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Most Canadian IT professionals report some security solutions “outdated and inadequate”: study

February 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Most IT professionals in Canada (73%) feel strongly that some of their security solutions are outdated and inadequate, according to the Canadian results of a global study released last week. The Need for a New IT Security Architecture: Global Study

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RMS appoints Mike Pritula as president, effective March 1

February 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS) announced on Tuesday that it has appointed industry veteran Mike Pritula as president, effective March 1. Pritula will lead RMS’ client service and market development, advancing the company’s role in delivering value to enable its

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CEOs “particularly” anxious about data breaches: PwC survey

February 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly one in four chief executive officers surveyed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers “strongly agree” that how their firms manage people’s data will “differentiate” their companies. “CEOs are particularly anxious that breaches in data security and ethics, and IT outages and disruptions could

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IBM’s famed Watson computer ‘gets a job’ fighting cybercrime threat

February 13, 2017 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – A year after IBM began teaching its Watson computer system to fight cybercrime, the company is making the platform available for use. “Now he gets a job and makes us some money,” quipped Caleb Barlow, vice-president of IBM

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Insurance Brokers Association of Canada appoints former MP Peter Braid as new CEO

February 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) has announced the appointment of its new CEO, Peter Braid, effective Feb. 27. IBAC chairperson Lorne Perry announced the appointment in a press release on Feb. 10. Braid is a former Member of

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IBAO, Insurance Institute of Ontario hosting live webcast on driverless cars

February 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) and the Insurance Institute of Ontario announced on Tuesday that they will be hosting a live webcast on the insurance implications of automated vehicles on Feb. 16. The webcast, which will run from

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Hannover Re, Generali Group and SCOR join blockchain insurance industry initiative B3i

February 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hannover Re, Generali Group and SCOR announced on Monday that they have joined the blockchain insurance industry initiative B3i, bringing the total number of insurers and reinsurers in the initiative to 15. Members of the B3i initiative will explore the

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Third annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day launched

February 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The third annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (WCPD) will be held on May 6, the Partners in Protection Association/FireSmart Canada said on Thursday. People in communities throughout Canada will have an opportunity to apply for funding to support efforts to

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Canadian P&C industry to celebrate National Education Month in February

February 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s property & casualty industry will celebrate National Education Month in February, showcasing the education and professional development of insurance professionals across the country. The Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC) has expanded its annual National Education Week to a month

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Looking at the big picture crucial for claims industry: speaker at CICMA/CIAA conference

January 31, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Although the claims world can be “very insular,” there are efforts underway to understand how the industry fits into the “greater whole,” Joe Fidilio, vice president of financial lines claims with AIG Canada, said during a recent industry event. Speaking

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ICLR to host webinar on Canadian wildland fire interface maps

January 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) will be hosting its next Friday Forum webinar on Canadian wildland fire interface maps on Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. to 11:30 am EST. The webinar, titled Canadian wildland fire interface maps: Tools

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Claims industry improving on creation of succession plans, but planning should be for all industry positions: Cook

January 30, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The claims industry is doing a much better job of developing leaders and creating succession plans than it has in the past, Phil Cook, CEO of Omega Insurance Holdings Inc., said during the CICMA/CIAA Ontario Chapters’ 50th Annual Joint Conference