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SPECIAL REPORT

YOUNG GUNS 2019

BRENT ROLOSON Senior agribusiness underwriter NOVA MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY Age: 31

At the start of 2019, Brent Roloson was promoted to senior agribusiness underwriter; at the same time, two

DINA GODINHO Partner and account executive JONES DESLAURIERS NAVACORD Age: 35

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100-year-old mutual insurers, Norfolk Mutual Insurance Company and Wabisa Mutual Insurance Company, amalgamated under the new name Nova Mutual Insurance Company. As the lead underwriter in the agribusiness department at Norfolk Mutual, Roloson grew the agriculture book of business from $921,000 to $1.9 million in just four years. Prior to his arrival, Norfolk Mutual’s growth rate in agriculture was just 3%. Over the past two years, with Roloson’s influence, the company has experienced growth in excess of 20%. Roloson also launched three agriculture packages at Norfolk: poultry, grain and dairy. His passion and commitment to the business increased Norfolk Mutual’s agribusiness activity so significantly that the company had to hire an additional agribusiness underwriter to assist with new business and renewals. Roloson also eagerly coaches new agribusiness producers and regularly sets up shop at industry trade shows to assist in building the company’s profile.

Winner of the Young Gun of the Year Award at the 2018 Insurance Business Canada Awards, Dina Godinho is responsible for the coordination of client service activities at Jones DesLauriers Navacord and also provides consulting and brokerage services for nearly 200 clients across Canada. Godinho previously worked in the travel and hospitality industry, which helped her develop her focus on hospitality, technology and D&O insurance. She began her insurance career as a commercial account assistant before progressing into an account manager role and then becoming the firm’s first female partner and account executive. Godinho regularly calls on her expertise to host informative client-geared seminars and in-house education sessions that enable clients to feel empowered. She is constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to keep her customers tuned in to the most up-to-date information and resources.

ALLISON SINHA Senior underwriter BURNS & WILCOX CANADA Age: 26

Shortly after graduating from McMaster University, Allison Sinha hit the ground running at Burns & Wilcox Canada as an assistant underwriter. She quickly moved through the ranks to become a senior underwriter, responsible for managing new and renewal business in the specialty risks department, as well as supporting and mentoring the office’s team of assistants. In 2018, Sinha played a key role in helping Burns & Wilcox Canada stay ahead of the ever-changing cannabis industry through the development of product offerings such as cannabis product recall. She also earned her CIP and CRM designations and graduated from the Kaufman International Leadership Training. The year prior, she was a runner-up for the Young Insurance Professionals of Toronto’s Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award. Outside of insurance, Sinha is a leader of the 90th Toronto Pathfinders through Girl Guides of Canada, a role that has allowed her to enhance her own leadership skills, as well as those of the girls in her group.

FUN FACT At McMaster University, Sinha was a flyer on the varsity cheerleading team and went to the 2012 Cheerleading Worlds competition in Orlando, Florida.