In-depth and hands-on

The Ecclesiastical Business Associate Program is designed for recent university graduates whose expressed goals are to build careers in commercial specialty insurance, as well as for young people already in the workforce who are looking for a new career path. The three-year program provides an exciting, challenging and accelerated learning opportunity, unparalleled in the insurance industry.

The program, which includes mentoring by senior management, takes a hands-on approach to learning and to growing leadership from within. Business associates are offered ample opportunities to work with brokers and customers and participate in important projects.

We believe that good business leaders must champion corporate social responsibility. We place our business associates with local charities so that they gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the organization’s efforts. Associates who complete these assignments have a far greater respect for the work of non-profits and volunteers, and for the importance of giving back — both corporately and personally.

Three learning streams


A rotational component in which associates participate in every aspect of the business — from underwriting and corporate services to risk control and claims services. Each rotation is designed to develop specific technical and leadership skills.


Full sponsorship to the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) Program offered by the Insurance Institute of Canada. Leading to an internationally recognized professional designation, CIP requires students to take 10 courses and write a final national exam for each course. By supplementing CIP coursework with practical property and casualty experience, our business associates acquire an in-depth understanding of the insurance industry, as well as Ecclesiastical’s role as a unique commercial specialty insurer in the Canadian market


A “customer development placement” in the community that sees associates spending time with several of our customers, to develop a better understanding of the organizations we serve.

For a full program outline, please email

Here’s what previous business associates say about our program

I began my insurance career four years ago with Ecclesiastical. I joined the company through the Business Associate Program following completion of my post-secondary degree. I’ve been presented with a multitude of opportunities for both professional development and personal growth. I have had opportunities to learn from experienced colleagues both within the Canadian operations and from our head office based in the UK. Ecclesiastical appeals to me because of its unique ownership structure and initiatives for giving back to the community. All employees seem to share many of the same core values as the company itself. Over the course of my employment, I’ve been fortunate to witness the company continue to adopt new and innovative customer-centric business practices to meet the evolving needs of our customers.

Josef Kaukinen — Underwriter, Corporate Underwriting

Are you a candidate?

If you’re ready to learn the industry and become a leader…

If you’re a recent university graduate who is committed to making a difference in the world, the Ecclesiastical three-year Business Associate Program may be just right for you. Our program is a corporately sponsored, accelerated learning opportunity. Aligned with our business strategy of “home growing” talent, it combines a hands-on approach to learning that includes a rotational training component and sponsorship to the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) Program run by the Insurance Institute of Canada.

Our associates supplement their CIP coursework with practical property and casualty experience while gaining a comprehensive understanding of the insurance industry and Ecclesiastical’s role as a specialist insurer within the Canadian market.

Business Associate Qualifications

  • A university degree, preferably in business or liberal arts, from a recognized learning institution. An interest in architecture, the arts and/or humanities would be considered an asset
  • Work and/or volunteer experience
  • A commitment to pursuing a career as an insurance professional
  • A commitment to obtaining the CIP designation within a two-year time period
  • A strong work ethic and the ability to self-manage and multi-task within a team-based environment
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent computer skills with proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Adaptable, resourceful, and willing to travel to Ecclesiastical’s regional branch locations (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Dartmouth) as required for short-term professional development opportunities

Ecclesiastical offers a challenging, rewarding environment and a competitive benefits and compensation package. Please apply in confidence by forwarding your resume and cover letter to

Ecclesiastical is an equal opportunity employer.

We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.