When we decided to support our expanding Toronto office with another experienced staff member, we had no idea we’d also be acquiring an unusual – and historic – name in the bargain.


Underwriter Cory Manchur will be relocating to Toronto by November 1 to support the Ontario operation as it continues to grow.

Originally from Winnipeg – where he earned his Commerce degree with a major in Finance – and working for the last two years in Western Surety’s Regina head office, Cory is eager for the change.

"I’m excited, that’s for sure," says Cory. "I’m looking forward to the bigger city – the people I’ll work with and also the lifestyle. Toronto is a whole new ball game."

In the meantime, you can meet Cory at the Surety Association of Canada Conference in Toronto this month. "It’s going to be a great chance to meet the brokers I’ll eventually be working with," he says. "The timing couldn’t be better."


And, yes, the name of Cory’s replacement is Bear Trapp.

It’s not a nickname, either. Bear is his middle name, but since he and his father share the same first name (the much more ordinary Douglas) it was the middle name that stuck.

And why not? The name Bear has an honourable history in the Trapp family. Bear’s grandfather Barry, was nicknamed Bear during his hockey playing days.

Following in Grandpa’s footsteps, the younger Bear played hockey from a very early age. The sport led first to a hockey scholarship at an American university – where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance – and then to three seasons playing in the U.S. minor leagues before selecting a career back home in Saskatchewan with Western Surety.

But if the name Bear sounds tough, you’ll find this Surety Trainee isn’t so threatening.

"When I arrived in the U.S. to play hockey," says Bear, "They may have been disappointed. I’m 6' 1" and 190 pounds, and I think they were expecting something a little more intimidating than that."

And the move to Western Surety? That came as a direct referral from Bear’s father, who is a broker himself. Doug Trapp recommended Western Surety to his son. Bear researched the firm, liked what he saw and applied for a career.

"It’s a perfect fit for my education and skill set," he says.

And hockey wasn’t a bad preparation, either: "My 23 years of hockey were great. I made lots of friends and created networks, and that experience will always be a part of what I do and where I am."

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