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Health Canada says vaccine boosters will be approved more easily

March 4, 2021 by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Health Canada says it won’t require new clinical trial data from vaccine makers on booster shots being developed to target new variants of COVID-19. Instead, the regulator will rely more heavily on lab tests on blood samples, which

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6 principles for P&C leaders on return to office work

March 4, 2021 by Jason Contant

Leaders in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry should resist the following two urges: 1) making a hasty decision to return to work; and 2) mimicking high-profile companies that quickly announce plans to embrace remote work permanently. These are

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How the pandemic made for better strategic planning

March 3, 2021 by Adam Malik

The COVID-19 pandemic forced one insurance association to change how they typically map out their future. The result ended up being a product they believe is better than something that would have been produced in normal times. For many, planning

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Brokerages snapped up coast-to-coast in latest M&A deals

March 3, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canadian brokerage acquisitions continue coast-to-coast with the recent purchases of four brokerages in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick. Navacord, B.C.-based brokerage Waypoint Insurance, Archway Insurance and Westland Insurance Group (which bought two brokerages) all made acquisition announcements at

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How Western Financial made its presence known in Atlantic Canada

March 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Western Financial Group is taking a non-controlling interest in Saint John, N.B.-based Huestis Insurance Group. The exact terms of the deal, announced Feb. 23, were not disclosed, other than it will give the High River, Alta.-based Western Financial a “significant”

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NFP in Canada welcomes new president

March 1, 2021 by Jason Contant

John Haas is the new president of the brokerage NFP in Canada. He will oversee all strategic and operational aspects of NFP’s business in Canada, collaborating closely with the current leadership team. He will lead the expansion of NFP’s footprint

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How a shrinking office footprint can grow your company

February 26, 2021 by Adam Malik

You can grow your business by shrinking the office footprint, as long as you do it correctly, the CEO of Travelers Canada says. Several P&C insurance company executives are openly discussing how much office space they might actually need once

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Would your client actually buy a pandemic risk product?

February 25, 2021 by Jason Contant

Even if insurance products were available for pandemic risk specifically, several businesses say they wouldn’t anticipate becoming more dependent on risk financing or insurance as a result, according to the results of a global survey from Aon. Few companies have

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Workplace Vaccination: Should you force your staff to vaccinate?

February 25, 2021 by Adam Malik

Enforcing a vaccination policy on staff is fraught with challenges, a brokerage expert warned. It’s a hot-button issue in the industry, according to the results of a recent online survey of more than 1,150 P&C insurance professionals conducted by Canadian

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When Economical plans to hold final demutualization vote

February 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An all-policyholders’ vote on demutualization is scheduled this spring, Economical Insurance announced this week. “The process for getting this meeting on the calendar is on track,” said John Bowey, chairman of Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical, in an update posted Feb. 22

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Workplace Vaccination: A gateway to workplace wellness discussions

February 24, 2021 by Adam Malik

Discussions about workers’ well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic have opened the door to broader discussions about workplace health and benefits, one brokerage executive has noticed. If employers want their staff healthy and working productively, they need to make sure staff

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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