Josée Brisson, owner, The Co-operators – Josée Brisson Insurances

Josée Brisson
Editor's Note

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade honour 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs, business executives and civic leaders and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.

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From her time as a professional figure skater competing across the United States, to her role as an international editor of an online magazine, Josee Brisson has worn many hats. 

After finding success in a series of industries, Brisson took on a new challenge in 2016: Founding her own insurance company. 

With no prior experience in the field, Brisson took over a stagnant business and brought it back to life, increasing the branch's revenues by over 100 per cent in just four years. 

Operating under The Co-operators agency, she achieved all of the business objectives she needed to receive full ownership of the branch in just 18 months, as opposed to the three or four years typically allotted to owners. 

Brisson has expanded the business to six employees and is consistently recognized by The Co-operators for her continued success, ranking among the franchise’s top 10 agencies in Canada.  

Brisson is also an active member of her community, devoting many hours to charities and fundraisers. Using her years of skating experience, she’s worked closely with Ottawa Special Hockey Stars, a hockey program for children with disabilities. For the last few years her business has also partnered with Habitat for Humanity, where it sponsors and serves a lunch for volunteers on the construction site.