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Meet the Dumfries Mutual Team

Our Agents

TJ Sutton

Agent

TJ has been with Dumfries Mutual since 2014.  After graduating from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts degree,  he spent a number of years travelling throughout East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. TJ then lived for a few years in Korea and Mongolia.  His experience in the insurance industry combined with many years in sales and property management, equip him to provide unique and practical advice.

Donald Graham

Agent

Don has worked in the insurance industry as an Agent since 1990. Prior to joining Dumfries Mutual, he had a nine year career in agribusiness. Don lives with his family on a farm east of Cambridge. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time at his cottage in Tobermory and running.

Colleen Kiriakos

Agent

Colleen has enjoyed a successful career in the insurance industry for over 20 years. Being an Agent with Dumfries Mutual since 2009 enables her to exercise her genuine passion to help people. It brings Colleen great satisfaction to provide policyholders with peace of mind they’ll be well cared for if they experience a claim. Outside the office, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and father-in-law.

Glen Nixon

Agent

Glen has worked in the insurance industry for over 35 years and specializes in farm, light commercial, home, and auto insurance. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with friends and family at his cottage at Lake Conestoga.

Scott Parker

Agent

Scott joined Dumfries Mutual in 2000, after graduating with both Business and Business Insurance diplomas from Mohawk College. He proudly resides on a country property in Puslinch and is a volunteer firefighter. To help achieve a healthy work-life balance, Scott enjoys playing hockey, golfing, and travelling.


Office Staff

Shelley Sutton

General Manager

David Tye

Controller-Treasurer

Melissa Proulx

Accounting Assistant

Megan Rooney

Office Manager

Cheryl Duncan

Property Underwriter

Kim Griffin

Underwriter

Hilary Toth

Auto Underwriter

Jeremy Webster

Property Underwriter

Matthew Bendfeld

Claims Representative

Janice Brooks

Claims Representative

Shawna Dudley

Accident Benefits Specialist

Kerry Beckman

Clerical

Gerry Wiens

Information Systems Manager

Ryan Dufton

Marketing and Communications Specialist


Board of Directors

Bruce Dickieson

Board Member

Bruce owns and operates Mosborough Farms Ltd in Guelph Eramosa Township.  In 1999 Bruce and his family opened Mosborough Country Market Ltd (a retail store for home grown and local products) on the farm.  Prior to this he was a dairy farmer for 16 years.   Involvement in 4-H, and years of fitting, buying and exporting cattle instilled the importance of team work and cooperation to achieve success.

Bruce has served as a director on Dumfries since 1988.  He has always used a common sense, honest approach with the best interest of the policyholders in mind.  Bruce has embraced and completed courses designed to increase his skills as a director.  He is very passionate about the Mutual way.  Bruce has also contributed as a Board member of Guelph Co-op, Guelph Country Club and his church.

He resides with his wife Sue and their two children Karla (Matt) and Ian (Meghan) live nearby.  His passions include curling, travelling and cheering for his beloved Green Bay Packers.

Chris Hamilton

Board Member

Chris grew up on a beef and swine farm in Flamborough.  He attended the university of Guelph and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1992.  He has practiced in Renfrew, Moose Jaw, Port Elgin and has been back in Waterdown for 18 years now.  He lives in Oakville with his wife Maria and step-children Megan and Aidan.

While in Moose Jaw he was on the local board of the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  He has been on the Dumfries board for since 2006 and particularly enjoys his involvement on the Investment Committee.  When he does find some free time he tries to get some fishing or golfing in.

Holly Huehn

Board Member

Holly Huehn was elected to the Board in 2014. As an experienced professional with a background in urban and transportation planning as well as public facilitation and finance management, Holly has extensive experience in government, engineering and consulting practices in Canada and the US. Prior to launching her own consulting business in 2006, she developed and executed demand forecasts and computerized models for the Louisiana Council of Governments and subsequently, Totten Sims Hubicki (now AECOM). As an independent public facilitation consultant, she supported clients in the delivery of information solutions and tools that increased user participation and understanding in online and interactive facilitated sessions. Since 2010, she has managed the financial accounts of a digital customer service technology provider in Waterloo. She holds a Master’s Degree from Wilfrid Laurier and Waterloo Universities.

