WSC Appoints Three Board Members

Western Surety Company announces the appointment of Derek Sutherland, Garnet Garven and Maurice Laprairie to our Board of Directors. This brings the number of board members to nine.

Our new board members bring a wealth of experience in enterprise risk management, business education and public policy and insurance and construction law.

“We are very pleased to welcome Derek, Garnet and Maurice as members of our Board. Their broad experience in their various fields of expertise will compliment the range of skills and perspective of our esteemed Board. They share a commitment to providing effective corporate governance and a contribution to WSC’s goals and objectives, “ said President and CEO Scott Donald.

Derek Sutherland

Derek is the President and Owner of Canadazil Capital Inc., a private company created to provide risk advisory services and transaction due diligence for investments. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University as well as the CPA, CBC and ICD.D designations.

Derek is the Chairman of MCAN One Oversight Committee and a member of the Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance Committee of the MCAN Corporation.

Derek was appointed to the WSC Board of Directors in 2019.

Garnet Garven

Garnet is Dean of Business Emeritus at the University of Regina where he also served as Associate Professor of Strategic Management. Educated in business administration at the University of Regina’s Hill School of Business, the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business and Western University’s Ivey School of Business, he also holds an Honorary CPA from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Garnet is the recipient of the University of Regina Board of Governors’ Distinguished Service Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to business education and public policy.

Garnet was appointed to the WSC Board of Directors in 2019.

Maurice Laprairie

Maurice Laprairie is a senior partner with the law firm of MLT Aikins, Regina, SK. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has extensive insurance and construction law experience. Maurice is a former Law Society Bencher representative for the Board of the Saskatchewan Lawyers Insurance Association, a former President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and a former President of the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

Maurice was appointed to the WSC Board of Directors in 2020.

Departing Directors

Western Surety Company also announces the retirements of Rob Pletch and Bruce Cowie from the company’s Board of Directors.

Rob Pletch has served on the Board of Directors since 2008 and was a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and the Conduct Review & Governance Committee. Bruce Cowie has been a respected member of the board since 1980.

“On behalf of Western Surety, I wish to acknowledge and extend my heartfelt gratitude to Bruce and Rob for their dedicated service to our Board of Directors,” Donald commented. “I appreciate their leadership and many contributions to WSC’s success over the years. We wish them all the best in the future.”

In recognition of Bruce Cowie’s long and valued association with the Hill Family and Western Surety Company, he has the distinction of being appointed as our first Director Emeritus.


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