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Professional Young Insurance Brokers


Professional Young Insurance Brokers Mission Statement

Our mission is to build a strong, professional young broker network through continuing education, industry involvement, and political action. The PYIB aims to create a solid foundation for success and perpetuation of the broker profession.

An Excellent Resource for Young Insurance Professionals

PYIB offers support for new recruits to the insurance industry or professionals with a few years of experience. PYIB is a resource for professional development, industry involvement, and political action. All IBAA members who are 39 years of age and under are automatically members of the PYIB. If you meet these criteria, logon to the IBAA website, go to the section for Groups in your IBAA profile, and join the PYIB group.

Opportunities To Sit on the PYIB Board

PYIB members have the opportunity to sit on the PYIB board as a director or a local council representative. The PYIB board helps design programs and events, and creates the foundation for the entire PYIB. Each of the IBAA local councils has a PYIB representative (see the IBAA local councils).

PYIB National, Provincial, and North American Networks and Events

PYIB develops a support network, engages in lobby efforts, and runs charity events. Members network with Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC—the national association), the sister provincial associations, and the Big I in the U.S. to promote young broker networks. PYIB members take part in the association's lobby efforts, such as national Hill Day in Ottawa, provincial Legislature Day in Edmonton, and other meetings with MLAs.

PYIB also hosts annual charity events open to everyone in the industry that contribute greatly to the reputation of insurance brokers as caring members of the community.

A Place for Future Insurance Industry Leaders To Share Their Thoughts

PYIB members are tomorrow’s leaders that will perpetuate the industry. As the insurance industry and society change over time, young brokers can bring fresh ideas. The PYIB group gives young brokers their own venue to share their concerns, ideas, and hopes for the future of this industry with their peers.

PYIB members also attend job fares and visit high schools to promote the choice of insurance broker as a career.

What PYIB Can Do for You

PYIB helps to create a better awareness of the insurance industry, improves young brokers' confidence, and creates a venue for industry peers to meet. It acts as an introduction for young broker members into the provincial broker association by providing a venue for political involvement and input on the ongoing changes within our industry. It also helps to tailor education to meet the current needs of young brokers, gets involved with communities at a grassroots level to help strengthen the broker image, and provides a place for young brokers to voice their opinions and help shape the future of the broker industry.

Student Awards

PYIB provides two awards that support students in post-secondary schools who are pursuing a career as an insurance broker. The students must demonstrate academic excellence, exemplary work ethic, and enthusiasm for the insurance industry.

Professional Young Insurance Brokers Award, Grant MacEwan University (Edmonton)—$1,000
  • The student must also intend topursue a career in the Alberta property/casualty insurance industry as an insurance broker


Professional Young Insurance Brokers of Alberta Insurance and Risk Management Award, Bow Valley College (Calgary)—$1,000
  • The award is presented to a full-time, second-year student who is in his or her final year of the Business Administration Program and specializing in Insurance and Risk Management.
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