Meet our Leadership Team
Peter Weightman - President
Peter Weightman has been President of BrokerLink since January 2010. In his more than 25 years with Intact Financial Corporation (IFC), he has held a number of leadership positions in both the United States and Canada. Prior to his current role, he was Senior Vice President, Claims, where he worked to build an industry-leading claims experience for IFC customers. Prior to his claims role, Peter was Senior Vice President, Commercial Lines where he was responsible for Intact’s commercial lines strategy including underwriting, pricing, and product development.
Peter earned a BSc in business administration and an MSc in business education from Illinois State University. He holds a number of industry and professional designations including Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Underwriting (AU), Associate in Insurance Management (AIM), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI). He completed the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2006.
Paul Meyer - Head of Acquisitions
Paul Meyer joined BrokerLink as the Head of Ontario in 2010 after more than 19 years of managing regional profit centres for Intact Insurance. Previously he was Regional Vice President for the Toronto region of Intact Insurance. Paul is accountable for the prospecting, negotiation and successful integration of brokerage acquisitions. Paul holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
John Baizana - Head of Ontario
John Baizana joined BrokerLink in 2013 after more than 22 years of managing and owning his own insurance brokerage. John is a former President of the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) and a past recipient of the Insurance Broker of the Year Award from the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO). Most recently, John held the position of Regional Branch Manager for the Ottawa region of BrokerLink. John is accountable for the growth and profitability of BrokerLink’s personal and commercial insurance portfolio for Ontario. John holds a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) designation.
Keith Jerke - Head of Alberta
Keith Jerke joined BrokerLink in 2014. He has held a number of leadership roles since joining Intact Financial Corporation in 1991, including VP Claims and VP Integrated Financial Services. His latest position was Regional Vice President for the Northern Alberta region of Intact Insurance. With BrokerLink, Keith is accountable for the growth and profitability of BrokerLink’s personal and commercial insurance portfolio for Alberta. Keith holds a B.Ed. from the University of Alberta.
Liz Cosgrove - Head of Atlantic
Liz Cosgrove joined BrokerLink in 2014 as part of the acquisition of Macdonald Chisholm Trask Insurance (MCT). Liz is responsible for the growth and profitability of 20 offices across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. She brings over 40 years of insurance industry knowledge to the leadership team at BrokerLink. After over a decade with the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Liz remains active in liaising with government and industry associations to better educate consumers about insurance. Liz holds a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) certification.
Valerie da Silva - Head of Human Resources
Valerie da Silva joined BrokerLink in 2007 and guides all human resources (HR) functions including employee engagement, talent acquisition, compensation, payroll, benefits, talent management, organizational design and HR systems. Prior to BrokerLink, she had extensive HR experience within the financial and professional services sectors. Valerie earned a B. Comm from the University of Ottawa and holds a CHRL professional designation.
Dave Ewanchyna - Head of Marketing and Communications
Dave Ewanchyna joined BrokerLink in 2009 and guides all marketing, advertising, and communications activity. He has more than 22 years of experience in insurance and telecommunications. Dave earned a BA and MBA from the University of Calgary.
Cathy Wilson - Head of Finance
Cathy Wilson joined BrokerLink in 2012 and is accountable for all areas of finance. Prior to BrokerLink, Cathy was with Intact Financial Corporation where she held a number of finance positions over the past eight years, most recently as a Director in the Broker Financial Solutions group. She is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). Cathy earned a BA from the University of Winnipeg.
Cynthia Baxter - Head of Technology & Operational Support
Cynthia Baxter joined BrokerLink in 2012. She leads BrokerLink’s technology and operational support teams. BrokerLink’s Professional Development and Quality Assurance team, Centralized Processing team, Work Force Management and Business Analysts, Project Management and Technology and System Support teams work together to plan, procure, train, implement and support new solutions, existing systems and transactional processing. Prior to joining BrokerLink, Cynthia held various management positions at Intact Financial Corporation, including Director, Application Development and Director, Information Technology, in the Strategic Planning and Enterprise Architecture department. Cynthia holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario.