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Hub International Ltd. is acquiring Usefulideas, an employee benefits and group retirement consultancy based in Toronto.

Joanne Rose, the organization’s principal and senior benefits consultant, will join Hub Ontario, reporting into Matt Lievers, its president of employee benefits.

“Usefulideas will be a great addition to our growing employee benefits and retirement team in Canada,” said Gregory Belton, executive chairman of Hub Ontario, in a press release. “The expertise and market relationships that Usefulideas has developed over the years will benefit our clients as they continue to seek a genuinely unique and differentiated service offering.”

Read: Hub International acquires two Canadian benefits firms

Hub has also acquired HB Consultants, a Calgary-based employee benefits consulting firm that specializes in group insurance programs, benefits communications, wellness solutions and risk management services.

Darrin Heise, president of HB Consultants, and Elizabeth Harris, employee benefits advisor, will join Hub.