Life at Admiral

Since establishing a Canadian office in 2007, Admiral's business focus has been selling and retaining motor insurance policies.

That all changed recently - in a big way - with the introduction of our first household insurance team in Halifax.

There has been a lot of excitement around Household, with many agents interested in becoming the first team to take the leap from the automative division and embark on this new venture.

About 150 landlubbers and buccaneers set sail this weekend on an adventure that Long John Silver himself would be envious of.

The Admiral Pirate Boat Cruise evening, sponsored by our Sport and Social Committee, offered 'a go on the account' on the tall ship Silva from 7:00-9:00 pm followed by an after-cruise get together at the Lower Deck in downtown Halifax.

Admiral walked away from Contact Centre Nova Scotia’s annual summer softball tournament this past weekend with a sense of pride and accomplishment; albeit with a bit of heartbreak as well.

We fielded two squads in the 14 team, one-day event: The Admiral Dragons and the (aptly named) Admiral Admirals.

The Dragons ended the day with a 3-1 record – good for first place in their division but, unfortunately, they fell in the semi-finals, losing a tough game by a single run to their opposition.

Every two years Admiral Group holds their 'Got Talent' event where employees from all offices around the world show off their skills and compete locally for the chance to head to the Millenium Centre in Cardiff, Wales for the Admiral's Got Talent show finals. 

Halifax is proud to announce our winners for 2015 are Kevin Theriault and Mike McCluskey. The duo from New Business had an audience of 100 strong in stitches with their one-of-a-kind comedy sketch depicting a new breed of phone team that deals with everything from auto insurance to pet insurance and has an equally unique customer base.

The Argyle Bar and Grill in Halifax has been a popular spot for both Renewals and New Business. The two departments held their respective summer parties at the watering-hole in downtown Halifax following a decidedly hectic spring season for both sides of the office.

Staff had the opportunity to kick back and relax, partake in few soda pops and enjoy the company of co-workers outside of a busy workplace environment.  

For New Business, the evening consisted of a competitive game of trivia, a photo-booth complete with whacky summer props and major prize give-aways in the form of a BBQ and a day off work.

Admiral Halifax’s ice hockey team certainly had a 2015 season to remember.

‘The Heroes of Admiral’, consisting of Admiral Halifax staff and friends, raised a remarkable $11,500 for the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation through their participation in the charity’s Hockey Heroes Weekend tournament in April.

The tournament saw 15 teams fundraise and compete in the three-day event with each squad paired-up with a retired pro hockey player. The Heroes of Admiral, alongside former Stanley Cup Champion Mike Lalor finished the tournament with a 1-2 record.

Our five year anniversary staff Halifax employees celebrating their five years of service with Admiral were recently recognized for their dedication and service to the company at a celebratory luncheon.

Twenty staff members who began their careers with Admiral between January and July of 2010 were invited to the event where VP for Halifax, Alex MacDonald, gave his personal thanks for the hard work and commitments demonstrated over the last half decade.

Sometimes you just need to take a moment, sit back and enjoy the smaller things in life.

With that thought in mind, Halifax Renewals’ Top 10 Committee brought some special guests into the office recently.

Therapeutic Paws of Canada, an organization providing animal resources and therapy, spent some quality time with our Renewals department.

While Therapeutic Paws... does regular visits to hospitals, schools and seniors residences, our staff had the unique opportunity to relax, de-stress and take in the company of four different breeds of dogs - all as warm and approachable as they come.

Erin Farrell is a great example of someone who is continuously committed to making a difference through Admiral’s Charity Champion program.

Farrell, who does administration work in our Renewals department in Halifax, has been raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Atlantic Canada for the past six years.

With help from Admiral's Charity Champion program, Farrell has been able to support a close friend who has the neurological condition.

“My best friend was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2009 at the age of 24. MS is the most common progressive and disabling condition in young adults so we were saddened to get the news. It is because of this that I started raising money for the MS Society and taking part in the MS Walk every year,” Farrell says.

With the weather picture-perfect for golf, eight Admiral Halifax staff members logged out of their computers and left the office for a day in late June to participate in Feed Nova Scotia’s annual golf tournament Swinging for Supper.

After fundraising over $2,000 for the charity via a 50/50 draw and staff BBQ, Admiral entered two teams (aptly named The Admiral Mulligans and The Admiral Chippers) of four into the best-ball event at the beautiful, world-class Glen Arbour Golf Course.

People Services Manager, Jen Gilbert, said it was great to have fun while at the same time supporting an important cause.