President & Chief Executive Officer
The PRL story began in 1959 with the founding of Robert Purves Limited by Bob Purves in Toronto. Bob was succeeded by Rob Purves, his son, who became president in 1979 and serves as chairman to this day. The firm officially became Purves Redmond Limited in 2003 when Peter Redmond joined as a full partner. Under Peter’s presidency, PRL has since expanded operations across Canada while adding our group benefits and retirement planning service.
As the country has grown up around PRL, we’ve evolved into becoming one of Canada’s top independent insurance advisory and brokerage firms.
Through more than half a century of experience, we’ve worked with clients from all of Canada’s major industries—including mining, energy, waste management, transportation, construction, manufacturing and retail—as well as on international projects with our exclusive networks of international brokers. We’ve committed ourselves to delivering the highest level of service to all of our clients, regardless of size—and we intend to keep providing Canadian companies and individuals with the same expertise and service level that has come to represent our firm for decades.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Peter Redmond, President & Chief Executive OfficerAs President and CEO of Purves Redmond Limited, Peter is primarily responsible for developing and executing on PRL’s vision and strategic direction. In his role, Peter also exemplifies and sets the company’s culture, values and behaviour in addition to providing guidance, direction and support to PRL’s leadership team. Having spent more than 30 years working in the industry, Peter’s primary focus has been on the design and administration of property and casualty insurance programs for mid- to large-size national and multi-national corporations. He has considerable experience with complex risks and global programs. Peter is well regarded in the risk management and insurance community, and maintains a strong network of industry decision-makers. He actively leverages this network to the benefit of PRL’s clients.
Robert Purves, ChairmanAs one of the founding members of Purves Redmond Limited and Chairman of PRL’s Board of Directors, Robert works collaboratively with PRL’s CEO to foster the Board and company’s culture and work. Robert also ensures the Board maintains focus on what is best for PRL by facilitating leadership and governance among its members. Robert served as the president of PRL’s predecessor firm, Robert Purves Limited, from 1979 to 2003, when Peter Redmond joined the firm as a full partner. Robert has an accounting background with an industry focus on casualty, marine, surety and management liability, and is experienced in alternative risk transfer and claims management. He has sat on the board of many firms and organizations within the insurance industry and the not-for-profit sector.
Chief Operating Officer
Adrian Vanelli, Chief Operating OfficerAs COO, Adrian is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operational and administrative functions of PRL, implementing the business plans set by PRL’s CEO and Board of Directors. Adrian also leads PRL’s strategic initiatives, responsible for developing and executing on PRL’s strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Leadership Team. Adrian is focused on identifying key opportunities for further expansion and value creation, including key capital projects, joint ventures, potential mergers & acquisitions, and other strategic partnership opportunities. In addition, Adrian maintains management oversight of PRL’s specialty practice areas, including Surety, Group Benefits, and Private Client businesses. Adrian also advises a portfolio of clients with commodity and construction-related exposures. Prior to joining PRL, Adrian gained experience in corporate finance, strategic planning, and underwriting with large multi-national insurance carriers. Adrian holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designations.
Principal Broker & National Leader | General Industries
Deborah Laferriere, Principal Broker & National Leader | General IndustriesAs Principal Broker & Chief Compliance Officer, Deborah ensures that PRL and all of its employees comply with regulatory and legal requirements as well as internal policies and corporate bylaws. Deborah is also the National Leader for the General Industries team, managing a number of PRL clients with complex risk management needs. Deborah has more than 30 years of insurance industry experience with large multi-national clients. She is skilled in the design and implementation of risk management programs for organizations in the real estate, banking, professional services, manufacturing, food, beverage and retail sectors. Deborah has many years of experience in assisting clients to better manage their risks through traditional and nontraditional methods including captives and large self-insured retentions.
National Leader | Mining & Energy
Najeeb Sachedina, National Leader | Mining & EnergyAs National Leader, Najeeb is responsible for day-to-day business direction and management of the Mining & Energy unit across Canada. In this role, Najeeb oversees client service and manages a team of insurance professionals ensuring service expectations are met while fostering a highly functioning team environment. In addition to his managerial functions, Najeeb advises a portfolio of clients with commodity-related exposures. He has over 16 years of experience in the design and implementation of large risk management programs for national and multi-national corporations, managing their risk transfer through traditional and non-traditional methods.
Business Development Leader | Mining & Energy
David Brosbell, Business Development Leader | Mining & EnergyAs National Business Development Leader, David plays a crucial role in attracting and fostering client relationships, driving growth for PRL, and providing guidance to the Mining & Energy team across the country. With over 18 years’ experience, David brings a wealth of industry knowledge and a level of sophistication to operating mines and development projects in Canada and around the Globe. He expertly executes insurance placements and leads negotiations among stakeholders; engaging key team members with specific skills to best serve each client. David is committed to providing exceptional service coupled with unique and creative solutions to solve client needs using insurance and bonding tools.
