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SAC introduces board and officers

By Adam Freill   

Construction Leadership Risk Management

Several new individuals join the Board of Directors for the Surety Association of Canada’s 2023-24 fiscal year.

(Photo courtesy of the Surety Association of Canada)

Following up on its annual general meeting and conference that was held in October, in December the Surety Association of Canada (SAC) announced the election of officers from its 2023-24 Board of Directors. Recent departures resulted in the organization welcoming several new individuals to represent their firms.

“On behalf of our entire team at the Surety Association of Canada, we would like to express our profound thanks to past Directors, namely Rob Burns, Steve Hogan, Darryll McDonald, Brandon Notaro, Terry Michalakos, and Brent McAllister,” stated Steven Ness, president and chief operating officer at SAC. “We also extend a warm welcome to our newest directors, Guillaume Burroughs, Max Fratarcangeli, David Johnston, Aimee Mather, Sean Reilly, and Jordan Walker.”

Serving as officials for the upcoming fiscal year, are:

  • Scott Beitel, Chief Operating Officer, PLATFORM
  • Iqbal Bhinder, SVP, Contract Surety, RAISE Underwriting
  • Guillaume Burroughs, Vice President, Surety, REVAU (Echelon Insurance)
  • Robert Cristiano, Vice President, Surety & Credit Worldwide, Everest Reinsurance Group
  • Chris Fiore, Head of Surety, Canada, The Hartford
  • Max Fratarcangeli, VP, Head of Contract & Commercial Surety, Aviva Insurance Company of
  • Canada
  • Nicolas Gagnon, Partner, Lavery, de Billy
  • Richard A. Grant, Senior Vice President – Surety, Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company
  • Steven Hastings, Senior Vice President – Surety, Liberty Mutual Canada
  • David Johnston, National Director – Commercial Surety, Aon Canada Inc.
  • Tom Krech, Vice President, Construction Surety, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
  • (Board Chair)
  • Raymond Llamas, Assistant Vice President – Underwriting Director, CNA Surety
  • Aimee Mather, Regional Underwriting Officer, Travelers Insurance Company of Canada
  • Paul McIntyre, Vice President, Surety, Allianz Trade Canada
  • Sarina Puccio, Head of Credit and Surety, Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada, Ltd.
  • Sean Reilly, AVP, Underwriter – North America Surety, Partner Reinsurance Company
  • Rick Shaban, Senior Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP
  • Mark Skanes, Senior Vice President, Western Surety Company (Past Chair)
  • David Smith, President, Surety Canada, Intact Insurance
  • Sheila E. Thompson, President, Rosenberg & Parker of Canada, Inc.
  • Jordan Walker, Head of Surety, Canada, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.

The Surety Association of Canada (SAC) is the national trade advocacy association that represents the interests of the surety industry across Canada. Its members consist of primary 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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