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1 (800) 221-9784 1 (613) 727-0424
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Meet the Bennett team

Experienced. Insightful. Smart.

Our Team

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At Bennett Insurance, we really know the insurance and benefits industry. In fact, each of our advisors has at least 15 years of industry experience to prove it. Get to know our team below.

Thom Bennett
President and Advisor

A leading entrepreneur in the Ottawa area since the mid-1970s, Thom has built Bennett Insurance into one of Ottawa’s most successful employee benefit agencies. Year after year, Thom has achieved Canada-wide recognition for his charismatic and highly effective management and sales style. He was awarded the title of Large Group Producer nine years in a row, and Small Group Producer five years in a row. He has also achieved “Life Member” status of the President’s Council for his long record of consistent integrity, professionalism, dedication to clients and to the financial services industry. In addition to his duties at Bennett Insurance, Thom keeps in close contact with the community. He has sat on the Boards of several local and national organizations, including VIA Rail, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa, the Ontario Lottery Corporation, and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Office: 613-727-0424 ext. 201 Mobile: 613-850-5749 Fax: 613-727-6952
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Shane Bennett
Vice-President and Advisor

Shane joined the Bennett Insurance team in 2003, and today helms the business alongside his father Thom. For more than a decade-and-a-half, Shane has helped hundreds (if not thousands) of business and individual clients across Ottawa by balancing his thorough knowledge of benefit plan design with extensive experience in program implementation. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Shane holds his life insurance license and serves as an employee benefits consultant. He is active in the community, having volunteered to multiple organizations and served on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Congress Centre.

Office: 613-727-0424 ext. 202 Mobile: 613-222-5558 Fax: 613-727-6952
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Janice Clost
Senior Account Executive

Throughout her exceptional career in the insurance industry, Janice has worked closely with employee benefits clients, providing them outstanding service and solving administrative issues Prior to joining Bennett Insurance in 2003, Janice spent 17 years working in employee benefits with one of Canada’s leading insurance companies. She has the industry designation of Health Insurance Associate, which helps her navigate the complexities of group business.

Office: 613-727-0424 Fax: 613-727-6952
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Ashley Johnston
Senior Account Executive

Ashley began her career in the insurance industry in 2005 with one of the industry’s largest insurance carriers. In this position, Ashley supported both individual life insurance advisors and policyholders throughout both the implementation phase of a life insurance policy, as well as with ongoing professional servicing.  In 2009 Ashley transitioned to working with an employee benefits consulting firm and assumed the responsibilities for managing the day-to-day servicing of corporate group benefit and retirement plans. In this position, Ashley was responsible for responding to client inquiries, meeting with policyholders to present experience and utilization reports and following up to ensure client queries and needs were efficiently managed. Ashley was also responsible for performing full market studies, analyses, plan implementations and education sessions for groups ranging in all sizes. Ashley joined Bennett Insurance Agency in 2016 and we are pleased and proud to have someone who is exceptionally well versed in all aspects of benefits and retirement administration with many years of client service experience. Her knowledge and her friendly personality are certainly a winning combination for all.

Office: 613-727-0424 ext. 208 Fax: 613-727-6952
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Bryan Charron
Senior Account Executive

With over 25 years of experience in the employee benefit and retirement sector, Bryan has distinguished himself as a leader in the customer service field. Bryan joined Bennett Insurance in the summer of 2019 as a Senior Account Executive and we are delighted and fortunate to have him as a member of our team. Bryan’s areas of expertise include customer service and benefit plan administration by providing assistance in matters related to industry benchmarking (pension and benefits plans), group renewal evaluations, negotiations and request for tender reports. Of particular note, Bryan also specializes in compliance reporting including the fiduciary governance and best practices pertaining to the ongoing management of group benefits and pension plans. With his wealth of knowledge and friendly approach to customer service, Bryan is able to serve you equally in English, French or Spanish.

Office: 613-727-0424 ext.209 Fax: 613-727-6952
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Sara Gede
Account Executive

Sara began her career in the insurance industry in 2014 working for a large third-party administrator and transitioned to working with advisors within independent firms in early 2018. She is knowledgeable of provincial and federal legislation concerning group benefits and retirement plans and holds herself accountable for servicing clients with the highest level of professional conduct. She has expertise in plan administration, industry benchmarking, renewal evaluation, tendering and overall plan design concerning group benefit, qualified retirement and pension plans. Sara joined the Bennett Insurance Team in the fall of 2019 and can serve you equally in English and French.

Office: 613-727-0424 ext. 211
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Jennifer Peterson
Senior Benefits Analyst

Jennifer began her career in the insurance industry in 2002 and in 2006 took a position working for one of Canada’s leading insurance carriers in the employee benefits sector. With her expertise in group benefits, Jennifer is integral part of the team with her exceptional renewal and marketing analysis skills and her in-depth experience in all aspects of employee benefit management.

Office: 613-727-0424 ext. 206 Fax: 613-727-6952
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Cecilia Collins
Benefits Analyst

Cecilia began working in the insurance industry in 2009 and her dedication to customer service has continued to propel her forward in her career. She has excelled in several different roles, including as a Senior Claims Adjudicator and Claims Examiner for a large Third-Party Administrator. She holds her life insurance license and has had the opportunity to work alongside many of Canada’s largest insurers. Her previous work experience has provided her with an extensive amount of knowledge and insight into both claims adjudication and plan design. Cecilia joined Bennett Insurance Agency in 2019; we are proud to have her as a member of the team and are confident that her industry and customer service experience will be an asset to our clients.

Office: 613-727-0424 ext. 210 Fax: 613-727-6952
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Susan Bennett
Office Manager, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable

Susan started Bennett Insurance with Thom Bennett in the 1970's serving as the companies first Account Executive assisting clients with their benefit inquiries and plan administration needs. Susan is now the head of the accounting department at Bennett Insurance and is a vital member of the Bennett Team.

Office: 613.727.0424
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