Brent Atkinson was a Notary Public from 1974 to 2015.

He served as Director of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia for 24 years (1984-2006 and 2007-2009) and was President of the Society of Notaries Public from 1990-1992. During that time, he participated on various committees, including Audit, Finance, Discipline; Information and Privacy; and Insurance (chaired). Among his many accomplishments, he led the establishment of the society’s self-insurance facility and has negotiated to allow notaries public to draft and register mortgages on behalf of financial institutions. Brent has also served on the Board of Governors of the Notary Foundation for 10 years.

Brent graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce in 1966. He obtained his Fellowship in the Insurance Institute of Canada in 1971 and founded Atkinson & Terry Insurance Brokers that same year. Brent was a Director of the Insurance Brokers Association of British Columbia (IBABC) for eight years and President in 1980 as well as being Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of Insurance Brokers of Canada. As a representative of the IBABC, Brent helped negotiate the first two five-year Accords between the Brokers in BC and ICBC, and acted as a consultant on the last negotiation rounds. Atkinson & Terry Insurance Brokers merged with Westland Insurance Group on January 1, 2014. Brent currently serves as Director of Westland Insurance.

Brent is an active member of the community and has also served in the following capacities over the years:

  • New Westminster School District (School Trustee 32 years and Chair 3 years)
  • New Westminster School District Business Company (Chief Executive Officer 9 years)
  • The Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (Director 12 years, and Treasurer 4 years)
  • President of the Hyack Swim Club

A Vancouver native, he has resided in New Westminster for over 70 years with his family which includes three children and seven grandchildren.