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Welcome to Oldfield Kirby Esau, a leading insurance broker in Canada's prairie provinces.

About Us

Oldfield Kirby Esau has evolved into a modern insurance broker and risk management specialist.

Our expertise as an insurance broker goes beyond distributing an insurer’s various products. At Oldfield Kirby Esau 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 travel insurance, auto insurance, home insurance, tenant insurance and business insurance, we can confidently handle all your insurance requirements. If you want to hear from one of our satisfied commercial insurance clients, please email or call us 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 is currently licensed to provide insurance quotes in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario., Our staff comply with the educational and technical requirements as defined by each provincial regulating body.

Oldfield Kirby Esau has a rich history dating back to 1889. Take a step back and read more about this history.

OUR ROOTS
OUR PROUD PAST
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE

Oldfield Kirby Gardner was originally formed in 1881 by John Henry Oldfield, William Hicks Gardner, and Walter T. Kirby. The firm has had a major presence in Manitoba since its inception as a real estate brokerage, property management company, insurance broker, 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 in downtown Winnipeg. Oldfield Kirby Gardner was the real estate firm 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 1900s and that tradition continues today with our convenient downtown location to serve you.

In the early 1960s, the securities and real estate divisions were sold, while Oldfield Kirby Gardner maintained its presence as an insurance broker.

In 1989 Oldfield Kirby Esau was incorporated to purchase the Winnipeg operations of Dale and Company. George Esau was the catalyst for this strategic acquisition and had previously been a partner with Dale and Company. The purchase 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. the oldest general insurance broker 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 1953and was also located in downtown Winnipeg. The acquisition gave Oldfield Kirby Esau an even stronger imprint on the downtown business district. Today, our head office remains at 200-330 St. Mary Avenue.

In 2012, Oldfield Kirby Esau. expanded to acquire Milnco Insurance, a managing general agency. 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’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 broker and risk management field.

Oldfield Kirby Esau faces the future with optimism and is 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