History of Wawanesa Insurance

Wawanesa Insurance continues to grow and serve its policyholders in Canada and the United States, guided by the same values instilled in our company since 1896. We hope you enjoy navigating through our history.


1896

Founded in Wawanesa, Manitoba

1907

Rapid Growth in Western Canada

1922 Charles Morley Vanstone appointed managing director View image

1926

Expanded Coverage

1929

Dominion Charter Granted

1930

Toronto and Vancouver Branches Open

1939

Second World War

1943 Harry E. Hemmons appointed managing director View image

1948 Milton Carman Holden appointed managing director View image

1953

Québec Main Office Erected

1961

Wawanesa Life Introduced

1971 G. Claude Trites appointed President and CEO View image

1975

Expansion into California

1976

Executive Office continues to grow

1982 Ivan M. Montgomery appointed President and CEO View image

1992 Gregg J. Hanson appointed President and CEO View image

1993

Wawanesa Life converted to wholly owned stock subsidiary

1996

Wawanesa enters its second century
Old Pathways New Horizons published

1997

Assets double within six years

2000

Expansion into Oregon

2007 Ken McCrea appointed President and CEO View image

2014 Jeff Goy appointed President and CEO View image

2021

Wawanesa Today