Our Heritage

Harry Fast was a young man with a dream when he moved from his hometown of Steinbach, Manitoba, to Winnipeg in the late 1950s. Eager to succeed in business, Harry’s enduring faith, engaging personality, and exceptional work ethic served him well during his early career at Penner Dodge and Investors Group.

During his time at Investors Group, a friend suggested to Harry that his efficient and easy-going manner would serve him well in the insurance industry. Taking that advice to heart, Harry and his wife Marion launched Fast Insurance in the basement of their St. Vital home in November 1967.

The business grew steadily until the early ’70s when Manitoba introduced public auto insurance and the rules for insurance brokers changed. Expected to offer a 50-50 split between auto and personal/commercial insurance, small brokers like Harry whose business focused primarily on personal and commercial policies, were in danger of losing their livelihood.

Always one to trust God to provide for his business, Harry soon received good news when his old employer, Penner Dodge, selected Harry to provide insurance for the firm’s entire fleet. This transaction helped achieve the 50-50 ratio, and Fast Insurance continued on its successful journey.

In 1974, the company moved to its current location on St. Mary’s Road. Three years later, the firm was incorporated as Fast Insurance Services Ltd.

Since its inception, Fast Insurance has been a family-owned company. Harry’s original vision was to build a successful business that served the needs of Manitoba families. Many of the company’s original clients, as well as their children and grandchildren, still obtain their insurance from the Fast family. Harry and Marion’s son Allan and his wife Janet took ownership of the firm in 1989 and have continued to build the business around Harry’s principles of faith, trust and service.

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