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Has private equity interest in P&C brokerages peaked?

November 21, 2023 by Jason Contant

Private equity interest in the Canadian P&C brokerage space is showing no sign of slowing down, industry observers said last week at KPMG’s 2023 Insurance Conference in Toronto.  Private equity groups remain eager to acquire Canadian brokerages, said Andrew Mathias,

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Why insurance has proved a rewarding career for one emerging leader

November 21, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

According to Ngawang (Noah) Choedon, everyone has a responsibility to give back. It’s why she takes every opportunity to help develop the new generation of P&C entrants.  It’s also why she was recognized with the Insurance Institute of Canada’s Emerging

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Forget why you fell into insurance. Why’d you stay?

November 17, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

It might be easier to attract recruits to insurance if P&C professionals reminisced on what keeps them in the industry, rather than voicing the age-old adage of how they ‘fell in‘ to the profession, experts at Reuters’ Future of Insurance

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How the P&C industry compares globally on talent risk

November 15, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

It’s not just the P&C industry that’s struggling to find recruits.  Failure to attract and retain talent now ranks as the fourth biggest business risk — its highest ever ranking — in Aon’s Global Risk Management Survey, which gathered responses

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BrokerLink completes triple acquisition

November 13, 2023 by Jason Contant

BrokerLink has expanded its well-established footprint in the Greater Toronto Area with the acquisition of brokerages All-Risks Insurance (Burlington), Dowhaniuk Insurance and Heinsoo Insurance.  BrokerLink announced Monday it completed the asset acquisition of Solutions Financial PCC Inc., operating as All-Risks

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What today’s P&C hybrid office looks like, post-COVID

November 8, 2023 by David Gambrill

Hybrid workplaces in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry haven’t changed all that much since the pandemic receded from media headlines 17 months ago. And generally speaking, P&C professionals seem satisfied with their current hybrid arrangements. Canadian Underwriter surveyed more

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Behind the scenes of Hub’s latest Canadian acquisition

November 6, 2023 by Jason Contant

In a bid to shore up its personal and commercial insurance capabilities, Hub International Limited has acquired the assets of Quebec-based D’Onofrio Insurance Inc. Located in Laval, Que., D’Onofrio Insurance is an independent brokerage offering personal and commercial insurance to

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Make sure your talent recruiter is licensed — or else!

October 25, 2023 by David Gambrill

If your Ontario P&C business is using a recruiter or temporary staffing organization to find talent, make sure they’re licensed as of Jan. 1, 2024. Otherwise, you may be subject to a hefty fine in the New Year. As of

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Westland grows with Ontario brokerage acquisition

October 11, 2023 by Jason Contant

Westland has expanded in Ontario with the acquisition of family-owned brokerage David H. Coons Insurance Brokers Ltd. With roots tracing back to 1966, David H. Coons Insurance offers home, auto, commercial and travel insurance from its Burlington, Ont. office. The

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Rebranding insurance: Tell recruits they’re changing the world

October 10, 2023 by David Gambrill

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry needs rebranding to attract talent, and that may mean dropping the word “insurance” from recruitment messaging, delegates attending the National Insurance Conference of Canada (NICC) heard in late September. For consumers, “insurance” may carry

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Why RIBO is updating its entry level broker exam

October 6, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) is enhancing the standards for becoming a licensed insurance broker in Ontario by making changes to its entry-level exam. The move is part of the regulator’s ongoing efforts to ensure new brokers better understand

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4 ways to make return-to-work a success 

October 3, 2023 by Jason Contant

Trying to figure out how best to get your employees back to the office? Instead of issuing blanket return-to-office policies, managers should co-create ways of working with their teams, said a blog from Harvard Business Review.  Companies continue to struggle