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Western Financial Group Announces Acquisition of Craig Insurance in Barrhead

Western Financial Group (Western) is proud to announce that Craig Insurance, located in Barrhead, Alberta, has joined its family of insurance brokerages effective January 1. As Western’s first location in Barrhead, customers will gain access to a wider array of insurance and banking services.

“We’re very proud of our nearly 30 years of service to the people of Barrhead. By joining Western, we’ve found a partner who shares our belief in providing great customer service,” said Bill Johnson, whose family has owned Craig Insurance since 1983. “It’s time for me to move on to other challenges, but I know I’m leaving the office in excellent hands.”

“By joining Western, we’ll be able to immediately offer our customers a much better selection of products and services,” said Mellody Spares, who will manage the newly integrated office. “We’ll have access to leading technology and an amazing network across western Canada. We look forward to continued growth in the coming years serving residential, agricultural and commercial accounts in the Barrhead area.”

Craig Insurance has been serving the people of Barrhead from its current location since 1974. It will continue to operate with the same friendly staff, out of its same location at 5122 50 Avenue.

“Craig Insurance is a perfect fit for the Western Financial Group family,” said Scott Tannas, president and CEO of Western Financial Group. “Western Financial Group was born in a small town in Alberta, and though it now operates out of more than 120 office locations, it holds strongly to its small-town values. We see those same values of truthfulness, fairness, value and loyalty in the Barrhead office, and are proud to welcome its staff to our team.”

About Western Financial Group

Western Financial Group is a western Canada based, diversified, financial services company serving more than 600,000 customers. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in High River, Alberta, Western provides insurance, banking and investment products and services through more than 120 office locations, the Internet and its contact centre 1-866-THE-WEST (1-866-843-9378). With a skilled team of approximately 1,500 employees, and backed by the strong resources of its owners, Western is committed to building the strongest financial services company in western Canada.

Western Financial Group is a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada.


John Jenner
VP Marketing & Communications
Western Financial Group
1010 24th Street SE
High River, AB T1V 2A7