Cole Leitch

Cole Leitch - Young Brokers Network member - IBAM
Insurance is a family business for me. I started working for my father’s company as a young kid during school breaks. I would work in the basement of the building purging dead files in preparation to shred them. From there, I moved up to sweeping floors and cleaning toilets in the office until 2000, when I started learning to work as a marketing assistant. I have been fortunate to have many great mentors throughout my career, allowing me to learn that the client comes before all else. After working for my father’s company for four years, I took a break to try air traffic control. After a year of training, things didn’t work out and I realized that insurance is where I want to spend my career. I re-joined my father with the brokerage he had sold to the year prior. After working for an additional eleven years as a commercial account executive, I decided it was time for me to venture off on my own. In March of 2016, I partnered with my father to start Avant Insurance Brokers Ltd. As the President and CEO, we started with a small book of clients and a two-person operation on Portage Avenue. In less than two years, we had grown by over seven times and are now up to eleven staff and two locations. I love the opportunity to mentor my staff and work to provide our clients with a truly independent solution for their insurance needs.

At home, I have been married to my wife, Diana, for ten years. We have three kids together, Taylor, Ellie, and Asher. My hobbies are reading anything I can get my hands on (I love learning new things), watching the Winnipeg Jets, Boston Red Sox, and Dallas Cowboys and spending as much time as I can fishing and hunting.

I am very excited to get involved with other young brokers and help others to have some of the great opportunities I have been given throughout my career thus far.