In 2016, Holly was appointed to the Board of Directors at the Mutual Concept Computer Group Inc. She is an active member of the executive and Treasurer of the Parents’ Association at St. John’s-Kilmarnock School. Holly lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and 11-year daughter and has been a policy holder since 2001.

Anne Jones-Abel

Board Member

Anne Jones-Abel was elected to the board in 1987.  She graduated from the University of Guelph, then completed an Ontario Teachers Certificate (music and french) and an Interior Design Certificate from Sheridan College.

She is currently retired from her teaching career but continues to operate the 140 acre farm with her husband.  Business experience includes her years of involvement with Dumfries and the recent completion of the Directors Certification courses offered by the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association.

She has served as chair of Dumfries and has been on many committees over the years. Also, she has been a policy holder since 1980.

In her spare time, she is very involved with community activities and her family.

Neil Petreny

Board Member

Neil Petreny was elected to the Board in 2013 and is completing his first term on the board. Originally from Saskatchewan, he has a degree in agriculture, a Masters in Business Administration and has spent nearly two decades as the General Manager of a Guelph based agricultural services company.

Business experience includes governance, policy, planning, finance, IT systems, service delivery and strategic business partnerships. In addition to operational experience, he also spent seven years as a North American director on an international organization involved with services and standards – serving 4 years as President.

Neil was elected to a 3-year term as a Trustee on the Fire Mutuals Guarantee Fund in 2015 and has been a Dumfries farm policy holder since 2002.

Scott Roung

Board Member

Scott was elected to the board in 2013 and is completing his first term with Dumfries.

He currently works for the City of Hamilton as the Manager of Facilities. He administers a portfolio of over 350 buildings and associated Facility trade and administrative staff. His background is in construction and he has owned and operated his own small construction business for over 25 years.

He studied English at Athabasca University, and is currently completing his Certified Facility Manager designation through the University of Toronto.

He is also working on his Director Certification with OMIA.

Bill Sharp

Board Member

Bill Sharp was elected to the Board in 2012 and is completing his second term on the board. Living on the home farm in Glen Morris settled in 1826 with his wife Martha and three children, he has a Bachelor of Business Administration from WLU.

Bill is the President and owner of Sharp Bus Lines Limited that has served the transportation needs of students in Ontario for over 50 years. His business experience includes governance, policy, finance, operational excellence and strategic business initiatives. Bill has been a Dumfries policy holder since 1991.

Gordon Taylor

Board Member

An experienced director of Dumfries Mutual Insurance, Gord is motivated to work with the Dumfries team to continue in the ongoing development of the company and the Mutual insurance industry. Currently, he sits on the Legislative Affairs and Building Committees. Past experience includes service on the Executive, Audit and Financial committees.

Gord’s background in agriculture, as well as his current experience as a North Dumfries Township councilor, director of the Wellington Waterloo Future Development Corporation and former manager of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (retired) provides him with business know-how, team building, conflict resolution and governance expertise.

Gord’s community activities include:

  • North Dumfries Plowmen’s Association (treasurer),
  • North Dumfries Aggregate Committee (chair)
  • Trails and Cycling Committee (chair)
  • Heritage Preservation Society (member)

Gord’s attention to the needs of policyholders is first and foremost.

Doug Patton

Board Member

Doug Patton was elected to the Dumfries Board in 2015 for the remaining one year of an open Director position.  He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.

Doug has 20 years of senior financial and general management experience across a broad base of industries.  This business experience includes strategic planning and budgeting, business recoveries and fiscal governance.  In addition, he has also spent over 15 years as a Director of a co-operative financial services institution, serving as Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Doug has also served on other commercial and non-profit Boards, and has been a farm policy holder since 2010.