About Us

lmi-about-usLackner McLennan Insurance Ltd. is a long-standing member of the Kitchener-Waterloo business community.

For more than 72 years, Lackner McLennan has been known as an outstanding Kitchener-Waterloo insurance brokerage.

The business is operated by five partners and a staff of dedicated insurance specialists and support personnel.

Our wealth of experience in the Personal Insurance and Financial Services arenas compliments our commercial offerings.

See our staff directory below:

Cameron E.K. Yule

Partner, President of the Board
Career Experience

Since beginning my General Insurance career in 1981, my efforts have been focused on the development of a commercial clientele empowering them to make wise insurance choices that are unique to their business. This professional relationship has allowed me to provide a full service team to manage not only the commercial insurance but also their personal insurance needs. I pride myself on my insurance knowledge and continually update this knowledge to deliver the best advice I can to my clients.

Education
  • RIBO, Registered Insurance Broker (ONT) since 1981
  • CIP, Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP)
  • B.A., University of Waterloo
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Our Staff






Corporate Team

Stephen Bleizeffer

Partner, Commercial Program Manager, Vice President of the Board
Career Experience

Since beginning my insurance career in 1987 I have been focusing on the commercial side of the Property and Casualty industry. I first started working as a Producer for two small local brokerages before accepting a position with Lackner McLennan in 1991. In 2004, I was pleased to become a partner and shareholder.

As a published insurance broker and risk manager, my focus has been in developing professional relationships with business throughout Canada, specializing in commercial insurance and commercial insurance programs. I believe that managing relationships and establishing communication with clients that goes beyond a working rapport is of the utmost importance. This has developed into a very enjoyable and rewarding part of my work – meeting with and discussing insurance and general life aspects with both current clients and potential new clients and I highly appreciate these opportunities.

In my spare time, I like to read and have a great affinity to the collector car marketplace. As an “old car guy” I try to attend as many events as possible throughout the year and have amassed a very large collection of automotive books and magazines. I have found that a great number of my clients have the same interests and have become lifelong friends. During the winter months I participate competitively in various bowling and billiard events which might be a throwback to a misguided youth.

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James Chmiel

Partner, COO & Chairman of the Board
Career Experience

Prior to the acquisition of Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd., by LMI, I was a Partner at Erb and Erb, and served as the firm’s President since 2006.

In addition to my various company responsibilities now as Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, I feel very fortunate to be an active volunteer in the community.  I am involved with the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area, having served as a Loaned representative, account executive and, the 2011 Campaign Chair. I sit on various Insurance Company advisory councils; serve on various local boards; and I am an occasional Guest Speaker at the University of Guelph and Conestoga College.

I am also pleased to serve as an Audit Committee member for the Waterloo Region District School Board Trustees, and as a Regional Reviewer for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards.

I was born in Hamilton and began my insurance career with a National Group Insurer in Mississauga. I’m thankful to be able to call, Kitchener-Waterloo, my home.

Education
  • RIBO, Registered Insurance Broker (ONT)
  • Governor General's Queen Diamond Jubilee Award winner
  • Waterloo Region 40 under 40 recipient
  • Kitchener Centennial's ‘Top 100 People Past, Present, Future making a difference in our community’
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Jeffrey Dow

Partner, CFO & Treasurer of the Board
Career Experience

As an accounting professional, I am continually striving to increase my knowledge in order to provide effective solutions to problems we may be facing. I have held a variety of positions in large public firms in a variety of industries; focusing on areas including finance, audit, project management and information technology. These positions have allowed me to develop exceptional interpersonal communication skills as well as enhance my ability to critically analyze a situation. I am currently in the final stages of completing my CMA,CPA designation and look forward to furthering my career in a dynamic and fast paced environment.

Education
  • MAcc, UW
  • BAFM, UW
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Dean McKillop

Partner, Director of the Board
Career Experience

I have been in the insurance industry for over 27 years in commercial sales. In 2009 I joined Lackner McLennan. My focus continues to be on the commercial side of things. While I deal with diverse types of businesses including contractors, trucking companies and general manufacturing, I have a large portfolio of farm equipment manufacturers.

Having been in the business for many years, I have long-standing clients and enjoy the relationships that have been established over this time.

Education
  • RIBO, Registered Insurance Broker (ONT), 1990
  • CAIB, Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker, 1996
  • CIP, Chartered Insurance Professional, 2005
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Albert Schmidt

Partner, Marketing Manager, Secretary of the Board
Career Experience

I started my Insurance Career with Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers and am very proud to be a part of the new Lackner McLennan/Erb and Erb organization. I have worked at many roles within Erb and Erb, working my way up from CSR, special project manager, trainer and sales and marketing manager. Now as the Secretary of the Board my duties have expanded again. I am honoured to serve such a fine company.

In July 2016 I became a partner in the firm of Lackner McLennan when they purchased Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd. and today I am the Marketing Manager of both Lackner McLennan and Erb and Erb.

Education
  • BA Honours, Anthropology 1999
  • RIBO, Registered Insurance Broker (ONT) since 2003
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Cameron E.K. Yule

Partner, President of the Board
Career Experience

Since beginning my General Insurance career in 1981, my efforts have been focused on the development of a commercial clientele empowering them to make wise insurance choices that are unique to their business. This professional relationship has allowed me to provide a full service team to manage not only the commercial insurance but also their personal insurance needs. I pride myself on my insurance knowledge and continually update this knowledge to deliver the best advice I can to my clients.

