Trisura Guarantee Becomes National Sponsor of WICC

Trisura Guarantee Becomes National Sponsor of WICC

On September 28, the Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC) announced a Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company as a new national sponsor.

“We are grateful and thrilled to have Trisura join our growing list of national sponsors,” said Marilyn Horrick, Co-Chair of WICC Ontario. “Trisura, along with our other partners, will help us unite and engage the Canadian insurance community with the goal of funding cancer research; and supporting, educating and improving the lives of those affected by cancer.”

Community involvement is one of Trisura’s guiding principles, and great emphasis is placed on it both nationally and regionally. By becoming a national sponsor of WICC, Trisura joins industry peers in providing support to fund cancer research.

“We at Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company are proud to support the important work of the Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade,” commented Richard Grant, Chief Operating Officer. “Every Canadian knows of a friend, co-worker or family member who has been impacted by this disease. As Trisura has offices coast to coast, we are pleased to become a national sponsor of WICC as we join the insurance industry in raising funds for research, support and education.”

About WICC:
Since its inception in 1996, WICC and the women and men of the property and casualty insurance industry in Canada have raised over $17.5 million nationally in support of cancer research and education. WICC’s mission is to unite and engage the Canadian Insurance community to fund cancer research, support, educate and improve the lives of those affected by cancer. More information about WICC can be found at www.wicc.ca.

About Trisura:
Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company is a Canadian specialty insurance and surety company with offices across Canada, providing customized solutions and expertise through a select broker network. Trisura Guarantee is uniquely positioned to satisfy Canadian risks in Contract, Commercial and Developer Surety, Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, Fidelity, Professional Liability including Media and Cyber Liability and Warranty products.

Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Trisura Group Ltd., a leading international specialty insurance provider operating in the surety, risk solutions, corporate insurance and reinsurance segments of the market. Trisura has three principal regulated subsidiaries: Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company, Trisura International Insurance Ltd. and Trisura Specialty Insurance Company. Trisura is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “TSU.”

To view the official WICC press release, click here.

Trisura Annual Gingerbread House Competition Returns to the West Coast

Trisura Annual Gingerbread House Competition Returns to the West Coast

By Sara Ametrano

December 11th saw the West Coast’s tastiest competition of the season.

Back for 2019, Trisura’s Gingerbread House Decorating Event brought friends from around the industry together to celebrate the close of another year. Festivities were in full swing with tasty bites holiday garb and bragging rights up for grabs. And in the spirit of the season, we hosted a 50/50 draw, with proceeds being donated to the United Way.

A much-anticipated event—and a seasonal favourite for many—the competition this year was fierce…and a little messy!

 

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8th Annual Charity Softball Tournament a “Home Run”

8th Annual Charity Softball Tournament a “Home Run”

On September 19th, Trisura held its 8th Annual Charity Softball Tournament. Sunny and warm, with just the right amount of breeze, it was the perfect day for a ball game.

Our largest tournament to date, participants from 17 different brokerages attended in support of Perth-based charity, Project Trauma Support. This organization aims to support military veterans and personnel, as well as emergency responders coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. Each year, all proceeds raised from the tournament are donated to the selected charity. And, this year, we raised our most ever, coming in at $23,000!

Check out our gallery for some highlights from our home-run-kind-of-a day!

 

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A Night’s Sleep in Toronto’s Streets

A Night’s Sleep in Toronto’s Streets

By Michelle McCafferty

 

What do most people think of when they hear the word “homelessness”? I imagine they envision down-and-out individuals who have had no end of bad luck. Or, maybe they think of people who have fallen victim to their own demons of addiction and are atCovenant House Sleep Out 2019_Michelle McCafferty “rock bottom.” But, what sorts of things come to mind when thinking about homeless youth? The young adults who appear to be fit and able, living in a city seemingly brimming with job opportunities, if they really wanted one. It pains me to admit that I once believed most homeless youth were out on the street by choice or because someone refused to put up with their mischief any longer. Older and wiser, I had shed some of those misconceptions. True insight, however, came from hearing from those who have been there and walking a few paces in their shoes.

