On Thursday, July 23rd, staff from Trisura’s Halifax office took a group of brokers 40 kms out on the open waters of the Atlantic to enjoy a day of catch-and-release fishing, as a way to say thanks for their ongoing support of Trisura. But this wasn’t to be an ordinary fishing trip, and the catch nothing less than spectacular.

With some help from the expert fishermen of Blue Shark Fishing Charters (BSFC), Andrew Cartwright, Shane Roney, and Dylan Smith joined brokers from Arthur J. Gallagher, Marsh Canada, and HUB International Atlantic to reel in the big fish. Sometimes an extra set of hands was needed to hold on as the powerful creatures battled the anglers.

Avid fisherman and CEO of Trisura, Mike George, wouldn’t have missed his chance to haul one in.

This group of sea-savvy sailors were not to be denied their catch.

BSFC, in partnership with the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, is a strictly catch, tag, and release project. Each Blue Shark reeled in was tagged, measured, de-hooked, and released back into the waters by experienced professionals; including Nate Glenn, a Marine Biology student from Dalhousie University who works on the boat as a part of his ongoing studies.

Captained by Art Gaetan, (of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and a retired Canadian Navy veteran) BSFC works in partnership with Dalhousie University, the APEX predator program, and the Canadian government to provide support on a broad range of ocean issues, such as shark migration patterns, reproductive biology, feeding ecology, environmental protection, the health of the oceans, the sustainable use of natural resources, and the integrated management of large ocean areas.

In Arts words, “Shark are truly amazing and beautiful creatures and having an opportunity to catch, tag and release them is an incredible experience. Personally, I have come to learn that the thrill of simply attracting and catching shark is sufficient sport, and that killing shark really serves no purpose.”

To learn more about the Bedford Institute of Oceanography’s conservation efforts, Blue Shark Fishing Charters and The APEX predators program, visit the links below:

Bedford Institute of Oceanography




Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company truly believes it can be done better. The “it” in this instance is the surety underwriting of small contractors. We have heard from our broker partners that the small contractor segment of the surety market is underserved and in need of a unique approach. As part of our continued efforts to be a more full service surety for our brokers, Trisura is pleased to announce the launch of a new small contractor program.

The goal of our small contractor program is to focus on what’s important and not get bogged down by what’s not. We will manage these accounts better by ensuring that a small account isn’t underwritten the same way as a traditional surety account.

We take a more holistic approach to evaluating the contractor. Our aim is to balance the personal finances of the shareholder with the corporate finances of the construction company. In doing so, we are looking at metrics like:

-Length of time in business -Profitability
-Tangible Worth -Debt Loads
-Corporate & Personal -Personal Net Worth
-Personal Credit Scores

We understand when our brokers tell us that the time vs. benefit to setting up a small contractor surety facility is challenging. With our streamlined approach, it’s our expectation that the process is consistent, fast and decisive for our brokers, allowing for efficient and convenient management of your small account portfolio.

Once a contractor has qualified through our standard scoring model, they will be eligible for aggregate support of up to $1,000,000 in bonded contract values.

One page contractor’s questionnaire
Personal net worth statement
Most recent accountant prepared financial

Contact your Trisura underwriter with your next small contractor submission and see how easy and rewarding Trisura’s small contractor experience can be.



On Friday, July 10th, Trisura was pleased to host brokers from 13 different brokerages to watch as the City of Toronto welcomed athletes from all over the Americas for the opening ceremonies of the 17th Pan American Games. Despite the general animosity of citizens across the GTA , there was a significantly excited buzz that evening at the Roger’s Centre, aptly named the Pan Am Ceremonies Venue during games time. Before joining the ranks of the sold-out crowd of 45,000, Trisura and guests took time to enjoy food, drinks, and good conversation at Jack Astor’s on Front Street, mere steps away from the growing throng converging upon the venue formerly (although often colloquially) known as The Skydome.

Once inside, it was clear the familiar bright green of the blue-jays home turf had been replaced in favour of an enticing glow of indigo lighting. The mood was set. A runway-style stage protruded from the standing-room-only flight deck bar, and culminated in a centralized square where Jose Bautista and Co. normally patrol the outfield.

After some warm up dances with CBC news anchors Anne Marie Mediwake, Dwight Drummond, and the official Pan Am Mascot, Pachi the porcupine, the event kicked off in spectacular fashion with former Canadian Gold Medalist Donovan Bailey base jumping from the ledge of the CN Tower.

Donovan was then lowered via cable harness from the metal rafters of the closed dome, torch in hand.

Cirque D’ Soleil introduced themselves through an intense and characteristically mystifying routine, before the countries sauntered in one by one. A great roar went up as Canada concluded the march.

The eclectic gymnasts’ ensemble returned to the stage to dazzle and impress once more until the evening was rounded out with a few traditionally cordial speeches and an impressive fireworks explosion heard and seen by all in the downtown core that night.

The games were declared open, and a distinctly Canadian brand of warm patriotism replaced any lingering disdain towards the games.