National Leader | Transportation, Waste & Recycling
Bradley Wells, National Leader | Transportation, Waste & RecyclingAs National Leader, Bradley is responsible for day-to-day business direction and management of the Transportation, Waste and Recycling unit across Canada. In addition, Bradley is PRL’s internal counsel and provides expertise on policy wording and coverage interpretation. Bradley and his team provide technical product expertise to the other PRL Business Units and PRL clients. Bradley manages a team of insurance professionals and is responsible for client service in specialty areas and for a number of select clients. Before attending law school, Bradley spent 10 years as an insurance broker at PRL and other firms, largely specializing in commercial lines and large insurance program placements. The beginning of his legal practice involved both Insurance Coverage work and general Corporate Litigation until 2010 when he narrowed his practice to focus solely on Insurance Coverage work. In 2017, Bradley returned to Purves Redmond Limited where he provides his extensive expertise and experience to clients.
Business Development Leader | Transportation, Waste & Recycling
Ken Fedosen, Business Development Leader | Transportation, Waste & RecyclingAs Business Development Leader, Ken leads the day-to-day business direction and management of the Transportation, Waste & Recycling group, ensuring the team’s objectives are met. In this role, Ken oversees client service, manages a team of insurance professionals, and is focused on driving new growth opportunities for his Business Unit. Fully bilingual, Ken began his insurance career in Montreal as an underwriter over 30 years ago. In 2008, Ken joined Purves Redmond Limited as a Senior Associate responsible for Commercial & Risk Managed business and was appointed Partner in January 2010. He is an innovative client executive experienced in the development, placement and service of both large and midsized North American and Global accounts.
National Leader | Operations
Laura Gallo, National Leader | OperationsAs National Leader of Operations, Laura is responsible for ensuring PRL delivers a seamless and consistent customer experience and develop operational efficiencies across all our offices and business units. In her role, Laura is focused on optimizing the use of technology, processes, and best practices to ensure client service expectations are met and exceeded. Laura also has leadership over PRL’s Private Client group, overseeing client service and driving new growth opportunities within her team. In addition, Laura leads PRL’s insurer relationships, including contracts — working with insurer partners to stay up to date on emerging products and services, and generating new ideas to better serve clients. With over 24 years of experience in the Canadian Property & Casualty Insurance industry, Laura draws on her comprehensive background to advise and develop insurance solutions for her clients unique and complex needs.
National Leader | Financial & Executive Specialty Products Unit ("FINEX")
Chris Mutcheson, National Leader | Financial & Executive Specialty Products Unit ("FINEX")As National Leader, Chris is responsible for day-to-day business direction and management of the Financial & Executive Specialty Products ("FINEX") unit across Canada. In this role, Chris oversees client service and manages a team of insurance professionals ensuring service expectations are met while fostering a highly functioning team environment. Chris draws on over 20 years of experience in insurance and risk management, which enables him to develop complex and unique insurance solutions on behalf of PRL’s clients. Chris holds a BA in Mathematics from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
National Leader | Group Benefits
Henry Toby, National Leader | Group BenefitsAs National Leader, Henry is responsible for the day-to-day business direction and management of the Employee Benefits and Retirement practice. In this capacity, Henry oversees a team of talented technical professionals who are focused on delivering customized program design and exceptional service to PRL’s clients. With over 30 years of client consulting and organizational leadership experience, Henry’s detailed understanding of employer and employee needs coupled with his extensive industry knowledge and expertise ensures that PRL clients are well supported when delivering on their Human Resources strategies.
Group Benefits Services Leader
Joanne Grubb, Group Benefits Services LeaderAs Group Benefits Services Leader, Joanne leads PRL’s Group Benefits team and is responsible for the day-to-day operations. In her role, Joanne manages a team of insurance professionals and focuses on providing group insurance and group retirement plans to PRL’s clients. Joanne joined PRL in 2011 after having worked with two major insurance carriers in a variety of progressive roles, including underwriting, marketing and client management. With over 25 years of insurance industry experience, Joanne’s in-depth knowledge of the group benefits industry allows her to make cost-effective plan design recommendations specific to each client’s unique needs, and her strong customer service focus ensures employers are well supported in their employee benefit strategies.
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We customize our service delivery to meet your needs—and we’re not shy about putting our commitment in writing to you. Our service-level agreement outlines what you can expect, so you can assess the value that we provide.
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We’re a private provincially incorporated firm with no public shareholders to service, allowing us to move quickly and make decisions without outside influence. Our ownership structure translates into decisions made with our clients’ best interests put first.
We aim to align our services with your needs, and to understand your business, personal and financial requirements.
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We take pride in all the work we do, and it shows in the quality we’ve provided for over half a century.
We’re passionate about growing our business, which means helping you grow yours.
We demonstrate our integrity by being transparent and honest about all the work we do.
We understand that working together optimizes the intellectual power of all of our brokers, advisors and partners.
We recognize the hard work of our employees through internal promotions and profit sharing.
We provide opportunities for our established leaders to participate in the equity of the company.
We maintain an equitable and safe working environment.
We recognize the importance of work-life balance.
We nurture our employees through education and mentorship.
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