About Us

Oldfield Kirby Esau Inc. has evolved into a modern Insurance and risk management specialist.  Our expertise as an insurance brokerage goes beyond being a distributor of an insurer’s various products.  At Oldfield Kirby Esau Inc. we educate our clients about the options available to them and provide professional recommendations so our clients can make an informed decision when insuring what matters to them. 
 
We currently provide alternative risk management solutions and education to a number of professions and associations. To learn more about what we can do for your association, please contact us.
 
In addition to our risk management expertise, we currently specialize in municipal liability, professional liability, and aviation insurance.  Combined with our highly motivated staff in home and business insurance we can confidently offer to handle all your insurance requirements.  If you want to hear from one of our satisfied clients please email or call and tell us about your business. We will then provide you with a referral to one of our clients in your field so that they can advise what their experience has been like.
 
Oldfield Kirby Esau Inc. is currently licensed to do business in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, & Ontario. This means that our staff comply with the educational and technical requirements as defined by each provincial regulating body.
 
Oldfield Kirby Esau Inc. has a rich history dating back to 1889. Take a step back and read more about this history ... read more.
 
OUR ROOTS
OUR PROUD PAST
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE
 
Oldfield Kirby Gardner was originally formed in 1881. The founders were John Henry Oldfield, William Hicks Gardner, & Walter T. Kirby. The firm had a major presence in Manitoba since its inception as a real estate brokerage, property management company, insurance agency, mortgage lenders and investment dealers.
 
The neo-classic building built by the founding partners at 234 Portage Avenue in 1909 continues to stand today and is a designated heritage building located in downtown Winnipeg. Oldfield Kirby Gardner was the real estate brokerage who brokered the land that Eaton’s and The Bay stood on for decades.
 
Oldfield Kirby Gardner helped shape Portage Avenue as a major commercial district in the early 1900’s and that tradition continues today with our convenient downtown location to serve you.
 
In the early 1960’s the securities division as well as the real estate division were sold and Oldfield Kirby Gardner maintained its presence as an insurance brokerage.
 
In 1989 Oldfield Kirby Esau Inc. was incorporated to purchase the Winnipeg operations of Dale & Company. George Esau was the catalyst for this acquisition and had previously been a partner with Dale and Company. Dale and Company was a strategic acquisition as Dale was originally responsible for bringing Lloyd’s of London to Canada and had strong ties to both international and domestic markets.
 
Combining the strength of these two brokerages made Oldfield Kirby Esau Inc. the oldest general insurance brokerage in Canada as Dale and Company was originally formed in 1859.
 
In 2004 Barber Lumsden Insurance brokers was acquired and became part of the Oldfield Kirby Esau tradition. Barber Lumsden was originally founded by Jack Barber & Bill Lumsden in 1953. Barber Lumsden was also located in downtown Winnipeg so the acquisition made an even stronger imprint on the downtown business district.  The acquisition of Barber Lumsden continued to strengthen Oldfield Kirby’s roots in downtown Winnipeg and today our Head Office remains at 200-330 St. Mary Avenue.
 
In 2012 the partners of Oldfield Kirby Esau Inc. expanded to acquire Milnco Insurance which is a Managing General Agency previously located at 207 Donald Street. The employees of Milnco Insurance joined the Oldfield Kirby Esau team at 200-330 St. Mary Avenue. This acquisition continues our vision to maintain a dominate position in Winnipeg’s Downtown revitalization.
 
With Oldfield Kirby Esau Inc.’s strong base of highly experienced professionals we offer our clients an unrivalled range of services based on the merging of two respected names.  By combining time honored traditions with innovative approaches and a wide range of diversified services we  establish ourselves as a strong force in the insurance & risk management field.
 
Oldfield Kirby Esau Inc. faces the future with optimism determined to respond to today’s changing needs with the same innovative spirit that brought the company to its’ current position of leadership.
 
Yesterday – Today – Tomorrow ... The Tradition Continues