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Do brokers receive enough tech training?

January 17, 2019 by Jason Contant

Are brokers in Canada properly trained to use new technology? “It seems there is an under-investment in the human resources component of new technology,” said Jeff McCann, CEO of Digital MGA Marketplace Ltd., a Vancouver-based company that helps brokers with

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New, revised CAIB expected by fall

January 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) is hoping to be able to present a new, revised Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) program to the broker community by this fall. The new content will address 10 broad broker competency areas

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Innovation hub for on-demand insurance products opens in Toronto

December 20, 2018 by Jason Contant

An insurance cloud platform provider has opened an “innovation hub” in downtown Toronto to “ideate, experiment, test and deploy” new on-demand insurance products. Slice Labs announced Wednesday the opening of the Slice Launch Studio for the company and its partners

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How business leaders influence sexual harassment attitudes

December 17, 2018 by Jason Contant

The way business leaders communicate can shape employees’ attitudes toward sexual harassment, new research has found. “Our research points to a single step that leaders can take to help reduce sexual harassment: communicate to employees that preventing it is a

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How some brokerages and MGAs attract talent

December 13, 2018 by Jason Contant

What’s the best way of attracting qualified talent to your brokerage? Some brokerages and managing general agencies (MGAs) have cited looking outside the insurance industry or recruiting from local community colleges. McConville Omni Insurance Brokers, a personal and commercial lines

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How important is non-insurance talent for MGAs?

November 29, 2018 by Jason Contant

Looking outside the insurance industry appears to be a tried-and-true approach to recruiting talent, executives of managing general agents said Tuesday at the Insurance-Canada.ca’s MGA Technology Symposium in Toronto. “We’ve had success actually looking for people with skills, rather than

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The science behind motivating your brokerage’s employees

November 22, 2018 by Jason Contant

Looking to truly motivate the employees at your brokerage? Don’t focus on financial incentives; try giving them the opportunity to be really good at their jobs, have a say in their work and do work that is meaningful, advises Bruce

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Why these four insurers have highly engaged employees

November 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

Four insurers with “highly engaged employees” have been recognized by commercial brokerage Aon for their efforts. Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, Intact Financial Corporation (IFC), The Co-operators and Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company were platinum award recipients of the 2019 Aon

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These two Canadian regions will face major insurance workforce issues

October 31, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Canadian property and casualty insurance industry’s entry-to-exit ratio is declining, meaning insurance organizations will find it harder to grow in the years to come. Few regions should be as concerned as Atlantic Canada and Saskatchewan when it comes to

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Managing general agent launches three training programs

October 31, 2018 by Jason Contant

Managing general agent APRIL Canada has launched APRIL University with three training programs and two more in the development stage. Essentials of pleasure craft insurance (1.5 RIBO hours), Ontario rentals & Airbnb market (1 RIBO hour) and insurance for general

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The Power of Broker Specialization

October 27, 2018 by David Gambrill

This story is one in a series reporting on the results of 2018 National Broker Survey, conducted by Canadian Underwriter.  The survey of more than 800 P&C brokers nationally was designed to identify the success strategies of both producers and principals. Find other instalments in the

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How flexible are the industry’s working arrangements?

October 25, 2018 by Jason Contant

Canadian employees in the insurance industry are about 13% more likely to work remotely than office workers in the United States. One in five U.S. office workers work remotely now, the New York Post reported last week. By contrast, more