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SAC adds 24 new A.C.S.B. designates to its ranks

By Adam Freill   

Construction Risk Management

Surety Association of Canada recognizes 2023 Associateship of Canadian Surety Bonding graduating class during annual conference.

2023 Associateship of Canadian Surety Bonding graduating class. (Image courtesy of SAC.)

During its award gala dinner event, part of the Surety Association of Canada’s 32nd Annual General Meeting and Conference, held in Toronto in October, the association recognized the newest 24 graduates of its Associateship of Canadian Surety Bonding (A.C.S.B.) designation program.

The list of graduating students, who were presented with designation certificates, included:

  • Jenna-Marie Armstrong, PLATFORM
  • Stephanie Barylski, Intact Insurance
  • Vincent Boudreau, Intact Insurance
  • Dillon Buzan, Wilson Beck Insurance Services (Alberta) Inc.
  • Jessica Campbell, PLATFORM
  • Kailey Corby, Masters Insurance Limited
  • Chelsea Fish, Intact Insurance
  • Stephen Gray, Trisura Guarantee Company
  • Owen Kwok, Intact Insurance
  • Jennifer Mahabir, NFP Canada
  • Jacob Makris, Jones DesLauriers Insurance Management Inc.
  • Andrew Martins, Jones DesLauriers Insurance Management Inc.
  • Kathy Matte, Cowan Insurance Group
  • Stephanie Naples, Masters Insurance Limited
  • Theresa Newton, Intact Insurance
  • Brooke Nichols, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
  • Sheldon Patten, Petrela Winter and Associates
  • Margaret Rabba, DBRS Morningstar
  • Annuija Sivapalallingam, FCA Insurance Brokers
  • Ana-Maria Stefan, Intact Insurance
  • Marco Taglieri, Trisura Guarantee Company
  • James Toothill, Western Surety Company
  • Hamza Zafar, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Richard Zehr, Zehr Insurance Brokers Ltd.

“On behalf of SAC’s board of directors and staff, we would like to congratulate this year’s graduates on achieving their designation as associates of Canadian surety bonding,” stated Steven Ness, president and chief operating officer of SAC. “This year marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of our association’s A.C.S.B. designation program and with this year’s graduates there are now 273 individuals who have received the A.C.S.B. designation…bravo!”

The A.C.S.B. program aims to provide students with a theoretical and in-depth practical understanding of surety bonds and the suretyship process and is intended for those who plan on embarking on a career in the surety industry. SAC says that over the past quarter-century, the program has successfully served as an important training ground for new entrants into the surety business, supplementing the training offered by the association’s member firms to its new staff.


A French version of the program, le Programme des Associés en Cautionnement Canadien (P.A.C.C.), is also available. That program has been adapted according to the civil law framework used exclusively in the province of Quebec, although the structure of the French version of the program remains the same, with four core courses and two electives.

Registration for the Winter 2024 term for both the A.C.S.B. and P.A.C.C. programs are now open. Prior to registering for courses, students are required to submit a program application form to SAC.

SAC is the national trade advocacy association that represents the interests of the surety industry across Canada. Its members consist primary of surety firms, surety reinsurers, surety/insurance brokers, and other organizations that provide related and complementary services to the surety industry.

While the majority of the surety industry’s premium revenue is derived from construction contract bonds, SAC also represents the interests of those organizations that focus on non-contract or commercial surety. SAC does not represent or advocate on behalf of the fidelity bond industry.








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