Intact Insurance has announced that it is creating a new national team that will be dedicated to growing its commercial lines specialty solutions business.

This national approach will allow Intact to accelerate its plans to become the Canadian leader in specialty lines and surety.

To support this growth, Intact Insurance will be hiring about 150 professionals across Canada over the next few years, to add to its current team of experts.

The company also recently appointed Joe D’Annunzio as Senior Vice President, Specialty Solutions and Surety, to lead the team. D’Annunzio was previously Intact Insurance’s Regional Vice President of the Mississauga region.

"Our vision is to become a market leader and be widely recognized as the top provider of specialty insurance products and expertise. Our national scale, combined with our comprehensive suite of solutions, will provide brokers with the expertise and support they need to help them meet the changing needs of their customers," said Jean-Francois Blais, President, Intact Insurance.

"In addition, our regional presence means we can be as local as brokers, which means they can depend on us to deliver both a broker and customer experience that is second to none."

Intact Insurance offers a wide breadth of products in specialty solutions, including niche, stand-alone equipment breakdown, programs, errors and omissions (E&O), directors and officers liability (D&O), marine, farm, long-haul trucking and other specialized classes of commercial auto. Intact Insurance is also a leading provider of surety bonds.

Combined, these products represent about $600 million in Direct Premiums Written.