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 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.

Happy Holidays from Trisura!

Happy Holidays from Trisura!

Happy Holidays 2020

Dear friends,

Thankfully we are nearing the end of what has been a challenging year. Regardless of your traditions, we will all spend the holiday season differently this year. What will remain consistent is the holiday spirit and it being a time for hope, rest and reflection. There is much hope for 2021 as vaccines should be made available to many. Please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to remain resilient and to be patient as there is light at the end of the tunnel.

As Trisura looks to 2021, we are committed to our brokers and striving to be a step above. This past summer many of our brokers graciously completed our survey and provided us with valuable insights. Your message to us was clear:

  • You trust Trisura and rely on us for consistency, strong personal relationships, enthusiasm, our willingness to listen and collaborate, being solutions focused and remaining a broker-only company;
  • We must remember our roots and maintain the identity that has brought success as we continue to grow our specialty lines company, while keeping an entrepreneurial spirit that cares and provides unparalleled service;
  • You want more of Trisura, which includes capacity, products and great people.

As we create our roadmap for the future, your insights will form the foundation of our plans. Although 2020 has been a challenging year on many fronts, for Trisura it was transformative in many ways. The pandemic sharpened our focus, and my great colleagues at Trisura soldiered on and continued to deliver. We raised a significant amount of capital to facilitate the growth of our business, increased our revenue base in Canada by almost 60% through the third quarter, planned and announced our January 2021 entry into the U.S. surety market and facilitated new insurance capacity in Canada through unadmitted reinsurers, all while delivering an industry-leading combined ratio of 85%.

Last year at this time (pre-covid) I shared a passage entitled “Man in the Arena,” which was an address delivered by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910. In 2020 I have replaced the word man with person. As a reminder, it goes like this:

It is not the critic who counts; not the person who points out how the strong person stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends themself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if they fail, at least fails while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

I can think of no better time to recite this passage. For Trisura, this passage rings true; especially during the pandemic. I hope it helps to inspire you as it has for us. Our team stayed in the arena and you can always count on us being there, helping you succeed and striving to create an exceptional experience.

Thank you for continuing to place your trust in Trisura and in our people.

There is much to look forward to in 2021 and I am hopeful there are better times ahead. May the holiday season provide you with some respite. From our families to yours, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and good health and success in 2021.

Best wishes,

Chris

Trisura Guarantee President and CEO makes Global 100 List

Trisura Guarantee President and CEO makes Global 100 List

Chris Sekine, Trisura Guarantee’s President and CEO, has been named a top insurance industry leader by Insurance Business. The publication has released its second-annual Global 100 list, which features the finest leaders in six different markets of the industry: Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific.

The individuals selected for the list are key industry players that possess outstanding leadership capabilities—both internally and externally—making a difference in today’s markets to carry the industry into the new era.

Chris Sekine to build on successes of Mike George“It is truly an honour and humbling to be part of this list of prestigious list, alongside many highly esteemed insurance executives and especially those from Canada,” Chris says. “Our industry is constantly evolving, and this has never been more true than in 2020. Through the headwinds of 2020, Trisura aims to stay the course and continue to collaborate with our broker partners to ensure our service remains a step above. My sincere thanks to the tremendous team at Trisura for their dedication, support and drive. Truly, it is our entire team together that delivers and deserves the recognition.”

Chris has been with Trisura Guarantee since its inception in 2006 and led the start up of our surety operation, which as since grown to be the fourth largest writer of surety in Canada. In the spring of 2019, Chris stepped into his current position as President and CEO and he is instrumental in setting Trisura’s strategic direction and ensuring our core focus remains on specialty lines and building quality business, while providing a step above service for our select network of broker partners. Internally, Chris continues to be a champion for employees and encourages personal growth and career development.

Having worked closely with Chris for the past decade, Cindy Grant, Trisura’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources, isn’t surprised he is on the coveted list. “Since I joined Trisura in 2010, the company has flourished under the entire leadership team and more recently under Chris’s direction and guidance,” Cindy says. “Chris’s practical and visionary leadership will take Trisura well into the future – all while keeping focus on what matters most: our employees and our customers.”

Chris also appeared on the inaugural Global 100 list in 2019.

To view the official 2020 Global 100 list, click here.

Happy Thanksgiving from Trisura!

Happy Thanksgiving from Trisura!

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear friends,

It’s hard to believe we are now in October. Although COVID-19 impacted many summer plans, I hope you were able to make the most of the warm weather and sunshine. Unfortunately, active cases are again on the rise in most provinces, and I wish you and those close to you good health and safety.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I find myself reflecting on the events that have taken place in 2020 thus far. Even during these difficult times, I have so much to be thankful for, including my wonderful family and friends, my fantastic, resilient co-workers and that we have all remained in good health. On behalf of everyone at Trisura, we are thankful for having you as our business partners and for your continued support. We hope that we’ve been able to serve and support your needs, even from a distance.

Like most of you, we’ve been working remotely since March. Although we miss our face-to-face interactions, our top priority has been to continue to strengthen our relationships to ensure that we deliver on our promise of providing you with “a step above” experience.

Over the summer, we conducted a broker survey to provide us with insights to serve you better and enhance your experience with Trisura. The response rate was overwhelming, and I’d like to express our sincere gratitude. We are currently reviewing the data and will soon provide a summary of the results.

We have been busy working on many exciting initiatives this year, with the most significant being our official entry into the US Surety market beginning in January 2021. I am pleased to announce that George James will be joining Trisura on January 4, 2021, to lead our US Surety business. George joins Trisura with over 20 years of industry experience, with the last five years as Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer at International Fidelity Insurance Company. George will bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and relationships to Trisura, and we are very excited for him to begin his new journey. We will be sharing more on this exciting news over the coming months.

Even during these difficult times, Trisura’s business continues to thrive and that is because of you. We sincerely thank you for your trust in Trisura and for your continued support. On behalf of everyone at Trisura, I wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

 

Chris Sekine
President & CEO