James Laird, President and broker of record, CanWise Financial
CanWise Financial saw impressive growth in 2018, including expanding from 30 to 50 team members within the year. President and broker of record James Laird also upped his media outreach last year, securing appearances on CNN, CBC and CTV, as well as being featured in a number of news publications. This was all on top of Laird’s success earlier in the year when Ratehub, CanWise’s parent company that Laird co-founded, raised $12 million in investment to accelerate its growth of mortgage and insurance offerings.
That momentum is only expected to continue. In 2019, Laird predicts CanWise will grow an additional 30% to 50%, driven by a shift in consumer behaviour toward technology-enabled brokerages.