Steve McDonald of St. Albert wins 2017 Toyota Tacoma in Select Sweepstakes

Saving $1,100 a year in premiums was just the start

EDMONTON, March 8, 2017 /CNW/ - Some premonitions really do come true. Steve McDonald, a realtor with RE/MAX North Edmonton, believed he was going to be a winner in the Select Sweepstakes. Several times a day, he'd gaze at the pamphlet he got from his broker publicizing a draw in April for a new vehicle. He even told his wife, "We're going to win this car." When he got the call from his group insurance broker, MBS Insurance Brokers, telling him that he had in fact won, "I felt I had an out of body experience right on the spot. I had no idea there was a draw before April so I was that much more surprised," he said.

Today, at 11 a.m. at Mayfield Toyota in Edmonton, McDonald was presented with the keys to a shiny new 2017 Toyota Tacoma.  As a member of the Realtors Association of Edmonton, he was eligible for group car and home insurance from Economical Select and had been entered into the sweepstakes simply for getting a quote.

"The savings from switching to our group car and home insurance plan are amazing," McDonald said. "I have my home and our three cars with Economical Select now and I figure I have saved $1,100 a year in premiums." Because realtors have a lot of expenses, McDonald has encouraged everyone in his office to call for a quote themselves. "Kimmy Schimmel, my broker at MBS, tells me she's pretty busy getting quotes for my colleagues. The savings going with group insurance is a big help."

"We were absolutely thrilled to learn that a member of the Realtors Association of Edmonton group program is the latest winner in the Select Sweepstakes," said Jeff Hughson, Vice-President of MBS Insurance Brokers. "Steve is a recent client of ours and has been a huge advocate for MBS Insurance and the group insurance program by referring several of his peers."

"When we contacted Steve to tell him he had won the new vehicle, there was a range of emotions from excitement to disbelief," Hughson said. "He mentioned that his current vehicle was very close to its end and that the timing couldn't have been better. All of us at MBS Insurance are extremely excited and happy for Steve and his family and we're thrilled that we were able to have a positive impact on their lives."

The Select Sweepstakes is an annual campaign run by one of Canada's leading providers of group car and home insurance — Economical Select. Along with their broker partners, they offer eligible group members an opportunity to win great prizes just for calling to get a quote on car or home insurance.[1] 

"We're getting close to the end of this year's Select Sweepstakes campaign, but giving away a brand new vehicle is always exciting," said Jeff Patterson, National Marketing Manager, Economical Select. "While the contest was designed to help our broker partners connect with customers, eligible group members really are the winners here. Not only can they take advantage of exclusive discounts on car and home insurance when they call for a quote, they're entered to win a new car or other great prizes. As partners, we're happy to provide marketing and promotion support to our brokers, but even more pleased to assist with prize presentations."

About MBS Insurance Brokers
MBS Insurance Brokers Ltd. was founded in 1969 and has become one of the largest, most reputable, locally owned & operated independent brokerages in Alberta. They provide a broad range of products and services to individuals and businesses and represent only the very best and financially stable insurance companies in Canada.

About Economical Select®
Economical Select is a member company of Economical Insurance. Economical Select specializes in group car and home insurance programs, partnering with brokers and organizations across Canada to offer exclusive, discounted rates for their group members. Economical Select has been providing Canadians with access to affordable group car and home insurance for over 20 years. Visit for more information.

About Economical Insurance
Founded in 1871, Economical is one of Canada's leading property and casualty insurers, with $2.0 billion in premiums during 2016 and $5.4 billion in assets as at December 31, 2016. Based in Waterloo, ON, this Canadian-owned and operated company services the insurance needs of more than one million customers across the country. Economical conducts business under the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Sonnet, Petsecure, Economical Financial, and Family Insurance Solutions.

[1] For full contest rules visit

SOURCE Economical Insurance

For further information: Doug Maybee, Manager, Public and Media Relations, Economical Insurance, (T) 519.570.8249,; Jeff Hughson, Vice-President, MBS Insurance Brokers, (T) 780.989.4412,


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