Awards & Recognition

Canada’s Best Managed Companies

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016-2017, 2018

Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways.

Cowan has been selected over hundreds of applicants as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for six consecutive years, having first achieved the designation in 2012. Cowan has demonstrated its commitment to the program through its proven and highly effective, client-centric business model, which supports its multi-line capabilities for commercial and personal insurance, group benefits and wealth management.

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Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures

2015, 2018

We're honoured to once again be named one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ in 2018 by Waterstone Human Capital.

Forty winners are chosen across four categories; three are based on revenue (growth, mid-market and enterprise) and one not-for-profit category (broader public sector). Organization’s submissions are scored on six categories: vision and leadership, recruitment and hiring for fit, cultural alignment and measurement, retention, rewards and recognition, organizational performance and corporate social responsibility. The Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures program creates a benchmark of success for all those who are nominated.


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Top 10 Brokerages by Insurance Business Canada

2014, 2015

Insurance Business Canada ranks brokerages to find the top 10 performers in Canada. In 2014, Cowan Insurance Group ranked seventh and in 2015 moved up to number six. Each brokerage was evaluated according to several criteria to receive their overall ranking.

Women of Influence by Insurance Business Canada


Heather McLachlin, President, Cowan Insurance Group was honoured by Insurance Business Canada as one of 2015’s Women of Influence, which highlights the accomplishments of female professionals that are changing the face of the insurance industry.

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Community Awards

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Michael R. Follett Communi

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards: Michael R. Follett Community Leader of the Year Award


Maureen Cowan, Co-CEO and Chairman of The Cowan Foundation was presented with the Michael R. Follett Community Leader of the Year Award at the 2015 Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Maureen Cowan is a resident of Waterloo Region, a proud business leader, community supporter and long-term Chamber advocate. She has participated on various boards and committees and strongly believes in organizations giving back to communities that support business growth in their communities. Learn more here.