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Who’s getting funding for new research in wildfire prediction, responses

July 31, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A university located in the heart of one of British Columbia’s most volatile forest fire regions will lead new research in wildfire prediction, prevention and response. Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was chosen for the research that

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Insurer working on future pandemic coverage for school boards, post-COVID

July 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the Ontario government prepares its school re-opening plan, the insurer for the majority of the province’s boards is working on a plan to provide pandemic coverage, albeit for future pandemics and not for COVID-19. Within the next six to

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Toronto mayor says masking bylaw possible if apartment buildings don’t comply

July 23, 2020 by Jake Kivanc - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Toronto Mayor John Tory said he’s prepared to extend the city’s mandatory masking order to shared spaces inside apartment and condominium buildings if management companies refuse to do it voluntarily. Current mandatory masking bylaws in cities such as Toronto apply

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Where Aviva is going with text messaging for customer interaction

July 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Aviva Canada is using short message service (SMS), or texting, to communicate with customers, a technology on which it was focusing before building mobile apps. “We are already texting to our customers today,” Bryant Vernon, Aviva Canada’s chief claims officer,

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What happened to the ex-broker who claimed he was a CE instructor, but wasn’t

July 22, 2020 by David Gambrill

A former broker who has vowed never to return to the insurance industry has been ordered to pay a $5,000 civil fine for claiming to be a CE instructor when he had not in fact taught the course he claimed

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Nova Scotia university asks students to sign controversial COVID 19 waiver

July 14, 2020 by Michael Tutton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A group of students, alumni and some staff at St. Francis Xavier University are pushing back against a legal waiver that students are required to sign if they want to return to classrooms in the fall amid a

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Broker licensing exams now available in online format

May 15, 2020 by David Gambrill

The Insurance Institute of Canada, the educational arm of the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry, will be providing OTL/Level 1 broker agent licensing exams in an online format. The online format allows licensing candidates to complete their exams from

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How will COVID-19 change cybersecurity?

April 27, 2020 by David Gambrill

The business email from your chief financial officer seems innocent enough: “Hey Larry, the client changed their bank account information. Can you send them money to their new bank account number?” Under ordinary circumstances — that is, before the novel

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How to manage the immediate COVID-19 fallout while preparing for a post-pandemic future

April 22, 2020 by Jason Contant

Industry leaders should begin preparing right now for the post-pandemic business environment, while still managing the immediate fallout of COVID-19, two partners of a strategy consulting firm said recently. This includes spending time envisioning the future, developing a strategy to

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Educating yourself about flood coverage while cooped up at home

April 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Looking for a free course that will give you continuing education credits without having to leave your house? The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation recently launched a 1.5-hour online home flood risk course for brokers anywhere in Canada. “It helps

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Why insurers are training in design thinking 

March 20, 2020 by Jason Contant, Online Editor

Canadian P&C professionals have approached Cookhouse Labs, an industry innovation hub, to help with staff training. Cookhouse co-founder Sven Roehl (pictured here) and Ibeth Ramos, Cookhouse’s program manager and innovation coach, explain why.
– As told to Jason Contant

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Industry female execs discuss today’s challenge of raising young families

March 9, 2020 by David Gambrill

Yes, it is possible for a woman to be a senior executive in the insurance industry and successfully raise a family with young children. Women all make their own individual choices about the best way to raise their young families,