Pierre Surprenant - 2007
Mr. Surprenant started out in 1968 with the Travelers Indemnity Company in Montreal where for the next 11 years he learned the trade as a surety underwriter. In 1979 he assumed a position with Groupe Commerce as Vice-President of Surety where he spent the next 12 years building the surety book into one of Quebec’s largest and most profitable.
From 1991 to 1998 Mr. Surprenant served as the Vice President of Surety for the AXA Group in Montreal and was instrumental in returning the surety book to profitability after some difficult years.
Although Mr. Surprenant retired from AXA in 1998, he couldn’t quite tear himself away from the industry and spent eight more years in the surety business; this time as Vice President of Surety for Quebec at the Guarantee Company of North America where he remained until his retirement in 2006.
During the course of his career, Mr. Surprenant was very active in industry activities. He served on both the Quebec Surety Committee and National Surety Committee of the Insurance Bureau of Canada and is a past Chair of the Quebec Committee. Mr. Surprenant also served on the CCDC Surety Subcommittee with Bob McClellan. This committee was charged with reviewing the standard bond wordings and publications and making recommendations to the overall Committee.
When the Surety Association of Canada was formed in 1992, he became a charter member of our Board of Directors where he served until his retirement from AXA in 1998.
Pierre Surprenant (right) accepts his Steward of Suretyship Award from Bob Smith.