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FCA’s purpose is to be useful to you – to share the specialized, relevant knowledge you are seeking, to deliver the insurance solutions you choose, to have the resources and relationships to help you manage the risks you are facing.

FCA is proud to be an independent insurance brokerage. That means we are your professional insurance advisors and advocates, – on your side, and only your side, from our first conversation through all the years of our relationship.

We will take the time to get to know you, or your business, or your organization, to tailor our recommendations to your unique priorities and requirements.

This website contains information to begin to answer some of your questions – but the best information is customized for you, and requires a dialogue. Please CONTACT US to start our conversation.

Let’s see what FCA professionals can do for you.

Our Mission

FCA exists to help businesses and individuals in Canada manage the risks around them.

FCA’s professional resources are dedicated to every client’s best interests, partnering with each to deliver and sustain a unique combination of superior insurance choices, advice and advocacy.

Why work with an Independent Broker?

As your independent Insurance broker, we work for you, not an insurance company. We are your advocate and your advisor – taking care of you, so you can take care of business.

Our History

FCA Insurance Brokers originated in 1919.  Two First World War veterans, James Gilpen and W. Harvey Doherty, found themselves sharing office space and common interests with Todd Dixon in Toronto. The three entrepreneurs merged their operations to form Gilpen, Doherty & Dixon. With the addition of Ronald Firstbrook, the name changed to Doherty, Dixon & Firstbrook Ltd. After subsequent mergers, and the later arrival of James Cassie, the growing firm evolved to Doherty, Dixon, Bark & Firstbrook Ltd. and then to Firstbrook & Cassie Limited.

Donald Anderson became a partner in 1979  and in 1985 the firm name emerged as Firstbrook, Cassie & Anderson Ltd. During the 1980’s the partnership expanded to include John van Bilsen and Andrew Osbourne, and later, Jeffrey Smith.

Over the decades, FCA has continued to flourish, now with a total staff of more than 80 experienced individuals dedicated to clients’ best interests. FCA is respected as an accomplished, professional organization, well-positioned and well-established within the Canadian marketplace.

In 2009, marking its 90th Anniversary, FCA expanded its ownership and executive team to include Andrew Osbourne as President, John van Bilsen as Chairman, and two new Vice Presidents and Partners, Sean Anderson and Brenda Rose. Donald Anderson continued as Director and Treasurer.

Then, in 2013, Warren Griffiths joined the executive group as Vice President and Partner.

The firm focuses on the insurance needs of a wide spectrum of commercial and corporate clients, with attendant specialties in Private Client Personal Lines, and Financial, Health & Benefits Planning.

Licensed across Canada, the firm headquarters in Toronto with two branch offices, and offers full independent global capacity through a wide-ranging network of select international partnerships, including a founding membership in the Global Broker Network.

Everyone at FCA – associates and clients alike – can look forward to the imminent 2019 centenary year as an occasion to celebrate.