LEADERSHIP TEAM

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our executive leadership has a wide range of experience and expertise – They continue to be passionate about learning and collaborating. They believe in a true partnership with brokers in order to create better ideas and bigger opportunities.

CHRIS SEKINE – PRESIDENT & CEO

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Chris was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company in 2019 and he is responsible for the strategic and operational performance of Trisura.  Chris previously served as Senior Vice President, Surety and he has been with Trisura since the company’s inception in 2006.  He has over 27 years of experience in the insurance industry and previously held senior executive roles with two large international insurers.

Chris currently serves on the board of directors for the Surety Association of Canada (SAC) and has participated on various sub-committees for SAC.  He has an Honours BA in Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Why I love working at Trisura:
Entrepreneurialism and trust – quite simply, I have a tremendous amount of trust and respect for my colleagues here and we share an entrepreneurial spirit that is unique to Trisura. Our entrepreneurial spirit is matched with the same spirit found with our key broker’s and their clients. It allows us to discuss the needs of our broker customers and their clients at a more strategic level through shared experiences. Fundamentally, this is how we’ve built Trisura.

What Trisura’s values mean to me.
I can be counted on to BE DECISIVE.

Entrepreneurialism and decisiveness go hand in hand. Our business is about making decisions and also ensuring that our brokers have full and easy access to decision makers as required. This has been a big part of Trisura’s success.

RICHARD GRANT – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Leadership Team Richard provides leadership to the Specialty Insurance business at Trisura and is responsible for underwriting standards, reinsurance strategy, new product development and program business. He started his insurance career in 1996 at London Guarantee Insurance Company as a Directors’ and Officers’ Liability underwriter. Three years into his career, Richard moved to the head office at London Guarantee where he developed his skills in product development, underwriting direction, reinsurance and systems over a 7 year period. Richard brought this diverse skillset to Trisura in 2006 where he has continued to provide leadership in these areas. He is the past National Chair of the Canadian Chapter and current member of the United States Educational Committee of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. Richard has a three year Business Administration Diploma from Mohawk College and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University.

Why I love working at Trisura Nothing beats coming into work each morning and working alongside a group of entrepreneurs who share a common vision and goal. The energy created by this group coupled with the ability to make our own local decisions to assist our customers makes Trisura the best place to work.

What Trisura’s values mean to me. You can count on me to

BE ENTREPRENURIAL. The value that resonates with me most is remaining entrepreneurial. Trisura started as the dream of Mike, Bob and John in 2005 and everyone who has joined to make this dream come true has an entrepreneurial streak to them. As Trisura continues to grow, it is key for everyone to remember the early days and remain entrepreneurial in everything we do. We can’t rest on our laurels. We must continue to work with our brokers’ customers in coming up with new products and solutions to meet your needs and the needs of your clients

DAVID SCOTLAND – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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David is responsible for Trisura’s financial management, policies and guidelines.

David began his career in public accounting, working in both audit and tax and holds the CPA, CA (Canada) designation. David joined Trisura in 2010 and became CFO in 2018.

Why I love working at Trisura:
There is nothing better than working with a group of people who care passionately about what they’re doing.

What Trisura’s values mean to me.

Although I do not work on the front line with our brokers, I am focused on ensuring we do everything we can to support our underwriters in providing “a step above” service to our brokers and their clients and satisfying their needs. I care about how well we do this because the commitment we have made to our brokers demands nothing less.

REBEKAH ALBERGA – SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL

Leadership Team Rebekah Alberga is responsible for the leadership of the Claims process at Trisura. She is also responsible for providing in-house legal counsel to the company. Rebekah brings 10 years of experience in handling Specialty Insurance claims with a focus on Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, Professional Liability and Fidelity claims. Prior to joining Trisura, Rebekah held the position of Senior Claims Counsel of a multinational property and casualty insurance company where she was involved in handling a wide variety of complex claims. Rebekah is a lawyer called to the Ontario Bar, and has practiced exclusively in the area of insurance law, first as a litigator, and then as in-house counsel at several leading multinational property and casualty insurers. She has an LLB from Queen’s University and an Honours BA in Political Science and English from Western University.

Why I love working at Trisura:

As a claims professional, promptness and fairness are key. At Trisura, these values are shared throughout the company. Being part of such a responsive and collaborative group makes it a pleasure to come to work each day.

What Trisura’s values mean to me: 

I can be counted on to SHARE MY EXPERTISE. At Trisura, we know that it is important to “Share our Expertise”, by listening to your needs and assessing what is required to get the job done. As a legal professional, sharing my legal expertise with both internal and external clients is an integral part of my day to day. Our team at Trisura brings an array of experience from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We are ready to share our knowledge and ideas with our clients and business partners in order to achieve fair and practical solutions for those involved.

VICTOR A. BANDIERA – SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, UNDERWRITING AND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

Leadership Team In early 2013, Victor started the Construction Services group at Trisura. His expertise is utilized on client reviews including financial reporting, estimating and project management practices, understanding disputes that arise during construction, surety claims investigations, special project review, pre/post tender evaluations and selection and scoping of external consultants engagement. Victor has also performed informal dispute resolutions and ongoing project monitoring. Victor has dealt with all facets of a surety operation including compliance, underwriting and claims. Victor has a lengthy career within both construction and insurance since completing his engineering degree. He leverages his construction and engineering background to provide a different perspective to all circumstances faced by the company. Victor has an Engineering degree from University of New Brunswick.

Why I love working at Trisura: Trisura provides me with the opportunity to apply my construction knowledge to benefit all our stakeholders. I love being part of a team that strives to improve everything we do in a cost effective and timely way. You can’t help but feel good when you can see others throughout the organization care and listen. Trisura also embraces innovation and remains entrepreneurial, which are values I have always admired.

