Benoît Bisaillon - 2014
Mr. Bisaillon worked in the surety industry for 42 years, starting in 1972 with La Securite, General Insurance Company (now Desjardins). In January 1981, he struck out on his own and established his own consulting firm. For the next 20 years, he worked with surety companies across the industry, primarily as an independent claim adjuster. Mr. Bisaillon returned to the company ranks in 2002 when he joined London Guarantee (now Travelers) as Assistant Vice President for Claims.
From the beginning of his career, he was active in industry activities. Prior to 1992 he was a member of the Quebec Surety Committee of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). Upon the formation of SAC in 1992, he became a founding member of the Quebec Regional Committee where he served until his retirement in May 2013. Mr. Bisaillon also sat on the board of directors of the Quebec Association of General Contractors.
Very respected by all, Mr. Bisaillon represented our industry; both as part of the SAC team and independently to explain surety products and promote their use to construction buyers across Quebec. He was always available to contractors and supplier organizations to discuss the nature of surety bond protection and what it meant to them as guarantors to the surety. He also participated in countless meetings, presentations and information sessions to various owners in the public sector such as Hydro-Quebec, the Quebec Department of Transport, City of Montreal, Quebec City, City of Levis and countless others.
In 1994 when SAC created a new indemnity agreement following the overhaul of the Quebec Civil Code, Mr. Bisaillon was a source of invaluable advice to the authors and freely shared his wealth of knowledge about practice of suretyship in Quebec. The document continues to be used by sureties in Quebec and in the common-law provinces.
(L to R): Steve Ness, Pierre Lemoyne, Benoît Bisaillon and Mike George