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Are you prepared for insurance quotes through Google Home and Amazon Echo?

May 10, 2019 by David Gambrill

“Google Home, Amazon Echo, buy me auto insurance for my new, black 2019 Hyundai Sontata.” If you are a broker, would you be able to handle this voice request for an auto insurance quote? If not, you’d better start strategizing

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How much will the eastern Canada flooding cost?

May 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

Total economic losses from the recent flooding in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are expected minimally to reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars (U.S.), Aon’s latest catastrophe report said. The flooding event has already been declared a catastrophe

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Will a robot take your insurance job? Probably.

May 9, 2019 by Jason Contant

Bored of the same-old, same-old? Why not sharpen your pencil and take that dream job as an actuary? According to the Will Robots Take My Job? website, there is only a 21% chance that actuaries will be replaced by artificial

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How should employers treat recreational marijuana use?

May 9, 2019 by Jason Contant

Employers should treat marijuana use in the workplace as they would alcohol use, a senior claims professional told Canadian Underwriter Monday. “All of the liability still exists,” said Heather Matthews, senior vice president of Crawford & Company (Canada)’s National Claims

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Why brokers must have a CRM in the digital age

May 9, 2019 by David Gambrill

Customers in the digital age expect to hear back from brokers immediately, so if brokers don’t start investing in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems soon, well — good luck, says Dave Vass, vice president of innovation at Trufla Technology. Vass

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IBAO Announces 2019 Sponsorship

May 9, 2019 by Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario

TORONTO, ON, May 9, 2019/insPRESS/ –The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) is pleased to announce its 2019 sponsors, including returning sponsor The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, and new sponsors Dell Small Business, InsuranceHotline.com, Rates.ca and ShopInsuranceCanada.ca. “Partner support makes our

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New judge represented Insurance Bureau at Supreme Court of Canada

May 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A lawyer who represented the Insurance Bureau of Canada at the Supreme Court of Canada in impaired driving cases as been appointed to the bench. Stikeman Elliott LLP partner Nicholas McHaffie was named a Federal Court of Canada judge and

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ICBC plants seed for online auto renewals

May 8, 2019 by Adam Malik

A day many British Columbia policyholders have been calling for finally appears to be on the horizon. But it may force some brokers to change how they do business. While hosting an AMA (ask me anything) session on popular social

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Intact ready to work with new Alberta government, likes Ontario budget

May 8, 2019 by Adam Malik

All signs point to positive for Intact when it comes to working with Alberta’s new government. Jason Kenney led the United Conservative Party to victory in April, returning a Conservative government to power after four years of rule by the

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How a broker regulator plans to fix “abysmal” licensing exam results

May 8, 2019 by David Gambrill

As brokers across the country report difficulty in finding qualified employees, the situation in Alberta may be compounded by an “abysmal” pass rate on the provincial broker licensing exam. “As it currently stands today, we are at a 36.5% pass

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Toronto, May 7, 2019 Registration Opens on New Website for the National Insurance Conference of Canada

May 8, 2019 National Insurance Conference of Canada

TORONTO, ON, May 8, 2019/insPRESS/ – MSA Research Inc. is pleased to announce the 13th annual National Insurance Conference of Canada (NICC) will be held September 22nd to 24th at Le Centre Sheraton, Montréal, Québec, and welcomes industry leaders to visit

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Is sinkhole damage covered under a standard home insurance policy?

May 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to include additional comments.   Is damage from a sinkhole covered under a standard homeowner’s policy? “Earth movement” is typically excluded under a standard policy, but an earthquake endorsement may provide coverage. The