates.

    “Finding and developing talent to grow the insurance brokerage industry and prepare and embrace the changes brought about by retirement and technology is one of the priorities of my job,” he said.

    “University graduates have the necessary skills, experiences and traits that are most suitable for the critical thinking required of an insurance broker. However, the insurance brokerage is not well understood by the next generation of the workforce and university graduates are not exposed to the unique opportunity to work in an industry that suits their learnings and relationship skills.”

    Maskell said Talent Bridge at Brock “provides both the connection and exposure to the insurance brokerage industry and the sales side of the insurance business, while also providing talented graduates with the unique qualifications, licensing and soft skills to enter the workforce as an insurance broker.”

    The program fee is $5,200 and financing options are available to participants. Employer partners will also reimburse about 80 per cent of the fee to participants who secure roles and complete a predetermined employment probationary period.

    Terry Cockerline, Brock’s Director of Alumni Relations, said the opportunity offers a chance for recent Brock graduates to showcase their skills.

    “Brock Alumni are leading in every field they enter, including insurance,” he said. “We can’t wait to see what the next cohort of Talent Bridge participants brings to that industry and we are so thankful the University has curated this program to further the careers of our recent graduates.”

    Applications for Talent Bridge are now open and will close Friday, Nov. 26.

    Brock alumni interested in learning more about Talent Bridge are invited to an online event hosted by Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, and Alumni Relations on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. The event will include a presentation about the Talent Bridge program and feature a panel of Brock alumni currently working in the insurance industry.

    Anyone else interested in learning about Talent Bridge is invited to attend one of the information sessions listed on the Talent Bridge website.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970

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  • Goodman School of Business to honour First Nations leader Margaret Kenequanash

    MEDIA RELEASE: 21 October 2021 – R0113

    Margaret Kenequanash, a prominent First Nations leader and energy executive, will share her powerful story next week when she addresses the Brock University community as the Goodman School of Business 2021 Distinguished Leader.

    Kenequanash, CEO of Wataynikaneyap Power, will detail her leadership journey and experience leading what will be Canada’s largest First Nations-owned infrastructure project at a virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 28.

    Each year, the Goodman School of Business honours a prominent Canadian business leader and connects the recipient with Goodman students and the broader Brock community.

    For more than a decade, Kenequanash has been championing the Wataynikaneyap Power Project, an endeavour between 24 First Nations to bring power to 17 remote communities that are currently powered by diesel fuel. Wataynikaneyap, which means ‘line that brings light’ in Anishiniiniimowin, represents more than the power it will supply the communities — it also reflects the socio-economic opportunities it will bring for future generations.

    The 1,800-kilometre, up to $1.9-billion transmission line has a 2023 target completion date and has First Nations majority ownership, in partnership with Fortis Inc. and other private investors. Kenequanash ensures that the work between all the partners is anchored in First Nations protocols, culture and respect for the land and the environment.

    Kenequanash thanked the Goodman School of Business for the Distinguished Leader recognition, which she said she is accepting on behalf of “our People and our partners.”

    “I am honoured to have been asked to share insights on my own personal journey, successful business partnerships and meaningful engagement with First Nations with Ontario’s future business leaders,” Kenequanash said.

    “The Wataynikaneyap Power Project is an unprecedented undertaking, majority owned by First Nations controlling the development in their homelands. I hope students will be inspired to think about new, innovative partnership models for the 21st century as they embark on their own careers.”

    Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes called it an “honour to have Margaret Kenequanash accept our invitation to be recognized as our Distinguished Leader for 2021.”

    “We discuss with our students how the actions of one person can impact many,” he said. “Margaret is a shining example, where her collaborative approach to leadership and holistic perspective on project management can lead to a positive transformation in the lives of an entire community.”

    Kenequanash has more than 30 years of experience working with First Nations and Tribal Councils in senior positions. She was the first female Chief of her community, North Caribou Lake First Nation, and has significant experience in the fields of financial, health and project management and supporting community development initiatives.

    Prior to the public event, she will have a virtual roundtable with Goodman Student Leaders, sharing personal leadership insights from her experiences.

    Kenequanash will then join Gaudes in conversation in an online fireside chat from 3 to 4 p.m. and everyone is welcome to virtually attend. To receive a link to the event livestream, register here. The Distinguished Leaders event is supported by the Willmot Foundation and is part of the D.G. Willmot Leader Series.

    Past recipients of the Distinguished Leader award include Bonnie Lysyk, Auditor General of Ontario; Michael Lee-Chin, Founder and Chairman of Portland Holdings and Chairman and CEO of Mandeville Private Client Inc.; Julia Deans, CEO, Habitat for Humanity; and Ned Goodman of Dundee Corporation, among others.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970 

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