Awards & Recognition

Striving for Excellence

Cowan Insurance Group is honoured to be recognized for our dedication to providing the best experience for our clients, as well as our employees. Listed here are details regarding some of the awards we’ve received.

Readers’ Choice Award | Platinum Award


Every year the Waterloo Region Record hosts Readers’ Choice, an online nomination site where the community submits their local favourite businesses/professionals in various categories. The 10 businesses/professionals with the most nominations move to the voting stage. Cowan Insurance Group was nominated for Best Insurance Brokerage in 2022 and received the Platinum Award.

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Canada’s Best Managed Companies | Platinum Club Status

2019 - 2022

In 2019, Cowan Insurance Group attained Best Managed Companies Platinum Club Status, after seven consecutive years of recognition by the prestigious awards program. We requalified for Platinum status once again in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs, recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies who implement world-class business practices to create value in innovative ways. The program assesses hundreds of applicants annually using metrics that include business performance, culture, growth, and strategy, giving a true 360-degree view of each company.

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Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures

2015, 2018, 2021

Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ is Canada’s only program to recognize best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures that support an optimal working environment, thereby enhancing employee performance and sustaining a competitive advantage.

In 2015 and 2018, Cowan Insurance Group was one of ten organizations to win this designation in the Mid-Market category. In 2021, Cowan won this designation in the Growth category. The Most Admired Corporate Cultures program is run every three years.

Our recognition for this award is the outcome of continuous, disciplined execution of robust employee engagement strategies that are directly aligned to corporate business goals and objectives. These efforts are supported by a corporate social responsibility program, a continuous focus on employee development and an integrated recruitment and retention framework.

Winning Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ allows organizations to use the logo and trademarks for three years as a mark of excellence in culture and performance.

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

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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 the Waterloo Region, a proud business leader, community supporter, and long-term Chamber advocate. She has joined various boards and committees and strongly believes in organizations giving back to communities that support local business growth.