What Trisura’s values mean to me. I can be counted on to

FIND A SOLUTION. “Find a Solution” is the value that most resonates with me. I believe my previous experience allows me to contribute with a different perspective than others and allows greater opportunities for the parties involved to find a solution. After all, if we can better appreciate and understand viewpoints of others it can allow for more time to be spent finding more alternate solutions to benefit everyone involved.

CINDY GRANT – SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES

Leadership Team Cindy is responsible for all things “people” at Trisura – from attracting top talent to developing innovative employee programs and benefits, to engaging employees in career discussions. An entrepreneur at heart, Cindy is passionate about keeping a step above and a step ahead. Cindy has extensive experience within the financial services sector having worked at world-class organizations such as Citigroup Inc, BMO Financial Group, Aon Hewitt and Assante Wealth Management. Cindy holds an undergraduate degree from York University, is a CHRL and has completed the CTI Coaches Training program. Passionate about learning, she has recently completed the in-class component of the Adult Education program at St Fx University in Antigonish. Cindy is an active career coach and has been mentoring professionals at various stages in their career. Cindy has spoken at a number of events on topics including Employee Engagement, Talent Management and Talent Attraction and Millenials.

Why I love working at Trisura:

I love working at Trisura because of the people. Individually and as a group, all of my colleagues are down to earth and passionate about doing the right thing for our customers and for each other.

What Trisura’s values mean to me:

I can be counted on to BE ENTREPRENEURIAL WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY. Trisura’s values are a fundamental component of how we conduct business. My customers are my colleagues and as an entrepreneur at heart, I look for ways to deliver the best by listening, anticipating and delivering creative and innovative people practices and strategies – in a timely way.

RICHARD A. GRANT – SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SURETY

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Richard A. Grant is a strategic leader with over 18 years of demonstrated success in surety and specialty insurance. He is recognized as a trusted partner with a long-term focus, in-depth knowledge of business risks and the ability to deliver solutions that achieve measurable results. Richard joined Trisura shortly after its inception in 2006 and, like the organization, he believes in the importance of an entrepreneurial culture and commitment to a stakeholder experience that is “a step above.” Most recently, Richard assisted in the development Trisura’s U.S. surety operations as vice president of surety, and prior to that, he served a regional vice president, overseeing multiple product lines for our Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta regions. During his tenure with Trisura, Richard has earned accolades of “Top 40 under 40” from Canadian Design and Construction, “Young Gun” by Insurance Business Canada Magazine and the Insurance Business Canada “Hot List.”

JASON KEYFITZ – VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF RISK OFFICER

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Jason is an actuary with a focus on embedding strong risk management and analytics into strategic decision making. He is responsible for leading the risk management function at Trisura Guarantee and assessing whether the risk taking activities are in line with the company’s strategy and risk appetite. Jason has over 10 years of experience within financial services risk management having worked at organizations such as Marsh, TD Bank Financial Group, and Oliver Wyman. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and Society of Actuaries.

Why I love working at Trisura:
The entrepreneurial spirit that thrives at Trisura keeps me excited to come to work each day.

What Trisura’s values mean to me.
As an Actuary I am always looking to share my expertise to help our underwriters find the right solution to support our brokers and clients.

DRAGAN POPOVIC – SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team Dragan manages the development and execution of our IT strategy. This includes providing leadership, innovative solutions and technology related expertise to our staff and stakeholders, while supporting the organization’s strategic goals. Dragan spent most of his career in business application systems design, development, integration and implementation in the banking and insurance industry. Prior to joining Trisura , Dragan held the position of Manager, Systems Development with a leading Canadian commercial property & casualty insurance carrier, where he was involved in all aspects of policy management, underwriting and claims systems life cycle. Dragan holds Engineering Degree (B.Sc.) in Electronics & Computer Science.

Why I love working at Trisura: I have been with Trisura pretty much from the beginning. Right from the get-go we knew we wanted to push the envelope when it came to creating industry leading technology that makes us easy to do business with. We see technology not simply as a means to an end but as an integral part of our competitive advantage. This means our IT group is continuously encouraged to innovate and deliver the best possible solutions and we are provided with the tools to do so.

What Trisura’s values mean to me. I can be counted on to

SUPPORT YOU. Our technology solutions are built with our brokers and clients in mind. We spend a lot of time talking to our business units, brokers and clients to ensure that what we deliver supports our brokers in achieving success and in delivering on the commitments they have made to their clients. If it doesn’t, it won’t make the cut. It’s as simple as that.

MARILYN VANGANSEWINKEL – SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SPECIALTY INSURANCE SOLUTIONS

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Marilyn provides leadership to the Specialty Insurance business at Trisura and is responsible for underwriting standards, training, direction and broker relationships across Canada. Previously, Marilyn worked for multinational and national insurance companies within the specialty arena. Marilyn has extensive underwriting experience, with specialties in risk analysis, business development, portfolio management and training/staff development. Since joining Trisura in 2006, she has been underwriting Professional Liability, Directors’ & Officers Liability’ and Fidelity lines of business.

Why I love working at Trisura:
Trisura provides a true team environment where everyone works together to ensure we deliver on our value proposition. This allows us to be an energized team that works towards common goals because we truly enjoy working together and we challenge each other to be better. I am always excited to be at the office working with such an amazing group of people.

What Trisura’s values mean to me:
You can count on me to CARE and LISTEN. These values resonate the most with me because we need to listen to the needs of our stakeholders and care about what they are wiling to share with us. I want to ensure we continue to differentiate ourselves as a company and I believe that truly listening to the needs of our stakeholders and wanting to find a way to help will ensure we continue to do so.