Born and raised on a Dairy Farm in the Gordon Head District of Greater Victoria, his early education started in rural Victoria with Junior High in the City. He then moved to Vancouver in 1950 with his parents where Senior High School was completed in 1953.
The summer and fall of 1953 was spent in Dawson Creek, in the Peace River District, working on a housing construction project. It was during that time, that Bryan decided that working with his hands would not a career make. Returning to Vancouver, Bryan entered the financial world in February 1954, joining the National Trust Company. In August of 1958, Bryan entered the life insurance business as a career agent with Sun Life of Canada. Five years later, he joined the Great-West Life Assurance Company and traveled to the Sunshine Coast building a clientele. To this day Bryan continues his association with several Coastal Communities.
In December 1966, now married 7 years to Sylvia with two boys, Geoff and Gregg, Bryan and his family moved back to Victoria to join Zurich Life of Canada as a Supervisor. He spent the next 5 years developing their Branch in Victoria and beyond, including the Sunshine Coast and Powell River. Bryan then returned to personal production with Crown Life working from their Victoria Office. When Crown Life was sold to Canada Life, he took the opportunity to become an Independent Agent. It was during this era that Swiftsure Insurance Associates Limited. was formed. This company continues to flourish with the partnership of Brenda Shepherd.
Bryan, now in his 79th year, is healthy and still happily engaged in the wonderful world of the insurance industry after nearly 57 years and continues to serve clients on a part-time basis.
To those associates and colleagues who have been part of his career, some for a long time, others of shorter duration, he says “Thank You”. To the clients that he has had the incredible privilege to serve over all of these years, he knows that a mere thank you is not sufficient as your loyalty and friendships are unequalled and very much appreciated.
Over the past 15-plus years, Brenda has honed her skills and knowledge in many different roles within the insurance and financial services industry.
She worked for some time as a Client Services Representative with a Managing General Agency and during this time she developed her passion for excellence and strong communication with clients. As a strong believer in the importance of advice that is not tied to a single provider, she has always embraced the independent advisor model and continues this commitment today.
Brenda has been part of two full-service financial planning firms during her career and identified key practices and processes that she continues to use today when working with clients. Several years ago, she began a personal practice that has grown to the point where she was looking to consider additional opportunities in the financial services industry. In 2013, she developed a strong working relationship with Bryan Burkinshaw and this resulted in her acquiring Swiftsure Insurance Associates Limited in early 2014 as Bryan chose to begin semi-retirement.
Working closely with Bryan, she is enjoying the opportunity of meeting all of his clients and sharing his vision for the future as their primary financial industry advisor. Brenda brings new levels of enthusiasm and commitment to Swiftsure, together with her existing highly valued clients.
As part of her commitment to superior service and knowledgeable advice, Brenda is a regular participant in Industry Continuing Education workshops and seminars. She is a proud holder of the Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA) Designation. This assures clients that she has detailed knowledge of the issues and planning techniques that are applicable to and appropriate for Canadian seniors, including financial issues, personal and medical care, estate and legacy planning and the emotional aspects of transitioning into a post-employment lifestyle.
She also provides health benefits and group investment products to businesses. She works closely with all major providers of Health & Dental plans in British Columbia and Alberta.
Brenda looks forward to serving her clients with professionalism and a deep sense of caring in the future.