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How to actually improve diversity on your board

March 11, 2021 by Jason Contant

Data show that most directors are interested in diversity — at least in theory — on their boards, but that doesn’t always translate into real change. A new blog written by the leader and a principal of PwC’s Governance Insights

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The 2 ‘power skills’ needed for the new world of work

March 10, 2021 by Jason Contant

Learning and development (L&D) leaders across Canada have cited resilience and digital fluency as the two most important “power skills” for the new world of work in 2021, one year after the COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. “There are

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Condo corporation insurance? Unit insurance? Too many condo owners don’t know the difference

February 24, 2021 by David Gambrill

Brokers in Quebec have ample opportunity to educate their clients about how condo insurance works, according to the results of a recent survey commissioned by Insurance Bureau of Canada. One key source of confusion may sound familiar to brokers elsewhere

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Workplace Vaccination: Follow the leader

February 23, 2021 by Adam Malik

If senior leadership wants employees to follow their guidance on getting vaccinated, they need to set the right example, experts advise. Leaders need to be seen promoting their vaccination programs, says Gigi Acevedo-Parker, a registered nurse and Hub International’s clinical

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Why insurance leaders need to bring laughter into the (remote) workplace

February 10, 2021 by Jason Contant

It’s nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and Canadian property and casualty insurance leaders likely aren’t in a joking mood. But a recent blog from Harvard Business Review suggests that would be helpful these days: shared laughter can improve

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Licensing exams now offered in a virtual format

February 9, 2021 by Jason Contant

Licensing exams for Ontario’s brokers are now available in an online, virtually-proctored format, the result of a partnership between the Insurance Institute of Canada and Ontario’s broker regulator RIBO (Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario). “This is welcome news to many

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Brokerage executives to examine COVID impact today and beyond

February 8, 2021 by Adam Malik

Brokers have been on the front lines while the global COVID-19 pandemic has tightened its grip on the economy and, in turn, brokers’ clients. Four leading national brokerage executives will take a look at what Canadian brokers can expect as

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ICLR’s Paul Kovacs honoured with lifetime achievement award

February 8, 2021 by David Gambrill

Paul Kovacs, executive director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), has received the Joseph Scanlon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet). CRHNet is a not-for-profit organization established in 2003 to share hazards research

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What the recovery from commercial hard market could look like

January 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers could see a “K-shaped” recovery from the hard market in commercial lines because some sectors have been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than others, panelists observed in a webinar hosted Jan. 25 by Canadian Underwriter. Some commercial lines

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Senior execs to discuss a post-COVID world in the Canadian P&C industry

January 22, 2021 by David Gambrill

With the arrival in Canada of vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, it’s now possible for the country’s property and casualty insurance industry to conceive of a post-COVID world. What will the Canadian P&C industry look like after September 2021? (This

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This kind of homeowner’s liability claim has real teeth

January 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

When a dog bites man, the wounds could be deep and wide for homeowners. “Pet bites top the list for home insurance liability claims,” reports Dorchester Insurance Brokers Ltd., based near London in the community of Dorchester, Ont. “Dog bites

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Open banking in Canada could help insurers with credit scoring

January 20, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Open banking could give insurers better data for credit scoring, suggests an official with the organization that handles clearing and settlement for banks in Canada. “I think we will see more accurate underwriting and more accurate credit scoring,” Andrew McFarlane,