TIA Yukon & EQUA announce strategic insurance collaboration
February 14, 2022
EQUA Specialty Risk Partners Corporation (EQUA) is proud to have been selected as the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon (TIA Yukon)’s preferred insurance broker. We are working together to create a custom affinity insurance plan for TIA Yukon members.
The TIA Yukon team has, for the past several years, heard frequently from their membership that one of the biggest challenges facing Yukon tourism businesses is the availability and suitability of insurance coverage. As a result, we are delighted to announce that, following a selection process including a series of meetings and interviews, EQUA has been chosen as their preferred insurance broker. This collaboration is built to provide TIA Yukon members with access to an affinity insurance plan, customized for the unique needs of Yukon's tourism industry.
EQUA was selected as TIA Yukon’s partner based on our commitment to work with TIA Yukon members one-on-one and our significant experience in the recreation, hospitality, and adventure tourism industries. EQUA’s expertise in insurance broking and underwriting will be utilized to create the solutions Yukon tourism operators need. Our deep relationships with global insurance markets will facilitate consistent communication, access, and connection.
The EQUA team is committed to providing a best-in-class and individualized insurance experience for every TIA Yukon member. From sourcing appropriate coverage and insurance market availability, to working with members to develop risk management programs, and fully supporting them when they need us most — in the event of a claim — we stay with our clients every step of the way.
Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon (TIA Yukon), is the voice of Yukon’s tourism industry and play a key role in forging a common voice and actions to influence, promote and assist the development of tourism in Yukon. Learn more at tiayukon.com.
Meet EQUA’s Sport & Recreation team:
Sandy Millar, Managing Partner - Retail Leader
Sandy is a Managing Partner and Retail Leader for Sport & Recreation at EQUA. Uniquely qualified in this market, Sandy has dedicated most of his seventeen-year insurance career to this specialty area. He is proud to have worked with a huge range of clients, including provincial and national sport organizations, ski resorts, heli-ski and cat-ski operations, as well as dozens of recreation and adventure companies. As a regular contributor to ski and sport industry organizations, Sandy shares his expertise on a variety of safety and risk management topics, including the use of waivers of liability in defending claims, cyber liability, incident and loss investigation, as well as sport & facility risk management.
In addition to his work with EQUA, Sandy serves on the board of Canadian Esports Association and as a volunteer director of Vancouver Adaptive Snowsport Society. He is an active Level 4 member of the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA) and he has served several terms as a director and chair of the CSIA.
Gina Bennett, Managing Partner - Wholesale Leader
Over her 30-year insurance industry career Gina has held a diverse range of senior and executive roles with brokerages, underwriting and Managing General Agent (MGA) operations. Her experience included a time as president of a Canadian MGA solely focused on sport, leisure, and recreation clients. Gina has an extensive background in portfolio management as well as product and program development for unique, hard-to-place insurance risks. Gina’s strategic focus and ability to develop unique solutions for clients has allowed Gina to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships from coast to coast across all aspects of the insurance industry, and she will bring this capacity to TIA Yukon members.
Gina is a non-voting member of the Insurance Council of British Columbia, having been approved by the British Columbia Ministry of Finance, and she serves on investigative review committees. Gina also serves on the board of HeadCheck Health, which provides sport organizations with concussion testing software, enhancing the implementation and management of organizations’ concussion policies.
Coby Oslanski, Client Executive
Coby is a Client Executive with more than ten years of experience in the insurance industry. During her career, Coby has focused on mid-market commercial and VIP personal lines business. She now focuses on the sport and recreation sector, supporting Sandy and Gina in offering customized insurance and risk management solutions and incomparable client service. Influenced by years of providing insurance support to her local community in rural Alberta, Coby prides herself on delivering a high level of care and transparency in every interaction with EQUA’s clients.