Apollo Insurance Solutions is
Canada’s largest online insurance marketplace.

We’re taking a whole new approach by combining technology, insurance capacity, and content marketing into one complete package of broker services. Our ecommerce platform allows brokers to quote, bind and issue policies entirely online.

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Our Team

Jeff McCann

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff believes in the broker channel. Getting ahead of the insurtech revolution, he co-founded ApolloXE to provide Canadian brokers with product, technology, and digital marketing enablement. He carries the vision of an industry where computers do the work so people can build relationships. With a background as a broker and strong insurance industry fundamentals, Jeff empowers producers and brokerages to reach their digital potential.

Jeff was Insurance Broker Magazine Top 10 Under 40, and recipient of the Insurance Business Magazine Young Guns Award in 2018. He writes professionally for several publications including the Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun and The Province.

Justin Hamade

Chief Technology Officer

As a senior software engineer and technical director with experience managing large development teams, Justin has seen and done it all. He is proficient with all aspects of product development–from UX, design, and front end development to backend API development, DevOps, and QA. Notable projects include heykuri.com (Mayfield robotics), Fathomsys. com (Bluetooth Location Tracking), and Pokemon.com.
At Apollo, Justin leads our Development team and is responsible for establishing the our technical vision, scalable platform architecture, security, and data integrity.

David Dyck

Editor In Chief

Content is king. David is an award winning journalist with experience as editor and reporter in national publications. After supporting print media organizations in their transition to digital, he was headhunted
to apply his skills in insurance. He has successfully structured content optimization and lead generation strategies for a large insurance brokerage group, achieving first page ranking on hundreds of relevant keywords that drive large amounts of targeted traffic. He has experience developing tone and messaging for brands created to target specific industry verticals. At ApolloXE David supports producers by downloading their expertise into valuable content like whitepapers and blog articles, combined
with distributing it to prospects, clients, and association members.

He continues his journalism career as a writer for publications such as the Vancouver Sun, National Post, and others, and is also a licensed insurance broker.

Imran Jiwa

Chief Financial Officer

Operating at the nexus of business and innovation, Imran works with innovative and forward looking businesses to develop and scale financial and non-financial reporting environments. As a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), Imran leads the reporting, tax and financial governance processes at Apollo.

In addition to working with start-ups and early stage companies, Imran established financial reporting, tax, compliance and due diligence procedures at a new venture capital fund. Imran is also a sessional instructor at the British Columbia Institute for Technology and the CPA Professional Education Program.

 

Margo Lyons

Head of Broker Engagement

Margo developed strong underwriting principles at one of Canada’s largest MGAs. Bringing her experience to Apollo as Head of Broker Engagement, she applies her expertise to help brokers enhance their digital offerings.

Along with the rest of the team, Margo recognizes the opportunities for the insurance industry when brokers are empowered to compete on a new frontier. By developing new products, answering product specific questions and offering feedback and support, Margo helps the broker achieve the success they envision.

Julie Thierman

Broker Engagement Manager

Julie brings a dynamic background in insurance and event planning to the Apollo team. She values the dedication it takes to be successful in the digital world, and brings enthusiasm and integrity to support and empower brokers to cultivate their success.

As the Broker Engagement Manager, Julie establishes and solidifies the feedback loop with brokers partners to foster a winning mentality. She is an asset to any broker, providing support and training, building and managing relationships, and identifying opportunities for growth.

Josh Pillsbury

Business Development Manager

An insurance professional who has roots in underwriting, Josh spent several years managing a portfolio of complex global risks at one of North America’s largest property and casualty insurers. With experience in both Canadian and US markets, he has a passion for creating custom-tailored insurance solutions for Apollo’s broker partners, ranging from small to medium enterprise to large corporate programs.

He has always been committed to technology-driven innovation, and when he met Jeff he instantly knew Apollo was destined to help the industry reach its full potential.

Sharon Bajwa

Business Development Manager

Sharon has gained extensive insurance industry knowledge from more than 10 years of experience in operations, marketing, finance, and sales within the insurance industry.

Thanks to her most recent experience at the largest premium finance company in North America, Sharon has worked closely with MGAs and Brokers from coast to coast. Sharon’s vast experience has provided her with a well-rounded perspective on the challenges the broker channel faces. In her role as Business Development Manager, Sharon combines her insurance expertise, digital marketing, and communication skills to assist brokers who want to capitalize on the future opportunities that online can bring.

Corey Forrieter

Lead Software Developer

Corey is a full stack developer with a passion for writing beautiful code. Coming from a background in the high volume world of AdTech, he has a history of building projects designed to scale and loves turning business ideas into working products.