On May 24, 2019, Covenant House hosted their 3rd annual Sleep Out—Women’s Edition, raising $334,000. Canada’s largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House raises 80% of its $31 million budget from private donors. The event name is meant to be taken literally.  Participants bring a sleeping bag, grab a piece of cardboard and pull up a piece of sidewalk for the night. Well, not exactly, but mostly. Covenant House did a fantastic job of creating a safe, fenced-in area in the middle of downtown Toronto to house the 78 women participating in the event. There was a security guard nearby, bathroom facilities and safety in numbers. Our night of “homelessness” was materially different from the brutal reality of the actual experience. Yet, the night was enough to provide insight, perspective and a long-lasting impression of what it must be like for those out there on a longer-term basis.

Any myth or misconception that someone—especially a youth—would choose to be out there was shattered after touring the shelter and doing the Sleep Out. The shelter and its programs are nothing short of amazing. While it is also a crisis shelter, its primary mandate is to take youth in and develop a plan for them—a path toward independence. This plan is the “covenant” that is undertaken by both the youth and the shelter to guide youth to a life of independence and purpose. Covenant House truly gives homeless youth a hand up and not a hand out.  

Covenant House hosts several different Sleep Outs in Vancouver and Toronto. I encourage anyone who would be interested to pull up a piece of cardboard and give it a try. There is no better cause to give up a good night’s sleep for!

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Baring it All

Baring it All

By Sara Ametrano

 

On March 30th, Calgary’s infamous #nakedespy event took place for its seventh year. The unique event, held in the city’s Inglewood area, features participants walking the streets to raise awareness for the physical and mental health issues men endure. In the weeks leading up to the event, participants fundraise for the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre. This year, the event raised over $53,000.

Taking part for his fifth year was Trisura’s very own Jonathan Hope. Even though it’s a 45-minute minute walk in the Calgary cold (one year he remembers it was around -20 degrees!), he keeps returning because of what the event stands for.

As reported by Prostate Cancer Canada, nearly 58 Canadians are diagnosed with this disease daily. “Prostate cancer is the leading form of cancer diagnosed in Canadian men,” Jonathan explains. “If diagnosed early, prostate cancer may be treatable. Even when the disease is advanced, treatment can eradicate symptoms and prolong survival. [#nakedespy] raises funds to help the charity in Calgary increase awareness and funding research.”

But that’s not all. The fun of this all-male event begins with a brief warm-up period. After a few group exercises, the men strip down to their unmentionables and strut their stuff!

Naked Espy 2019 warm-up exercises

The fun nature of the event is a huge draw to participants, and everyone around gets a kick out of it. As it’s a rare occurrence that people can roam the streets in nothing but undergarments and dress shoes (a usual fashion faux pas), even bystanders get into it, cheering on the men as they pass.

The local businesses in the Inglewood area are supportive of the event and welcome its participants to pay them a visit. For those not in the know, their look of astonishment is a priceless bonus for Jonathan that never gets old. “The shock on people’s faces each year is the most memorable,” he says. “Someone could be having a casual first date or lunch with a family member, then 100 men in their underwear parade through restaurants with signs and cheers!”

Once the walk ends, the participants get styled in outfits valued over $1,000, and enjoy an after party where they’re all dressed to impress.

A meaningful cause to many, the charitable walk is also a great way to network and meet like-minded people. (It is certainly a good start to friendships since everyone is “baring it all” up front!)

Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company named a Caring Company by Imagine Canada

Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company named a Caring Company by Imagine Canada

Imagine Canada has identified Trisura as a Caring Company. This recognition is Canada’s premier public expression in leadership and excellence in community investment.  To be a part of this select group, an organization must contribute at least 1% of pre-tax profit to activities or initiatives that support the communities in which employees live and work.

Philanthropy has been an aspect of Trisura’s identity since its founding in 2006. It is referenced in Trisura’s corporate guiding principles to “make an active contribution to the communities in which we live and work”. As part of the Caring Company designation, Trisura will continue to ensure that community enrichment continues to play a pivotal role in upholding the standard for corporations in the Canadian Insurance Industry.

“We are honoured to join the ranks of the impressive list of Imagine Canada’s Caring Companies,” said Cindy Grant, VP of Human Resources at Trisura. “Trisura employees embrace the idea of community, charity and giving, with the same passion, dedication and focus we give to our business. This makes for a rewarding, fulfilling and satisfying place to be.”