Life at Admiral

For one October night only, the lunchroom at Admiral Halifax was transformed into a small concert hall – complete with audience and performer.

Brian Byrne, the lead singer of 90’s Canadian alternative rock band I Mother Earth, visited Halifax and gave staff an intimate acoustic concert the likes of which few will forget.

Byrne’s hour long show was a combined effort from Halifax’s Support department and Live 105 FM – the radio station Byrne now works for as an on-air personality.

While Byrne shyed away from performing classic I Mother Earth Tunes, his new material and onstage demeanour struck the right balance between quiet soulfulness and a eager playfulness. Something the Admiral crowd embraced right off the bat.

A crowd of about 120 Renewals employees packed into The World Trade and Convention Centre in downtown Halifax earlier this month to commemorate the “decade of excess” with The Halifax Renewals Top 10 Committee's 80’s themed 'Thank You' party.

The costumes were vibrant, the props were retro, the music was loud and a good time was had with dancing and socializing as the order of the evening.

Resident in-house photographer, Dan Miner, was there to immortalize the happenings.

On September 16th, Admiral Halifax’s payroll department emailed some exciting news to all our employees: the company’s Share Incentive Plan would be distributing $884,167.80 to 224 staff members in late September.  

The payout relates to shares that were issued in September 2012 and when broken down works out to about $3,947 per employee before taxes on top of their bi-weekly pay.

Since establishing a Canadian office in 2007, Admiral's business focus has been selling and retaining motor insurance policies.

That all changed recently - in a big way - with the introduction of our first household insurance team in Halifax.

There has been a lot of excitement around Household, with many agents interested in becoming the first team to take the leap from the automative division and embark on this new venture.

About 150 landlubbers and buccaneers set sail this weekend on an adventure that Long John Silver himself would be envious of.

The Admiral Pirate Boat Cruise evening, sponsored by our Sport and Social Committee, offered 'a go on the account' on the tall ship Silva from 7:00-9:00 pm followed by an after-cruise get together at the Lower Deck in downtown Halifax.

Admiral walked away from Contact Centre Nova Scotia’s annual summer softball tournament this past weekend with a sense of pride and accomplishment; albeit with a bit of heartbreak as well.

We fielded two squads in the 14 team, one-day event: The Admiral Dragons and the (aptly named) Admiral Admirals.

The Dragons ended the day with a 3-1 record – good for first place in their division but, unfortunately, they fell in the semi-finals, losing a tough game by a single run to their opposition.

Every two years Admiral Group holds their 'Got Talent' event where employees from all offices around the world show off their skills and compete locally for the chance to head to the Millenium Centre in Cardiff, Wales for the Admiral's Got Talent show finals. 

Halifax is proud to announce our winners for 2015 are Kevin Theriault and Mike McCluskey. The duo from New Business had an audience of 100 strong in stitches with their one-of-a-kind comedy sketch depicting a new breed of phone team that deals with everything from auto insurance to pet insurance and has an equally unique customer base.

The Argyle Bar and Grill in Halifax has been a popular spot for both Renewals and New Business. The two departments held their respective summer parties at the watering-hole in downtown Halifax following a decidedly hectic spring season for both sides of the office.

Staff had the opportunity to kick back and relax, partake in few soda pops and enjoy the company of co-workers outside of a busy workplace environment.  

For New Business, the evening consisted of a competitive game of trivia, a photo-booth complete with whacky summer props and major prize give-aways in the form of a BBQ and a day off work.

Admiral Halifax’s ice hockey team certainly had a 2015 season to remember.

‘The Heroes of Admiral’, consisting of Admiral Halifax staff and friends, raised a remarkable $11,500 for the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation through their participation in the charity’s Hockey Heroes Weekend tournament in April.

The tournament saw 15 teams fundraise and compete in the three-day event with each squad paired-up with a retired pro hockey player. The Heroes of Admiral, alongside former Stanley Cup Champion Mike Lalor finished the tournament with a 1-2 record.

Our five year anniversary staff Halifax employees celebrating their five years of service with Admiral were recently recognized for their dedication and service to the company at a celebratory luncheon.

Twenty staff members who began their careers with Admiral between January and July of 2010 were invited to the event where VP for Halifax, Alex MacDonald, gave his personal thanks for the hard work and commitments demonstrated over the last half decade.