Matt Durocher, Owner/President
Matt joined the family business in 2009; after spending the previous eight years with Gore Mutual Insurance Company; where he held various commercial and business development roles. He is looking forward to building upon the strong foundation that his dad, Gerry has created here at Conestoga Insurance. The recent ownership transition ensures 3 generations of family ownership, since Matt’s grandfather Frank started the business in 1974.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Management Economics. He has a passion for sports and although he is a ‘few’ years removed from his competitive sports days, he still finds time to keep active playing baseball, hockey and football. Matt and his wife Sarah live in Cambridge with their three children. They enjoy spending time together frequenting the local businesses, farmers market and many parks that the city of Cambridge has to offer.
Gerry Durocher, Principal Broker
In 1984 I left my ten year teaching career temporarily to try a position in my father’s insurance business. In 1988 my brother Greg and I purchased the company from my dad, Frank (founder). We worked together until 1998, at which time Greg left the business and I made my second major purchase in 10 years. I became the sole owner of Conestoga Insurance at that time, and for fourteen years enjoyed a very rewarding career path along with my niece Caralee (“my right hand man”), and my sister (“the pure heart”), who does our books. Our staff has always been our strength and has provided the service to clients that set us apart. My son Matt joined us in 2009 and is now taking the leadership role in our company. I will continue to be here in more of a consulting role.
My wife Mary is my soul mate and we both enjoy travelling and golfing together. As much as some would say I have a slight golf addiction, my addiction for my grand children is worse, or better, whichever way you view it. Mary and I love being with them and the joy that they give us is truly a blessing from the Lord. Our faith plays a major role in our lives and God has blessed us so much with our family and Conestoga. We are constantly thanking Him for that. I look forward to my new role at Conestoga Insurance and I have all the confidence that Matt will carry on our family tradition developing relationships and building new ones which makes Conestoga the place it is.
Caralee Brown, Office Manager/Personal Lines Broker
Cara joined the family business in 1985 when her grandfather, Frank Durocher hired her as the receptionist. Two years later she became a registered insurance broker. Cara had the rare opportunity of working alongside her grandparents for many wonderful years. Providing excellent customer service was a philosophy instilled in her by Frank and one that carries on at Conestoga Insurance to this day in Cara’s role as Office Manager/Producer. When you call for a quote on personal lines business, Cara is the one you will speak to.
Cara and her husband Dave have been married for over 25 years. They have two sons who while growing up were very heavily involved in competitive sports. She can relate to challenges we face today balancing work and raising a family. Both boys are now attending post-secondary school. Cara enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.