Team

Danny Buntain BA, CAIB

Insurance Broker

Being a Buntain, I grew up living and breathing insurance from a young age. With my recent return to Vancouver, re-joining the Buntain team seemed to be a natural fit. I am very excited and proud to be part of the ever-growing and dynamic team. I also look forward to the opportunity to continue to meet and work with our longtime and newly-developed clients.

I spent the last two years working in England as part of the London 2012 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This experience, plus my experience working for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games has fostered my passion for building relationships with people from all over the world.

Outside of work you will find me enjoying and embracing everything Vancouver and its surrounding areas have to offer: snowboarding, surfing, biking, golfing and running our dog along the beach – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Gord Buntain BCom

Manager

I started in the family business in 1975 while attending the Commerce program at UBC.  Recognizing the potential of growth in the insurance industry and my passion for connecting with people, it has been very satisfying to help develop Buntain Insurance into the company it is today – a thriving, multi-office company employing the best insurance professionals in the business.

When I manage to get a break from the office, I can be found indulging my other passions, which include cycling, kayaking and hiking the Grouse Grind regularly.  My latest projects include my golden retriever, Tucker, and mountaineering up yet another mountain.

I have been fortunate to travel over the past few years including a climbing trip to Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus.  I am also enjoying watching my three kids as they grow into young adults.

Lynn Buntain

Manager

After working in the family business for almost 40 years I have had the pleasure of being part of the company’s development from one small office to our three thriving offices. My journey has evolved from a summer job when as a teenager answering the telephones to now working with my very talented team members at the South Granville location. I feel so fortunate to be able to see three generations working together in our family business.

Growing up in both North Vancouver and Vancouver, I have been actively involved in the community throughout the years, whether through sports, the arts, or through activities with my children and grandchildren. It is our family goal and business philosophy to have a continued and strong presence in our community.

When not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my partner, Charlie, and our blended family of seven children and eight grandchildren. My sports of choice at this time are squash, golf and tennis. Charlie and I both enjoy the adventure of travelling and the experiences of different countries and cultures.

Heather Steiner

Insurance Broker

After nearly 10 years of working in the customer service industry, I joined the Buntain team in the spring of 2016. I feel extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to work with such a wonderful, hard-working group of people. Since then I have learned a great amount about the industry and look forward to furthering my education over the next few years to better serve you and our other clients.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Surrey, I am excited to be working in the big city. When it’s not raining, you can likely find me at the beach, riding a bike along the seawall or, being a craft beer enthusiast, checking out one of the many breweries Vancouver has to offer.

Leah Brulotte BSc, CAIB

Insurance Broker

I started my career with Buntain in 2002 on a part time basis while I was at school.  Over the years I have been lucky enough to hold many different roles within the company, but now I have the pleasure of working one-on-one with clients and also handle a broad range of accounting duties.

In my time off, I am passionate about travelling and hiking.  In the last few years I have been fortunate enough to explore the base camp of Mt. Everest and hiking in Machu Picchu.  I have also taken up road biking so when I am in town look for me on one of my many rides.

Donovan Tildesley BA, CAIB

Insurance Broker

In 2008, a visit from my long–time neighbour, Gord Buntain, changed my career path. I was at an interesting point in my life as I was training for the Beijing Paralympic Games and had just completed my BA in English Literature. Gord asked me to join the team at Buntain Insurance, and recognizing this as an intriguing opportunity, I readily agreed.

I am proud to now hold my CAIB designation, and am passionate about interacting and building relationships with our clients to better understand their insurance needs. My role at Buntain has expanded over the years, and includes managing the Travel Medical insurance portfolio, public speaking engagements, and most importantly cultivating relationships with new clientele.

Lee Chang BBA

Insurance Broker

In 2015 I decided to change careers and enter the insurance industry. I feel so lucky to have started my insurance career with Buntain. I bring to Buntain many years of customer service experience. Previously, I worked in the banking industry for 10 years.  I really enjoy interacting with people and helping them with their insurance needs.

I grew up in Abbotsford but Vancouver has always been my second home. Vancouver officially became my home in 2015. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also love to travel and hope to see as much of the world as possible.

Cristina Renzitti

Insurance Broker

I was introduced to Buntain Insurance through my older sister Maria and was excited to join the team in 2015. Previously I studied Marketing Management at Kwantlen Polytechnic University which helped me develop my passion for sales. I enjoy going above and beyond for clients which has made my work at Buntain a perfect fit.

