Paul Mendham started in the insurance industry in 1991 as a marine claims adjuster for Coast Underwriters Ltd, a managing general agent. During his nine years with the company, he moved through the various positions and eventually landed at Marine Underwriter specializing in insurance for commercial vessels and cargo.
In 1999 Paul took an opportunity to serve as Manager of Garage & Fleet Underwriting for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia while he worked towards completing his designation as Chartered Insurance Professional through the Marine Specialist Program. In 2001 Paul achieved this designation and was awarded the Insurance Institute of British Columbia Bronze Metal for graduating 3rd in his class.
Shortly thereafter, Paul realized he was a Marine Specialist and joined HUB International Insurance Brokers, a national insurance brokerage and the 2nd largest brokerage in Canada. Initially serving as Marine Manager, he ultimately went on to serve as Senior Vice President Marine and Branch Manager of the North Vancouver office. During his ten-year tenure at HUB, Paul managed a substantial portfolio of marine and commercial business; including, marinas, yachts and yacht clubs, commercial vessels, shipyards, boat dealers and brokers, marine repairers and manufacturers and specialized marine associated risks.
Paul recently moved to Navis Marine Insurance Brokers a division of Otto & Associates Insurance Agency where he serves as President of the Marine Division. Navis is a specialized insurance brokerage dedicated to providing insurance for the unique needs of marine related clientele.
Paul’s passion for the marine industry extends beyond his professional life. He has spent time working on commercial tugs, has acted as Coxswain in the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and served as Commodore on the board of directors of a major yacht club. He also enjoys racing sailboats, managing regattas and simply cruising with his family on his own boat. This unique background allows Paul to bring passion and a depth of marine experience to every client he services.