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Bruno Bertolin

Bruno Bertolin is the founder and Chairman of Brokers Trust Insurance Group Inc.

After attending the University of Toronto and a successful soccer career as a young man, Mr. Bertolin partnered with Gino Ventresca to form what was then the Ventresca-Bertolin Insurance Agency. He has been an insurance broker and brokerage principal since 1963. The success and growth of the brokerage from a small store-front office with two employees, to a dynamic company with over 70 professionals serving the various needs of a wide spectrum of individuals and businesses, is a direct result of his leadership. Throughout his long and successful career, he has built a reputation and recognition with his clients, staff and insurance partners for integrity, trust, and hard work.

As the Designated Individual for the office, Mr. Bertolin has oversight over the overall underwriting and the financial strength of the brokerage. In addition to his general insurance license, Mr. Bertolin also holds a life insurance license. He has a broad base of clients which includes major contractors, manufacturers and distributors.

In addition to his business profile, Mr. Bertolin has maintained a strong involvement within the community. He has been involved with numerous community, professional and charitable organizations and events, including the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA), the Consumer Complaints Committee (CCC), and most recently in establishing a Brokers Trust annual scholarship at the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Over the past few years, Mr. Bertolin’s two sons, Dan and David, have joined Brokers Trust and taken on increasingly senior roles in the operation and management of the brokerage continuing on with his vision and values.

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Fred Giansante

Fred Giansante has been a licensed broker for over 40 years. Two years after obtaining his brokers license in 1968, he joined Bruno Bertolin at Ventresca-Bertolin Insurance.

In addition to successfully developing his client base, Fred also took on a successively  increasing managerial role within the firm overseeing the administrative and financial functions. Building on his contributions to the firm, Mr. Giansante became a partner in 1982.

A natural strategic thinker, Mr. Giansante has been the key driver in shaping the company’s strategic direction and growth strategy. Fred has played a critical role in completing the two sets of mergers that have resulted in the creation of Brokers Trust in its present form. In particular, his skill as a negotiator and creative thinking were instrumental in assessing, negotiating and structuring fair and successful deals.

Mr. Giansante continues to lead and oversee the execution of our current growth
strategy, focusing on attracting and building a team of the industry’s most capable professionals.

Fred takes an active interest not only in the management of Brokers Trust, but also of our community and the country as a hole. As a result, he has put his management skills to use over the past 30 years, by directing several election campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, for candidates from various political parties.

Throughout his career, Mr. Giansante has developed a long tradition of community and charitable involvement. Most recently he initiated and led our efforts in successfully establishing a scholarship and York University.

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Larry Scenna

Larry Scenna joined Ventresca-Bertolin Insurance shortly after becoming an insurance broker in 1982. He spent several years developing a strong client base and in a short period purchased a brokerage - Rex Insurance Brokers. Eventually, Mr. Scenna merged Rex Insurance Brokers with Harrison Chamak and Ventresca-Bertolin and became a founding partner of Brokers Trust Insurance.

Following the merger, in addition to managing his portfolio of clients, Larry took on a leadership role within the company becoming the general manager of the merged company for a number of years. In this position, he oversaw and provided leadership and direction to all the administrative and financial functions for the office, including: business planning, strategy, finance, technology, human resources, marketing and sales, and business operations.

Currently Mr. Scenna is focused on sales and presides over development and implementation of the firm’s marketing, business development and client service strategy. 

In addition to his professional work at Brokers Trust, Mr. Scenna continues to be actively involved in several community and charitable organizations. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Association San Rocco, Executive Committee Member of the Consolata Missionaries and has been the Fundraising Chair of the C-3 Canada Club since 1995. 

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