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Who is now leading Willis Towers Watson Canada

November 30, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Laura Samaroo (pictured, above) is the new Canadian region leader for Willis Towers Watson PLC, the Dublin-based brokerage announced Tuesday. Samaroo is based in Vancouver. She had been Willis Towers Watson’s Western Canadian market leader and Canada co-leader until being

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How Willis Canada is handling remote work

November 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Adopting a hybrid work model makes sense for Willis Towers Watson Canada because the brokerage’s leaders learned it could trust employees who were working remotely. “We saw that during the pandemic, our productivity actually increased,” said Ofelia Isabel, managing director,

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What the future holds for Unica, L’Unique, La Capitale and SSQ brands

November 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Beneva plans to replace its La Capitale and SSQ direct-to-consumer brands but it’s business as usual, for the time being, for the broker-distributed Unica and L’Unique brands. “As of today both L’Unique and Unica are brands that exist in the

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NFP acquires Western Canadian brokerage Foster Park

November 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Edmonton-based Foster Park Brokers Inc. has been acquired by New York City-based NFP Corp., the property and casualty insurance brokerages announced Tuesday. Foster Park places surety bonds, as well as P&C coverage for a variety of industries including oil and

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Brooke Hunter elected to UNIBA Partners board

November 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian commercial brokerage CEO Brooke Hunter is now on the board of UNIBA Partners, a Brussels-based organization. UNIBA, which operates in more than 130 countries, announced Hunter’s election Wednesday. UNIBA is comprised of more than 70 independent, owner-led brokers. In

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Get your brokers back to the office: BFL CEO

November 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Barry Lorenzetti is encouraging you to get your brokers back to the office and if you disagree, don’t hesitate to contact him for a public debate. “It’s not as if COVID is going away and we will shut off COVID

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Eagle Underwriting gets acquired, keeps own brand

October 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Managing general agent Eagle Underwriting Group Inc. has been acquired by GroupAssur, private equity firm Novacap Management Inc. announced Tuesday. “With Eagle, the objective was to get a broader spectrum of product,” said Jean-François Raymond, president of Montreal-based GroupAssur, in

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Diversity, equity and inclusion: Asking the ‘uncomfortable’ questions

October 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If you think it’s a challenge to improve diversity at your brokerage, you should also view it as an opportunity, Ontario brokers heard Wednesday at the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario convention. Many brokerages are family-operated, Gore Mutual chief people

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Job opening: Lead this global Top 3 brokerage’s Canadian operation

October 14, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If you think you have what it takes to lead Willis Towers Watson’s Canadian corporate risk and brokerage business, the job is open and it’s not too late to apply. “We’re currently interviewing,” said Ofelia Isabel, managing director, Toronto market

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Collectivfide acquires Brockville, Ontario brokerage

October 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Collectivfide Insurance Group Inc. announced Oct. 1 it has acquired a majority stake in Brockville, Ont.-based brokerage W.C. Burgess Insurance Services Ltd. Formed in 2019, Cambridge, Ont.-based Collectivfide’s shareholders represent mutual insurance companies in Ontario and across Canada. Originally founded

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Canadian cyber MGA expands to United States

October 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

BOXX Insurance Inc. is expanding to the United States and has hired a former CEO Latin America for RSA to lead that move from Miami, the Toronto-based managing general agent and Lloyd’s coverholder announced Friday. Cyberboxx is the brand BOXX

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IBAC reacts to federal election

September 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

As the results from Monday’s federal election come in, your national industry association is promising to educate new members of parliament on why it’s important to keep banking and insurance in separate industry silos. “We congratulate Prime Minister [Justin] Trudeau