When retiring Board Director Rand Flynn received his retirement gift, it took both hands and some serious muscle to hoist the heavy stone Inukshuk for a photo.

Paul Hill, Chairman, President and CEO of the Hill Group of Companies, and Scott Donald, Western Surety’s President and CEO, presented the gift in appreciation for Rand’s 21 years of Board leadership, where he has been part of ensuring Western Surety’s stability and was part of the corporate decision-making over the years that has expanded service to brokers and clients across the country.

But 21 years is only half the story. Rand’s involvement actually goes back 38 years, to his early service as a business consultant to the Hill Group.

Rand became a Chartered Accountant in 1967 after earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1964 from the University of Saskatchewan.

Replacing Rand on the Western Surety Board is Bob Watt, a senior accounting professional with a 40-year career.

Recently retired as a partner with Deloitte, Bob’s CA career began with Ernst & Young, where he became a managing partner, and continued as a partner and Regina City Leader with Deloitte after the merger of the two firms in Saskatchewan.

During his career he managed the delivery of client services to a number of national companies and regulated financial institutions, including Western Surety.

As a result, Bob brings Western Surety a particularly strong background in client service, as well as broad experience in management and corporate leadership. He is also Chair of the Audit Committee of the Western Surety Board.

Bob has also been a leader in community organizations in health and education, and holds board positions with the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan and the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan. He holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and earned his Chartered Accountant designation in both Ontario and Saskatchewan, becoming a Fellow Chartered Accountant in 1997. Bob recently received the Distinguished Community Service Award of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan.

Don’t Forget the June 30 Deadline for RESP Awards

Don’t forget the June 30 deadline for Western Surety’s Registered Educational Savings Program awards:
  • 5 awards – each will be $1,000 to be deposited directly to an RESP.
  • 1 RESP per family; a family can apply for more than one child, but if an award is granted the $1,000 will be shared among the children in the family.
  • Head of household must be a surety division employee of a Western Surety Company contracted broker.
  • Children for whom the RESP applies must be under 18 years of age.
  • 1 award in Atlantic Canada; 1 in Ontario; 2 in Western Canada and 1 from the country at large.
  • There’s no application form – To apply just send the names of your children, yourself and your brokerage to:


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