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.

Liz Nguyen CAIB

Insurance Broker

In 2015, 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 6th 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 dog.

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!

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.

Iris Yuen

Insurance Broker

After four years of jet-setting and travelling the world in my role as a flight attendant, I decided to return to Vancouver and in the fall of 2016 I was excited to join the Buntain team. Although new to the insurance industry, I believe my extensive background in customer service and my many travel experiences will allow me to transition seamlessly into this new career path. I look forward to continuing a high level of professionalism and establishing meaningful connections with all of the Buntain clients.  It is my goal to provide our customers with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they have the correct insurance coverage in place.

I was raised in Coquitlam and with my fascination with travel I was inspired to obtain a Bachelor of Arts Degree in linguistics and certification in TESL.   I am still passionate about learning and in my time off I dabble in writing and also enjoy daily dog walks along the seawall.

Michele Schmidt

Insurance Broker

I joined the Buntain Team in April 2017 when Buntain Insurance purchased the brokerage I had been working for since March 1989.

I specialize in Residential Insurance, ICBC Autoplan & Travel Insurance.  The best part of my job is helping people and ensuring that they have the right coverage to fits their needs.  I enjoy interacting with people and have established wonderful relationships with my clients over the past 28 years. So many of my clients are like family to me.

I was born and raised in Vancouver.  I like going for walks, going to concerts, writing poetry, travelling & spending quality time with my son who has been my inspiration in everything that I do.

Alex Blagojevic

Insurance Broker

I joined Buntain in the summer of 2017 after working in the restoration industry. I have seen countless examples of claims in which families, elderly individuals, and hard working people would have lost everything had they not been taken care of by their insurance professionals. I believe in the importance of a good broker who can envision a client’s needs and conveys how different risks can be insured to prevent financial loss. It’s a pleasure to work in an industry that has the client’s best interest at heart and I am passionate about the dedication our team has in working with our clients.

I’m originally from Langley, but moved around a lot as a child. After bouncing between 7 different elementary schools, I have become very good at making connections and maintaining meaningful and lasting relationships. When I’m not at the office you can assume I’m with friends, enjoying a glass of wine or watching movies. I paint, not as often as I’d like to, but I’m passionate about art in general. You won’t find me playing sports, as I am completely uncoordinated, but what I lack in speed and agility I make up for in overall willingness to try!

Sara Howard

Insurance Broker

I had the good fortune to grow up in a family of insurance professionals with both my grandfather and father owning insurance brokerages.  Surprisingly enough, finding a career in the insurance business was accidental.  I started working with my Dad in 2012 and along the way I found a passion and understanding of both the insurance industry and working with our amazing clients.  I currently hold my Level 2 Salesperson License and am working toward obtaining my CIP designation. I am also excited to continue my professional growth with the Buntain Team.

I grew up in Burnaby and currently live in New Westminster with my three boys….my Hubby Byron and my two cats Jerry and Moe.  I love spending time in Osoyoos during the summer months which always includes some well deserved wine tasting and when time allows I enjoy entertaining, event planning and spending time with friends and family.

Lida Lau

Insurance Broker

In 2016 I was introduced to Buntain Insurance through Liz, and life has been action-packed ever since then!  The information never stops coming, the team is amazing to work with and meeting people from all walks of life is inspiring.  I feel so fortunate to have found this career and look forward to increasing my knowledge and working with the clients.  Prior to my time at Buntain I worked at Steve Nash and briefly studied Criminology at Kwantlen College.

I grew up in Vancouver, moved to Richmond just after Grade 4, and in my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family.  I like to keep busy and love eating, shopping, watching movies, playing video games, hiking, running, dancing, working out and pretty much playing any sport.

Connor Jones

Insurance Broker

In 2017 while taking a break from studying at UBC, I joined the Buntain Team on a part time basis.  It didn’t take long for me to realize what a great opportunity it was to work with the Buntain team and clients so I quickly  accepted a full time position. This is my first job in the insurance industry but  I have worked in customer service industry since I was 15 years old and strongly believe that  consistent friendly, knowledgeable service is essential to the success of any business.  I particularly enjoy connecting with clients and hearing their stories and insurance experiences.  I look forward to a long and fulfilling career with Buntain and am so grateful for the overwhelming support of all the team members.

