Continuous Learning at WSC

Western Surety places a big emphasis on professional development and continuous learning.

Three more staff members are enhancing their industry knowledge and expertise through the rigorous Associateship in Canadian Surety Bonding (ACSB) program. Josh Mihalicz, Joshua Tytlandsvik and Matt Anderson are currently enrolled in the program.

Josh Mihalicz

Joshua Tytlandsvik

Matt Anderson

The designation is developed by the Surety Association of Canada and the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. The program is aimed specifically at professionals pursuing careers in the surety industry, and provides in-depth practical and theoretical understanding of surety.

Western Surety’s employees commit a lot of personal time to education. We provide plenty of encouragement because we understand how the ACSB designation helps create high value for our clients.

Seven have already achieved the ACSB designation:

  • Kevin Bach and Paul Thompson earned the designation in 2004;
  • Wes Benson completed the program in 2006;
  • Lex Kress achieved her designation in 2010;
  • Greg Salmon and Cory Manchur both obtained their designations in 2012; and
  • Jerrod Briere completed his in 2013

With Josh, Joshua and Matt expected to earn the ACSB designation by 2015 and WSC’s newest employee, Jason Ko, enrolling in the fall of 2014, the learning never ends at WSC!

Western Surety’s Annual RESP Award is back:
Building Futures for Brokers' Children

For the fifth consecutive year, Western Surety is donating $5,000 to Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) for children of brokers.

Here are the details:

  • 5 awards – each award 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.
  • One 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.

Applications must be received by July 31, 2014

There's no application form. To apply just send an email with the child's and parents' names, along with the brokerage name, to


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