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New training ground for P&C industry’s future managers

January 30, 2018 by David Gambrill

There’s a new training ground in Canada for insurance professionals interested in fast-tracking themselves into entry-level management positions at insurance companies, adjusting firms and brokerages. Humber College in Toronto is halfway through its inaugural, two-semester P&C Insurance Management Postgraduate Program,

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The limits of leadership: CU broker poll results

January 30, 2018 by David Gambrill

For all the potential of a new insurance company executive to influence a broker’s business, do leadership changes at an insurer really matter? Or, as one broker put it in a recent poll by Canadian Underwriter, “who cares about big

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RCCAQ appoints Louise Mathieu to board of directors

January 26, 2018 by Jason Contant

Quebec broker association Regroupement des cabinets de courtage d’assurance du Quebec (RCCAQ) has appointed Louise Mathieu, vice president at brokerage Lussier Dale Parizeau, to its board of directors. Mathieu is returning after having been a board member for several years,

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Millennials Rising

January 22, 2018 Margaret Parent, Director of the Professionals’ Division Insurance Institute of Canada

Preliminary research finds that P&C insurers have successfully recruited Millennials into the industry

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Brokers react to leadership changes at Aviva, Intact

January 18, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

An insurance company’s top manager is “an important face” for brokers, but this does not necessarily mean that big changes will happen any time soon after the recent leadership changes announced by Canada’s top two property and casualty insurers. London-based

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Gore Mutual welcomes two new executives

January 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

Paul Jackson has been appointed chief marketing and distribution officer for Gore Mutual, effective immediately. Jackson will report to the insurer’s president and CEO Heidi Sevcik. Jackson has played a key role in Gore Mutual’s transformation since joining the organization

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Numbers show gender gap among broker principals

January 17, 2018 by David Gambrill

Membership numbers for the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) show significantly more men than women are broker principals in Ontario, although the association sees reasons for optimism that the gap is starting to shrink. Numbers released in the IBAO’s

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Will a “wave of succession” spur M&A for Canadian brokerages?

January 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

Succession planning has triggered an uptick in brokerage mergers and acquisitions over the last couple of years, an industry analyst told Canadian Underwriter recently. “I would say there’s an uptick in assets coming to market that are owner-operated, where succession

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Insurers should prepare messaging on responsible pot use

January 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The insurance industry has an important role to play in advising drivers how much marijuana, if any, they can use and still be safe on the road, a safety advocate says. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be perceived as “too

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2 key concerns for brokers in 2018

January 4, 2018 by Jason Contant

Merger activity and technology are two major issues facing brokers looking forward into 2018, says the new Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) president Brian Purcell. Purcell talked to Canadian Underwriter shortly after beginning his new role as IBAO president

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McDougall Insurance discusses latest merger

January 3, 2018 by Jason Contant

McDougall Insurance & Financial is merging with Worden Insurance & Financial Services, a 13-employee brokerage operating out of Oshawa. Based in Belleville, Ont., McDougall Insurance & Financial is looking to extend its footprint in Ontario’s Durham region with its latest

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2018 Outlook: Silvy Wright, President, CEO Northbridge Financial Corporation

January 3, 2018 Silvy Wright

With digital innovation, customers are extracting more value from their insurance partners — and this will only continue to ramp up in 2018. Insurtech startups raised $985 million in 2017 Q2 alone; investments in startups have increased by 36% over