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Why culture is so important for data-driven companies

February 14, 2020 by Jason Contant

The biggest obstacles to creating data-based businesses aren’t technical, they’re cultural, said David Waller, a partner and head of data science and analytics for Oliver Wyman Labs. “It is simple enough to describe how to inject data into a decision-making

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The latest in P&C professional development training: How to be innovative

February 3, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canadian insurance professionals want to learn how to be innovative, and they are enlisting the help of a Canadian-based open innovation centre to explore the new frontier of design thinking. “Design thinking revolves around a deep interest in developing an

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What’s new in 2020 with Intact Centre home flood risk assessment training

January 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Want to share basement flood horror stories with other brokers or home inspectors, and hear how industry peers tackled their problems? The Home Flood Risk Assessment Training Course, launched in 2018, now has discussion sessions, said Daniel Filippi, program manager

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Why you shouldn’t go outside the industry to find talent

January 17, 2020 by Jason Contant

It’s no secret that there is a war for talent in Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry. But before you look outside your brokerage or insurance company for talent, take a look inside, advises Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, the chief talent scientist

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Why new RIMS president plans to ‘hit hard’ on certification

January 10, 2020 by Adam Malik

More risk managers need to find themselves at the highest levels of their companies. But positions in the C-suite aren’t going to just be given away, which is why certification is going to be a major focus for the new

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Why Canada is the model for global risk management

January 8, 2020 by Adam Malik

RIMS Canada got a pat on the back recently, as the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) looks to fortify its ranks around the world, according to the group’s 2020 president. Laura Langone spoke with Canadian Underwriter in her first

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Here’s what makes an employer one of the “best companies to work for”

December 19, 2019 by Jason Contant

We’ve all seen those “best companies to work for” lists (and perhaps even longingly wished we worked for one of them). What does it take to be one of those companies? While there is no one formula that can capture

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How to stop distractions from derailing your work

December 12, 2019 by Jason Contant

If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day at your brokerage and yet feeling like you didn’t actually accomplish anything, you’re not alone. It’s likely because you’re distracted, either by others or yourself. “Constant distraction leaves a

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How Marsh sees the broker role evolving around cyber insurance

December 11, 2019 by Jason Contant

Brokers are finding they have to educate themselves more on the legal and technical side of cyber rather than on the cyber insurance policy itself, a speaker said recently at Insurance Bureau of Canada’s Commercial Insurance Symposium. “What we’ve noticed

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How commercial brokers and carriers are dealing with the war for talent

November 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

Commercial brokerages are looking at non-traditional approaches, particularly around technology, to attract and build producer talent, speakers said Thursday at Insurance Bureau of Canada’s inaugural Commercial Insurance Symposium in Toronto. “We’re seeing some commercial brokerages put increasing emphasis on [non-traditional

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3 ways to motivate sales staff without stressing them out

November 26, 2019 by Jason Contant

If you are a broker producer, principal or customer service representative – or in any other sales job for that matter – you have likely have a sales target to meet. But instead of just dialing up the pressure on

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How long before your new CEO should be planning an exit strategy?

November 5, 2019 by Jason Contant

Your new CEO is just six months into the job. It’s time to start thinking about their exit strategy. Yes, that’s right. Good CEOs start planning for their succession as soon as their onboarding is complete. They should not wait