Board of Directors Update

Leo Ell

Scott Donald, President and CEO of Western Surety Company (“WSC”), extends his congratulations to Leo Ell, on his recent retirement from the company’s Board of Directors. Leo will move into Director Emeritus status after being associated with WSC for 62 years (including 47 years on the Board of Directors). In 1970, following approximately 10 years in underwriting, Leo was named Assistant Manager of WSC and shortly thereafter was promoted to General Manager. In 1978, Leo was again promoted and remained in the President and CEO positions until his retirement on December 31, 1998. Leo was an inaugural member of the Surety Association of Canada (“SAC”) and instrumental in its formation in 1992; culminating in SAC honoring Leo with the prestigious Stewardship of Surety in 2007. “I would like to personally thank Leo for hiring me in 1987,” noted Donald. “Congratulations on your long and illustrious career with WSC. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.”

Paul Bourassa

In conjunction with the above, WSC is also pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Bourassa to the company’s Board of Directors. Paul has been with WSC since 1987, and currently holds the position of Claims General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. “Paul has an intimate knowledge of construction and surety law,” affirmed Donald. “His wealth of experience within our industry and serving on several non-related Boards will certainly bring a unique and valuable perspective to our Board.”

Please join us in congratulating Leo and Paul!


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