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How ESG offers a competitive advantage

April 22, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Prioritizing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues is part of a company’s long-term competitive success, and panellists in a recent webinar shared examples of why.   For example, companies that focus on ESG — and social responsibility in particular —

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RIBO’s newest board member

April 21, 2022 by Jason Contant

Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) has appointed Melissa Bajwa to its board.  Bajwa is currently the vice president of compliance and broker network operations with PROLINK, one of the largest independent brokerages in Canada. She joined PROLINK in 2016

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Leaving hibernation: What’s next for P&C industry?

April 21, 2022 by David Gambrill

Look for Canada’s P&C industry to fine-tune the hybrid workplace model over the next six months, as the country starts to ease pandemic restrictions, industry execs say. The tinkering will involve achieving the best balance between meeting in person with

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Employee benefits in the new era of work

April 19, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

About one-quarter of brokers say they are either likely or highly likely to leave the industry in the next three years, according to Canadian Underwriter’s National Broker Survey. One way to encourage brokers to stay would be to expand employee

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Not addressing diversity issues creates risk for brokers, survey finds

April 14, 2022 by Phil Porado

Nearly all Canadian brokers agree addressing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues is linked to business success, according to a late 2021 Canadian Underwriter online survey of 208 brokers across Canada, made possible with the support of Sovereign Insurance. It

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Burns & Wilcox’s new president in Canada

April 12, 2022 by Jason Contant

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include information from Burns & Wilcox   Jodie Kaufman Davis has been promoted to expanded leadership roles, including president of Burns & Wilcox Canada. “Jodie is the first-ever president of Burns &

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Key challenges facing your construction industry clients

April 6, 2022 by Jason Contant

An ongoing labour shortage, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of the key issues facing the construction industry in general, says the head of risk control with Travelers Canada. “I think the biggest prolonged challenge that comes around, seems

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Try this strategy for better employee retention

April 4, 2022 by Jason Contant

One underrated way to keep employees on board is to give them the flexibility and resources they need to pursue their out-of-work passions, says a Harvard Business Review blog. Besides important considerations such as remote work and autonomy, better pay

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Claude Dussault to retire from Intact’s board

March 31, 2022 by Jason Contant

Claude Dussault, chairman of the board of directors for Intact Financial Corporation (IFC), will retire at the end of his current term, although he will stay on in different roles with the company, Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer said

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How Canada’s P&C industry feels about COVID safety in their offices

March 30, 2022 by David Gambrill

More than seven out of 10 Canadian P&C industry professionals feel protected from COVID in their new hybrid office arrangements, according to an online poll conducted this week by Canadian Underwriter. Over 650 P&C professionals answered CU‘s survey, including brokers,

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Fee disclosure: Where national guidance meets provincial regulation

March 29, 2022 by David Gambrill

If you are a broker concerned about fair dealing with consumers, must you disclose your premiums that are baked into their premium rates? Or only those fees separate and apart from your commissions? In fine Canadian fashion, the answer depends

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Emerging trends in broker compensation

March 25, 2022 by David Gambrill

In the midst of the ‘Great Reshuffle,’ brokerage principals are finding employee-recognition programs a better way to compensate brokers for good performance. Fifty-three per cent of the 119 brokerage managers participating in Canadian Underwriter’s 2022 National Broker Survey touted employee-recognition