Education
  • RIBO, Registered Insurance Broker (ONT) since 1981
  • CIP, Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP)
  • B.A., University of Waterloo
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Spencer R.K. Yule

Partner, Account Executive, Commercial Department
Career Experience

My career in the insurance industry began at the company level as a Commercial Property Underwriter with Economical Insurance in 2010. I was part of Economical’s E.L.I.T.E. training program which focused on the development of underwriters through junior, intermediate and senior levels. At Economical I learned the importance of developing and maintaining positive broker relationships which I brought with me when I joined Lackner McLennan Insurance in early 2013.

My extensive knowledge of building construction, class of business and underwriting principles contribute to front line underwriting; a key aspect of a brokers role. I believe that managing expectations with open communication builds strong relationships, ones which go beyond just a work environment. Above all, I have an unwavering commitment to deliver quality service to my clients.

Education
B.A., RIBO, CIP
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Account Executives

Adrianna Banasik

Account Executive, Small Business Unit
Career Experience

RIBO

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Carl Bell

Account Executive, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Craig Bunn

Account Executive, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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John Fioretti

Account Executive, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Todd Holinshead

Account Executive, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Brianna Kilbride

Account Executive, Small Business Unit
Career Experience

RIBO

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W.K. Andrew Kirkwood

Account Executive, Commercial Department
Career Experience

B.A. History, B.A. Speech Communication, Corporate Communications Diploma, RIBO

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Dave Lagonia

Account Executive, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Joanne LeGal

Account Executive, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO, CIP

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Lynn Lubczuk

Account Executive Group Home and Auto, Personal Department
Career Experience

B.A., RIBO

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Mike Onotsky

Account Executive, Manager, Financial Services
Career Experience

CFP

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Tim Pawlowski

Account Executive, Commercial Sales Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO, CCIB, Diploma – Business

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Yijie Ren

Account Executive, Small Business Unit
Career Experience

RIBO

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Lars Rittmann

Account Executive, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Brent Taylor

Account Executive, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Don Wales

Account Executive, Commercial Department
Career Experience

B.A., RIBO

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Jason Watchorn

Account Executive, Small Business Unit
Career Experience

RIBO

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Account Managers

Tim Avery

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Bob Bennett

Life Insurance Specialist, Financial Services
Career Experience
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Mackenzie Brown

Account Manager, Complementary Health Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Nicki Brubacher

Technical Service Representative, Complementary Health Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Heather Bryson

Account Manager, Complementary Health Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Donna Buratynski

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

B.A.(Hons), RIBO, CAIB

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Christine Calzavara

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Andrea Caple

Account Manager RMT Program, Complementary Health Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Sharon Carlisle

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO, CAIB

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Tim Chalmers

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Kathy Chan

Account Manager Associations and Acupuncture Programs, Complementary Health Department
Career Experience

Advanced Diploma in Secretarial and Administrative in HK, RIBO

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Mary Churchyard

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

B.A., RIBO, CIP

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Cathy Clavir

Marketer, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Sharon Clayton

Account Manager, Small Business Unit
Career Experience

RIBO

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Rebecca Davis

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Kathy Fisher

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO, CAIB

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Mary Gervais

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Lynn Gow

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Louisa Grigg

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Angela Grigg

Account Manager, Small Business Unit
Career Experience

B.A.. RIBO

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Deanna Hadenko

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Andrew Harden

Team Lead, Small Business Unit
Career Experience

RIBO, CIP

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Ashley Holinshead

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO, CAIB

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Debbie Hunter

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Sarah Hunter

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Angela Hussett

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Brenda Jennex

Technical Service Representative, Small Business Unit
Career Experience

RIBO

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Jo-Anne Jewell

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Ann Kibler

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Kelly A. Kilbride

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO, CAIB, CIP

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Amanda Kuntz

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Shannon Larsen

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Dianne Leclerc

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Meghan McCaffrey

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

Diploma – Tourism and Travel, RIBO

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Alycia McQueen

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Beth McVeigh

Manager, Comp Health Program & Small Business Unit
Career Experience

RIBO

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Allan Metcalfe

Administrator, Financial Services
Career Experience
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Bea Meyer

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Joey Moorehouse

Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO, CAIB

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Tineke Nethery

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Helena Nethery

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO, CAIB, CIP

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Jessie Paris

Technical Service Representative, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Sandra Proud

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Tammy Ritza

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO, CAIB, CIP

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Jenny Schonenberger

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO, CAIB

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Leslie Schweitzer

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO, CSIP, CAIB

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Wendy Shantz

Financial Advisor, Financial Services
Career Experience

B.A.

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Paula Sommers

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Craig Thompson

Group Benefits Advisor, Financial Services
Career Experience
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Lainee Tillich

Technical Service Representative, Complementary Health Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Scott Underwood

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

Conestoga College – Business Insurance Graduate, RIBO

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Tari Wagner

Account Manager, Commercial Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Richard Wamil

Account Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

RIBO

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Selina Zhou

technical Service Representative, Complementary Health Department
Career Experience
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Administration Staff

Anita Bahab

Reception, Administration
Career Experience
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Shawna Bourke-Heimpel

Human Resources, Manager
Career Experience

B.A., CHRP, CHRL

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Carrie Dunning

Manager, Personal Department
Career Experience

B.Comm, RIBO, FCIP, CRM, CAIB

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Jono Hill

Manager, IT
Career Experience

B. Eng

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Tim Kauk

Assistant Manager, Personal Insurance
Career Experience

Bmus, Mmus, RIBO, CAIB

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Shirley Kendrick

Assistant, Administration
Career Experience

Diploma – Business Support and Bookkeeping

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Megan Pearson

Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Department
Career Experience

Diploma – Advertising, RIBO

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Shelley Sutton

Training Coordinator
Career Experience

RIBO, CRM, CIP, CIM

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