The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) is repurposing its Awards of Excellence program to acknowledge brokers’ extraordinary efforts this past year. Traditionally a multi-category program based on growth and performance, 2020’s program will recognize individual IBAO Member Brokers who have contributed to their communities in meaningful ways.

“With everything that’s happened, and with everything that continues to change, we’re doing something different to celebrate Ontario Brokers this year,” said IBAO President Joseph Carnevale. “It’s been incredible to watch brokers transition their business delivery models, work with their markets to make sure consumers are receiving the relief and support they need, and then go above and beyond for their clients, local businesses and communities in so many ways. These are the brokers and stories we want to highlight this year.”

IBAO’s Awards of Excellence program, which typically awards Brokerage of the Year, Young Broker of the Year, Affiliate of the Year and Innovation of the Year, is moving to a single category—the Community Leadership Award—to recognize individual insurance brokers who have contributed to their communities through support of local organizations or causes, unparalleled service and/or support, volunteer efforts, financial contribution, outstanding expertise or compassion beyond normal expectation.

“We’ve seen brokers put a lot of generosity, compassion and creativity into their response to the crisis. Community Leader recognition—awarded to an unlimited number of brokers—is a way of celebrating all of that incredibly important work,” said IBAO Marketing & Communications Director Norah Black. “Community involvement has always been a focus for Ontario Brokers, but we’re seeing so many examples of brokers making a significant impact with their clients, businesses and communities. These stories need to be shared more broadly as we continue our efforts promoting the broker channel in Ontario.”

Another change this year is the move to peer nomination. Brokers can nominate any individual IBAO Member Broker they feel has had an impact on local businesses, causes and/or communities in 2020 by submitting a nomination here. Brokers can also be nominated by the clients or organizations they’ve impacted. Winners will be announced at IBAO’s Virtual Convention October 21–22, with ongoing recognition into 2021.