Announcement: Surety Association of Canada's 31st Annual General Meeting & Awards Gala Dinner

Members of the Surety Association of Canada (SAC) are invited to join us for our 31st Annual General Meeting and Awards Gala Dinner. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

After a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, we are very pleased to welcome members back in-person at our exciting and highly anticipated event of the year.

This year's theme "Coming Back Stronger" is based on recognizing the strength and resilience of the surety industry as we faced uncertainty and unprecedented times. From transitioning to working from home during lockdowns and restrictions, to embracing virtual meetings and the reliance on technology to proactively manage operations, all while ensuring that everyone kept themselves safe and healthy.

As we now start to move forward with the "new"; normal, the surety industry is continuing to show positive outcomes with consistently reported better-than-expected writings and activity over the past year, along with reduced loss ratios that compared favourably with pre-pandemic levels.

Join us to celebrate the surety industry's remarkable accomplishments!

Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould

We are very pleased to announce that our AGM keynote speaker will be the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Former Member of Parliament, and Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Wilson-Raybould is the daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader and always knew that she would seek leadership roles and responsibilities. As a lawyer, an advocate, and a leader among Canada's Indigenous Peoples, she's built a strong reputation as a bridge builder and champion of good governance and accountability. She shares her unique perspective as both a community and political leader on topics such as Indigenous rights and reconciliation, democracy and governance, leadership, and justice.

Wilson-Raybould was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Vancouver Granville in 2015. She was then appointed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada making her the first Indigenous person to serve in this portfolio. In January 2019, she was appointed the Minister of Veterans Affairs of Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence, positions she held until her resignation from cabinet in February 2019.

Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation with her traditional name, Puglaas, means "woman born to noble people." She served two terms as an elected councillor for her Nation and was also a director and chair of the First Nations Finance Authority and a director of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board.

In 2021, Wilson-Raybould released her political memoir "Indian" in the Cabinet, which became a #1 national bestseller and was a finalist for The Writers' Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. She is also the author of From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada.

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