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You’re (still) probably working too much at home

May 21, 2021 by Adam Malik

A new report shows not a whole lot has changed when it comes to how many extra hours people are putting in while working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last summer, virtual private network provider NordVPN Teams reported that

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Why the pipeline of diverse talent keeps drying up

May 20, 2021 by Adam Malik

Market conditions have led to broken talent pipelines which, in turn, have had a negative effect on companies being able to have a proper diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) program, a financial executive told a group of risk managers recently.

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How to support your P&C employees in transitioning to the new workplace

May 20, 2021 by Jason Contant

Employers in the Canadian P&C insurance industry must shift their role to supporting employees and their families following more than a year of working from home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Hub International speakers said during a webinar Wednesday.

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People analytics: How you can use employee data for internal hires

May 19, 2021 by Jason Contant

When acquiring talent, organizations should consider using employee data to glean insights into the best internal hires for their teams, one tech vendor suggests. There has been some debate within the Canadian P&C industry about whether to look outside the

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Big Moves: The P&C industry’s recent executive shuffles

May 17, 2021 by Jason Contant

Intact Financial Corporation, Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company, and brokerages NFP and Westland Insurance Group all announced changes at the senior executive level over the past week. Patrick Barbeau, Intact Patrick Barbeau will become Intact Financial Corporation’s executive vice president and

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Putting the ‘casual’ into business casual: Has it gone too far?

May 6, 2021 by Adam Malik

Does your boss show up for a video conference in a hoodie? How many times during the pandemic have you seen a cat stroll across the screen during a video meeting? Or heard children fighting in the background? Most have

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‘Pandamennial’ careers take a nosedive: Why the industry should help

May 5, 2021 by Adam Malik

Global events have delayed the career development of young insurance professionals and the P&C industry needs to figure out how to help, risk manager execs said during the recent RIMS Live 2021 virtual conference. Colleen Zitt, chief risk officer at

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Former RSA exec Ince joins major Canadian P&C mutual

May 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

After a 25-year stint at RSA Canada, Donna Ince has joined Economical Insurance as vice president, personal insurance, regional operations. Ince joined Economical Monday, a spokesperson for Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. Ince worked at RSA Canada until

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Fairfax takes a stand against using COVID as a reason to fire staff

May 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The parent company of Northbridge Insurance took a stand against cutting staff due to the pandemic. “One of the things we did last year is we said [to the president of each Fairfax-owned insurer], ‘You cannot use COVID-19 as a

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6 tips for growing your sales team

May 3, 2021 by Jason Contant

Growing your sales team involves a variety of tactics — including protecting your strengths (strong salespeople and existing customers) — and avoiding the “first-year turnover problem,” says a new blog from Harvard Business Review.  Organizations need to be purposeful about

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What P&C may find when it goes beyond its four walls

April 30, 2021 by Adam Malik

Ignoring the successes, failures and lessons learned by other industries and not applying them within the world of property and casualty insurance is a big mistake some in the industry may be making, according to a panel of experts during

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Change of plans for executive lineup at Heartland following Kings merger

April 27, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Kings Mutual CEO Cara Cameron is not staying on after the Nova Scotia-based insurer merges with Heartland Farm Mutual Inc. If approved by regulators, the Kings-Heartland deal, initially announced on Jan. 18, will take effect June 30. The merger was