I was born and raised in Vancouver, and enjoy traveling and experiencing new spontaneous activities. I also have a great passion for yoga and have been practicing since 2009

Jena Gibson

Insurance Broker

Originally from a tiny town just outside of Toronto, I moved to Vancouver in 2011 to attend school and have been loving it here ever since! I have an extensive customer service background and I am finding the insurance industry to be an excellent fit.

I am really enjoying the learning process and connecting with people that I would otherwise not have the opportunity to meet. I feel very fortunate to have found such an enthusiastic and supportive team to help me gain the knowledge I need to be truly successful in this industry.

Kendle Rowlands

Insurance Broker

Since starting with Buntain in February of 2012, I have come to understand and learn a great deal about insurance and the insurance industry. Everyday there are new clients, challenges and opportunities. I look forward to further developing my abilities and knowledge with the Buntain group.

I grew up in Surrey and am passionate about travelling. After my first trip to Europe, I enrolled in college and focused on the hospitality industry. After another trip and working in the restaurant industry, I was lucky enough to start working at Buntain, where I have been able to transfer over many of the skills I had gained through both my education and work experience.

I now live in Vancouver and love city life. In my spare time, I enjoy karaoke and bowling with my friends, or cruising on my bicycle down Main or Commercial where there are so many great restaurants. As for sports, I love snowboarding and really enjoy softball.

Elizabeth Nguyen CAIB

Insurance Broker

In 2016, I joined the Buntain family and haven’t looked back since. With a lengthy career in management and customer service, I strive to deliver excellence in all that I do. Now heading towards my 4th year in the insurance industry, my strange passion for auto insurance only grows. I love the industry because it is always changing, and the opportunities are endless.

Born and raised in beautiful British Columbia, I have always called Vancouver my home. I love to travel and explore new lands, so I take off every chance I get. I love trying new restaurants and cuisines from different cultures and in my free time I do yoga, ride my bike, and walk my little pooch.

Patricia Rosano

Insurance Broker

I started with Buntain Insurance in the spring of 2012 and feel very fortunate to be part of the Buntain team as they are very supportive and always helpful.

I am looking forward to further broadening my knowledge in the Insurance Industry as I really enjoy working with our clients to help them better understand their insurance policies and answer any of their questions.

I was born and raised in the Philippines where I worked in accounting at the McDonalds Corporate office. In my spare time, I really enjoy being with my son and mother who both live with me and I am always up for watching Filipino show!

Amy Liao CAIB

Insurance Broker

I grew up in Abbotsford, but moved to Vancouver in 2001 to attend BCIT and have called it home ever since.  I have been in the insurance business since 2003.  I thrive on providing the best customer service and being able to help our clients with all their insurance needs.  I really like the personal interaction in this business, and our clients are so friendly.

The best thing about Vancouver is the food! I love going out for dinner, but also love trying out new recipes when I can. Some of my other pastime activities include shopping, going to a spin or kickboxing class and of course my guiltiest pleasure of all – watching reality shows!  

Jane Buntain CAIB

Insurance Broker

The idea of a career as an insurance broker started over many business conversations with my father in law Gordon Buntain. With a background in Sales at Fairmont Hotels, I joined the family business in 2013. While enjoying the daily challenges that come with the industry and a growing company I gain the most satisfaction from connecting and advising my clients. I specialize in residential insurance and you can find me at one of our newest offices, Southland at 40th and Dunbar.

Moving to Canada from Australia in 2009 I have quickly made Vancouver home and enjoy BBQ’s with family and friends, beer league softball and creative projects

Teresa Isert

Insurance Broker

I started my career in insurance in 1999 when I joined the Buntain team. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with my family in helping our clients choose the best coverage to meet their insurance needs. The most rewarding aspect of my job is developing these relationships. I really do believe that our family is here to help your family.

I grew up in both East Vancouver and Kits, and now live in Point Grey – only a few blocks from the rest of my family. Outside of work I love spending time with my three kids in and around our beautiful city.

Darcy Grey

Insurance Broker

I feel very fortunate to be part of the Buntain team. My experiences have been both positive and rewarding as I have enjoyed not only developing strong working relationships with our clients, but also reconnecting with old family friends.

