Let Us Introduce Ourselves!

Deirdre Sharkey

SmallBiz Benefits Service Champion

Graduating with a BBA from York University, Deirdre migrated into the exciting world of group insurance full time in 1992.  After taking some time aside from the industry to raise 2 lovely young men, she moved back into the world of business and provided support as an Office Manager in getting a local SmallBiz start-up off the ground.

Since 2013, Deirdre has been working with Sharkey Group Insurance, and is great support for both the Clients and Jay!

(The fun stuff)

After hours fun includes watching DIY shows…dropping hints to Jay, delicious cooking/baking…growing up in Guyana has its advantages, and being Head Cheerleader of a “Lacrosse Family” since 1999,  Go team!

Jay Sharkey

SmallBiz Benefits Specialist

After graduating with a BSc (Geology) from Brock University, Jay worked as a Geologist…for 2 months! The exploration project was shut down and it was only natural to enter into the Group Insurance world. Right?

In any event, Jay started getting his feet wet in the insurance industry in 1992, met Deirdre and the rest is blissful history!  After several years of gaining valuable experience from being an Underwriter to an Account Executive to a National Sales Director, Sharkey Group Insurance was born in 2013!

(The fun stuff)

Jay also enjoys being a part of a “Lacrosse Family” as the Head Chauffeur; and he enjoys kayaking, fishing and squashing…is that even a word???. 

Jay genuinely loves getting to know SmallBiz Owners, especially their “How I got here.” stories. Like coffee? We should talk!

I would highly recommend Sharkey Group Insurance for all your benefit needs as it is rare to find someone who is both competent and confident in their knowledge of the industry, as well as having a genuine drive to finding a solution that works specifically for each individual client.”


Peter Paquette, Cambridge Pallet Ltd.

We are solution finders

Sharkey Group Insurance believes in finding the

“Right Plan at the Right Price”…

In order to do this, we don’t make our lives easy by only working with 3, 4 or maybe 5 Carriers…

We work with as many of the leading Carriers in Canada as it takes to find the right solution.

Currently we work with…

Benefits by Design



Empire Life


Equitable Life

Great-West Life




Sun Life

The Benefits Trust