EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2012) - Thirty years ago, Peace Hills Insurance processed its first insurance application. Since then, the Samson Cree Nation's seedling business venture has continued to grow with an enduring focus on providing a premium product and delivering superior personal service. Today, the company has 196 employees, offices in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Brandon, and Prince George, and writes over $170 million annually in personal, commercial and farm insurance premiums.
On September 13th Peace Hills celebrated their thirty-year journey from an empty office space to a flourishing insurance business with a gala at the Oasis Centre in Edmonton. The event featured an evening of entertainment from Manitoba's own Bellowtones as well as traditional Native American dancing. Speakers included the Honourable Stephen Mandel, Mayor of Edmonton; Diane Brickner, President and CEO; and Grand Chief Marvin Yellowbird, Chairman of the Board.
Peace Hills Insurance was established by the Samson Cree Nation while looking for business opportunities to diversify and invest their oil and gas royalties. The insurance industry has not been an easy environment to grow in and the company has experienced major success as well as its own growing pains throughout the journey.
"I wish I could share all the wonderful experiences we have had over the past 30 years," says Diane Brickner, President and CEO. "It has truly been a wonderful journey filled with great brokers, dedicated staff, and supportive board members and shareholders. Building a company takes so many people working in the same direction; so much so that just one person cannot take credit for our success."