There is a strong connection between the Buntain Group, their clients and the community. This, and the incredible diversity of the insurance industry are the things I am most passionate about in my work. I look forward to continuously challenging myself to learn more about the many different products and options available to our clients.

I am a born and bred Vancouverite, and continue to spend time with many of my childhood friends. I am now raising my own family and they are definitely a huge source of inspiration for me. In our spare time we enjoy camping, skiing, and riding our quads.

Amanda Moore

Insurance Broker

I started working with the Buntain family in September 2012 through the Dunbar Insurance office. I am pleased to say that as of September 2015, we are officially a part of the Buntain Insurance Group of Companies. Currently, I am working part-time while attending UBC to study Business. I look forward to learning and building new relationships with customers of Buntain as well as maintaining the relationships I have built with Dunbar clients.

While I’m not working or studying, I enjoy going biking in the summer and skiing in the winter on our local mountains as well as up in Whistler.

 

Joanne Barnes CAIB

Insurance Broker

I am so proud to be part of the Buntain legacy. As a third-generation family member, insurance has always been a part of my life. I continuously look to my grandparents as examples of how hard work, kindness and community involvement are all essential components of running a business.

I have been working in the insurance industry since 2001, and am proud to have completed my CAIB designation. I have been so lucky over the years to develop strong relationships with our clients. My goal is to help each client find the best coverage to meet their specific needs.

In my spare time I enjoy participating in a number of different sports, enjoying the great outdoors with my son Eric and travelling to new places.

Maria Renzitti

Insurance Broker

I have been with Buntain since 2014 and am very lucky to be part of such a great team.  Previous to Buntain, I was attending the University of British Columbia in the Global Resource System program, and since have transferred over to BCIT to focus on a different area of study – the General Insurance/Risk Management program.  My experience of studying and working in this industry has been more than I expected.

Born and raised in Vancouver, I am proud to call this city my home.  When I am not in the office I love spending time with my friends and family, and also have a strong passion for yoga.

Phil Shieh

Insurance Broker

Born and raised in Vancouver. There is no other place I would rather call home. After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, I spent a few years working and travelling. I’m happy to have been able to backpack through South America, Southeast Asia some parts of Europe. The travel bug had bit me early on, and I often daydream of my next big adventure.

During my working life, I’ve worked in kitchens, as a barista, a server, and an English teacher. I joined the Buntain Team over 5 years ago and since then I have met and worked with many fantastic people along the way.

My daily life revolves around food, friends and family. As an active person, I’m often playing sports, cycling around doing errands, on a walk/hike, or in my garden tending to my veggies. Most of all I’m enjoying the simple pleasures in life and appreciating what our great province has to offer.

Stephanie Demmers, BA CAIB

Insurance Broker

I grew up in the Dunbar neighbourhood and entered the insurance industry with Buntain in 2008. I enjoy working at the Dunbar Street Location because of the people – both colleagues and clients. Being able to educate people about the products we sell and having the opportunity to provide excellent customer service is what has kept me working in this industry, and will continue to do so.

I am thankful for all the opportunities and knowledge that have come from working at a job that not only continues to educate me every day, but helps me understand a world of business I had never considered being a part of. While working for Buntain I have had the opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s Degree and my CAIB designation. Now I keep busy outside of work playing soccer and volleyball, amongst many other outdoor activities.

Tammy Parker

Insurance Broker

Buntain Insurance has been such a big part of my life. I joined the company in 1986, and since then have learned the importance of working with our clients to find solutions for their insurance needs. Insurance can be confusing and it has always been my goal to simplify this process. It is so rewarding when we are able to make recommendations to the client that we know will work well for them.

I grew up in Burnaby, and now live in Langley. My two daughters keep me on the go, but when I do find time to relax you can find me reading or taking long walks with my very lovable gold lab, Bailey.

Helen Ngu

Insurance Broker

I have been with Buntain since sept, 2012 and am very lucky to be apart of such a great supporting team. I am grateful to have the opportunity to challenge myself, while benefiting my clients through my service. My goal is to grow my career and develop long term relationships with my clients, being with Buntain has definitely given me that.

Like many Vancouverites, my idea of a great day would be to take advantage of the best scenery and food on this side of the earth. In my spare time, I like to try new restaurants with my fiancé, get together with friends, nature hikes, and enjoy the beaches.