André Giasson - 2015

Mr. Giasson is a rarity for our industry having spent his entire surety career with the same employer. After graduating from the University of Alberta, he joined Reed Shaw Stenhouse (now Aon) in 1981 where he rose to the position as Senior Vice President before retiring in 2013.

As a broker and consultant, his client list read like a “who’s who” of the western Canada construction community and he was regularly called upon to give surety/risk management consultation services to major contractor firms and public owners of all levels of government.

Almost from the beginning of his career, Mr. Giasson was immersed in industry activities as an active member of various local construction groups such as the Edmonton Construction Association, Alberta Construction Association, and the Alberta Road & Heavy Contractors Association.  He also made his mark as a teacher and mentor as a frequent guest lecturer on Risk Management at the University of Alberta and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Mr. Giasson also taught the Surety Bond course as part of the Associate Designation Program for the Insurance Institute of Canada for 10 years.

Mr. Giasson’s involvement with the Surety Association of Canada goes all the way back to the inception of the Association in 1992 when he became a charter member of the Prairies Regional Committee.  He was one of the first chairs of that committee in the early 90s and even after he stepped down as chair, he stayed involved in committee activities; leading presentations and meeting with stakeholders to preach the surety message.  Mr. Giasson represented our industry as part of the SAC team, as well as on his own, to explain surety products and promote their use to construction buyers across northern Alberta.

In 2005, he was appointed to the SAC Board of Directors and served as chair from 2008 to 2010.  He was among the first “activist” chairs of the board and some may remember his self-initiated tour in 2009, speaking to members across the country about the industry and hearing their concerns and suggestions.  He put this information to work, using it as the foundation for the SAC Strategic Plan.  Mr. Giasson continued as a board director until his retirement.

A tremendous ambassador of the industry, Mr. Giasson earned the respect of his colleagues, his clients and his competitors with his integrity and professionalism over his 30-year career. 

Mr. Giasson is a rarity for our industry having spent his entire surety career with the same employer.  After graduating from the University of Alberta, he joined Reed Shaw Stenhouse (now Aon) in 1981 where he rose to the position as Senior Vice President before retiring in 2013.

As a broker and consultant, his client list read like a “who’s who” of the western Canada construction community and he was regularly called upon to give surety/risk management consultation services to major contractor firms and public owners of all levels of government.

Almost from the beginning of his career, Mr. Giasson was immersed in industry activities as an active member of various local construction groups such as the Edmonton Construction Association, Alberta Construction Association, and the Alberta Road & Heavy Contractors Association.  He also made his mark as a teacher and mentor as a frequent guest lecturer on Risk Management at the University of Alberta and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Mr. Giasson also taught the Surety Bond course as part of the Associate Designation Program for the Insurance Institute of Canada for 10 years.

Mr. Giasson’s involvement with the Surety Association of Canada goes all the way back to the inception of the Association in 1992 when he became a charter member of the Prairies Regional Committee.  He was one of the first chairs of that committee in the early 90s and even after he stepped down as chair, he stayed involved in committee activities; leading presentations and meeting with stakeholders to preach the surety message.  Mr. Giasson represented our industry as part of the SAC team, as well as on his own, to explain surety products and promote their use to construction buyers across northern Alberta.

In 2005, he was appointed to the SAC Board of Directors and served as chair from 2008 to 2010.  He was among the first “activist” chairs of the board and some may remember his self-initiated tour in 2009, speaking to members across the country about the industry and hearing their concerns and suggestions.  He put this information to work, using it as the foundation for the SAC Strategic Plan.  Mr. Giasson continued as a board director until his retirement.

A tremendous ambassador of the industry, Mr. Giasson earned the respect of his colleagues, his clients and his competitors with his integrity and professionalism over his 30-year career. 

Deanna Brewer presented the 2015 Steward of Suretyship Award to her colleague and mentor, André Giasson.