BINKS Memberships

Binks Insurance is proud to be a member of the following organizations:

Ottawa Insurance Brokers Association

Founded in 1910, the Ottawa Insurance Brokers Association (OIBA) is a voluntary membership organization serving the interests of independent insurance brokers in the Eastern Ontario region. Each member is served at three levels: The OIBA, the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) and the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC).

Binks Insurance is proud to be a founding member of the OIBA.

OIBA Past Presidents
1923-1925 Harry S. Binks
1951-1952 J. Stuart Binks
1984-1985 Harry Binks, CIP, CAIB, CCIB, CRM

Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) is a non-profit professional business association for independent brokers and it is the recognized symbol of excellence within the insurance industry. Membership is strictly voluntary, but is highly recommended in order to offer the highest degree of training, knowledge and service.

The IBAO offers continuing education programs and training seminars for its members. To qualify for membership, an insurance broker must first pass a licensing exam as set by the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) and are then required to meet all of the IBAO’s membership standards. In order to maintain a license and membership, brokers must attend continuing education courses every year.

IBAO is also part of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC), that awards the CAIB (Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker) professional designation and offers Best Practices courses to assist independent brokers to improve the efficiency of their operations and help serve you better.

IBAO deals with governmental issues affecting you and reviews proposed wording changes in legislation that ensures the consumer is protected.

Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce is the oldest and largest independent, most influential, not-for-profit business organization in the region. Since its founding in 1857, the Chamber (formerly the Ottawa Board of Trade) has been committed to our not only our Members growth and prosperity but to the well-being of the community at large.

The Chamber’s many accomplishments demonstrate the depth of its commitment. In 1910, we helped save the Rideau Canal from demolition, in the 1950’s and 1960’s we started the Canadian Tulip Festival and Parliament Hill’s Changing of the Guard Ceremony.  In every way, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce serves you as the “voice of business” throughout the Ottawa area.

Claude Miron is a currently a board member of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and chairs the e-Communications Committee.

The Insurance Institute of Ontario – Ottawa Chapter

The Insurance Institute, with its network of 21 provincial Institutes and local Chapters, is the educational arm of the property and casualty insurance industry, representing 35,000 individuals across Canada. Of those members, 20,000 are students and more than 15,000 are graduates who have earned the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation or Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) designation. We have been educating the industry since 1899.

Our seminars, training programs and networking/social events provide numerous professional development opportunities.

All Institute courses and programs are designed to meet very high standards. Our graduates abide by a code of ethics designed to maintain professional practice and conduct. As a designation-granting institution, the Insurance Institute holds qualifying examinations and elects graduates as CIPs and FCIPs.

The Insurance Institute of Ontario – Ottawa Chapter is a not-for-profit organization operated under the umbrella of The Insurance Institute of Canada.

Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc. Canadian Capital Region Chapter

The Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the practice of risk management. Founded in 1950, RIMS represents more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and governmental entities. The Society serves more than 10,000 risk management professionals around the world.

The Canadian Capital Region membership includes risk and insurance management professionals from a broad range of industries (both public and private sector) across the Eastern Ontario/Canadian Capital Region.

The Professional Liability Underwriting Society

The Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) was founded in 1986 by industry professionals who recognized the need for a forum for individuals involved in the field of professional liability. The Society is a non-profit organization with membership open to persons interested in the promotion and development of the professional liability industry.

The mission of PLUS is to enhance the professionalism of its members through education and other activities and to responsibly address issues related to professional liability. Membership consists of over 6,000 individuals, representing over 1,000 companies active in the many fields of professional liability. PLUS currently receives the support of more than 200 companies through Corporate Sponsorship.

Geoffrey Binks is our representative to PLUS.