Meet The Ostic Team

Jamie Ostic: Partner And President

  • Graduate of OAC Associate Diploma in Agriculture
  • In 1981 I started my insurance career in the town of Fergus with father and founder of The Ostic Group, Ivan Ostic
  • In 1983 I moved to Shelburne to manage the opening of our new branch office
  • Today, I am an active member of The Shelburne and District Lions Club
  • I enjoy family, friends, staff, clients, all people in general, and a real good laugh.
  • For hobbies and relaxation, I like pretty much anything that has a motor and wheels… well not necessarily just wheels, but a motor is paramount!

Tom Waind: Partner And Vice-President

  • I hold my CIP designation from the Insurance Institute of Canada.
  • I began my Insurance Career in 1980 with my father at Waind Insurance Broker Ltd.
  • Waind Insurance merged with The Ostic Group in 1995 and I have been proud to work with my partner Jamie and our many fine employees over the years. I have worked with Avonne Fisher since 1980!
  • My interests include outdoor activities such as canoe tripping, fishing and snowmobiling.
  • I have had the rewarding experience of helping out with my son’s basketball and softball teams over the last many years.
  • I have been an active member of the Elora Lions Club since 1988.
  • I regard golf as an exercise in hits and giggles. Lots of hits…

Dave Silva: Personal Lines Manager

  • I have been in the insurance industry since 1994
  • I have developed my industry experience having worked for CIBC Insurance, TD Insurance and Gore Mutual Insurance
  • Being a local broker is something I am passionate about. I find nothing more satisfying than having a great conversation with a client, whether they are an individual or a business owner, and helping them find the protection they need. If we happen to have a few laughs while we are at it, I guess that is just part of the job!
  • At home, I am a sports-loving, dog-walking husband and father to two wonderful kids heading into their teenage years. Please wish me luck with that!

Mike McKinnon: General Manager

  • I began my insurance career in 1992 after graduating from university with a bachelor of Arts in History and an Honours Business Administration degree
  • My experience with State Farm and Gore Mutual includes; automobile physical damage and bodily injury claims, alternative dispute resolution, claims department management at a regional level, financial data analytics, marketing and business development, and business strategy in a corporate executive capacity.
  • I joined the Ostic Group in 2009 and am responsible for the financial department, human resources, business oversight, strategy, and process improvement
  • I like to spend time with my family, love to play sports, coach hockey, and enjoy eating anything that can be cooked on a barbecue …!

Rick Reidt: Process / IT Manager

  • I entered the insurance industry after graduating from university with an Honours Business Administration degree
  • I have been a registered insurance broker since 1979 • I am responsible for the oversight, implementation & training for the Network, Data & Communications Systems at The Ostic Group.
  • I am also involved in consulting on the workflows & process management for the organization.
  • I enjoy watching sports, reading , and arguing about politics.

Sales Team

Justin Buhlman – Account Executive – Commercial Lines Including Agricultural

  • Joined Ostic Insurance in 2015
  • RIBO Licensed with a Business Sales & Marketing Diploma received in 2011 from Loyalist College
  • Focus on Commercial Lines Insurance Products
  • I enjoy meeting new people and establishing new relationships
  • I also enjoy playing hockey and golf, as well as travelling, snowboarding, camping & fishing

Sales and Service

Jessica Dewey – Sales & Customer Service Representative

  • Guelph Office location with a focus on Personal Lines insurance products
  • Jessica holds her RIBO license and joined Ostic Insurance in 2008
  • She lives in her home community of Guelph with her family

Jessica Flanjak – Personal Lines Supervisor & Sales Representative

  • Fergus Office location with a focus on Personal Lines insurance products and Life Insurance
  • Jessica holds her RIBO license along with her Life Insurance designation
  • She joined Ostic Insurance in 2012
  • She lives in her home community of Fergus with her family