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Wawanesa Insurance expands operations in community where company was founded 123 years ago

WAWANESA, Manitoba, May 23, 2019 - The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company today celebrated the opening of its expanded Head Office in the village of Wawanesa - the community where the company was founded in 1896.

“Today, our company is Canada’s largest mutual insurer, and it all started here in Wawanesa 123 years ago,” said President and CEO Jeff Goy. “Even as our company continues to grow across Canada and in the United States, we’re proud to reinforce our commitment to investing in Manitoba and to honour our roots in this community.”

The new expanded office is located across the street from Wawanesa’s original headquarters and existing Head Office. The company will operate both offices in support of its business throughout the region.

“Our expansion of operations in Wawanesa reflects our continued business growth,” said Kevin Bailey, the company’s Central Region Vice President. “Since 2016, we’ve increased our employee count in this location by 31%, adding 21 new positions for a total of 85 people. Going forward, we will continue to recruit for new positions in the region.”

About the company in Manitoba:

  • Began operations in 1896 in a single room above a pharmacy in Wawanesa
  • Opened its flagship Wawanesa branch in 1930
  • Holds its annual general meeting in Wawanesa each year
  • Employs more than 1,400 people in Manitoba

About Wawanesa
The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, founded in 1896, is the largest Canadian Property and Casualty Mutual insurer with $3 billion in annual revenue and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon; Wawanesa Life, which provides life insurance products and services throughout Canada; and Western Financial Group, which distributes personal and business insurance across Western Canada. With over 5,000 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders in Canada and the United States. Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy. Learn more at   

For more information:
Crystal Hiebert
Manager, Communications
The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

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