MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The Surety Association of Canada (SAC) held its Annual General Meeting and Awards Gala Dinner in Toronto recently.
This year’s event theme was “Surety…Reliable. Responsive. Results,” and the event featured keynote speaker, Retired Lieutenant General, Romeo Dallaire, an advocate for human rights, author, government and UN advisor, and former Canadian Senator.
During the event, SAC presented the association’s President’s Award and Steward of Suretyship Award.
Luc Gauvin is the recipient of the President’s Award this year.
The award is presented by the association’s staff to the individual or individuals who best demonstrate exemplary volunteer service to the surety industry and the Surety Association of Canada, indicates a release.
Gauvin began his career in the surety industry in 1981 and has held several positions including analyst, director, assistant vice-president and vice-president. He also participated as a member of the SAC Quebec Regional Committee from 2001 to 2018, serving as vice‐chair and chair.
He currently holds the position of Senior Surety Specialist at Trisura Garantie.
The Steward of Suretyship Award was established in 2005 to recognize the individual or individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the surety profession over a career or extended period.
The award was presented to Katia Strongolos at the gala. Strongolos came to Canada in 1972 and started her first job as a junior administrative assistant in the Toronto Branch of the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company.
She was promoted, first to underwriter trainee, then underwriter and then in 1992 she assumed the position of senior vice‐president, surety, of what is now known as Aviva Insurance Company of Canada, becoming the first female senior executive of a national surety operation.
In addition, she has contributed her time to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Construction Association and was an inaugural Director of SAC upon its formation in 1992. In 1995, she became the first female chair of the board. She is also the first female to be presented with the Steward of Suretyship Award.
“Both Luc and Katia have been models of professionalism and dedication,” said SAC President Steven Ness, in a statement. “Their contributions to the betterment of our industry have been enormous through their active involvement on various committees and working groups.”