Updated: Nov 16, 2018
One woman featured who is a woman in the workplace
who are they - what do they do - why you should know them
Andrea Hadlington is a registered insurance broker specializing in Small Business Insurance at CCV Insurance & Financial Services in Halton Hills, ON. She enjoys travelling and supporting local businesses through her women's networking group.
What is your story? What do you do and how did you get to where you are today in your career?
Born in Brampton ON, I grew up overseas travelling extensively due to my father’s role in the diplomatic corps. I left Dalhousie University without my BComm in ’97 after yet another gap year and went to college for a diploma in travel agency operations when I returned to Ontario in 1998.
After working in corporate travel for 5 successful, trip- infused years, getting married, buying 2 homes and having two amazing kids, it came down to juggling all of that at 28 years old. At this point, I was working part-time at a travel agency in the evening and supplementing income by driving a school bus during the day to make ends meet. I started to feel deflated and lost while my friends appeared to be so successful in their “amazing” careers and seemingly jet-setting all over the world.
In 2006 an opportunity to work in insurance literally knocked on my door. Neighbours moved in next door who were opening an insurance agency in Georgetown and asked if I wanted to help set up the office to be close to home. So I took a chance and got my general insurance, life insurance and mutual funds licenses all in one year and spent over 7 years selling all those products, managing the office, its community involvement and marketing.