In 2006, Mike realized his long-term dream of starting his own insurance company, and along with Bob Taylor and John Garner founded Trisura. The business is built on the belief that exceptional service, innovative products, and hard work would create a company that brokers would want to do business with and support.
Mike is responsible for both the strategic and operational direction and performance of Trisura. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry and after starting his career in corporate banking, became a surety financial analyst in 1988. He went on to join fledgling Wellington Guarantee, which became London Guarantee where he ultimately led the field operations as senior vice president. Following the sale of London Guarantee to a large multi-national insurer in 2002, Mike stayed on to help with the integration and then left in 2005 to begin work on putting his Trisura dream into reality. Mike has truly worked his way up from the ground floor.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University and is a member of TEC Canada's CEO forum. Mike is on the board of Brookfield Annuity Corporation and the Senior Executive Council of the Surety Association of Canada. He also chairs the annual Covenant House Executive Sleep Out in Toronto, is on the board of the Ontario chapter of the Children's Wish Foundation, and previously participated on the national Council of Champions for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Canada.
Why I love working at Trisura
Taking Trisura from a concept to a thriving, growing Canadian success story has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my career. We have built a remarkable team of highly engaged and motivated people who make my job easy, and are working with the best brokers in the business who fully support us. That combination has been the secret to our success. My belief is that the best is yet to come, and we are only just beginning to hit our stride. So one of the biggest reasons why I love working here is the excitement of watching our people succeed and help take the company forward – I feel like a kid on Christmas morning every day I come to work. In fact it doesn't feel like work at all.
What Trisura's values mean to me.
I can be counted on to LIVE OUR VALUES EVERY DAY
For me, every single one of our core values has meaning and I try and live them every day. Trisura exists because we believe in creating exceptional experiences for all of our stakeholders, and our values are the ways we make that vision come true.
One value that has significant meaning to me is remaining Proudly Canadian. I have witnessed first-hand the experience of having to follow a strategic course set by people in other countries who don't truly understand the unique characteristics of doing business in Canada, and who build an underwriting box with which we are supposed to comply. The fact that we chart our own course and control our destiny as Canadians supporting Canadian businesses without interference from abroad is particularly gratifying to me. I am an extremely proud Canadian; I love this country and the value system we embrace here. Having the unique opportunity to start a Canadian insurer with Canadian backing is my dream come true.