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Acera Insurance's Andrew Kemp talks merger + insurance trends

Ep. 71

Acera Insurance is a fiercely independent, employee-controlled company with strong roots in Alberta, BC, Ontario and the Yukon. Created through the merger of CapriCMW and Rogers Insurance, the company brings decades of specialized expertise and experience within the insurance industry. With 1,000 employees in over 50 offices across Canada, $1 billion in gross written premium and over 350 employee shareholders, Acera Insurance provides custom insurance and risk-management solutions for personal and commercial clients nationwide including comprehensive employee benefits capabilities.

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Andrew's Final 4:

Book: Who Moved My Cheese? - by Spencer Johnson.

Best advice: "Take a chance, and invest in your own business."

App: PayByPhone.

Favourite restaurant: Rooftop Deck at the Eldorado Hotel.

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