Gary Hirst appointed president and chief executive officer

Toronto, Ontario – The Board of CHES Special Risk Inc. today announced the appointment of Gary Hirst as President and Chief Executive Officer of CHES Special Risk Inc., with immediate effect.

The Board of CHES Special Risk Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Hirst as the President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Douglas Everett, President and founder of CHES, who now takes on responsibilities as a Director of the Board.

Hirst has extensive Canadian and international insurance experience gained in over 30 years of Lloyd’s of London market broking and the establishment of and management of an MGA here in Canada.

‘Gary is a strong addition to the Board of CHES and has the talent, expertise and leadership skills required to capitalize on the successes that the company has enjoyed over the past 18 months since he joined the team,’ said Doug Everett, Director of CHES Special Risk Inc.

‘He has already grown the number of new and exclusive markets that we have in our arsenal, as well as a product range of coverage, to in excess of 200 items, spanning all classes of insurance, much to the delight of our Retail Broker Partners, who are winning new business as a consequence.’

Hirst has already established experienced underwriting teams operating out of two underwriting centers, which CHES currently operate in Ontario, with plans to extend the CHES franchise to the remaining territories and Gary Hirst provinces over the next few months.

‘I am delighted that the Board has had the confidence in my abilities and experience to allow me to take the reins at CHES, it is a pleasure to lead one of the few independently owned and managed MGA’s in Canada, we are truly independent and not beholden to a parent, broker or a bank, and able to maintain the impartiality that is scarce in the current MGA market space, we feel that this is an important consideration when brokers are considering their Wholesale partner’

For more information on the products and services offered by Insurance Information Consulting and CHES Special Risk, please contact the President: Gary Hirst, President – CHES Special Risk Inc. Tel: 647-256-5155 Email:


CHES Special Risk Inc. was established as a Managing General Agent and Wholesale broker in 2004, in response to broker demand to a hardening marketplace, commencing with a particular specialty in the entertainment and hospitality business, later becoming a fully accredited Lloyd’s coverholder in 2009. CHES Special Risk is a fully Independent MGA delivering “A” rated capacity both in the hard to place, and standard lines classes and support their retail brokers in growing and developing their businesses.

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