On Tuesday, September 29th, members of the Surety Association of Canada (SAC) gathered at the Pantages Hotel in Toronto for the 24th Annual General Meeting.

As is the case with the majority of trade associations, the SAC relies upon a large volunteer force to push the day-to-day business operations forward. These volunteers use energy and time, often to perform tedious and thankless tasks, in addition to the demands of their regular jobs.

To honour these efforts, The SAC distributes awards during the Annual General Meeting. One of these is the President’s Award, which is given to an individual or individuals who best demonstrate exemplary volunteer service to the surety industry and the SAC. This year, the award was presented to Trisura’s Donna Anderson, Vice President of Surety in the Calgary branch.

Donna has upheld a positive outlook and enthusiasm for the business from the day she entered the industry in 1975, to present day. She helped put SAC on the map in western Canada, and remains unfailingly generous with her time and energy—even when the demands of her day job and family are closing in around her. She has done numerous presentations at SAC conferences and is highly regarded among owners, consultants, and contractors. In 2014, she stepped up once again to sign on for her second stint as Committee Chair.

When deliberating over who to select for this year’s President’s award, Steve Ness, Bob Sloat and the SAC staff unanimously agreed that no-one deserved it more. Congratulation’s Donna!

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The SAC was formed in 1992 by professionals in the Surety industry to establish independence from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and to better represent writers of surety bonds as well as forming a unique product-based voice. Today, those professionals represent more than 90% of written premiums in the entire industry.

Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company is a Canadian owned and operated specialty lines insurance and surety company. Through a select network of national and regional brokerage firms, Trisura provides innovative solutions and expertise in the Contract & Commercial Surety, Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, Fidelity, Professional Liability including Media and Cyber Liability, Casualty and Warranty product lines. Trisura operates six offices across Canada, underwrites approximately $100 million in premium, and has an A.M. Best rating of A-.