SAC 31st AGM & Awards Gala Event

Sheraton Centre Toronto

Members of the Surety Association of Canada (SAC) are invited to join us for our 31st Annual General Meeting and Awards Gala Dinner. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

After a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, we are very pleased to welcome members back in-person at our exciting and highly anticipated event of the year.

This year's theme "Coming Back Stronger" is based on recognizing the strength and resilience of the surety industry as we faced uncertainty and unprecedented times. From transitioning to working from home during lockdowns and restrictions, to embracing virtual meetings and the reliance on technology to proactively manage operations, all while ensuring that everyone kept themselves safe and healthy.

As we now start to move forward with the "new"; normal, the surety industry is continuing to show positive outcomes with consistently reported better-than-expected writings and activity over the past year, along with reduced loss ratios that compared favourably with pre-pandemic levels.

Join us to celebrate the surety industry's remarkable accomplishments!


Honourable Jody Wilson-RaybouldWe are very pleased to announce that our AGM keynote speaker will be the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Former Member of Parliament, and Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Wilson-Raybould is the daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader and always knew that she would seek leadership roles and responsibilities. As a lawyer, an advocate, and a leader among Canada's Indigenous Peoples, she's built a strong reputation as a bridge builder and champion of good governance and accountability. She shares her unique perspective as both a community and political leader on topics such as Indigenous rights and reconciliation, democracy and governance, leadership, and justice.

Wilson-Raybould was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Vancouver Granville in 2015. She was then appointed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada making her the first Indigenous person to serve in this portfolio. In January 2019, she was appointed the Minister of Veterans Affairs of Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence, positions she held until her resignation from cabinet in February 2019.

Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation with her traditional name, Puglaas, means "woman born to noble people." She served two terms as an elected councillor for her Nation and was also a director and chair of the First Nations Finance Authority and a director of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board.

In 2021, Wilson-Raybould released her political memoir "Indian" in the Cabinet, which became a #1 national bestseller and was a finalist for The Writers' Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. She is also the author of From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada.


On-line registration is open!

CLICK HERE to register!

 Early bird pricing is available until August 5th.


Ticket Prices:

Early Bird Prices (Before August 5)

  • Individual - Full Member = $295.00/per person
  • Individual - Affiliate Member = $345.00/per person
  • Table of 8 - Full Member = $2,335.00
  • Table of 8 - Affiliate Member = $2,735.00

Prices (After August 5)

  • Individual - Full Member = $345.00/per person
  • Individual - Affiliate Member = $395.00/per person
  • Table of 8 - Full Member = $2,735.00
  • Table of 8 - Affiliate Member = $3,130.00


Price includes:
Annual General Meeting Welcome Reception, Annual General Meeting (Keynote Speaker), Cocktail Reception, Awards Gala Dinner, and After-Party Reception.

Cancellation Policy:
Please note that cancellations received after September 7, 2022, will be invoiced for the full amount. Credits will not be provided for no shows.

Helpful Tip:
Firms should determine how many tickets they wish to purchase for an office, region, or their entire company. This will ensure that firms who wish to buy a table to the Gala Dinner receive the appropriate discount. Attendee names and dietary restrictions will be requested closer to the event date.

Health & Safety Guidelines:
The health and safety of the Surety Association of Canada's (SAC) employees, volunteers, association members and stakeholders are a priority. SAC is committed to taking every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of the health and safety of its employees, volunteers, association members and stakeholders from the hazard of COVID-19.

Attendees of the SAC Annual General Meeting and Awards Gala Dinner event will be required to complete a COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement, Liability Wavier and Release of Claims form on-line here: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/sv/RWFreIm/SACCOVID19Waiver.

In addition, SAC is committed to continued compliance with any applicable provincial, regional and/or local health and safety requirements, including compliance with requirements enforced by the Sheraton Centre Toronto; to review their "Commitment to Clean", go to: https://whattoexpect.marriott.com/yyztc.

Additional Notes:
Registration is restricted to direct employees of SAC member firms. Not a member? Join today! CLICK HERE to learn more.


Event Program:

  • Annual General Meeting Welcome Reception: 1:30PM to 2:00PM
  • Annual General Meeting: 2:00PM to 4:30PM
  • Cocktail Reception: 5:00PM to 6:30PM
  • Awards Gala Dinner: 6:30PM to 9:00PM
  • After-Party Reception: 9:00PM to 11:00PM

Accommodation:

Please be advised that the Group Block at the Sheraton Centre Toronto is now full.

For your reference, we have conducted research into hotels within the vicinity that, as of this moment, appear to still have rooms available. They are listed below in order of cost/room/night:

The Drake Hotel
https://www.thedrake.ca/thedrakehotel/
Note: 15-minute cab ride to the Sheraton Centre

Chelsea Hotel - Downtown Toronto
https://www.chelseatoronto.com/en/
Note: 8-minute cab ride or 15-minute walk to the Sheraton Centre

The Pantages Hotel
https://www.pantageshotel.com/#/
Note: 5-minute cab ride or 10-minute walk to the Sheraton Centre

Cambridge Suites Toronto
https://www.cambridgesuitestoronto.com/
Note: 5-minute cab ride or 10-minute walk to the Sheraton Centre

Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown
https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/YYZCY-courtyard-toronto-downtown/overview/
Note: 10-minute cab ride to the Sheraton Centre

Hyatt Regency Toronto
https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/canada/hyatt-regency-toronto/torrt
Note: 5-minute cab ride or 15-minute walk to the Sheraton Centre


Women in Surety & Young Professional Events!

We are very pleased to announce that earlier on the same day (September 21, 2022) we will be holding a Women in Surety Breakfast from 7:00AM to 9:30AM, followed by a Young Professionals Luncheon from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.

More information, including ticket prices, will be announced very shortly. Stay tuned!


Interested in being a Sponsor of SAC's events and other initiatives?

Contact Sharon Clark-Koufis at sclark [at] suretycanada.com to discuss the available sponsorship opportunities.

When
9/21/2022

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