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Former Senior Vice President Underwriting at a Specialist MGA brings
significant experience and passion for specialty and niche products.

South Western Insurance Group Limited (South Western), Canada's leading Wholesale Insurance Intermediary/Managing General Agent, today announced that Zena Nucifora has joined the Company as Senior Underwriter.  In this role, Zena will lead the development of a Specialty Casualty team supporting the Canadian hospitality and leisure marketplace.

Zena has spent the majority of her 30+ year career in various Underwriting and Leadership Capacities with MGAs.

"I am very pleased that Zena has joined our team.  Her specialty expertise will be a valuable addition to South Western," said John Barclay, President and CEO, South Western.  "Zena's hire continues our strategy to support brokers with deeply experienced underwriting aligned to specialty industry segments. We are confident that Zena will extend our specialty Casualty capabilities."

"I am happy to join a company that believes in underwriting insight," said Zena Nucifora.  "In this role, I will be able to focus on my passion for product development, insurer relationships, and supporting brokers.  I am confident that we will build a great team."

December 17, 2013 (Toronto, Ontario): South Western Insurance Group Limited (South Western), Canada’s leading Wholesale Insurance Intermediary/ Managing General Agent, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of three significant insurance portfolios concentrated in the Golf Industry segment.

The acquisitions include:

  • The Property & Casualty portfolio of Simmlands Insurance Services Limited of Toronto, inclusive of their ‘ClubPac’ products suite
  • The ‘Tee-to-Green’ offering, provided by Bradley’s Commercial Insurance Limited of Ottawa
  • The ‘Golfmax’ offering, provided by Moore-McLean Insurance Group Ltd. of Toronto

In combination, these acquisitions position South Western as the leading provider of insurance for Golf Courses in Canada. The transactions are consistent with South Western’s strategy to focus on industry segments that support brokers with:

  • Targeted insurance products
  • Strong insurers
  • Knowledgeable experienced underwriting

“We are very excited about our growth trajectory and we see a lot of opportunity on the horizon,” said John Barclay, President and CEO, South Western. “We are committed to providing brokers with deep industry expertise and there can be no doubt that with these three important acquisitions, South Western will offer unparalleled coverage for the golf industry.”

The completion of the Simmlands transaction will also increase the full range of specialty insurance products South Western offers and further expands the scope of insurers for South Western. The company will also gain key talent, with Connie Vaccaro and Jim Ritchie joining the Toronto office and Elaine Viau joining the Quebec branch.

South Western values its interactions with brokers and offers customer service that goes above and beyond conventional expectations. With this new depth of expertise in the golf sector, South Western will be positioned to further meet the needs of brokers.

Former Senior Underwriter at Simmlands brings significant experience and passion for specialty and niche products to new role.

December 17, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – South Western Insurance Group Limited (South Western), Canada’s leading Wholesale Insurance Intermediary/Managing General Agent, today announced that former Senior Underwriter with Simmlands Insurance Services Limited, Michael McDermott, has assumed the position of Director of Underwriting. In this new role, Michael will provide leadership and direction to position the Company as a leading provider of Specialty and General Property/Casualty lines of business within the Canadian marketplace.

He also brings considerable experience to this role, having worked with large and complex projects and a wide range of organizations and industries. He spent over 8 years at a Multi-National Broker where he held various positions involving:

  • Insurance Program Management for Clients
  • Risk Placement Specialist for both Risk Management & Insurance Programs.

Previously, Michael spent 18 years with several Insurance Companies, both in Canada & United Kingdom in various Underwriting Capacities, underwriting risks that ranged from simple package policies to complex multi-line insurance policies to specialty casualty risks, including medical malpractice, commercial general liability, umbrella liability, personal accident.

“I am extremely delighted that Michael has joined our team. His experience and enthusiasm will be a great addition to South Western,” said John Barclay, President and CEO, South Western. “In his new role, Michael will help us establish underwriting standards that support the development of existing products and services as well as new programs. We know that Michael will infuse the organization with a sense of strategic focus as we continue to grow and extend our scope of service.”

“I am very pleased to be working in this new position for a company that places such a premium on strategy and innovation,” said Michael McDermott. “As South Western continues to expand and grow, I am confident that we will preserve this sense of priority and maintain the high standards for which we are already known.”

Did you know?

Providing "Professional Insurance Underwriting and Marketing through Service, Integrity and Stability" for over 50 years, South Western Group is proud to service our broker channel with our underwriting knowledge and expertise.

Two underwriters that have been part of South Western Group's continuous growth throughout the years will now lead one of South Western Group's most successful programs, the Security Services Program.

South Western Group's Security Package has been designed specifically for the Security Industry...Including FAILURE TO PERFORM and NO GENERAL AGGREGATE LIMIT - Our program also now includes Limited Pollution Liability coverage and offers Errors & Omissions Liability as well.

With over 30 years of combined Underwriting experience, Corinne Love and Colleen Bliss will be utilizing their knowledge and customer centric approach to further grow this program.

Corinne Love began her career with a National Brokerage, and joined the South Western Group in 2003. Prior to joining the Security Services team, for the past ten years her underwriting skills have helped us manage risk across several divisions within South Western Group: including Jewellers Block, Sports and Fitness, Event Cancellation and Brokers Errors and Omissions.

Contact information:
Corinne Love
Phone: 1-866-794-5463 extension 1231
Fax: 1-877-329-2794
or Email:

Colleen Bliss is a seasoned 20 year veteran with South Western Group and one of our most knowledgeable Underwriters. Prior to joining the Security Services team, she served as the Lead Underwriter in our Special Risk Property Department where she handled a variety of risks including Commercial Buildings, Rented Dwellings, Student Boarding/Rooming Houses, Vacant/Unoccupied Dwellings and Seasonal Dwellings.

Contact information:
Colleen Bliss, CIP
Phone: 1-866-794-5463 extension 1227
Fax: 1-877-329-2794
or Email:

Both Corinne and Colleen are eager to showcase their underwriting talents and look forward to promoting the upcoming Security Services Program offerings to our valued broker channel.

The basic product covers Property, Loss of Income, Crime, General Liability, Pastoral Counseling, and more.

It also includes extensions and options that are better than those generally available in the marketplace.  For example:

  • Disappearing Deductible (Property Cover): the deductible does not apply if the amount of loss exceeds $10,000
  • No deductible on General Liability coverages
  • Included Loss of Income and Crime limits with the options to increase where needed
  • No Maximum limit on Stained Glass, Pipe Organs or Religious Artifacts

Also available are a range of important optional supplementary coverages:

  • Child Protection Coverage (Claims Made or Occurrence Basis)
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Umbrella Liability