All of the contributors, editors and readers of The Professional Advisory extend our deepest sympathies to Risa Goldenberg Wexler on the passing on March 8 of her beloved husband DR. IAN WEXLER, aged 53, and to their children Callie, Landon and Chase. Ian began his dental career in New Jersey, after graduating in 1985 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. After marriage, he and his Toronto born wife settled in Ontario. In 1995, a disability meant that Ian had to give up the practice of dentistry. His experience at this time gave him insight into issues related to insurance, especially as they affect self-employed professionals such as dentists. Ian identified a need, and in 1996 founded Protect Insurance Agencies Inc., a company based in Toronto which soon established a national reputation as a leader in the field of disability and other insurance products. Ian was a prolific writer, having written over 65 articles in major journals, and was a co-founder of The Professional Advisory, which now is distributed five times annually to every dentist in Ontario. He was also a frequent and engaging conference speaker at venues across Canada. Ian’s leadership in the insurance services sector, and his commitment to his profession, were well-known within the dental community, and in recognition of his unique role in understanding and addressing insurance issues for dentists and other professionals, he was an eight-time recipient of Great West Life’s prestigious Award of Excellence. Ian did not build a sales organization. Instead he built an advisory practice based on core, client centric values and selected a team that would continue and uphold that legacy into the future.
Ian was laid to rest on March 10 in Toronto’s Mt Sinai Memorial Park. Ian will be deeply missed by his loving family, by the dental profession to which he was committed, by his colleagues at Protect Insurance, by us here at The Professional Advisory, and by everyone who was touched by his energy, commitment and love of life.