Leadership

John A. Barclay - President & CEO

John has been the President and CEO of South Western Insurance Group since May, 2013. John successfully re-energizes one of the country's leading Wholesale/MGA brands.

John has extensive experience in expanding various platforms and products. For over 20 years John has been a key member of all his teams. He now plays the role of a company leader. John successfully expands platforms and product offerings and drives his team, operations, product development and most importantly, the company.


Barb Pattenden - Director, Insurance Operations

Barb has been the Director, Insurance Operations of South Western Insurance Group Limited since 2009. In this capacity, Barb oversees day-to-day operations, and is responsible for the HR functions of the company.

Since joining South Western Group in 1995, Barb has held progressively senior roles within the company. She has extensive experience as a Senior Professional Liability Underwriter, previously overseeing the Professional Liability Department for over 10 years.


Ghazal Hamid - Director of Underwriting

Ghazal is the Director of Underwriting and has been involved with the growth and advancement of South Western Insurance Group since 2002.

With a strong Commercial Liability and Property background, Ghazal plays a significant role in the development and execution of South Western Insurance Group’s corporate and regional branch strategies. In addition, Ghazal concentrates on broker and company relationship management while focusing on the growth of the Property and Casualty business lines.


Rory O’Donoghue - Branch Manager, Vancouver BC

Rory joined South Western Group Insurance in February 2015 as Branch Manager of the Vancouver office. He is responsible for profitable growth in British Columbia and Alberta.

Rory is an experienced underwriter with a wide variety of Property, Casualty, Construction and Marine accounts and has an extensive knowledge of British Columbia risk and exposure. Most recently Rory worked for Catlin as the head of Property, British Columbia, managing a complex book of business.


Joseph Poljak - Branch Manager, Toronto, ON


Josée Toupin - Branch Manager, Quebec

Josée joined South Western Insurance Group Limited as Senior Underwriter for the Montreal office in December 2015. She draws on extensive experience in commercial insurance, and full bilingual proficiency, to service and collaborate with clients. Recognized for her consistent attention to detail, Josée’s disciplined approach to problem solving stems from work with both large and mid-sized insurance operations, most notably in the areas of negotiation, risk analysis, and civil liability.