Our Difference

Our Difference

The expertise to deliver
tailored solutions

For over 50 years, Burns & Wilcox has been uniquely focused on the success of the agents and brokers with whom we work. No matter the type of coverage, from the more routine to the large, complex and hard-to place, our 2000+ professionals possess a relentless commitment to applying their expertise to their clients’ needs day in and day out. This results in the right answer, right now for both long-term partners and new relationships.





committed to wholesale with no retail operations

Better decision-making through knowledge and insights

Our collective knowledge and our insatiable desire to unearth new insights enable us to partner with you in arriving at optimal choices that result in the right coverage for your particular needs. 

Finding the right solution for all of your client needs – fast

Burns & Wilcox is, at its core, a solutions-based company. We’re proud of our ability to offer the perfect plan to match your needs. And to do it quickly, with ultimate efficiency and attention to detail.  

The scale, access and expertise to service any transaction 

As the largest independent insurance wholesaler and MGA operation in North America, with over 2,000 dedicated and experienced professionals, you won’t have to look far to find the expertise that best fits your needs.  

The Power of Our Partnership

Our commitment to the brokers and agents we serve is one of the many reasons Burns & Wilcox is a leader in delivering specialty insurance solutions.

Awards and Recognitions

We’re proud of the recognition we receive from our peers and our industry.

IBC MGA of the Year


IBC Five Star MGA’s

2022, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016

IBA Hot 100

2023, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016

IBA/IBC Elite Women Listing

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016

IBA/IBC Rising Star Awards

2023, 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2012

IBA Top Specialist Brokers

2023, 2022, 2020, 2019 & 2018

Business Insurance Break Out Awards

2022, 2020, 2018 & 2017

Global 100 Award

2023, 2021 & 2020

Waterstone Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures Award

2022, 2021, 2020

IBC Top Insurance Workplaces


Great Place to Work

July 2023-July 2024
July 2022-July 2023
July 2021-July 2022
July 2020-July 2021


Best Places to work


Business Insurance Hall of Fame


IBC 5-Star Underwriter



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Burns & Wilcox is the industry-leader in providing specialty insurance solutions. How we got here begins with roots established decades ago.

In 1969, the late Herbert W. Kaufman established Burns & Wilcox as an insurance wholesaler to provide brokers and agents with unique access to a variety of insurance markets and help place their specialty risks.  

Mr. Kaufman began his career as a retail insurance agent. He set out to build a better wholesale platform that would partner with insurance companies and improve the standard of service provided to retail brokers and agents.  

Today the entrepreneurial spirit of Burns & Wilcox continues to thrive under the direction of Mr. Kaufman’s son, Alan Jay Kaufman, the company’s Chairman, President and CEO. Burns & Wilcox now stretches to 60 offices throughout North America and includes more than 2,000 professionals. Under the stewardship of Mr. Kaufman, Burns & Wilcox has grown to over $2 billion in annual premiums through a series of strategic acquisitions, technical advancements and organic growth.  

Our Brand Ambassadors


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Putting in the hard work to ensure success, these sponsorship members of Team Burns & Wilcox make us proud and set an example of excellence for all.