Special to Ontario Construction Report
Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company has announced its acquisition of L’Unique General Insurance’s contract and commercial surety business in all provinces but Quebec.
The deal provides Trisura with approximately 400 contract and commercial surety accounts with annual premium in excess of $3 million, and adds several knowledgeable surety experts to its growing surety operation. The management teams of both Trisura and L’Unique will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition of the business, a news release says.
“The L’Unique surety business is a great fit for Trisura and allows us to further strengthen our position in the Canadian marketplace as a market leader in the small to mid-size contractor space,” said Mike George, Trisura’s president and CEO. “Our main focus will be to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption to our brokers and their clients.”
“The foundation of the construction industry in Canada is based on locally owned and managed contractors, many of which are small, but essential to the success of the industry,” said Chris Sekine, Trisura’s senior-vice president, surety. “We believe the needs of smaller contractors are underserved in Canada and the acquisition aligns well with our strategy of enhancing services to this segment.”
“Surety business outside of Quebec represents a small portion of L’Unique’s overall business and the sale will allow us to focus on the Quebec market,” said Mario Cusson, the company’s president and chief operating officer. “L’Unique will remain committed to growing its surety operation in the province of Quebec.”