Grant Ostir, B.A.
PRESIDENT & COO
As the head of the senior management team Grant sets the direction and vision of the company and provides the overall strategic management and leadership of the company’s business operations.
Justin Friesen, B. Comm. (Hons.)
VICE-PRESIDENT, COMMERCIAL INSURANCE
Justin provides strategic direction to the Commercial Insurance leadership team. He is responsible for cultivating Western Financial Group Insurance Solutions’ presence in the market and creating a growing volume of commercial insurance business across Canada.
Bert Walker, B.A., CIP
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS
Bert provides specialized technical support in the development and administration of our commercial insurance products as well as underwriting practices and policy wording development.
Carol Bannatyne, CIP
ASSISTANT VICE-PRESIDENT, COMMERCIAL UNDERWRITING
As part of our senior management, Carol is the lead on creating and driving the Commercial Group Underwriting business strategy to attain operational and financial goals, facilitate business growth and maximize profitability.
Gillian Howie, CIP.
Director, Commercial Operations
Gillian oversees our in-house claims, risk management and underwriting departments and ensures the continued development of our customer facing support systems.
Adam Persichetti, B. Comm. (Hons.), CPA, CGA
In his role as Director of Finance, Adam is responsible for managing accounting and financial control functions, and establishing a financial strategy for the profitable long-term growth of Western Financial Group Insurance Solutions.
Thom Proch, B. Comm. (Hons.), CIP
Manager, Commercial Sales
Thom is responsible for the continued growth of our Commercial Insurance programs. He leads the development and execution of our commercial sales strategy to independent businesses and industry associations across Canada.
Nolan Friesen, B. Comm. (Hons.)
Manager, Employee Benefit Sales
Nolan leads the continued growth of our employee benefits programs. He is responsible for the development and execution of our employee benefits sales strategy to independent businesses and industry associations across Canada.
John Gillespie, B. Comm. (Hons.), CAIB
Manager, Commercial Client Service
John oversees our team of Commercial Insurance Advisors and is responsible for the management of our commercial insurance accounts. John provides direction on the development of service and selling strategies that drive business growth, retention and service excellence.
Manager, Employee Benefits Service
Mark oversees our team of Insurance Advisors and is responsible for the management of our employee benefits accounts. Mark provides direction on the development of service and selling strategies that drive business growth, retention and service excellence.
Rudy Penner, CIP
Manager, Risk Management
As the manager of the Risk Management team, Rudy develops and administers our risk-management and loss-prevention programs. He is responsible for updating policies and programs to comply with safety legislation and industry practices, in order to provide clients with valuable programs to reduce costs and losses.
Nancy Hunter, CAIB
Nancy and her team review applications from clients for the services provided by the organization, and screen the level of financial risk that potential and existing clients pose to the company.
David Burbella, FCIP, CIM
Manager, Commercial Claims
David oversees the delivery of our claims adjudication services on property and casualty claims. He is responsible for developing and maintaining claims systems, procedures and services standards.
Manager, Application Development
Carlos leads our Business Systems and Technology Shared Services department. His department supports our business growth through the continuous improvement and innovation of our computer systems, network and business applications.
Erin Hardman, CPA, CMA
Erin provides value-added accounting support and expertise to branch staff and various levels of management. She ensures that all accounting records, policies and procedures are in compliance with financial regulations.
Manager, Commercial Marketing
Anneliese is responsible for building and sustaining constructive working relationships with internal and external insurance partners. Her department tracks and shares market trends with internal partners to provide guidance on placement practices.