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Province's insurance brokers name Nelson’s Poulin as new president

Maurice Poulin, BA CAIB of Poulin Agencies Ltd. in Nelson was sworn in as the 2011-12 president of the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. (IBABC) at the annual general meeting held in Burnaby last month.

Maurice Poulin, BA CAIB of Poulin Agencies Ltd. in Nelson was sworn in as the 2011-12 president of the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. (IBABC) at the annual general meeting held in Burnaby last month.

Despite being the third-generation owner of Poulin Agencies Ltd., Poulin did not originally intend to pursue a career in the insurance industry.

After graduating with a BA in English with minors in history and economics from SFU, Poulin worked for several years in Vancouver at retail giant Dylex.

In 1996 Poulin decided to return to his hometown of Nelson to raise his family and after his father Marc Poulin’s retirement in 1999, he began working in the family business.

Shortly after starting his career in insurance, Poulin became an active member of the association; in 2000 he joined the IBABC board as director for the West Kootenay area and again in 2008 as a member of the executive committee.

Poulin will be the second president in the history of IBABC to come from the Kootenay region. The first IBABC president to represent the Kootenay region was Walter Siemens of Trail in 1979.

In his acceptance speech, Poulin thanked the previous presidents for their part in shaping IBABC.

“The association as we know it today was largely formed over the last 40 years, and it is their vision which has become our legacy. Today’s licensees enjoy a regulatory system that meets the needs of consumers and brokers across the province, and we owe a debt of thanks to the generation who built it.”

As president of IBABC, Poulin represents more than 800 member brokerages that employ nearly 9,000 licensed insurance brokers in about 140 communities throughout B.C.