Along with the rest of the team, Corey sees big potential in innovating the Canadian insurance landscape through technology, and is excited to play a key role in developing the future of InsurTech.

Negar Amiri

Product Manager, Software and Marketing

With a well-established foundation in marketing, having worked in London for 4.5 years, Negar recently moved back to beautiful Vancouver and re-trained as a full-stack web developer. Now she’s taking her stellar skillset and and applying it to create beautiful, seamless digital experiences for users.

Negar is excited to be part of the Apollo team, shaping the future of Canadian insurance. Through technology, we enable brokers to engage more effectively with their clients; by providing a more simple way to purchase insurance.

Jenny Poon

Software Developer

After spending time designing marketing and sales material for print, Jenny decided to bring her skills to the web. With more tools under her belt, she now has a limitless outlet to express her active imagination in designing interactive interfaces.

At Apollo, Jenny supports the team as a junior full stack developer. Her main responsibility is to improve user experience by translating complex ideas into simple and elegant solutions. She constantly advocates for the users and seeks out opportunities to improve the platform. Buying insurance should be quick and simple. Apollo is proving that it can be!

Abigail Edgar

Social Media Coordinator

Abigail is a social media expert with experience in graphic design, graphic and business communications, and marketing strategy. She manages several social media accounts across multiple platforms using HubSpot’s marketing automation software.

Abigail supports the team by ensuring customer engagement metrics are aligned with broader sales and marketing strategies. She is also responsible for developing original design content, and monitoring analytics to attract more traffic.

She was a finalist in the American Marketing Association (AMA) Case Competition 2019, and is an AMA and Young Women in Business committee member.

Jack Wong

Head of Broker Academy

Insurance broker with 100% year over year book growth and achieved highest national score on Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker license exam in 2015.

As a serial entrepreneur Jack founded Diversified Education Group (online K-12 tutorials and insurance licensing courses) and OpenHQ (pop-up coworking spaces). He also is an experienced insurance content developer for Insuranceopedia.com.

Douglas Everett

VP of Compliance, Officer

Doug is a tenured insurance professional, with decades of experience in various facets of the industry. Since first entering insurance in 1974 within the claims department of Travelers Canada, he has served in many roles and organizations.

Doug has worked as an Underwriter, Commercial Lines Manager, Adjuster, Broker, and VP of Commercial Lines. He has established multiple Insurance companies including a Reinsurance intermediary and an MGA.Doug is a named Associate of the Insurance Institute of Canada and has taught continuing education courses on their behalf. He has published articles in the Canadian Underwriter and over 60 continuing education courses.

Today, Doug applies his collective knowledge within Apollo Insurance Solutions, providing guidance on regulatory and compliance issues as well as training and education.

Adrian Zee

Writer

Adrian Zee is a writer and a student at Osgoode Hall Law School. Previously, he studied management and writing at Western University and worked in the data & analytics industry. Adrian is also a part-time food writer and photographer.

Melissa Roach

Writer

Melissa is a writer based in Vancouver who is interested in urban issues, non-profits, and community-building. When Melissa’s not creating content, she enjoys puzzling, crafting, and thrifting up a storm.

Peggy Liu

Writer

Peggy Liu is a freelance writer and content creator and editor. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in English Literature, where she was also a mental health columnist for the student newspaper. When she isn’t digging her way to the bottom of a peanut butter jar or petting friendly dogs around Vancouver, she can be found sitting in cafes with a notebook and a cup of coffee.

Sylvia Braun

Writer

Sylvia is a Lower Mainland-based writer who has a keen interest in technology and its application in today’s society. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of Northampton and enjoys fitness and travel.

Chandra Philip-Lye

Writer

Chandra Philip-Lye is a freelance journalist based in the Lower Mainland. She has experience in print journalism, television newcasting and online publications.

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Board of Directors

Drew Green

Steve Albiani

Tim Gamble

Advisory Board

Curtis White

Kim Kaplan

Kenndal Mcardle

Matias Marquez

Our Values

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Our mission is to be the most broker centric insurance wholesaler in the world.

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Our vision is an industry where computers do the work so people can build relationships.

Adventure

We are passionately curious, constantly seeking the unknown and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

INTEGRITY

We do what we say we will do. We own it if we can’t. We will achieve great things personally and professionally by doing the right thing and working with a high moral standard.

CANDOR

We are open, honest, and frank. We are objective about facts. Removing emotion and honestly evaluating ourselves and others is critical to our success.

COURAGE

We will not be held back by fear. We will explore any idea and take on any challenge in pursuit of great opportunity.

DESIRE

We want things to be better. For our clients, suppliers, investors, co-workers, family, community, and ourselves. Greatness matters.

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