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Meet James Higgins, President Of Higgins Commercial Insurance

James Higgins
Kendall Higgins, James Higgins, James Higgins visiting Lloyds of London (Insurance Company Founded in 1686, London, England)

We are highlighting certain occupations as part of our Social Media Education Platform. We are doing this as an effort to bring awareness to grade 11, 12 and college students so they can think ahead and do research on various career options available.

To date, we have interviewed: a Respiratory Therapist, Optometrist, Speech Language Pathologist, Bike Shop Manager, Correctional Officer, Social Worker, 911 Operator, Police Officer, Nurse, Teacher, Educational Support Staff, Radiation Therapist, Lifeguard, Firefighter, Music Professional, Paramedic, Engineer, Medical Laboratory Professional, Actor, Non-Profit Organizations, Dental Hygienist, and a Marketing professional.

We discussed the reality of their day to day work and asked them for advice on succeeding in their respective fields.

Today we are proud to interview James Higgins, President Higgins Commercial Insurance (a Commercial/Business Insurance Broker). 

James can be reached at: james@higginsinsurance.ca

Here is our interview with James:  

What areas do you specialize in?

Commercial Lines Insurance:  Non-Profit Entities, Condominium Corporations, Contractors, Professional Liability & Film Industry.

Briefly describe your educational background and training?

As a young person I struggled with focus – starting degrees in Music, Business, and Classics before heading back to school to finish a Bachelor of Arts in History (BA) from UNB.   Prior to this, I completed the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) Designation through the Insurance Institute of Canada.  I spent 3 years at Wawanesa insurance as a Property Underwriter and have been employed at Higgins insurance for 15 years (since 2005) in various front line and Management roles.  I’ve dealt primarily with Commercial lines since 2008.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your profession? What do you love most about your job?

Developing relationships with clients and colleagues in the insurance industry.  Over the last 10+ years many client relationships have developed into great family friendships.  I also really enjoy helping new entrepreneurs in the initial phases of getting their business up and running. 

What are some of the most challenging parts of your job? 

Dealing with the extended hard market we find ourselves in. 

Where would we find you when you’re not at work?

When I’m not at work you could find me enjoying music, reading, golfing, cooking, enjoying the outdoors and travelling.    

Thank you for the interview James