Arthur J. Gallagher Canada Limited, formerly Crain & Schooley Commercial Insurance has been selling insurance and financial services in Eastern Ontario for over sixty years.
- We help you choose the products that your business needs
- We explain the small print, so you feel confident in your coverage and plan
- We make sure you are taken care of, so you rest easy
- We’re your voice when dealing with your insurance company
- We’re here to help every step of the way if you need to make a claim or make changes to your coverage
Sean Lawrence, Certika Financial Advisor, has been a Financial Consultant since 1996 and joined Crain & Schooley Financial in January 2009 now Certika Financial Group Ltd. He is a CHS (chartered health specialist) and focuses on life, living benefits and group insurance.
Sean spends a lot of his time volunteering and sits on the Carleton Place BIA as a board member. The Smiths Falls Chamber of Commerce as vice president. The Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation and a two-time past President of the local chapter of ADVOCIS (the financial advisor’s association of Canada.) Sean also is a member and assistant instructor with the Smiths Falls Japan Karate Association. He also volunteers with other community fund raising projects and believes that we all need to give back to the communities we live and work in.
Wendy Martin began her career in finance as a manager for the Bank of Montreal, in the early 1980’s. From there, she went on to work with her husband to successfully grow their family-owned and operated construction business before each moved on to separate ventures.
Wendy enjoys working closely with her clients to fully understand their specific needs and helps them to make informed financial choices to achieve lifetime financial security. She focuses her practice on life insurance, living benefits and group insurance.
She holds a B.A. in accounting and economics and is a fully licenced insurance and investment professional. She is currently pursuing her CHS designation and is constantly upgrading her skills to best serve her clients.
Wendy has always believed in giving back to her community and devotes a lot of her free time to volunteer activities. She is currently a Director of the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO), a Woman-to-Woman Ambassador for the Canadian Cancer Society and an active member of both, the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce and ADVOCIS (the financial advisor’s association of Canada). She was a Past Director of the Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation, the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, the Rideau Lakes Figure Skating Club, the Perth Figure Skating Club and the Smiths Falls Tennis Club and has volunteered for many organizations, including the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Arthritis Society.
Richard Doucett was born in Pembroke and raised in Carleton Place. He has been involved in the insurance business since 1975 and has specialized in the provision of employee group benefits since 1989. He is the third generation of Doucett’s to provide insurance solutions to individuals and businesses in Eastern Ontario, and his daughter is following in his footsteps having worked with Rick since 2001. His company, Doucett Insurance, is the exclusive agent for the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan for 19 Chambers of Commerce in Eastern Ontario. Rick has, since 1993, consistently qualified as one of the top 100 agents in Canada, having over 400 businesses insured for employee group benefits.
We will protect your interests, and those of your employees, at all times. We will ensure that we are available to answer questions and resolve issues as they arise. Our goal is to use our expertise in the group insurance marketplace to maximize your benefits, while ensuring the stability of your plan.
Group benefits are an important part of an effective employee compensation plan. As your consultant in this regard, we will ensure that you have the benefit plan that meets your needs, and your budget.
We are a full service independently owned Insurance Brokerage. As of early 2011, longstanding private Brokerages Ellwood and Jones Insurance along with Couch and Hare Insurance merged to join forces. We offer a wide range of Insurance policies from a select group of Insurance Companies in Canada. As a member of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada, we take pride in our clients.
Our mission is to provide independent advice in setting up your policy, then to be by your side and advocate on your behalf in time of need. Our office is conveniently located in your community to provide you with individual attention either in person or on the phone.
Car insurance, tenant insurance, house insurance, business insurance: we all buy insurance, and hope that we will never, ever have to use it. But what if you do need it? If you have that dreaded car accident, if your teenager unintentionally starts a fire while cooking for his friends, if you come home from work one night to a basement full of water… do you have an insurance professional that you can talk to candidly?
That’s what we do. From the time you first contact us and we shop for a suitable insurance policy tailored to your needs, we are here for you.
We are insurance brokers. Many people wonder what the difference is between insurance brokers and agents or direct writers. An agent or direct writer represents only one company and does not have the flexibility to shop around for the best price for you. An insurance broker represents a number of reputable insurance companies, and tailors insurance packages especially for you.
Why settle with a call centre for your insurance purchases, when you have a dependable, professional team of local brokers at your service? We hope you’ll join us soon!
The sixties were restless times. While the world watched, American youth burned their draft cards in protest of a senseless war, Winston Churchill was laid to rest, Julie Andrews accepted an award for her star role in Mary Poppins, Pillsbury created its iconic doughboy, and the Beatles sang on. But two weeks before the Union Jack was replaced by the Canada Flag a young Bill Wood, with his father Jack standing tall behind him, purchased an insurance office in Eastern Ontario and ‘Wood Brokers’ was born. It was February, nineteen sixty five.Forty five years later, three generations of Woods have moulded the business, each characterized by a care for the people of Smiths Falls. By the time Bill’s son Robbie joined the firm in 1987, the insurance industry, and indeed the entire world, was changing dramatically. The conventional parade of large fuel imbibing Fords, Chevys, Chryslers, and Pontiacs gave way to smaller models and foreign makes. Local high schools buried their electronic typewriters, as computers were introduced beckoning us all into a faster world.We purchased our first computer system in 1989. The green and black faces on those early DOS-run machines watched as Robbie modernized the brokerage. Armed with a Bachelor of Commerce and CGA designation, he ushered Wood Brokers into the new millennium with enthusiasm and computer savvy. By 2003, the office was paperless, allowing us to handle growth in a more economic and environmentally-friendly fashion. We now take full advantage of technology, providing the best personalized customer service possible.
At W.J. Wood Brokers Ltd. we believe that taking the time to make sure that you are properly covered, and to explain the coverage that you are purchasing is part of the benefit we can provide as your insurance broker. We periodically review the pricing and coverage on your policy over the years you remain our client to make sure we continue to offer you the best solution we have available for your needs.
As we continue to grow, if you’re not already a client, we hope to get to know you soon!