A Few Words About Us


A rich history…

Bell & Grant has a strong track record as a trusted insurance partner. For over a century, we have built a solid reputation by providing second-to-none service of which we are very proud. We work closely with each client to understand the unique characteristics of their industry in order to provide an insurance program that works for them.

As an independent broker, Bell & Grant Insurance represents many insurance companies, some of whom have been doing business with us for over a century. We take our responsibility very seriously to ensure the best insurance products are available to our clients.

Our longstanding corporate philosophy is to only offer what is right for our clients. This means the right plan and the right service. Our staff is still very committed to the corporate values that have made us a partner of choice since the very beginning.


A solid future…

Our strong past is the solid foundation for an even stronger future. We are constantly on the lookout for trends and evolution and are never afraid to adapt to change. Our clients can trust that their property is well covered and their policy will constantly adjust to their ever-changing environment.

We are very proud of our employees, many of whom have been with our firm for more than 20 years. They are encouraged to broaden their insurance knowledge through ongoing education. Bell & Grant Insurance is dedicated to providing quality service.

As a trusted and well-established firm that has been operating for over 100 years, we have always been committed to our clients and will continue to be into the next century.



A bit of history

Alfred J. Bell opened his general insurance office in 1890 and Archibald Crease later joined the firm and became a partner in 1910. When Alfred J. Bell died in 1919, Archibald Crease took over and incorporated the firm in the founder’s name. Thirteen years later Mr. Crease’s son, Ted, joined the business and together they ran Alfred J. Bell and Company as a family team for more than half a century.

In 1964, Alfred J. Bell and Company amalgamated with Grant, Oxley and Company, which had been founded in 1982 by MacCallum Grant, a former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. A second merger occurred in 1972 with Thompson, Adams and Co. Ltd., which had been founded in 1899 by Col. W. E. Thompson and Harold Adams.

The ensuing 17 years were under the direction of Gavin Rainnie, son-in-law of Ted Crease. Thereafter, for the next 23 years, the company Alfred J. Bell & Grant Limited was under the direction of the President, Phillip H. Gaunce, son-in-law of Gavin Rainnie.

On July 31, 2012, Alfred J. Bell & Grant Limited merged with Central Insurance of New Brunswick, divesting most of the personal lines business to create Bell & Grant Insurance Limited, which became part of a strong and robust national network of independent brokers, Noraxis Capital Corporation, thereby focusing on providing their clients with commercial insurance. Phillip H. Gaunce continues at the helm as President of Bell & Grant Insurance.

Shortly thereafter, on October 1, 2012, Bell & Grant Insurance Limited purchased a very significant commercial insurance brokerage in New Brunswick called Assurance Goguen Champlain Insurance, thus making Bell & Grant Insurance Limited one of the largest independent insurance brokerages in Atlantic Canada, offering a wide spectrum of commercial insurance to their clients.

Since July 2014, Bell & Grant Insurance Limited shares common ownership with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.



Our Promise to You!

Professional Staff.

Our employees have gathered an in-depth knowledge that we are always leveraging to help our clients make the right choice.

We Want To Know Your Company.

Before we build any insurance program, we make it a priority to take the time to gain in-depth knowledge about your company and your industry. It doesn’t stop there; we monitor your company and its evolution throughout the year and make adjustments to an ever changing environment.

Solid Partnership.

At Bell & Grant Insurance, we become partners with our clients. We have long-lasting relationships with our clients and we are proud to say they remain with us because of our service.


We take our responsibility very seriously to ensure the best insurance products are available to our clients.