2021 IBAM Really Virtual Conference Recap

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Really Virtual Conference

IBAM hosted the 2021 IBAM Really Virtual Conference on April 27 & 28, 2021. The two days were hosted by IBAM Staff CEO, Grant Wainikka and Marketing Manager, Alexa Gabor, along with a number of guest emcees’, including IBAM Executive Brett McGregor, Greg Barrows, Susan Gilbert, and Don Normandeau.

April 27, 2021

IBAM Annual General Meeting

IBAM Annual General Meeting - Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba
The Conference included the IBAM AGM. Congratulations to Brett McGregor, IBAM President, along with Greg Barrows, IBAM Chair & Past President, Susan Gilbert, IBAM President-Elect and Don Normandeau, IBAM Vice-President. In addition, congratulations to the IBAM Board members, including new IBAM Board members Shawn Graydon, Tiffany Reider and Danielle Tkachyk.

Thank you to Mario Reimer for his contribution as past Chair and Past-President, and Lynn Rempel and Valerie Hutsal for their contribution to the Board and the industry.

Thank you to our two AGM Sponsors:

CAA Insurance Company Intact Insurance

IBAM Annual General Meeting

Following the IBAM AGM, attendees celebrated with the Graduate Awards’ Lunch, sponsored by Portage Mutual Insurance. This included a virtual service to celebrate the 2020 and 2021 CAIB and CPIB graduates, and the award recipients for the Highest FOI Mark and Highest CAIB Mark – winners of these awards were Erik Nordblom and Pamela Kolbuck, respectfully. There was also an additional celebration of the Highest FOI Mark across the country – congratulations Kathryn Larsen.

The Lunch was emceed by IBAM CEO, Grant Wainikka and included guest speakers IBAM President, Brett McGregor and IBAC President, Kent Rowe.

In addition, Suzanne Toews was the lucky recipient of the Graduate Awards’ Lunch prize, courtesy of Portage Mutual Insurance.

Portage Mutual Insurance

Company Breakout Sessions

The afternoon consisted of a series of Company Breakouts, presented by some of IBAM’s Major Partners. Great topics and conversations were had by all in attendance.

Wawanesa Insurance CAA Insurance Company Portage Mutual Insurance SGI Canada

Virtual Gameshow Party

The Evening consisted of a Virtual Networking Event – Virtual Gameshow Party, hosted by the Young Broker Network (YBN), and conducted by Manitoba-local company, Enigma Escapes. A special thank you to AVIVA Canada, who was the sponsor of this event.

Many laughs and great conversations were shared with the groups in attendance, with a winning team receiving $25 gift cards to SKIPTHEDISHES, courtesy of Optimum Insurance and the team that had the “Best Try” receiving $15 gift cards to Cineplex, courtesy of FIRST Insurance Funding. Lindsay Rae Schellenberg was the lucky winner of the Virtual Gameshow Party grand prize – a Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Gift Basket, courtesy of SGI Canada.


Prize Sponsors:

First Insurance Funding of Canada Logo - A Wintrust Company

Grand Prize Sponsor:

SGI Canada

April 28, 2021

Insurance Executive’s Panels

Day 2 started with a small hiccup of the platform going down world-wide. Fortunately, the team was able to get everyone on a temporary video link and were able to get back on the platform shortly after.

The Insurance Executive’s Panel was a feature of the Conference with 11 Insurance Executive’s in attendance over 4 sessions. We appreciate the panelists time and thank them along with Peter Tessier, moderator of the panels. In addition, as a thank you to the panelists, IBAM donated $1,000 to Manitoba Harvest.

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)

Prize Sponsors:

Insurance Executive's Panels - Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba
Insurance Executive's Panels - Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba
Insurance Executive's Panels - Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba
Insurance Executive's Panels - Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba

Lunch Break with Big Daddy Tazz

Lunch Break with Big Daddy Tazz - Insurance Brokers Association of ManitobaThe Lunch Break featured local comedian and motivational speaker; Big Daddy Tazz, who hosted an excellent session with laughs and inspirational messages to break up the day.

Thank you to Wawanesa, sponsor of the Lunch Break, who also donated a premium Hi-Fi Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker – with the lucky winner being Breanne Steffens.

Wawanesa Insurance

Also, full-registration participants got an additional break from making lunch with a $30 SKIPTHEDISHES gift card, courtesy of Red River Mutual.

Red River Mutual

Company Breakout Sessions

The afternoon once again hosted a series of Company Breakout Sessions with relevant industry topics, courtesy of IBAM’s Major Partners. Thank you to the following companies for hosting:

Intact Insurance Red River Mutual Aviva

Also, thank you to our Company Breakout Prize Sponsor:

SNAP Premium Financing - Company Breakout Prize Sponsor

Virtual Networking Hour

The evening featured two events – the first was a Virtual Networking Hour where Conference attendees had a chance to connect virtually in our Group Networking Rooms. The rooms featured fun themes which facilitated great conversations.

Thank you to our Virtual Networking Hour Prize Sponsors:

First Insurance Funding of Canada Logo - A Wintrust Company Manitoba Blue Cross Travelers Canada Wynward Insurance Group

Virtual Concert featuring William Prince

The Virtual Conference concluded with a Virtual Concert featuring William Prince. William Prince did a spectacular personalized show that nicely finished the Conference.

Thank you to Peace Hills Insurance for their sponsorship of the concert.

Thank you to all of the members and partners who were in attendance and sponsored events at the Conference.

We cannot wait to celebrate with you again in person when safe to do so.

Keep an eye out for upcoming events!


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