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Bar owners that offer rare wine and spirits carve takeout business model

July 8, 2020 by Salmaan Farooqui -  THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Bar and restaurant owners who deal in specialty alcohol say they’ve carved out a new business model around Ontario’s relaxed rules for takeout liquor, and they’ll fight to make the system permanent. In late March, the Ontario government

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Navacord expands east into three more provinces

July 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With four new partnerships announced July 6, commercial brokerage Navacord now has offices in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. “We are now coast to coast,” Navacord executive chairman T. Marshall Sadd said Monday in an interview. Cooke

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Quebec health minister threatens to lock down bars if COVID rules are violated

July 7, 2020 by Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec’s health minister threatened owners of bars and other venues across the province on Monday, saying he won’t hesitate to shut them down if COVID-19 public health directives are not followed. Describing the scenes at some establishments over

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Why remote workers should stay where they are

July 6, 2020 by Adam Malik

Staff members who are working from home should stay there for the foreseeable future, one risk leader recommends. Scott Fotus, vice president of risk services at Hub, stated his recommendation during a webinar hosted by Hub, Workplace Safety: Employer Obligations

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How insurtech Lemonade’s IPO is going so far

July 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Despite the pandemic-induced economic downturn, an insurtech that promises tenants quotes within minutes started trading this week on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares of Lemonade Inc. rose sharply July 2, closing at US$69.41, more than double the price at

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COVID-19 sparks debate about U.S. adjuster use in Calgary

July 3, 2020 by David Gambrill

COVID-19 appears to be kindling proud sentiments about employing Canadian adjusters, after social media posts triggered an age-old debate about using U.S. adjusters to handle catastrophe claims in Canada. Twitter was abuzz with comments after Global News posted a piece

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Brokers who did these things fared better in the pandemic

July 3, 2020 by Adam Malik

Brokers who were nimble, ready to change with the times, and acted pro-actively when COVID-19 first emerged as a threat are the ones faring the best three months later, one broker leader says. Those who didn’t are struggling. “Those brokers

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Paper cheques are still around, but for how much longer?

June 29, 2020 by Adam Malik

Sending paper cheques may soon be a thing of the past — and it could be thanks to COVID-19. The global novel coronavirus pandemic that shut down many businesses and forced much of the workforce to operate out of their

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Here’s how P&C pros say the recession will impact insurance

June 26, 2020 by Adam Malik

The recession will be long and painful so brokers and insurers need to settle in and do what they do best, property and casualty experts said. And don’t be surprised if some mergers and acquisitions activity push forward as tough

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How the industry can take advantage of artificial intelligence

June 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokerages who use artificial intelligence could find opportunities to upsell based on changes in a client’s lifestyle, according to a software vendor executive. The more data you feed a machine learning model and the more you train it, the better

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Opinion: What’s the future of remote work for brokers post-pandemic?

June 17, 2020 by Nick Novinger, Regional Manager (Quebec), Canadian Insurance Brokers Inc.

One question top of mind for brokers and their clients is: Will this remote work environment be something that we’ll see for the long term? Maybe not entirely, but there are parts we can take to make the broker world

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Operating efficiently during COVID-19

May 9, 2020 by Steve Whitelaw, Vice President of Industry and Partner Relations, Applied Systems

How to keep relationships, both internal and external, strong in today’s reality