Emerging Leader

Drew Collins, BA, CIP, CRM, ACS

Casualty Underwriter, JEVCO Insurance Company, Mississauga, ON

Drew Collins is an energetic self-starter who has made a positive impression on the insurance industry in a very short period of time. He continues to exceed expectations in any task that he’s involved in, whether he’s pursuing additional education, volunteering his time with various industry associations and committees, or in his capacity as an underwriter. His ability to understand and communicate what is best, not just for himself, but for all parties involved and the industry at large, highlights his emerging leadership skills.

Since 2009, Drew has worked for JEVCO Insurance Company as an underwriter with ascending levels of responsibility, and has played an integral role in growing his team’s annual gross written premiums by over 400% in that time, while maintaining a consistent loss ratio of sub-30%. With the help of a senior colleague in the Surety Division, Drew has recently developed a new business strategy for JEVCO, which has been accepted by senior management. His colleagues from other departments consider him the go-to person because of his natural ability to communicate simply and effectively. Brokers invite him as the company representative to client meetings because of his ability to articulate issues and understand niche markets. He has been instrumental in establishing JEVCO as a leading provider of liability insurance in the Canadian roofing industry.

Drew received his BA in Economics from Queen’s University in 2008. Shortly after and in quick progression, Drew attained his CIP, CRM and ACS designations. Reflective of his level of commitment, he received the Economical Insurance Award as the top CIP graduate from the Hamilton/Niagara Chapter of the IIO in 2010, and the Fred H. Bossons Award for being the top CRM graduate in Canada in 2011.

Drew is a member of the CIP Society Ontario Council and was selected to be the moderator for a panel discussion entitled “Who is Minding our Future?” at the CIP Society Symposium in April, which received very positive feedback from both attendees and participants. He is also a Career Connections Ambassador with the Insurance Institute of Canada, which connects him with college and university students and allows him to share his experiences in the insurance industry. Earlier this year, he was involved in a York University Industry Insights panel discussion entitled “Strategies for Getting Hired in the Insurance Sector.”

Drew is president of the Speakers Club of the Insurance Institute of Ontario, where he leads monthly meetings and promotes the visibility of the club and its members within the industry. He successfully maintains a positive speaking environment for members, which sees many first timers become longtime participants.

Outside of the industry, Drew has been involved with a number of important fundraising initiatives starting at Queen’s University in support of Make Poverty History, and most recently as a member of the JEVCO Social Committee in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and victims of natural catastrophes around the world. Outside of work, he has co-chaired fundraising events for the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer and Movember.

Drew continues to impress everyone around him with his drive and commitment. The CIP Society congratulates Drew on his outstanding success and honours him as one of this year’s Emerging Leaders.