Gary Hirst

President and CEO, CHES Special Risk Inc.

Gary commenced his Insurance career in the early 1980’s, starting in a Lloyds Broker as a ‘scratch boy’ running policy endorsements into the market, rising to the level of Director early in his career, which culminated in his participation in the management buy-out and subsequent floatation of the Lloyd’s Broker onto the London Stock Exchange. Leaving and starting a small boutique Lloyd’s Broker with 3 other Partners, in 1998, which expanded into North America with the establishment of 2 Lloyd’s coverholder MGA’s, one in Canada and the other in the USA.

Gary moved to Canada in 2011 to run the North American interests of the Lloyd’s Broker, culminating in the sale of the Group in 2012, departing 2 years later and joining CHES Special Risk Inc. where he holds the position of President and CEO, He has guided the Team to an award winning MGA in 2016, and a FIVE Star MGA in 2017, Gary is also a founding member of the Canadian Managing General Agents, a National Association established to represent over 140 Commercial Insurance MGA’s in the Canadian market place for the compliance and regulation of the industry, and to improve the education and understanding of the MGA arena amongst the wider Insurance community, in Canada.