Greg began his career in insurance in 1981 with Crawford & Company Insurance Adjusters in Atlanta, Georgia followed by five years at Wellington Insurance Company in Toronto. At the age of 29, Greg left Wellington and, with business partner, John Hawkrigg, purchased Muntz & Beatty Inc., one of Canada’s oldest commercial insurance brokerages. In 1994, Muntz & Beatty merged with Guthrie Keilty Bickerstaff and, in 1998, merged with Hunter Rowell Limited to form Hunter Keilty Muntz & Beatty (HKMB). HKMB grew to become Canada’s largest privately owned commercial insurance brokerages. HKMB joined the HUB International family in January 2008.
From 2003 - 2005, Greg was Chairman of U.S. based Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held risk management, commercial insurance, and employee benefits group. His term as Chairman of Assurex was distinguished by the fact that Greg was the first non-American appointed to the position and the first to be asked to serve for two terms.
Greg is an active leader in his community. During the 1990’s, he became involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, as President of the Ontario Division in 1992, and National President in 1994. As National President, he launched the Charter for Business which, to date, has generated corporate donations exceeding $20 Million allowing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program to penetrate communities of “at risk” youth. In 1997, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh appointed Greg a Trustee of the International Award Association based in London, U. K. and, in November 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the International Trustees, a position previously held by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. In addition to his position as Chairman of the International Trustees, Greg is Chairman of the Business Advisory Group and of 501c 3 Charitable Trust for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the United States.
Greg is a director of the St. Michael's Hospital Foundation and is Co-Chairman of the Curators’ Circle Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario. His past directorships include the Toronto General Hospital Foundation, the Toronto Insurance Conference and Salt & Light Television. He is currently a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and was Chairman of the Upper Canada Chapter of YPO in 2000/2001.Greg is a member of The Toronto Golf Club, Granite Club, Toronto Club and The Everglades Club in Palm Beach.
On December 31st, 2009, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, appointed Greg a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).
The Royal Victorian Order is a dynastic order of knighthood and a house order of chivalry recognizing Greg’s distinguished personal service to the Queen and her family – most notably as Worldwide Chairman for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This award is a personal gift by the Queen to Greg and confers upon him the right to include the initials “CVO” appended to his name. This award is the highest honour the Queen can bestow a Canadian citizen.
Greg’s investiture was held at Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on March 10th, 2010.
Greg is also the recipient of two Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medals, awarded by the Governor General of Canada. Most recently, he received the Diamond Jubilee Medal which recognizes Canadians who have built and continue to build this caring society and country through their service, contribution and achievements. In 2003, he received the Golden Jubilee Medal, awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to Canada, to their community and fellow Canadians.
In September 2006, Greg was invested as a Knight of the Papal Order, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, KHS; the highest Papal award, In August 2011 he was elevated to a Knight Commander.
Greg was born in Toronto, Canada in 1958, was educated at St. Jean Brebeuf Jesuit School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Glendon College, York University. He resides in Toronto, has been married for 23 years and has three children.
HKMB Climbs the Ladder: Hunter Keilty Muntz & Beatty Leapfrogs the Competition, Canadian Insurance April 2007
When Gregory Belton set out at the age of 29 to open his own commercial brokerage in partnership with his 24-year-old business partner, John Hawkrigg, the consensus was that they were “doomed to failure.” Their enthusiasm and ambition notwithstanding, Belton recalls, they were warned by the brokerage community that they were too green and inexperienced; they had never run any kind of a business, let alone a brokerage, so what could they be thinking.
“We were told it was completely unrealistic to believe we could acquire a brokerage and be a success,” Belton recalls with a laugh. “The prognosis was gloomy.”
Belton can well afford to look back with amusement. The privately held Toronto-based brokerage that he and his partner bought 20 years ago has evolved into Hunter Keilty Muntz & Beatty, a leader in the commercial p&c industry. The founders had high hopes when they brushed aside the skepticism of the naysayers and hung out their shingle but they moved even further up the ladder than they initially dreamed of.
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