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Corporate History

Stanley J. Kernaghan (1921 - 2001) was the Founder and first Chairman of Kernaghan Adjusters.

Mr. Kernaghan entered the independent adjusting field in November 1946, a year after his discharge from the Royal Air Force where he served with great distinction as a fighter pilot for five years in Canada, Europe and North Africa. Mr. Kernaghan was decorated for his accomplishments with the Air Force Cross (AFC) and the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM).

In May 1953, after several years in the industry, Mr. Kernaghan founded S.J. Kernaghan Adjusters Ltd. in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Within months, the volume of business increased dramatically and Mr. Kernaghan began hiring additional staff. Between May and Christmas 1953, Mr. Kernaghan brought on additional staff including Ronald E. Newcomb, who later became President and General Manager in 1980.

Kernaghan Adjusters opened its first Branch Office in 1956 in Kenora, Ontario, which was followed by the Dryden Branch in 1958. Branch Offices were also opened in Brandon, Flin Flon, Thompson, Regina, Calgary, and Thunder Bay in rapid succession. By 1969, the company had offices across Canada stretching from Victoria to Halifax. Kernaghan Adjusters had now become Canada's first privately owned, national independent adjusting firm.

In 1970, accurately anticipating the growth of Western Canada, Mr. Kernaghan moved the Head Office (and his family) from Winnipeg to Vancouver. Mr. Newcomb followed in 1974.

In May 1992, after 40 years in business, Mr. Kernaghan instituted some major organizational changes: he announced the retirement of Mr. Newcomb as President, and Mr. Newcomb's departure from the firm's Corporate Executive Council; he also announced the appointment of Patti M. Kernaghan as President and Chief Operating Officer, while continuing as Chairman and a member of the Corporate Executive Council.

Today, under Patti Kernaghan's leadership, Kernaghan Adjusters innovates by taking advantage of modern techniques and technologies. Patti also continues the Kernaghan Adjusters corporate tradition: to be a flexible, client-driven team of professional adjusters who collaborate internally between branches and externally with all clients. For Kernaghan Adjusters, it is not quantity but quality that has always been its number one priority. The firm has a reputation for integrity and fairness. Management and staff are proud of the fact that, over half a century later, many of its original clients remain with the company today.


Stanley J. Kernaghan

Founder, Chairman

Stanley J. Kernaghan (1921 - 2001) began his distinguished insurance career in Winnipeg in 1946 with W.O. Jones & Co. as an independent adjuster trainee. He left the independent field and joined the General Accident Assurance Company in 1948 where he was Resident Adjuster for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario. More

Ronald E. Newcomb CIP

Past President and Executive Director

Mr. Newcomb specialized in property and casualty claims. He acted on behalf of several insurers winding up their claims and operations in several different regions of Canada. During his career, he amassed a thorough knowledge of surety bonds (performance of labour and material) as well as extensive experience in the settlement of complex property and liability claims. More

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