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IBC launches public education workshops in Atlantic Canada


May 2, 2006   by Canadian Underwriter


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Canada’s home, car and business insurers are launching a series of half-day educational workshops across Atlantic Canada to help commercial businesses and non-profit organizations get the most for their insurance dollar.
“The workshops are one of several activities underway to help improve the commercial insurance environment for businesses and voluntary organizations in the Atlantic Provinces,” according to Don Forgeron, vice-president, Atlantic, Insurance Bureau of Canada.
Workshop participants will learn everything they need to know when looking for commercial insurance, the IBC says in a press release. They will also gain valuable experience using risk management tools to help them design their own simple, effective risk management programs, and demonstrate to insurers that they understand the risks associated with their organization and are taking steps to minimize those risks.
The workshops are intended to benefit small and medium-sized business owners, non-profit association leaders, employees and volunteers. Advance registration is required to attend the workshops.
On-line registration is available at:
http://www.ibc.ca/Atlantic-Workshop-Online-form.asp
There is no cost to attend the workshops, but participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local food bank. Cash donations for the local food bank will also be accepted.
Workshops will be held as follows:
Fredericton, NB – May 15, 2006
Moncton, NB – May 16, 2006
Saint John, NB – May 17, 2006
St. John’s, NF – May 25, 2006
Halifax, NS – May 30, 2006
Bathurst, NB – June 6, 2006
Edmundston, NB – June 7, 2006
Sydney, NS – June 9, 2006
Charlottetown, PE – June 14, 2006
“The need for these workshops became evident through the work of the Atlantic Task Force on Insurance Availability and Affordability last year,” Forgeron said.
The Task Force included representatives from businesses, non-profit groups, provincial governments, and the insurance industry. The final report of the task force, released in November 2005, made 27 recommendations designed to improve the commercial insurance environment for businesses and voluntary organizations in the Atlantic Provinces.