Scott Tannas
Alberta Elected Senator, Senate of Canada

Scott Tannas is Founder and Vice Chairman of Western Financial Group Inc. ("Western"), having served as its CEO from 1996 to 2014. From its headquarters in High River, Alberta, Scott oversaw the building of Western, through more than one hundred acquisitions, and a number of strategic initiatives. Today, Western is a diversified financial services organization, with more than $1 Billion in annual sales. 1800+ employees provide nearly 1 million customers with insurance 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 April 15, 2011, after 15 years as a publicly traded company, Western was acquired by Quebec based Desjardins Group, in a $440 million transaction. In the time between the IPO in 1996, and Western’s exit from public markets in 2011, the company’s stock price rose 1038%. Scott is a director of Western and its federally regulated subsidiaries Western Financial Insurance Company and Western Life. He is also Lead Director of Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc (TSX:RME).

Scott’s most recent project is in the Private Equity business, where together with a number of Alberta business leaders he recently launched The Western Investment Company of Canada Limited (TSXV:WI.P). Scott serves as the President & CEO of the fledgling organization as it works to acquire strong, stable and profitable businesses in Western Canada.

In addition to his business activities, Scott is active in public service. Following a Province-wide Senatorial election, Prime Minister Harper appointed him to the Senate of Canada, where he serves on a number of important committees, including Banking Trade and Commerce, Senate Modernization and Aboriginal Affairs.

Scott is a lifelong resident of High River, Alberta.