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M.E.F. Services joins Acera Insurance, expands Acera Benefits division

CALGARY, March 13, 2024 — Acera Insurance Services Ltd. is pleased to announce its newest partner, M.E.F. Services Ltd.

This partnership expands Acera Insurance’s specialty Acera Benefits division, providing growth opportunities in southern Alberta. M.E.F. Services is a boutique firm based in Lethbridge, AB, that has specialized in providing customized estate planning and group benefits solutions for the past 35 years.

“Stephen Melling has built a solid reputation in Lethbridge and area for his client-focused approach,” Tony Fairfield, President, Group Benefits, Acera Insurance, says of the M.E.F. Services Ltd. founder and president.

“Acera Benefits looks forward to carrying on this tradition centred around our shared value of putting people first, as well as offering expanded solutions and options to local businesses.”

This partnership demonstrates Acera Insurance’s commitment to strengthen the independent brokerage model to ensure businesses continue to receive the personalized, unbiased solutions and guidance from a wholly Canadian-owned business.

“This is an exciting next chapter for M.E.F., one that brings greater options to southern Alberta — Acera Benefit’s scale and expertise is outstanding,” says Stephen J. Melling, CFP, EPC, President, M.E.F. Services Ltd.

“I look forward to working with the Acera Benefits team in serving the needs of our clients and expanding the customized solutions available to the people and businesses of Lethbridge and area, all while continuing to offer the same trustworthy, personalized service.”

Acera Benefits is an integrated benefits consulting team that helps Canadian employers design competitive, cost-effective and customized employee benefits plans that are flexible to an ever-changing health and wellness environment. As a specialty division of Acera Insurance, Acera Benefits is uniquely positioned to offer clients many value-added services not typically available through traditional benefits consultants.

The M.E.F. Services Ltd. deal closed on March 1, 2024, and the firm will transition to become Acera Benefits.

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About Acera Insurance

Acera Insurance is the largest independent, employee-controlled brokerage in Canada. With 1,100 employees in over 60 offices across Canada, $1.3 billion in gross written premiums, $826 million in group retirement savings assets under management and over 550 employee owners, Acera Insurance provides custom insurance and risk management solutions for personal and commercial clients nationwide, including comprehensive group benefits capabilities. Built upon the solid foundation of several award-winning firms, Acera Insurance brings greater value, expertise and resources to individuals, families and businesses across the country.

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