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49% of Alberta SMEs surveyed do not have business continuity plan: ATB Financial

October 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Fewer than half of Alberta small enterprises surveyed reported having a business continuity plan, ATB Financial announced Monday. In its Business Beat Survey, 300 owners and operators of small and mid-sized enterprises were asked in a phone survey whether their

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Diane Brickner to serve as interim president and CEO of Peace Hills Insurance

October 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The board of directors of Peace Hills Insurance announced on Monday that Diane Brickner has agreed to serve as interim president and chief executive officer of the company, effective immediately. Brickner replaces Gene Paulsen, who has announced his retirement from

Truckee Meadows Battalion Chief Alex Kukulus, right, gives Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval an update on the Little Valley fire in Washoe Valley Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Sandoval toured the area shortly after the briefing. (Brad Coman/Nevada Appeal via AP)
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Crews try to keep massive northern Nevada wildfire at bay

October 17, 2016 The Associated Press

RENO, Nev. – Firefighters in Nevada were hoping to stop a wind-driven wildfire, which has already destroyed 22 homes north of Carson City, from jumping any major roads Saturday. The blaze between Reno and Carson City was only 5 per

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Most U.S. small business owners don’t have cyberattack response plan, new survey says

October 13, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Most small business owners in the United States (78%) still don’t have a cyberattack response plan, even though more than half (54%) were victim to at least one type of cyberattack, according to Nationwide’s second annual Small Business Indicator. The

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Canadian business leadership critical to reducing climate and other natural disaster risks, PwC Canada says

October 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian business leadership is crucial to reducing the risks from climate and other natural disasters, PwC Canada said on Friday. That day, PwC convened a group of private and public sector leaders to discuss the case for Canadian businesses to

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78% of global businesses believe digital start-ups pose threat to their organization: Dell Technologies study

October 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly four in five (78% of) global businesses believe that digital start-ups pose a threat to their organization, either now or in the future, and almost half (45%) surveyed fear that they may become obsolete in the next three to

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U.S. insurers failing to deliver on digital customer experience: study

October 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurers in the United States could only answer 28% of queries across digital channels and 14% of companies failed to respond successfully on either email, social media or chat, according to new research from multichannel customer engagement software provider Eptica.

Brenda Rose, Vice President and Partner, FCA Insurance Brokers
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Changing Ownership

October 4, 2016 Brenda Rose, Vice President and Partner, FCA Insurance Brokers

When developing perpetuation plans, brokerage principals need to consider financing for prospective successors. They also need to consider their brokerage experiences as well as soft skills, including positive attitude and the ability to enable and motivate producers.

Tara Chammartin was presented the 2016 Dale Rempel Award of Excellence on Saturday.
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Tara Chammartin of La Salle Insurance & Travel Services recipient of 2016 Dale Rempel Award of Excellence

October 4, 2016 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Tara Chammartin of La Salle Insurance & Travel Services in Manitoba was named the recipient of the 2016 Dale Rempel Award of Excellence at the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada’s (IBAC) President’s Banquet on Saturday. The award, which recognizes excellence

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Appraising Contents

October 3, 2016 John Grow, Partner, Prestige Evaluations

Choosing a properly qualified appraiser for contents such as fine art, jewellery and historical items can be of benefit to the broker, carrier and insured.

Martin Thompson appointed President and CEO of RSA Canada. (CNW Group/RSA Canada)
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Martin Thompson appointed president and CEO of RSA Canada

October 3, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

RSA Canada announced today on Monday that Martin Thompson has been appointed president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Thompson was appointed president and acting CEO in July 2016, when Rowan Saunders, the former president and CEO stepped down, RSA

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Dartmouth, N.S.-headquartered A.P. Reid Insurance to acquire Robinson Insurance Brokers of Edmonton

October 3, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Dartmouth, N.S.-headquartered brokerage A.P. Reid Insurance Limited announced on Friday its intention to acquire Robinson Insurance Brokers (RIB) of Edmonton. Effective Nov. 1, the company’s brokerage operations will integrate under the A.P. Reid brand, and Daniel Robinson, the president and