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Why you might need a diversity, equity and inclusion partner

September 28, 2023 by Alyssa Di Sabatino

Need some help with your brokerage’s efforts to develop a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace? Consider partnering with another organization to create recruiting or other interim partnerships, suggested Craig Pinnock, chief financial officer of Northbridge Financial Corporation. “These are the

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MPI employees’ strike: Where it stands

September 28, 2023 by Jason Contant

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) and the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union (MGEU) remain at an impasse following a five-week-long labour strike and four days of conciliator-led discussions.  MPI presented what it said was its “significantly enhanced” final offer to

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How Canada’s brokers can move the needle on DEI

September 26, 2023 by Alyssa Di Sabatino

Don’t have the resources to embark on large-scale diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs? You can still get started by simply committing your brokerage to change. “If you’re a small brokerage, maybe you don’t have the resources, I think the

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Humber, IBAO build new talent pipeline for commercial brokers

September 22, 2023 by David Gambrill

Humber College and Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) have teamed up to launch a new program to attract and train prospective commercial insurance brokers. Scheduled to start Oct. 1, Humber’s new Commercial Account Manager (CAM) program was established to

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What the industry should do to get more P&C recruits

September 22, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

As the P&C workforce ages out of the industry and recruits leave for prospects in other sectors, the industry must better highlight the benefits that come with an insurance career.  What exactly are those benefits? Compensation, professional development through financial

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How the industry’s talent war shapes insurance education

September 21, 2023 by David Gambrill

Property and casualty insurance education is adapting to meet the needs of the industry’s desire for ‘plug-and-play’ talent that can hit the ground running, one panelist told a Live with CU presentation last week. More specifically, educational bodies are entering

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Behind IBC’s recent executive shuffle

September 18, 2023 by Jason Contant

Amanda Dean is now interim vice president of Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) Ontario region, temporarily moving over from her role as IBC’s vice president of Atlantic Canada following a decision by IBC’s former Ontario vice president, Kim Donaldson, to

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Poaching: Inside the industry’s cutthroat war for talent

September 13, 2023 by David Gambrill

Recruiting into the P&C insurance industry has become so urgent that employers are looking for “plug-and-play” hires who can hit the ground running, leading to widespread industry poaching. “What we’re seeing [in our demographic research], and we’ve seen it since

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What P&C industry recruits will give up for hybrid work

September 8, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Prospective recruits into Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry are willing to accept a lower salary from employers if it means they can work from home, one insurance recruiter observed during a Live with CU stream Thursday.   “To give

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4 reasons why remote work is here to stay 

September 7, 2023 by Jason Contant

Executives expect both hybrid and fully remote work to keep increasing over the next five years, a new survey has found.  Many CEOs are publicly gearing up for yet another return-to-office push, but privately they’re expecting hybrid and fully remote

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How artificial intelligence benefits brokers

August 31, 2023 by Adam Mitchell

We’ve all seen stories about AI and what programs like ChatGPT will mean for the future of work. The general consensus – for now at least – is that it won’t replace insurance brokers. But as this technology becomes more

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AXA XL names country manager for Canada

August 23, 2023 by David Gambrill

AXA XL has named Glen Hopkinson the new country manager for Canada. Removing the ‘interim’ tag from his title, the company said Monday that Hopkinson will lead AXA  XL’s insurance operations in the country, effective immediately. “Glen’s extensive insurance expertise,