Cowan Insurance Group Named One Of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Cambridge, ON – March 25, 2014 –Today, Cowan Insurance Group, a preeminent Canadian owned and operated insurance brokerage and consulting firm announced they were once again named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. The organization first earned this prestigious national designation in 2012 and re-qualified again in 2013, retaining their status as a Best Managed Company. This national award is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, the National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.

“We are extremely honoured to be recognized once again as a national leader in business excellence.  We consider this requalification a continued endorsement of our total commitment to our clients’ success and our mandate that puts them at the centre of all that we do.” said Heather McLachlin, President of Cowan Insurance Group. “The entire team at Cowan Insurance Group is quite simply the very best at what they do.  I am exceptionally proud to work with them each and every day!”

“Over the past 21 years, Canada's Best Managed Companies program has recognized the most innovative and Best Managed Companies in Canada. We are delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of Cowan Insurance Group,” said John Hughes, National Leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and Managing Partner, Growth Enterprises, Deloitte.

Cowan Insurance Group’s continued success is directly connected to their three core strategic priorities, the foundation of their strategic plan: an unwavering commitment to their core business and client base; a multi line sales approach that delivers innovative, client-driven product and service solutions; and strong strategic partnerships based on providing clients with leading-edge industry expertise and thought leadership.

Leading in the marketplace through consistent execution on these priorities, the Cowan Insurance Group is a values-based organization with a commitment to high performance and leadership development with a reputation for knowing their customers better than anyone else – critical factors that contribute to the company's success.

“CIBC celebrates the accomplishments of this year’s winners who have demonstrated the highest levels of business excellence,” said Jon Hountalas, Executive Vice-President, Business Banking, CIBC. “We applaud their ability to adapt to the changing marketplace and the evolving needs of their clients.”

2013 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award, along with the Gold Standard winners, re-qualified and Platinum Club members will be honoured at the annual Best Managed gala in Toronto on April 1, 2014.

About Canada’s Best Managed Companies
Canada's Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on four levels: 1) Best Managed winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Requalified member (repeat winners retain the Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (After three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully reapplied for the designation. Companies may requalify for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review; 4) Platinum Club member (winners that maintain Best Managed status for a minimum of six consecutive years). Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen's School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit