President and Chief Executive Officer
Red River Mutual Insurance Company
Brian Esau is the President and CEO of Red River Mutual, a Manitoba-based Property and Casualty Insurance Company. He was appointed to this position in 2008. Since joining the company, he has led the execution of Red River Mutual’s strategic plan which included a five-year technology plan culminating in the implementation of the Guidewire Insurance Suite, a significant company re-brand, and an overhaul of the company’s customer service approach. Brian was honoured to accept the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Medium Business award on behalf of Red River Mutual, and the Company was selected as one of the Insurance Business Canada’s Top Insurance Workplaces of 2019.
Prior to joining Red River Mutual, Brian held various senior executive positions with a Manitoba-based financial institution, most recently as Chief Risk Officer and Chief Operating Officer, leading many of their operational and strategic initiatives. He has served on a number of Boards, including: Red River Mutual’s Board (for 10 years), Manitoba CMA Foundation; Western Director for the Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (CAMIC), three privately held companies and a not-for-profit organization. Most recently, Brian was appointed to IBC’s Governance Committee. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant / Certified Management Accountant, and was awarded the Fellow designation (FCPA, FCMA) in 2012 for outstanding achievements, and bringing distinction to the accounting profession. He also received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2017.