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ISL Insurance Brokers

About Us

Roy Irwin and Bruce Sargent formed a friendship while delivering milk and bread in the City of Peterborough during the 1940’s.  They then decided to leave the delivery business and begin their insurance sales careers with The Great West Life Assurance Company.

In 1949, Roy and Bruce decided to form a partnership to market general insurance, which was known as Irwin and Sargent.  After one year of operation, it became necessary to seek larger accommodations and the business was moved to its present location at the northwest corner of Brock and Water Streets.  In 1955, the partnership was expanded to include John Lowes and the business continued to grow.  In 1960, a private company was formed and the firm became known as Irwin, Sargent & Lowes Limited, today operating under ISL Insurance Brokers.

Don Sargent, the first of the second generation of the original partners joined the company in 1963.  Don Irwin, the second of the second generation of the original partners joined the company in 1970.  During this time, further expansion was imminent and the firm purchased the adjacent building to the west and construction plans were made to join and renovate the two buildings.  Construction began in June 1969 and on January 22, 1970 the official opening of the ISL Building at 441 Water Street became reality.

The founding partners have since retired and passed on.  However, in January 1998, the current President Todd Sargent, grandson of Bruce joined the firm and in February 2004, Mike Irwin, grandson of Roy joined the firm.  In December 2003, Don Sargent retired and in December 2010, Don Irwin retired after both enjoyed long and successful tenures with the firm.

Today we continue as full service general insurance brokerage with 17 dedicated professional staff members plus 4 Partners, including 2 that are third generation family members.  We deal with a wide array of insurance providers to secure the absolute best possible protection for each of our clients.

Our slogan “Serving People Is What We Do Best” demonstrates the commitment we have to our clients, our staff and our community.  As trusted advisors we do everything possible to provide value to our clients with products and services to suit their needs.

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