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Donna Barclay appointed president and COO of The Guarantee

March 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Guarantee Company of North America announced Tuesday that Donna Barclay has been appointed as president and chief operating officer of The Guarantee Canada and North America Property & Casualty. Barclay has 30 years of property and casualty (P&C) insurance

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Advice for young women looking to get into the broker channel

February 13, 2018 by Jason Contant

Ashley Holmes, a 33-year-old operations manager at Roughley Insurance Brokers in Oshawa, Ont., has three pieces of advice for other women looking to get into the insurance industry: don’t try to be a chameleon and be something you’re not; speak

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A new way for brokerages to assign clients to advisors

February 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

An Ontario brokerage has done away with the traditional alphabetized way of assigning clients to brokers. Under the alphabetized approach, sometimes referred to as the “alpha split,” a brokerage divides its clients evenly by the number of account managers it

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Why your most engaged employees may be planning an exit strategy

February 8, 2018 by David Gambrill

Engaged employees are typically considered a feather in the cap of any insurance organization, but a new study suggests that employers could lose one out of every five of their most motivated employees because of burnout. “The many positive outcomes

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This week in P&C employment changes

February 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

Co-operators senior executive to retire The Co-operators announced Thursday the retirement of Bruce West, its executive vice president, finance and chief financial officer (CFO), effective June 1, 2018. West joined The Co-operators in 2007 as CFO and over the past

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P&C employment news of the week

February 2, 2018 by Jason Contant

Ontario brokerage appoints vice president of corporate risk Mississauga, Ont.-based Hubbard Insurance Group announced on Feb. 1 that it had appointed Bryce Elliott to the position of vice president, corporate risk. Elliott has been an account manager at the brokerage

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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