On April 19, 1904, a hostile fire started at the Currie Building at Bay and Wellington in Toronto. The fire swept across the city core to the south-east. By the next morning, the fire was contained but the damage was horrendous. More than eight city blocks were destroyed, 5,000 workers lost their jobs and the city suffered property damage in excess of $10 million.

The great losses sustained by his neighbours lead Mr. Martin Merry to establish an insurance brokerage firm. Thanks to Mr. Merry’s business knowhow, high integrity and empathy, the firm flourished. Spencer (Spike) Merry soon joined his father in serving companies such as Gooderham and Worts, Christie Bakeries, Kerr Addison Gold Mines and the Toronto Transit Commission.

In 1949, Jack Browne joined the firm. Jack’s spirit and keen sense for client satisfaction led the firm to new heights. Sadly, in 1953, Mr. Merry became ill and passed away. Jack Browne purchased the brokerage.

As Toronto grew, so did the success of Martin Merry & Reid Limited. Since 1984, Jack Browne’s son, David, has headed the family business. As the president and CEO, David continues to strive to meet the high standards of professionalism, integrity and community service set by Mr. Martin Merry.

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team has a combined 85+ years of experience and will work diligently with our team of professionals at Martin Merry and Reid to clearly understand your insurable risks.

  • David Browne


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    M: (416) 520-7042
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  • Bonnie Lesser

    General Manager

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  • Margaret Chetram

    Commercial Lines Manager

    (416) 366-3333 x267
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Our Products & Services

Dear Clients and Friends,

The health and welfare of our team, our clients and our communities is our highest priority and foremost in our thoughts as we actively monitor and address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the unprecedented declared State of Emergency, Martin Merry & Reid is preparing to implement a skeleton staff in the office with the remaining staff working remotely.

We want to assure you that we have business continuity plans and protocols in place to allow us to operate with as little disruption as possible.

In summary:

If you have an emergency and cannot reach your broker please call David Browne, President of MMR 416-520-7042.

We are confident that if Canadians adhere to the public health recommendations, government requirements, social distancing and personal hygiene regarding hand washing, we will be successful in our goal to flatten the curve on COVID-19.  We are striving to keep everyone healthy and reduce the load and capacity to Ontario’s emergency services, doctors, nurses, and hospitals.

Thank you for your patience and for participating in the protection and recovery of everyone affected.

Stay calm and carry on!

The staff at Martin Merry & Reid Limited