One of the things I enjoy most about my job is re-connecting with so many of the people I interacted with growing up in the Dunbar area. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t run into someone from one of my old local sports teams or someone from around the neighbourhood.

When not working or studying work courses I enjoy skiing, following US politics, and reading.

Jaylene Verhaeghe

Insurance Broker

I grew up in a small town in Alberta and moved to Vancouver two years ago.  I have been adjusting to a whole new world living on the West Coast including starting a career in the insurance industry. However, my past background working in customer service has allowed me to feel at home at Buntain Insurance and as a brand-new member of the team I feel very lucky to be able to get my training from some of the kindest and most knowledgeable people I know!

Outside of work, I give priority to spending time with family and friends, getting into nature and trying new foods and restaurants.  I look forward to a life time of traveling, seeking new experiences and developing new relationships.

Angie Nicol

Insurance Broker

I joined the Buntain Team in the fall of 2017 and bring with me four years of travel and home insurance experience along with a history in customer service.   What I enjoy most about my job is building relationships and helping clients through life changes.  When you are curious about your clients and find solutions to fit their insurance needs you can be there through life’s milestones, whether it is their first home purchase, or downsizing as an empty nester.

I was born and raised in Vancouver but have been lucky enough to spend time living on Vancouver Island. My bucket list includes visiting all of the Gulf Islands each unique and beautiful in their own way. I love to hike and go to the beach during the summer months and during the winter you can find me at local restaurants. I am always on the quest to find the best happy hour food specials in and around Vancouver.

Anna Lam

Insurance Broker

Since 2013, I have been very grateful to be part of the Buntain team. Previously, I was a Licensed Practical Nurse but decided to change careers due to health reasons. I was very fortunate that my cousin Aimee introduced me to Buntain and I have been enjoying working here ever since. Everyday is an amazing learning experience. There is so much room to grow in my career and as a person. I love how we build rapport with our clients and give them a peace of mind.

I grew up in East Vancouver and am now raising my own little family here. I love spending time with them and  enjoy taking my daughter on adventures, indoors and outdoors. I am also a major foodie. You can always find me eating or cooking!

Annie Hoang

Insurance Broker

I have been with Buntain since 2014 and from then on, many doors have opened and new challenges always await. I have acquired a great amount of knowledge about insurance and its industry over the last couple of years now. I like to bring learned skills from my background in hopes to further continue to provide the best customer service possible.

During days off, I like to spend my time with family and friends and for the most part, trying new food. Vancouver gives us unlimited varieties of cuisines and the goal is to enjoy anything and everything we have to offer. We are very fortunate to have all that is available here and now when I travel, I always miss the food back home. I hope to visit as many places as I can. Destinations worth mentioning would be Japan because I love everything about their culture, Bora Bora included, and the Maldives as it appears so surreal.

Amy Fang

Insurance Broker

I started my journey in the insurance industry with Buntain in 2017. Although the insurance industry is vastly different from my previous jobs, what has remained the same is my drive to provide excellent customer service.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to work part-time with such a wonderful team, and hope to continue growing my knowledge surrounding insurance.

I am a health science student with a major love for food.  Outside of the office, you can find me sampling dishes from one of the many restaurants in Vancouver.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Aimee 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!  

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

Jonathan Griffith

Insurance Broker

In February 2018, while taking a break from school, I decided to join the Buntain Team and the family legacy! Coming from a family of insurance brokers sparked my interest in learning more about this industry and all the different aspects of the profession.

My previous work history revolves around the customer service industry. I have been lucky to learn so many skills and methods that I am passionate about applying to assisting the clients at Buntain.   I love being able to work with people, both co-workers and clients, and find that Buntain Insurance is a great fit for me.  I look forward to furthering my education.

I was fortunate to grow up in the beautiful city of Vancouver which is central to so many indoor, and outdoor activities. In my spare time, I like to keep busy working out, hitting the golf course, playing pick-up hockey with friends or even visiting our local mountain for hiking and snowboarding.