Directors & Management
Mary Lou Charles
Western Life Assurance
Western Financial Insurance Company
Scott Tannas, High River, AB
Scott Tannas is the Founder & CEO of Western Financial Group (Western), where he leads a team dedicated to building the strongest financial services company in western Canada. From humble beginnings as a small town insurance agent in High River, Alberta, Scott engineered the building of Western through more than 100 acquisitions, and countless strategic initiatives, all while fostering a corporate culture shaped around Western’s guiding principles of truthfulness, fairness, value and loyalty.
Today, Western Financial Group is a diversified financial services organization, with 1,600+ employees providing more than 600,000 customers with insurance, banking and investment products and services. The company’s network of more than 160 offices stretches across the West from Winnipeg to the Pacific coast.
On the journey from small town insurance agency to one of Canada’s largest companies, Western has garnered many awards and citations. It has appeared on both the Profit 100 and Alberta Fast Growth 50 lists of fast-growing businesses, and was listed as one of Alberta’s and Manitoba’s Top Employers. In 2003, Tannas accepted the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Business author, Peter C. Newman identified him as one of Canada’s “ascending titans”, calling him a man “married to the future.”
On April 15, 2011 Western Financial Group was acquired by Quebec based Desjardins Group, in a $440 million transaction. In the 15 years between the IPO in 1996, and Western’s return to a privately owned company in 2011, the company’s stock price rose 1,038%. Tannas and his management team remain committed to growing Western and creating value for their new owner for many years to come.
Tannas is the director of a number of private and public businesses, including Western Financial Group and its subsidiaries Bank West and Western Life. In addition to his business commitments, he is a member of The Ranchmen's Club of Calgary, a director and fundraiser for SOS Children’s Villages Canada, and chairman of the Western Communities Foundation.
Tannas was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on March 25, 2013 and began his duties with the Senate on April 16, 2013. He will remain in his role as Western's CEO until December 31, 2013 after which he will assume a new role with the company as Vice-Chairman and Founder.
Scott Tannas is a proud native Albertan who was born and raised in High River where he continues to reside with his wife Taryn and their four children.
Jim Dinning, Calgary, AB
Stephane Achard, L'lle-Bizard, QC
Douglas Buchanan, Vancouver, BC
Robert Herdman, Calgary, AB
Pierre Mathieu, Saint-Lambert, QC
Sylvie Paquette, Quebec City, QC
Karen Radford, Calgary, AB
Pierre Tremblay, Calgary, AB