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International Business Leader of the Year Award

Postponed to April 22, 2021 | Four Seasons | Montreal, QC

COVID-19 has affected all kinds of events and schedules. Because of our concerns about the health and safety of our guests and the unknowns surrounding mass gatherings, we have decided to postpone both the International Business Leader of the Year Awards Dinner and the International Business Leader Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner.

The International Business Leader of the Year Awards Dinner in honour of Barry Lorenzetti, President, CEO and Founder of BFL Canada, will be postponed to April 22, 2021. The dinner will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Montreal at 1430 rue de la Montagne. 

Our International Business Leader Awards (Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement) were established in 1992 to recognize business executives from Canadian companies whose visionary corporate leadership has allowed their company to develop a strong, competitive Canadian presence in global markets. In addition to the honorees’ professional achievements, all recipients have demonstrated generous philanthropic endeavours.

Our Leader of the Year recipient is Barry F. Lorenzetti. Mr. Lorenzetti is an entrepreneur, builder and corporate leader in the insurance industry in Canada. Under his leadership, BFL Canada has become the country’s largest private employee-owned and operated commercial insurance brokerage and consulting services firm. With over 750 employees in 16 cities across six provinces, BFL Canada was ranked one of the top 150 brokerage firms in the world and, as a founding partner in an international venture, Lockton Global LLP, is represented in over 140 countries worldwide. Mr. Lorenzetti is also a philanthropist and has been heavily involved in community service and supporting charitable organizations for many years as well as sitting on a range of boards. More recently, he decided to carry out a project that is dear to his heart, which is creating a foundation to advance mental health in Canada: The Barry F. Lorenzetti Foundation.

We hope to welcome you next year at these celebratory events honouring two great Canadians.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Megan McElwain at or at 416.399.2635.