Vancouver, Canada – BMS Canada Risk Services (“BMS Canada”) the Canadian arm of the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker BMS Group Ltd., today announces the appointment of Shaun Johnston as Chief Operations Officer (COO). He will report to Brian Gomes, CEO of BMS Canada, and will be located in BMS Canada’s Vancouver office.

Shaun joins BMS Canada from Aon plc (Aon) where he spent over a decade in the company’s Construction Services Group based in Vancouver. During his time at Aon, Shaun led a team of 20 specialists and grew a leading broking portfolio, providing risk management services, national and cross-border insurance programme design and management to some of western Canada’s largest and most diversified construction and property development companies.

Brian Gomes, CEO of BMS Canada Risk Services, said: “I am delighted to welcome Shaun who joins us both as COO for BMS in Canada and head of our Vancouver based operations. This is a very exciting time in our strategic expansion as we continue the significant growth of our businesses across Canada. I know, from working with him previously, that Shaun brings to BMS a reputation of being absolutely passionate about client service, working closely with his clients to deliver solutions to their most pressing business needs. He also brings to BMS his leadership in the provision of advisory, programme design and placement services for large complex construction projects having worked on some of western Canada’s largest construction projects over the years. I can not think of a more suited individual to drive growth of BMS Canada’s operations nationally. His leadership, experience and market network will be instrumental in the ongoing development of our position as a market leader.”

Shaun Johnston commented:

“I am very pleased to be joining Brian and the BMS Canada team, who have set a new benchmark for excellence in customer service and innovation in the Canadian market place. I’m greatly looking forward to implementing and leading our strategic expansion as we continue to build BMS’ operational capability across the country.”