Place Category: Finance & Insurance
Fred Ward originally started Ward Insurance Agency in 1967. The company was then sold to John Manuel in 1981. In 1984 Ray Butchart, became a 50% partner with John Manuel. In 1986 Ward Insurance purchased Warren Watkins Insurance Agency in Maple Ridge. This Agency was formed in 1973. The name of the company was changed to Ward Watkins Insurance Brokers to reflect the two operations. In 1998 The Company purchased one of their major competitors, Hugh & McKinnon (Willis Corroon Melling Ltd’s Cloverdale office).