Aly Kanji, BCOM LLB CAIB
Aly Kanji is a forward thinker and visionary who understands the changing dynamics in the business world. New technologies and emerging economies are reshaping the face of business and Aly speaks to their impact on entrenched industries and the new challenges facing these industries. Aly is regarded as a thought provoking speaker and facilitator.
Aly is a lawyer by training and obtained his Bachelor of Law from the University of British Columbia and his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. Aly was an associate with Miller Thomson LLP, a prominent national law firm, and appeared before all levels of the B.C. Courts. Although Aly acted for both insurers and insureds as a lawyer, he was first exposed to the business of insurance when he acted for Sussex Insurance on a commercial litigation claim. Like many in insurance, what started out as a short term involvement with the insurance industry has turned into a passion and a way of life. Aly obtained his CAIB designation within a short period of time and has since become fully immersed in the world of insurance.
For nearly a decade, Aly was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Sussex Insurance, a franchisor of insurance brokerages. When Aly left the organization it had 60 locations throughout BC and Alberta. Aly was instrumental in building the Sussex Insurance brand and the franchise model, and helped to more than double the size of Sussex Insurance in terms of locations and insurance premium. While at Sussex Insurance, Aly also owned and operated 3 Sussex Insurance franchised locations.
Currently Aly is heading up InsureLine, a new insurance start-up which he co-founded in 2015 (www.insureline.com). As President & CEO, Aly is at the helm guiding InsureLine from concept to becoming one of Canada’s largest property & casualty insurance brokerages. InsureLine is an insurance brokerage franchise that is building Canada’s leading insurance brand through an online and brick-and-mortar presence across Canada. (see www.joininsureline.com). In 2016, InsureLine was awarded the Top Brokerages award by Insurance Business Magazine.
A passionate advocate for the insurance industry, Aly is often invited to various community events, conferences and trade shows to speak about industry trends. Aly has helped many insurance agents purchase their own brokerage and become successful entrepreneurs. In October, 2013 Aly was honoured with the Rising Star Award by Salute BC (view acceptance speech), which honours a person from the next generation whose professional contributions and dedication to excellence have already made them a leader and role model in the insurance industry in British Columbia. (www.salutebc.org)
Aly is actively involved in the community and is generous with his time, holding various positions on boards and committees of community groups and non-profit organizations.