About Us | Why Erin Varley is proud to be an ALIGNED Assistant Advocate
We’re different. That is to say, our exclusive focus on business insurance sets us apart. Certainly, being different is just one of the many reasons why Canadian insurance professionals decide to join the ALIGNED team.
Above all, we’re always proud to welcome new members to our team and share their story. Most importantly, our About Us features are just one example of our commitment to connecting with our community. In the same vein, many of us are sharing useful business insurance content on social media every day.
Erin Varley recently joined our growing team. Erin Varley is an Assistant Advocate and reports to SVP & Team Leader Darcy Franko-Felice. She works closely with ALIGNED colleagues across Canada.
Erin is proud to be part of the ALIGNED Insurance team. In her own words, here’s what Erin has to say about ALIGNED.
Q. Why did you join ALIGNED?
Erin: After reviewing ALIGNED’s 18 points of differentiation I knew Andrew was on to something great. Getting in with this company while it was still young and evolving was an opportunity that I simply couldn’t pass up!
Q. How did you first hear about ALIGNED?
Erin: Linkedin is where I keep connected with my colleagues and job opportunities. I was contacted by an Insurance Recruiter on Linkedin regarding a potential Assistant Advocate opportunity with ALIGNED. And after watching Andrew talk about Our Story on ALIGNED’s YouTube channel, I knew this brokerage would be a great fit for my next career step.
Q. In your opinion, what sets ALIGNED Insurance apart?
Erin: Having come from a large international brokerage, something that sets ALIGNED apart is the fact that the whole team really cares about both your personal and professional growth. You aren’t an employee number who’s clocking in and out. The team wants to know how you are doing, how your day went and people are always willing to hear your ideas as well as lend a hand when needed.
Q. Why did you choose an insurance career?
Erin: I graduated from Seneca College with a diploma in Travel & Tourism and a specialization in Hospitality. It became abundantly clear this was not only an unstable industry but, depending on where you live, opportunities are limited.
Insurance is a stable, recession proof industry that is essential for every industry. Best of all, there is no “typical day” in insurance – there are always learning opportunities and new challenges to solve!
Q. Tell us about your most recent professional designations.
Erin: I am currently working towards obtaining my Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designation. A longer term goal of mine is to earn my CIP (Canadian Insurance Professional) and FCIP (Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional) designations.
Q. In your opinion, what’s the single most important service an insurance broker delivers to a client?
Erin: Claims support and advocacy! Claims are the basis of insurance, and, as your broker, it is our duty to make sure that your claim gets prompt attention and that payments are made fairly and swiftly so that you can return to business as usual.
Q. Which of ALIGNED’s 18 points of differentiation do you find the most personally meaningful and why?
Erin: Definitely 24/7 Electronic Access to Policy Documents. Easy and virtually instant access to documents is important. Especially in the event of a claim, your mind is going to be on other things. With this feature there is no need to be hunting through files and old emails for your insurance documents.
I also believe that 24/7 Claims Reporting is equally important. The sooner that a client can report their claim the sooner things can get back to normal.
Have you met these ALIGNED team members?
Here’s Why Customer Experience Manager Kate Blanchard pivoted in an ALIGNED Insurance Career: “I come from a very different industry where I felt unstable and that growth was limited. As a young professional, I carefully considered different avenues where I could offer my strengths and in return could grow and develop with stability. I knew insurance would provide the stability in life I was looking for, while being able to offer my skills and passion for helping others.” – Kate Blanchard, Customed Experience Manager, ALIGNED Insurance.
Why our social responsibility program makes a difference to Assistant Advocate Courtney Tran: “Above all, what stood out for me is ALIGNED’s Social Responsibility Program. Philanthropy is something I’ve always believed and participated in. I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, even going all the way to Alabama to build homes. I’m an alumna of Laurier where fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis through Shinerama was second nature. It’s refreshing to find a company that keeps social responsibility as one of its core values.“– Coutrney Tran, Assistant Advocate, ALIGNED Insurance
Social responsibility is yet another way we deliver a different employee and client experience
Our Giving Generously campaign connects our clients directly with our social responsibility work. Each year, a portion of ALIGNED Insurance profits are donated to a registered Canadian charity that is selected by our clients. Learn more about our Social Responsibility program.
In addition, we support two annual volunteering days for every employee. We are proud that ALIGNED Insurance team members partner with the organizations that they are passionate about helping.
In short | Are you interested in joining the ALIGNED team?
Each and every day, our team members across Canada are proud to provide a different kind of insurance experience to each and every ALIGNED client.
We are actively looking for entrepreneurial and growth focused people. If you’re interested in joining our rapidly growing team, we’d love to hear from you!
To sum up | ALIGNED is our passion as business insurance brokers
We’re aligned with each other as colleagues, with the best insurance companies in Canada and, most importantly, our clients. This is why being as good as one’s word is so important to all of us at ALIGNED.
And while there are 18 things that we do differently for our clients, what gives us the most pride how we get better solutions and more value ALIGNED for each and every business we support.
That is to say, it’s a privilege to handle our clients’ insurance needs across Canada. Above all, helping others consistently, frequently and generously is vitally important to each one of us.