The 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Charity Social was held March 13 at Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub. The event was sponsored by SCM Insurance Services, which includes RMS, OPTA, ClaimsPro, CIRA Medical Services and Forensic Investigations Canada. More than 400 insurance industry professionals enjoyed live music, refreshments and appetizers at the sold-out event. More than $4,000 was raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation over the course of the evening.
FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada held the FIRST Championship Cup, 2014 in Burnaby, British Columbia on March 13. Select broker partners joined together for a friendly game of hockey, followed by an appreciation event at Moose’s Down Under. The event was an opportunity for First Insurance Canada staff to spend the day with their broker partners and show appreciation for their continued support. In a very close competition, The Funding Fighters won the match again this year.
On February 27, McCague Borlack LLP hosted its annual Winter Fest Celebration at Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood, Ontario. Beyond the great downhill skiing, guests took part in snowboarding, snowshoeing and hiking activities. A great time was had by all.
Six RSA employees jumped into Lake Ontario on February 26 to raise funds and awareness for World Wildlife Fund Canada’s Arctic Conservation efforts. Martin Thompson, senior vice president of global specialty lines; Mark Edgar, senior vice president of HR; Scott Tabachnick, director of external communications; Ben Buckton, brand director; Ewen Cameron, vice president of plan benefits and strategic products, Johnson; and Akhilesh Chandy, head of marketing, Central Region, Johnson; took part in a polar bear dip off the Toronto shoreline, along with WWF-Canada and other corporate supporters, as part of its National Polar Bear Week. “RSA has had a strategic partnership with WWF-Canada for many years. We have partnered together on a number of research projects and we felt this would be a unique way to support them in their Arctic conservation efforts,” said Thompson. “Additionally, this is also about bringing awareness to the issue of climate change. As an insurance company, we are very much aware of the impact of severe weather on our business and industry.” The polar dip took place outside the Balmy Beach Club and, at the time of the jump, the participants had raised more than $7,000 with all donations being matched by Coca-Cola.
On February 26, Aviva Canada officially announced its plan to relocate the company’s head office to The Remington Group’s “Downtown Markham” development in Markham, Ontario. The Remington Group held an Aviva Canada head office groundbreaking event at the Downtown Markham location, which included an address from Christopher Bratty, president of land development and investments for The Remington Group; Greg Somerville; president and CEO of Aviva Canada, and Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. Occupying the majority of the new 350,000 square foot Remington Group building, which will stand 12 storeys high and house more than 1,500 people, Aviva’s new offices are scheduled to open in 2017. “The incredible amenities offered by this new urban centre provide our employees a place to work that is conveniently located to major highways and excellent transit,” Somerville commented. “Additionally, the retail offerings, restaurants, art installations and green spaces will all contribute to a terrific environment and an engaged work force,” he said. Added Bratty, “Aviva Canada joins other industry leaders, including Worley Parsons and Motorola, in selecting the LEED certified commercial space offered by Downtown Markham.”
On February 24, ORIMS held its 32nd Annual Edward C. Ricketts Memorial Bonspiel, held once again at St. Georges Golf and Curling Club. The sold-out event attracted 96 participants in all. A fun-filled day was had by both participants and attendees. As a result of donations and a raffle draw, ORIMS was pleased to be able to present a donation of $4,000 to WICC (Women in Cancer Crusade). Congratulations go out to the winning team from Allianz, which included Richard Newman, Thomas Paap, Andrew Cadogan and Sheila Campbell. Edward Ricketts was a respected member of ORIMS for many years and this year, Ed’s widow Jackie, attended the event and had a chance to catch up with old friends.
The Toronto Insurance Women’s Association (TIWA) Wine and Cheese Reception was held at The Hyatt Regency in Toronto on February 20. More than 1,200 guests attended the association’s annual signature event.
RRJ Insurance Group Ltd. and KRG Insurance Brokers hosted the 2014 Sochi Women’s Hockey Olympic Final at Real Sports Bar and Grill in Toronto on Thursday February 20. The gathering was in support of The Brampton Thunder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, the feeder team in Sochi 2014, and WICC (Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade). The fundraiser turned into a dramatic gold medal game for Team Canada, with $18,000 being raised and the proceeds shared equally by WICC and The Brampton Thunder.
A cheque for $9,000 each was presented to both WICC and The Brampton Thunder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League on March 5 in Toronto [2 photos], proceeds of the RRJ Insurance Group Ltd. and KRG Insurance Brokers 2014 Sochi Women’s Hockey Olympic Final fundraiser. From left to right: Steve Wilson , WICC Ontario board member [1 photo]; Christina Martin and Paul Martin of KRG Insurance Brokers; Ellen Moore, WICC Ontario co-chair; Lori Dupuis, two-time Canadian Olympic Women’s Hockey Team Medalist (Nagano and Salt Lake City), representative for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and The Brampton Thunder; and Marilyn Horrick, WICC Ontario co-chair.
