Cowan Insurance Group Named One of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures

Cambridge, ON–November 19, 2015–Today, Cowan Insurance Group, a pre-eminent Canadian owned and operated brokerage and consulting firm announced that it has been named as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ of 2015. This award was created by Waterstone Human Capital to annually recognize best-in-class Canadian organizations for having a culture that has helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.  

Forty winners are annually chosen across four categories; three are based on revenue (growth and small cap, mid-market and enterprise) and one not-for-profit category (broader public sector). Cowan was nominated in the mid-market category. 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. 

Cowan Insurance Group’s submission highlighted a culture characterized by excellence, commitment and innovation; the outcome of continuous disciplined execution of robust employee engagement strategies directly aligned to corporate business goals and objectives supported by a corporate social responsibility program, a continuous focus on employee development and an integrated recruitment and retention framework.

“It is truly an honour to be counted as a company among the 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures this country has to offer,” said Heather McLachlin, President, Cowan Insurance Group. “We’ve created an impressive culture characterized by an “anything is possible” attitude, where our leaders are actively engaged with their employees, and encourage taking initiative—with the goal of delivering exceptional value to our clients.” 

Added McLachlin, “Our win can best be attributed to our employees; their commitment to high performance; their well-deserved reputation for knowing our customers better than anyone else and constantly driving to keep our organization at the forefront to brilliantly execute for those clients.”

“‘We care about what you care about’ is the cornerstone of everything Cowan Insurance Group’s team members do, and its well-aligned culture has delivered exceptional performance and results,” said Jennifer Mondoux, Managing Director, Waterstone Human Capital. “Combine this with Cowan’s impressive Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, in that its foundation has raised $20M in community-related donations, and it’s no wonder our Canada’s 10 board voted as they did. Congratulations to President Heather McLachlin and to the entire team at Cowan for this well-deserved win.”

“In our work at Waterstone, we partner with leaders of high-growth organizations to help them recruit for fit and provide counsel on human capital issues to drive performance,” said Marty Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterstone Human Capital and Chair of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™. “What’s so impressive about this diverse list of 2015 winners is their shared belief that culture is their competitive advantage – they know that building and sustaining a great culture is a significant asset that drives performance. The 2015 winning organizations have shown diverse strategies in achieving inspirational cultures that have measureable results. 

The full list of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures can be viewed here, and is listed in the November 19, 2015 issue of the National Post. 

About Cowan Insurance Group 

A pre-eminent Canadian owned and operated insurance brokerage and consulting operation, Cowan Insurance Group represents leading national and international insurance companies. Cowan specializes in property, casualty and credit insurance, providing the best value to businesses, organizations and individuals for their insurance and risk management needs. The organization also advises and creates retirement, group benefits, disability management and international benefits programs for employee groups and offers wealth management, financial planning and succession planning services to individuals through its wholly owned financial services subsidiaries.  Cowan has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the past three years.  

Cowan Insurance Group has over 450 employees and currently operates in 10 locations across Ontario. Cowan subsidiary companies include The Williamson Group, Wentworth Financial Services, Cowan Financial Solutions and Millennium CreditRisk Management. 

About Waterstone Human Capital

Waterstone Human Capital is a leading retained executive search firm specializing in recruiting for fit and cultural talent management for entrepreneurial-minded, high-growth organizations across North America. The Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ and Canada’s Most Admired CEO™ programs ( are founded and presented by Waterstone Human Capital. These national programs, annually recognize best-in-class Canadian organizations and CEOs for fostering cultures that enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. Program winners will be celebrated at the annual Canada’s Most Admired Summit and Gala, to be held on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto (100 Front St W).


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