Meet the Team
Chairman & CEO
Daryn is Chairman and CEO of MHG and engaged in all aspects of the company’s corporate agenda. He is also President and CEO of McLean Hallmark.
Under Daryn’s progressive leadership, McLean Hallmark has become one of the largest independently owned Insurance Brokerages in Canada, and together with MHG is a proud member of the Canadian Broker Network and Intersure Partnership (North America Network). Daryn currently sits as Chairman of the Canadian Broker Network, and he has served as Chairman for the 2012 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF Ride) Insurance Challenge. Daryn holds a B.A. from State University of New York at Potsdam.
Keith is President of MHG and engaged in all aspects of the company’s corporate agenda. He is also President and CEO of Gateway Insurance Group.
Keith’s other business interests include operating investments in Real Estate, M&A Services, and Mortgage Industries, as well as a Private Capital company. Born in Halifax, NS, Keith is a graduate of Dalhousie University. He resides in Seabright, NS.
Stephen J. Smith
Steve is Managing Director of MHG. He is integral in developing and implementing company strategy with a specific focus on ‘the Clients view’. He is also responsible for the overall management of all Client Relationships, which includes overseeing and working with the leadership in all Sales Verticals.
Steve specialises in complicated risk profiles and intricate commercial accounts. Having worked on three sides of the table – client, insurer and broker – both domestically and abroad, Steve’s background and perspective proves invaluable in advocating for ‘clients interests’. He resides in Newmarket, Ontario.
Vice President, Commercial Insurance
Ryan has been working in the general insurance industry for over a decade, working for some of the largest regional and international companies in Nova Scotia. Ryan has an entrepreneurial drive which translates to a true understanding of what is important to business owners, and how to provide the best value for their insurance and risk management programs. Ryan most recently built his own successful brokerage, Harbourtown Insurance, based in Halifax, N.S. The opportunity to partner with Gateway Insurance Group and MHG was one Ryan saw as the best fit for his current and new clients. Ryan is based out of the Halifax Office.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer at MHG, John is responsible for ensuring the client service team fulfills its commitment to serving the firm’s clients. He also oversees all contractual arrangements for MHG.
John was previously an owner of an Ontario Insurance Brokerage. He is presently on the Board of Directors of Heritage Toronto and served as Board Chair of the Toronto Grace Hospital. John holds a B.A. from Queen’s University and a MBA from York University.
David is Secretary Treasurer of MHG and oversees all financial aspects of MHG operations. He is a partner in Gateway Insurance Group. David is President of Atlantic Signature Mortgage & Loan and is an active investor with interests in M&A Services, Real Estate Industries, as well as a Private Capital company.
Born in Halifax, David holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Vice President, Sales
Chris is the Vice President, Sales of MHG. He is the former owner of The Insurers Financial Group (IFG) and has also worked as an independent consultant for three years prior to joining McLean Hallmark in 2012. Chris oversees and directs all aspects of Sales for MHG. Chris holds a B.A. from Trent University.
Vice President, Operations
Ken is Vice President, Operations of MHG and oversees all aspects of Program Delivery in Atlantic Canada. He is a partner of Gateway Insurance Group. Ken is Past President of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. He resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Vice President, Long Haul Transportation & Aviation
Derek Lachapelle is a Vice President at MHG. Widely recognized as a leading expert on long haul transportation, aviation and aerospace risk management, Derek has a long record of success with high-profile commercial clients. His in-depth knowledge and industriousness coupled with his innate ability to relate to his clients form the backing for his burgeoning success.
Vice President, New Car Dealer Practice
Trevor brings intuitive leadership and focus to MHG’s New Car Dealership programs. He has an automotive career spanning 25 years that includes in-dealership, supply chain, and finance. His past automotive career has provided him with the knowledge base for providing expert insurance and risk management solutions for Atlantic Canadian and Ontario New Car Dealers and business insurance clients.
Vice President, Mover’s Choice
Glenn began his insurance career in 2005. He has devolved and leads our Movers Choice Program – custom Insurance developed and delivered to the Residential Moving and Van Lines Industries. Glenn is a member and participant of the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM).