Learn from the Best at Trisura through our Exclusive Education Series

Learn from the Best at Trisura through our Exclusive Education Series

By Sara Ametrano

 

The pandemic has prevented us from meeting with our broker partners in person, and we’ve really missed that interaction. It made it clear that now is the perfect time to try something new. So we’re seizing the opportunity to get creative, because after all, at Trisura, we love innovation.

You’ve participated in our e-learning courses (more coming your way this year!) and possibly even some in-person webinars with our subject matter experts. But now, we’re stepping things up even more, expanding our catalogue of courses with free webinars!

Hosted by an exclusive Trisura team, our education series will be a new way to learn about specialty insurance and surety. A fun way to learn at a distance, our instructors will present interactive courses live and will be ready to take any questions you might have. And that’s not all: continuing education credits will also be available to those who attend!

We’re looking forward to bringing exciting new courses your way and hope to see you at the webinars.

Stay tuned for more information including course information and accessibility and dates coming your way soon!

Underwriter of the Year – Emily Thompson

Underwriter of the Year – Emily Thompson

Headshot of Sr. Underwriter Emily ThompsonThis year’s Insurance Business Canada awards may have taken on a different format, but there was no denying that the excitement could be felt through the entirety of the event. The event celebrates the insurance industry, recognizing organizations and professionals for their dedication and achievements. And we are proud that a member of Trisura’s talented team was selected as the 2020 Underwriter of the Year!

Emily Thompson, a senior underwriter for Trisura, has been in the insurance space for seven years. Throughout her career, she has been eager to learn and grow, and is now often consulted for her expertise in the surety space by both clients and peers alike. As 2020 has proven to be a year full of unique challenges, Emily has been integral in Trisura’s approach towards working through the pandemic, maintaining a sense of consistency and continuing to offer unique solutions for industry partners.

Congratulations, Emily, on this much-deserved accolade!

We chatted with Emily about her professional journey so far. Below, she delves into how she got started in the industry, the help she has received and her advice for potential industry newcomers.

Trisura: What is your favourite part about working as an underwriter in the surety space?

Emily: Without a doubt, the people. The surety industry is very people-driven and working collaboratively with great people across our industry makes the work exciting. Every client is unique, and we are often presented with scenarios where a traditional approach might not work. I find that through collaboration, both internally and with our external partners, we can arrive at a positive outcome for everyone. It’s exciting to deliver a tailored solution and enjoy in that success with others.

Trisura: What drew you to the industry?

Emily: As a math and business student in university, surety underwriting intrigued me with its combination of financial analysis, understanding a business’ health and the teamwork involved between the surety, broker and client. But while the numbers tell part of the story, listening to a client proudly tell the story of their business and their past successes builds a strong connection with the client, and gives me, as an underwriter, a glimpse into their world. Getting to know the people in a business provides a great insight into how they operate and how I can best support them. The analytical part of the job drew me in, but its the people I have met that make the industry a great field to work in.

Trisura: How has the pandemic impacted your role, and have you implemented a new approach in conducting business with your brokers?

Emily: The pandemic has had a big impact! To me, the most important thing has been maintaining strong communication. Everyone is managing more uncertainty than ever, while also navigating a new work environment and managing multiple priorities. Maintaining transparency and open communication has been important to me in conducting business. I also aim to ensure the way we operate continues to be consistent and offer stability.

Trisura: Do you have a mentor? If so, what sort of impact has he or she had on your professional development?

Emily: I have had a number of mentors over the past few years at Trisura. Each of them has taught me a lot about the industry, underwriting, communication–you name it. They’ve also given me a lot of room to practice new skills and throw myself into new projects, learning more along the way. I can’t thank those mentors enough for allowing me many opportunities to grow both as an underwriter and a person. There is always more to learn, and I am excited to continue to do so, with the support of some great people at Trisura and throughout the industry.

Trisura: What advice would you give to someone considering a career in insurance?

Emily: Dive in and be curious. For me, I was looking for a career in a field relating closely to my math and business background. I hadn’t considered insurance seriously, until my second co-op term with Trisura when I started in surety underwriting. In the first few days, I quickly saw how interesting the business was and began asking questions and soaking up information. As I immersed myself in the industry, it opened doors that I didn’t even know existed. There is always something more to learn, and I’m excited to see what more is in store!

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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Gingerbread House Invitational Cup Gallery

Gingerbread House Invitational Cup Gallery

Trisura’s Annual Gingerbread Invitational Cup 2018

The Santa hats and ugly Christmas sweaters were pulled out of the closet to ring in the holiday season with Trisura’s annual Gingerbread House making contest. Brokers and Trisura employees from the Calgary and Vancouver areas did their best to build gingerbread masterpieces and claim the top prize of the Gingerbread Invitational Cup and their name on the trophy! Enjoy the holiday spirit by viewing some of the best pictures from the events.

Trisura selected by Aon as a Best Employer for 2019

Trisura selected by Aon as a Best Employer for 2019

Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company is proud to have been selected once again by Aon as one of the Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada for 2019. The complete list of winners was announced on November 8th.

The Best Employers in Canada competition runs annually, is based on expertise gained from years of experience, and data that’s been collected from thousands of organizations worldwide. Only a small group of companies are chosen as winners. Trisura has made the Best Small & Medium Employers List for a third consecutive year.

There are many elements that Aon considers when awarding a company, but most important are the results of an employee engagement survey that covers 20 different factors. Trisura retained a 100% participation rate.

The full results of the competition will be published in the December issue of Canadian Business Magazine—currently available on newsstands and through digital subscription. The winners’ lists are also available at Aon’s website, which can be accessed by clicking here: 2019 Best Employers.

 

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Sandra Henkel, Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company, Sandra.henkel@trisura.com 416.607.2092