Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Names Galan Riley to Lead Casualty Business in Canada

BOSTON & TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) is pleased to announce the promotion of Galan Riley to Senior Vice President, Casualty, in Canada. He was previously Vice President, Casualty. In his new role, Galan succeeds Darryl DeSouza, who is retiring after nearly 10 years with the company.

“Our casualty team and casualty business have seen tremendous growth over the past decade, and Galan and Darryl were pivotal in developing and executing our strategy for expansion,” said Kathy Reid, Head of Casualty, North America, at BHSI. “I’m excited to work closely with Galan as he leads this important business into the future and wish Darryl all the best in his retirement.”

Galan will oversee all BHSI casualty lines in Canada, including energy, products, general casualty, commercial auto, construction, contractors professional and pollution liability. He has more than two decades of experience underwriting casualty risks in the Canadian marketplace. Galan joined BHSI in 2014 as Assistant Vice President, Energy Casualty, and was promoted to Vice President in 2019. He is based in Toronto and can be reached at

In Canada, BHSI provides general liability, lead umbrella and excess liability insurance for companies in a range of industries, with a focus on severity-exposed accounts. The company also specializes in construction (practice & project), energy, and manufacturing liability solutions.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance ( provides commercial property, casualty, healthcare professional liability, executive and professional lines, transactional liability, surety, marine, travel, programs, accident and health, medical stop loss, homeowners, and multinational insurance. The actual and final terms of coverage for all product lines may vary. In Canada it underwrites on the paper of National Liability & Fire Insurance Company, a part of Berkshire Hathaway’s National Indemnity group of insurance companies, which hold financial strength ratings of A++ from AM Best and AA+ from Standard & Poor’s. Based in Boston, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Columbia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Irvine, Los Angeles, New York, Plymouth Meeting, San Francisco, San Ramon, Seattle, Stevens Point, Adelaide, Auckland, Barcelona, Brisbane, Brussels, Cologne, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Lyon, Macau, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Munich, Paris, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and Zurich.



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