Trisura Guarantee Makes the 2020 “Top Small & Medium Employer” List

Trisura Guarantee Makes the 2020 “Top Small & Medium Employer” List

Mediacorp Canada Inc.’s annual list of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers has been released – and Trisura Guarantee has made the cut.

Appearing on the list for the fourth year in a row, Trisura Guarantee is honoured to be named along with so many outstanding organizations.

“It is truly an honour to be recognized among so many top organizations in Canada,” Trisura’s head of human resources, Cindy Grant, says. “When it comes to our employees, we take a simple, uncomplicated approach. It’s our entire team, everyone from Halifax to Vancouver, that make us successful through their unwavering commitment to delivering on our philosophy of excellence, discipline and passion every single day.”

2020 marks the seventh year of the competition. The editors of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers evaluate employers based on the following criteria:

(1) Physical Workplace;

(2) Work Atmosphere & Social;

(3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits;

(4) Vacation & Time Off;

(5) Employee Communications;

(6) Performance Management;

(7) Training & Skills Development; and

(8) Community Involvement.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) have a large role in Canada, being responsible for over 50% of the nation’s gross domestic product. SME also account for over 90% of the private-sector labour force, and out of all the jobs created in the last 10 years, more than 95% are because of SMEs.

To read up on what makes Trisura Guarantee a 2020 Top Small & Medium Employer, including prioritizing work-life balance and open communication, click here.

To learn more about how winners of the competition are selected, visit the Canada’s Top 100 website.

About Trisura Guarantee:

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.”

About Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers list:

Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers is an annual editorial competition published by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The list recognizes small and medium enterprises that excel in workplace culture, as well as innovative and progressive human resources initiatives. The competition is open to employers whose head office is in Canada and have less than 500 employees globally. Qualifying companies are commercial, for-profit organizations.

Trisura Cyber Policy Ranked Among the Best in Canada

Trisura Cyber Policy Ranked Among the Best in Canada

By Sara Ametrano

 

Comprehensive cyber coverage is proving more and more crucial each year as hackers continue to become increasingly sophisticated and successful in their attacks. Insurance Business Canada recently surveyed brokers across the nation to uncover the best cyber policies on the market. The publication revealed the top 17 carriers, which included Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company.

Smiling woman with brown hair and blazer in front of buildings backdrop.

Angela Feudo, manager of professional solutions, Trisura.

Trisura’s manager of professional solutions, Angela Feudo, believes the organization’s cyber policy win is a testament to its customization ability. “At Trisura, we really listen to the insured and broker to ensure we understand what they are looking for,” she explains. “Working closely together allows us in to find the right solutions for their unique needs.”

In an ever-changing market, cyber insurance policies have had to adapt. There was a pressing need for policy structures to sustain future losses. With many individuals and companies working remotely for nearly two years, risks were greater, as was the need for education and training. “There is a greater awareness among organizations about cyber threats and, as a result, there have been improvements made around cyber security controls,” Feudo says.

As for what comes next, Trisura’s resident cyber expert anticipates there will be further market growth due to reliance on technology through process automation and internet connectivity. “The exposure for these businesses will grow and evolve and so must the insurance products that protect them. There will also be continued focus on not only cyber security controls, but also the use of cyber experts to aid in risk selection.”

Past cyber struggles and future challenges for the Canadian market are not necessarily unique. The global market must also be prepared to adapt, as Feudo notes, “cyber risk doesn’t have borders.”

About the 5-Star Cyber Awards:

Over the course of 15 weeks, Insurance Business Canada conducted one-on-one interviews with brokers and surveyed thousands more within the publication’s network. Brokers shared their thoughts on current cyber offerings and the most important policy features.

The top carriers were determined based on how they were rated in the following categories:

  • Relationships with brokers
  • Claim-handling abilities
  • Underwriting expertise
  • Product strength

For the official 2021 5-Star Cyber Awards report, click here.

Trisura Guarantee a 2021 Five-Star Carrier

Trisura Guarantee a 2021 Five-Star Carrier

By Sara Ametrano

 

Trisura Guarantee has been named a 2021 Five-Star Carrier by Insurance Business Canada. This marks the fifth consecutive appearance for the organization on the annual list.

“Everyone at Trisura strives to create an exceptional experience for our broker partners,” says Richard Grant, Trisura’s chief operating officer. “Being named a Five-Star Carrier for the fifth year in a row is truly an honour.”

The list, now in its sixth installment, is determined based on brokers’ votes across 10 categories. Brokers are asked to rate carriers on a scale of one to five in each area. To be named a Five-Star Carrier, insurers must receive an average score of 4.00 or greater in at least one of the categories:

  • Competitive rates
  • Overall service level
  • Underwriting expertise
  • Range of products
  • Claims processing
  • Quick quotes
  • Appetite for niche and emerging risks
  • Broker communication
  • Product innovation
  • Online platforms and services

This year, Trisura was named a Five-Star Carrier in all 10 categories!

“We are all very appreciative to be recognized in all categories, as we take great pride in our relationships and dedication to your success,” Richard says. “Thank you to all who voted. We will continue to do our best to meet your needs and work together to find solutions for you and your clients.”

In addition to revealing the top carriers, the report also unveiled the areas that are most important to brokers when securing a carrier partner. The three most important aspects are: competitive rates (65%), overall service level (64%) and underwriting expertise (56%). Both competitive rates and underwriting expertise were top-priority items in the 2020 report as well.

To learn more about this year’s Five-Star Carrier list, and selection process, view the Insurance Business Canada article here.

