Mashood Ali is vice president, Western Canada, for Agile Underwriting Solutions (formerly UCAI), responsible for quoting and placing business for insurance brokers across Canada, with a specific focus in the western region. With 22 years of experience in the industry, he serves his clients with a unique combination of skill, expertise, and the ability to work with a vast broker network across a large variety of specializations and maintain strong relationships with each of them.
Agile Underwriting Solutions (formerly UCAI) was founded in 1995 in Halifax NS as a managing general agent. Agile Underwriting Solutions was launched with the mission to “help brokers build their business by finding coverage for hard to place products.” The company serves as an intermediary between insurance companies and the retail broker, finding insurance solutions for complex risks that domestic insurance companies are unable to provide. The firm focuses on specialty lines business some of which include hard to place property and casualty, construction, medical malpractice, professional lines, pollution, manufacturing, realty, homeowners and other industries. As a commercial insurance executive with broad experience spanning the areas of underwriting, risk management, sales, marketing, and claims improvement, Ali’s primary focus is on large construction, hospitality for bars, restaurant chains, and, especially, large hotels. He also serves clients in the area of medical malpractice.
Mashood has built a reputation for not only his commitment to the firm’s mission, but for his skill as a corporate and industry leader. As an insurance expert, he applies his industry knowledge and expertise to provide the best solutions that serve the complex needs of his clients. As an executive leader, he wields his well-honed mastery in aligning product development with marketing and sales strategies to grow loyal brand recognition. In 2019, the industry recognized his dedication to and success with simultaneously serving both of these masters, when Mashood ranked as a finalist for Underwriter of the Year, after being nominated by Insurance Business Awards.
Mashood began his career with HB Group Insurance in his hometown of Toronto before moving to TD Meloche Monnex, where he served as a more personalized agent. In 2002, he joined Aviva’s commercial division as a senior commercial underwriter. “This role changed the course of my career,” he explains. “After being transferred to Vancouver, I left Aviva in 2007 and began my career in the specialty lines MGA space.” Over the next 13 years, Mashood built on his expertise and knowledge across the roles of branch manager, VP, and then regional business development manager before joining Agile Underwriting as VP, Western Canada, in January 2020.
He holds an FCIP (Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional) designation from the Insurance Institute of Canada—the highest educational designation in Canada for insurance—with a specialization in management. Outside of the office, Mashood supports the community by assisting in the local city food bank.
Mashood Ali, BA, CIP, FCIP
Vice President, Western Canada — Agile Underwriting Solutions
5489 Byrne Road, #201
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