Acera Insurance is merging with Fairfield Watson Inc., a Calgary-based consulting firm specializing in employee benefits, insurance and retirement.

The new company will retain the Acera name with Tony Fairfield, founding partner of Fairfield Watson, serving as president of group benefits. The merger will strengthen Acera’s ability to provide insurance, group benefits and risk mitigation solutions across Canada, according to a press release.

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“This next step in the evolution of Fairfield Watson will prove extremely valuable to our clients as we begin expanding Acera Insurance’s group benefits products and services throughout Canada,” said Fairfield, in a press release. “We remain committed to providing an exceptional client service experience at a local level delivered by the same team of professionals they have come to know and trust.”