Trisura Talent Continues to Shine Bright

Trisura Talent Continues to Shine Bright

Insurance Business Canada has surveyed the industry nationwide to highlight some of the top young professionals in the business. Trisura is extremely proud to announce that two members of our talented team, Kate Shaw and Stephen Logush, have been named Rising Stars for 2021!

Rising Star finalists must be nominated and meet key criteria, including:

  • Be aged 35 or younger as of March 01, 2021;
  • Hold a position that is relevant to the insurance industry;
  • Be committed to a career in insurance;
  • And, hold a passion for the industry.

 

Meet our Rising Stars:

Woman with long hair and pink blazer.Kate Shaw has been with Trisura for over two years and has nearly 10 years of experience in the insurance industry. As an executive solutions underwriter, she is responsible for managing and building a portfolio of directors’ and officers’ liability and fidelity business. Kate obtained a BA degree from McGill University and also has her Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation.

Kate likes that no two days are the same when working in the insurance industry. “I love that each day brings new challenges and learning opportunities,” she says. “It’s always enjoyable to collaborate with broker partners to find creative insurance solutions for their clients.”

 

 

Man in suit jacket and grey striped tie.Stephen Logush is a manager of Trisura’s Toronto surety branch. In his role, he is responsible for working with the organization’s broker partners and team of underwriters to grow and manage the portfolio of accounts in Ontario. Stephen is a member of the SAC Young Professionals Committee, which organizes networking and professional development events for the young professionals in our industry. He has earned his Associateship in Canadian Surety Bonding (ACSB) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations, and he is working towards an MBA degree through Wilfrid Laurier, which will be completed next spring.

Why does Stephen enjoy working in the industry? It comes down to the people. “Analyzing a complex set of financial statements is fun and all, but it’s really the people that make the industry so enjoyable,” he says. “Finding solutions while developing long-term relationships with our broker partners and contractors is the most rewarding part of the job.”

 

About the Insurance Business Canada Rising Stars report:

Previously named Young Guns, the Rising Stars report shines a spotlight on industry professionals aged 35 or younger. The report identifies individuals who bring a fresh perspective, innovative ideas and a sense of leadership to the roles and organizations.

You can find the official 2021 Rising Stars report here.

Trisura Guarantee a Top Small & Medium Employer for Fifth Year in a Row

Trisura Guarantee a Top Small & Medium Employer for Fifth Year in a Row

After months of anticipation, Mediacorp Canada Inc. has released their coveted list of Canada’s top small and medium employers. And, for the fifth consecutive year, Trisura Guarantee is thrilled to be one of them.

Canada's 2021 Top Small & Medium Employers logoWinners of the competition, now in its eighth year, are selected based on several factors, including physical workplace, work atmosphere and health, wellness and financial benefits. This year, however, the editors of the Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employer list also looked for how organizations approached the unique challenges of the pandemic. In an unforeseen landscape, it has been necessary for companies to be flexible, quick to respond with solutions and helpful with employees’ concerns.

Richard Yerema, the managing editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, explained that this year’s leading companies were successful in creating the a smooth transition from working in the office to working remotely. “Not only were [the top companies] able to transition employees to working from home right out of the gate, but many already had policies in place that allowed for flexible work,” he said. “It was simply a matter of extending existing benefits, such as home office allowances and internet subsidies, to make the full transition.”

For the 2021 competition, it was important that the selected organizations offered the right benefits to help employees be as comfortable as possible with all the uncertainties we were all facing.

Over the past year, Trisura remained agile and was quick to respond to the urgency of the pandemic. The “virtual door” remained open for employees who had concerns or simply wanted to chat. Known for the social work culture, Trisura also hosted online team events, such as catch-ups and game days.

“Once again, we are truly honoured to receive the recognition as a Top Employer In Canada,” Trisura’s senior vice-president of Human Resources, Cindy Grant, says. “This past year, like everyone, we faced new challenges but worked diligently to support our team with appropriate resources to be successful. Our entire team from Halifax to Vancouver–makes the difference with their unwavering commitment to delivering on our philosophy of excellence, discipline and passion in everything we do.”

Trisura was also recognized for important initiatives and offerings, such as prioritizing and encouraging employee personal development through training and education, as well as a generous benefits program. Learn more about what makes Trisura Guarantee a 2021 Top Small & Medium Employer here.

 

About Trisura Guarantee:

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, Warranty and Property and Casualty 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 in Canada, Trisura International Insurance Ltd. in Barbados and Trisura Specialty Insurance Company in the U.S. Trisura is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “TSU.”

About Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers list:

Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers is an annual editorial competition published by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The list recognizes small and medium enterprises that excel in workplace culture, as well as innovative and progressive human resources initiatives. The competition is open to employers whose head office is in Canada and have less than 500 employees globally. Qualifying companies are commercial, for-profit organizations. For more information about the competition and selection criteria, visit the Canada’s Top 100 website.

A Message from Trisura’s Chief Operating Officer

A Message from Trisura’s Chief Operating Officer

Hello friends,

Man in blazer standing in front of marble wall.With the first quarter of 2021 coming to a close, I wanted to take the time to thank you for your continued support and valued partnership. Last year came with unique challenges and we hope we succeeded in helping make your brokerage run smoothly through it all. At Trisura, we take pride in helping our brokers be successful. In 2020 we conducted an extensive broker survey to give us insight into how we could continue to improve your experience with us. We appreciate all of the feedback received, and are in the midst of reviewing the results. We appreciate the tremendous role and responsibility that the broker community has and are honoured to support your efforts and the efforts of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. With this is mind, Trisura is pleased to continue our support as a Full Partner of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada’s Broker Identity Program.

We are optimistic that we will be able to get together again in person later this year, and until then, we will do everything we can to bring you service that remains a step above.

 

Richard Grant
Chief Operating Officer, Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company