James Ranson - 2006

Mr. Ranson began his career as a surety underwriter with Travelers Indemnity Company in 1958.  In 1970 he switched teams, becoming Surety Manager for the Aetna Casualty and Surety Company of Canada, a post he held until assuming the position of National Surety Manager of Canadian Surety Company in 1982.

Mr. Ranson is remembered by most in our industry as a teacher and mentor. His retirement from Canadian Surety in 1992 did not mean an end to his involvement in our industry. In 1984 he worked with the Insurance Institute of Canada to create a credit course in introductory surety bonding. He wrote the text and became the instructor until finally relinquishing that role in 2006.

Mr. Ranson served on both the National Committee and Ontario Committee of the Insurance Bureau of Canada.  Perhaps Mr. Ranson’s most influential achievement was becoming a member of the radical and heretical "Gang of Five" that was influential in moving control of the surety industry away from the Insurance Bureau of Canada and forming the Surety Association of Canada.

Ed Palumbo (right) thanks James Ranson for his commitment to the industry.