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 - Branch Manager, Toronto ON

Ghazal is the Branch Manager of the Toronto office 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.


Michel Perron - Branch Manager, Quebec QC

Michel has been the Branch Manager of the South Western Group’s Quebec office since 2009. Michel is an Underwriting Mentor for both Personal and Commercial lines and participates in Marketing and Product Development on a national level.

Michel started his career as an Assistant Underwriter and quickly worked his way up to Senior Underwriter with a speciality in Property and Inland Marine. He later broadened his expertise to Liability Underwriting Specialist and marketing of Ocean Marine.


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.


Cassian Rodrigues - Chief Financial Officer