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.
Jim Hitchcock: Account Executive – Commercial Lines including Agricultural
My role is to attract new customers, maintain existing relationships, and provide a high standard of knowledge and service
I enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life, staying active either at the gym or in the community, and always making time for my family and friends
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 – Sales & Customer Service 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
Heather Besley – Sales & Customer Service Representative
Shelburne Office location with a focus on Personal lines insurance products
Heather holds her RIBO license and joined Ostic Insurance in 1998
She lives in her home community of Shelburne with her family