The CIP Society – Ontario’s Annual Fellows’ Reception was held at The National Club in downtown Toronto on February 13. The newest Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) graduates were greeted and recognized as part of a reception featuring good food and good company. Michael Dusenbury, supervisor of underwriting at Gore Mutual Insurance Company, delivered the valedictorian address to graduates and guests. This year, two individuals — Gregory Knowles, vice president of sales and producer management at CNA Canada, and Michael Moyer, assistant vice president of claims and risk control at HKMB Hub International, received the 2013 Greater Toronto Area Fellow of Distinction Award. The award, recipients of which have achieved their FCIP designations, is presented each year by The CIP Society, a division of The Insurance Institute of Canada, to recognize outstanding achievement in the insurance industry in Toronto. Colleagues nominate insurance professionals, and a nominating review committee makes the final selections of award recipients.
The Property Casualty Underwriters Club (PCUC) held its 9th Annual Curling Bonspiel at Toronto’s Leaside Curling Club on February 7. The sheets were full this year with friendly competition among colleagues from brokers, insurers and reinsurers. Skip Jack Lee and “TEAM BFL” managed to clinch the highest score, while Peter Morris won this year’s “Closest to the Button Contest.” PCUC thanked all attendees for participating as well as sponsors for their generous donations.
More than 150 exhibitors from across Canada showcased their works at the Ontario Insurance Adjusters' Association's (OIAA) Professional Development and Claims Conference in Toronto on February 5, 2014. The event featured a trade show and seminars covering a wide variety of timely claims topics.
Hundreds of insurance claims industry guests attended the 8th Annual Post CICMA/CIAA Joint Conference Cocktail on February 4, 2014. Entitled The Big Mingle, the event featured an “all-things Canadian” theme, with a nod to the (then) upcoming Winter Olympics. Giffin Koerth and Blouin Dunn LLP hosted the event, held at The Fifth Social Club in Toronto.
The CICMA/CIAA Ontario Chapter’s 47th Annual Joint Conference was held February 4, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The theme of the conference was “Technology Supporting Claims… It’s in the Clouds.”
Guest speakers were master of ceremonies Brian Maltman, executive director of General Insurance OmbudService; Jo-Ann Eccleston, past president of the Ontario CICMA Chapter; Dorothy Lowry, president of the Ontario CIAA Chapter; Carol Kreiling, vice president at Swiss Re; Steven Dubenow, national manager at SIU, CKR Global; John Kotsopoulos, president and CEO of iAutoConnect; and the keynote speaker, Amber MacArthur, entrepreneur, bestselling author, well-known blogger, keynote speaker and TV host. MacArthur started her career during the dot-com boom in San Francisco and has since been at the forefront of reporting on and participating in digital innovation.
A total of 377 repairers, insurers and suppliers representing the insurance claims and collision repair industries attended the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) meeting on February 1 in Toronto. Leanne Jefferies, director of collision programs for AIA Canada, welcomed the group and introduced speakers of the day. These included Tom Bissonnette of Parr Autobody in Saskatoon, outgoing CCIF chairman; Larry Jefferies, CCIF chairman for 2014; Andrew King, managing partner at DesRosiers Automotive Consultants; Marc Honorat, founder of Haiti ARISE; and Doug Kirk, global services support manager at Akzo Nobel. Discussing top CCIF action items, a panel discussion ensued, with input received from members of the CCIF Steering Committee: Joe Carvalho of Economical Insurance; David Adams of Global Automakers of Canada; Paul Prochilo of Prochillo Brothers Collision; and Bruce Hemstreet of CARSTAR, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat).
The AudaVision 2014 Toronto symposium, held by auto claims technology provider Audatex Canada on January 31, 2014, offered its claims outlook for the coming year. “There’s a seismic shift happening across the entire claims ecosystem that’s being driven by a wide range of digital technologies.” Various speakers presented throughout the day, including George Cooke, president of Martello Associates Consulting, and former CEO of The Dominion, as well as Glenn Gibson, CEO of Crawford Consulting Services (Canada) and president of business operations, Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The Insurance Institute of Ontario held its 115th Annual Convocation & Awards Night on January 23 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Donna Ince, president of the Insurance Institute of Ontario, served as MC. Silvy Wright, chairman of The Insurance Institute of Canada, addressed the more than 400 Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) graduates. The keynote speaker was Neil Pasricha, bestselling author of The Book of Awesome.
With more than 250 in attendance, McCague Borlack LLP hosted its 19th Annual “Christmas in January” party at its Toronto offices on January 21, 2014. McCague Borlack LLP is the Ontario affiliated firm of the Canadian Litigation Counsel (CLC). As such, CLC members and The Harmonie Group, together with clients and guests from all facets of the insurance industry across Canada, embraced the mid-January event to get together, look to the year ahead and discuss the latest news and developments in the industry.
More than 100 people attended the Quebec Risk and Insurance Management Association’s (QRIMA) annual Market Update session held in Montreal at Club Saint-James on January 16, 2014. The speakers included Ellen Moore, president and CEO of Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, Jacques Dufresne, EVP, Eastern Region for BFL Canada, and Pierre Cleroux, vice president of research and chief economist for the Business Development Bank of Canada.