Stephen Stewart

President and CEO

Stephen Stewart is the founder, President, and CEO of SSRU. He is an insurance industry veteran who has built his career from early roles in business development and underwriting, to leading the Canadian operations of an international Specialty Insurer. His experience spans the domestic, US, Bermudan and London markets on both the carrier and brokerage sides.

Stephen founded SSRU in 2016 with the backing of specialist private equity firm BP Marsh and Partners. His vision was to build a company driven by customer need, and differentiated by a unique capacity offering, employee empowerment, and underwriting excellence. This vision has been realized in the SSRU of today. Stephen holds an unrestricted RIBO license, as well as CAIB and FCIP designations.

 416.597.5740 ext. 200


Victor Ip

Sr. Vice President - Casualty

Victor Ip is Senior Vice President of Casualty at SSRU and has been with the company since formation.

In this role, Victor is responsible for overseeing the operation and growth of the Casualty department, building on our relationships with existing and new broker partners and finding solutions for their corporate insurance needs. Victor has over 16 years of experience as an Underwriter in the Casualty space, working for both domestic and international carriers. Prior to SSRU, Victor spent three years at Ironshore Canada Limited as the Head of Casualty and held senior underwriting positions at ACE INA Insurance and Lombard Canada.

Victor has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto with concentrations in Economics and Geography, as well as a CIP designation.

During his free time, Victor likes to travel, golf, run, and spend time with family and friends.

 416.597.5740 ext. 202


Peter Lee

Vice President - Casualty

Peter Lee is Vice President of Casualty at SSRU and has been with the company since 2019. Peter is responsible for the growth of Non-Energy Casualty classes including Manufacturing, Construction, Realty, Retail and Transportation. Peter has over 25 years of experience as an Underwriter and Broker in the Casualty space, working for both domestic and international companies. Prior to joining SSRU, Peter gained experience at ACE INA Insurance, Chubb, Liberty and Northbridge.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Laurentian University and likes to spend time with his family, hiking, fishing and boating.

 416.597.5740 ext. 205


Heather M. Jamieson

Vice President - Property

Heather M. Jamieson is Vice President of Property at SSRU, responsible for the growth and development of our Property line of business. She is a fourth generation Insurance Specialist with over ten years of experience with Zurich and Allianz. Heather’s experience is focused on the structure and execution of international programs primarily in the Mining, Oil & Gas and Power Generation space, and navigating the complex regulatory environment that comes with it.

Heather attended the University of Toronto and has a CRM designation. She is an avid gardener and spends her weekends in the country with her family and her dogs.

 416.597.5740 ext. 206


Nicole Macdonald

Vice President - Communications and Underwriting

Nicole Macdonald is Vice President of Communications and Underwriting at SSRU and has been with the company since 2019. Nicole is responsible for managing all communications for the company and overseeing the underwriting of Program business. Nicole has over 20 years of experience including front line underwriting, management, and corporate governance roles in both the Casualty and Property lines of business. Prior to joining SSRU, Nicole worked for several carriers, including Aviva Canada, Northbridge Insurance and Zurich Canada.

Nicole has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a minor in Business Communications from Ryerson University and an FCIP designation. When Nicole is not busy chasing after her two young sons, she can usually be found running by the beach near her home. She also enjoys reading, hiking, and a good cup of coffee with family and friends.



Brian Hitchlock

Director of Information and Operations

Brian Hitchlock is Director of Information and Operations at SSRU and has been with the company since 2017. Brian is responsible for our digital infrastructure and the applications we use to manage our operations.

Brian is a second-generation insurance professional and has spent nearly 30 years working as an insurance broker, manager, trainer and consultant in the Canadian insurance industry. Brian holds an unrestricted RIBO registration, as well as CAIB and CIP designations.



Georgiana Pasca

Chief Financial Officer

Georgiana Pasca is the Chief Financial Officer at SSRU and has been with the company since 2018. She is responsible for financial planning, reporting, compliance, treasury, and the capital structure of the company. Georgiana has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, working in both Europe and North America with multi-national insurance organizations covering Life, Health and Property & Casualty. Prior to joining SSRU, Georgiana worked for ING Insurance and NN Group in various roles across financial, strategic, and operational areas.

Georgiana has a Master of International Finance degree from the University of Amsterdam and a CRM designation. She enjoys reading, cycling, playing tennis, and travelling with her family.

 416.597.5740 ext. 204



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