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Wawanesa continues to grow in Ontario

New regional leadership builds on recent gains

Toronto, ON - The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company (Wawanesa) today announced that Susan Williams-Bonet will join the company as Vice President, Ontario Region, for Wawanesa’s P&C Operations. Ms. Williams-Bonet takes over for Josie Porto who retires this year following a distinguished 36-year career with Wawanesa.

“Together with our broker partners, we want to serve more Ontario businesses, farms and families,” said Carol Jardine, Wawanesa’s President of Canadian P&C Operations. “Susan is well respected across Ontario, and the right person to build on our recent successes.”

Wawanesa is focused on growing in Ontario by being the easiest insurer to do business with and bringing in new products that respond to evolving customer needs.

In addition to an industry leading suite of APIs, Wawanesa is working to make small commercial insurance easier to quote, bind and renew. The company also plans to launch a revamped farm insurance product next year, and has recently launched a new suite of personal property products designed to help people make their homes more energy efficient and more resilient to climate change.

“I’m honoured that Susan has chosen Wawanesa, and she’s doing so at an exciting time,” added Jardine. “Her history of working with mutual companies means she knows the unique value mutuals offer. She will be a strong advocate for us and our broker partners in Ontario.”

Throughout Ms. Williams-Bonet’s career in Canadian insurance, she has progressed through leadership roles and driven positive business outcomes, most recently as AVP, Sales and Distribution with Definity Financial Group. She holds an Executive MBA from Quantic School of Business as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University.

Ms. Williams-Bonet’s appointment is effective December 14, 2022.

About The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company 

The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, founded in 1896, is one of Canada’s largest mutual insurers, with over $4 billion in annual revenue and assets of $12 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 Canada. Wawanesa proudly serves more than 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:
Brad Hartle
Senior Communications Specialist, Media Relations
The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: 1-844-946-6282

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