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Manufacturers, Wholesalers & Distributors

Custom risk solutions to protect your business and support your growth

With decades of experience and specialized knowledge in manufacturing, wholesaling and distribution, your dedicated CMW Risk Advisors create custom solutions to keep your operations running. 

As an independent, employee-owned company, we make it our business to offer you more. CMW Risk Advisors stay on top of what's happening in your industry to keep you informed of and connected to changes that affect your bottom line. Each member of our team is empowered to make quick, strategic decisions to ensure direct, personal service - without the red tape. Your CMW Risk Advisor is your partner, today and tomorrow.

Global capabilities to support you internationally

CMW works with manufacturers operating worldwide. Through our affiliation with the world’s most powerful insurers, you get seamless coverage wherever your manufacturing operations are located. Learn more about our global capabilities.

Proud, active member of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association

CMW is actively involved in the local manufacturing industry. We are an Affinity partner of CME and one of our senior Risk Advisors serves on CME's BC Board of Directors.

Industry-Leading Solutions

  • Annual Property Policies
  • Business Interruption
  • General Liability 
  • Product Liability (particularly for manufacturers selling to the US and foreign markets)
  • Equipment Breakdown 
  • Environmental Impairment Liability
  • Manufacturers' Errors & Omissions 
  • Money and Employee Dishonesty 
  • Product Recall
  • Surety Bonds
  • Umbrella Liability 
  • Trade Credit/Accounts Receivables Insurance

 

Manufacturers, Wholesalers & Distributors News & Resources

CMW and Capri Insurance Services Join Forces

Vancouver, BC (January 9, 2017) - CMW Insurance Services Ltd. and Capri Insurance Services Ltd. announce today that they have merged effective January 1, 2017. The new company will be one of the largest insurance brokerages and risk management firms in Western Canada.

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Government of Canada's Proposed Data Breach Reporting Requirements

In 2015, the Digital Privacy Act amended the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) to establish new data breach reporting requirements. Recently, the Government of Canada released the proposed Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations. PIPEDA's proposed regulations include the requirement for all organizations to disclose when they have been hit by a data breach, notifying affected individuals and reporting to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC).

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How manufacturers can safeguard their operations from cybersecurity threats

Over the past few years, as cyber attacks have become more common and larger in scale, organizations have begun to see cybersecurity and protection as integral to their operations. This is especially true among those that collect and store vast amounts of sensitive, personal information. The impact of an attack can be catastrophic, as can be seen with the Equifax breach exposing 143 million people in the US and 100,000 in Canada. However, there are still industries where adoption has been slow, particularly in manufacturing.

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Your Risk Advisors

Find and contact a specific Risk Advisor listed below with details about their industry specialization and professional background.

Rob Shearar

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 0208

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: rshearar@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Robert began his insurance career with CMW in 2003 as an Associate Account Manager. Since then, Robert has held positions as a Commercial Marketer and Account Manager, specializing in complex manufacturing, construction, wholesale/distribution and commercial properties. His extensive expertise on the issues faced by these industries has proven to be a significant asset to his clientele in his current role as Client Executive, Vice President. He is actively involved as a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of BC and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association. Outside of his professional life, Robert is an avid football and hockey player as well as a strong advocate for health and fitness. He is a certified CrossFit coach and strives to help others achieve healthy lifestyles. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) designation.

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Rob ten Vaanholt

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 235 7032

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: rtenvaanholt@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Rob brings over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, starting in Australia with a large national insurance company. Most recently, he held senior advisory positions with one of Canada's leading global insurance companies. With his extensive underwriting expertise, Rob provides his clients with a unique perspective on managing commercial and high value residential risks. He is a graduate of Curtin University in Australia and has lived in Canada since 1990. He lives with his family in West Vancouver and is actively involved in many sports, including a passion for golf and field hockey.

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Richard Folkins

Director of Business Development, Partner

Tel: 604 484 4993

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: rfolkins@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Richard became a partner in CMW Services in December 2005. Richard's role at CMW is to provide risk consulting advice and manage the insurance programs of his clients while also assisting in the sales development of the Commercial Insurance practice groups. Richard came to CMW after 14 successful years with a major international broker where he was a Senior Vice President and a leader of the Vancouver Industrial and Public Sector practice groups. Prior to his insurance career, Richard worked in commercial lending for a major Canadian financial institution. Richard has extensive experience managing risk and insurance programs for both large public and private entities. As a result, Richard has developed a valuable understanding of the diversity of risks facing complex operations. Richard was raised in Vancouver and has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from McGill University in Montreal and his CIP, AIIC and CAIB insurance designations. Richard is an avid outdoorsman and lifelong skier.

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Mark Lee

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 4999

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: mlee@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Mark began his career in 1994 with an international insurance brokerage in Alberta prior to returning home to Vancouver in 2001. With extensive experience developing and structuring of large, complex insurance and risk management programs in the manufacturing, construction, municipal and transportation sector he has extensive knowledge in all lines of commercial exposures and coverages. Mark's skills include providing clients with solutions beyond conventional insurance and making positive impacts on his client’s employees, customers and profits. Mark is a past Director with both the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and the Insurance Brokers Association of British Columbia. He is also a member of the Insurance Institute of Canada and the Global Insurance & Risk Management Institute. He is an avid hockey & baseball player and spends his free time coaching these sports throughout the year.

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Stewart Shearar

Client Executive, Partner

Tel: 604 484 4991

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: sshearar@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Stewart has been a partner at CMW since 2005. His role is to provide risk consulting advice and manage his clients insurance programs. Through his extensive experience managing risk and insurance programs for manufacturers and exporters, Stewart has developed a clear understanding of the issues and problems inherent in this area of business. Stewart joined CMW in1998 and has been in the insurance industry for 33 years. Stewart was raised in Pretoria, South Africa and emigrated to Canada in 1978 when he started his insurance career. He has his AIIC and CIP insurance designations. He is an avid family man, ocean kayaker and loves to work out.

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Rob McFarlane

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 4957

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: rmcfarlane@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Rob has been in the insurance industry since 1986, working in both the underwriting and brokerage fields. Prior to joining CMW in 2007, Rob was an Account Executive at a national brokerage, specializing in complex commercial and industrial risk management and insurance services. Currently, he serves on the BC Board of Directors for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

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Danielle Russell

Client Executive, Vice President

Tel: 604 484 4973

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: drussell@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Danielle joined CMW in 2002. At the time, she was responsible for structuring custom insurance programs and negotiating with insurance markets on behalf of clients. Today, she manages a diverse client base including contractors, developers, seniors care providers and real estate managers. Danielle has extensive experience analyzing client risks and tailoring insurance solutions to meet their needs. She holds both a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation. She is also an active volunteer and fundraiser, involved with Children’s Hospital, Dress for Success, Canadian Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House and Young Women in Business.

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Chris Waters

Client Executive, Partner

Tel: 604 294 3773

TF: 1 800 263 3313

Email: cwaters@cmwinsurance.com

FAX: 604 294 3003

Chris has 35 years experience within the insurance industry, working in both the underwriting and brokerage fields. As one of the founding partners, Chris formed CMW Services Ltd in 1994. Prior to this, Chris worked for an international brokerage as an Account Manager, Vice-President in the Contractor Services Division, handling the insurance, contract bonding and risk management needs of contractor and manufacturer clients. Chris currently handles a diverse practice consisting of contractors, developers and property management companies.

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