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How Willis Canada is handling remote work

November 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Adopting a hybrid work model makes sense for Willis Towers Watson Canada because the brokerage’s leaders learned it could trust employees who were working remotely. “We saw that during the pandemic, our productivity actually increased,” said Ofelia Isabel, managing director,

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Regulatory changes to foreign entities operating in Canada

November 10, 2021 by Jason Contant

Foreign entities operating in Canada through a branch will now have to notify the federal regulator of any potential changes to branch management “as well as any circumstances that could negatively impact their suitability,” attendees to a virtual industry event

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Get your brokers back to the office: BFL CEO

November 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Barry Lorenzetti is encouraging you to get your brokers back to the office and if you disagree, don’t hesitate to contact him for a public debate. “It’s not as if COVID is going away and we will shut off COVID

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6 tips for flexible work arrangements when everyone has different needs

November 3, 2021 by Jason Contant

As employees increasingly return to the physical office in one form or another, one thing is certain: it will be tough to satisfy everyone and there will always be employees who want or need something else. So, what’s a leader

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Online client reviews can help your brokerage

October 27, 2021 by Brooke Smith

Bad publicity is still publicity, provided you take it seriously and handle it correctly. “Reviews let us see how we’re doing and allow other potential customers to see how we’re doing in creating the best possible experience for our customers,”

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How important is brokerage size when it comes to broker compensation?

October 27, 2021 by Jason Contant

When it comes to working with brokerages, embracing the future is more important than size, said Carol Jardine, president of Wawanesa Insurance’s Canadian P&C operations. “A broker who’s embracing the future today might not be that large, but if they

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When the Canadian MGA space will get a ‘smart and self’ regulatory regime

October 25, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canada’s managing general agent association will unveil a ‘smart and self-regulatory’ regime in early November, the association’s managing director told Canadian Underwriter Monday. “This is something the association has been working on since earlier this year,” Canadian Association of Managing

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Intact discusses RSA talent, Wawanesa looks to expand footprint in Ontario

October 22, 2021 by Jason Contant

Louis Gagnon, Intact Insurance’s president of Canadian operations, is pleased with the insurer’s integration of RSA into its operations and the calibre of talent it has acquired. At the beginning of June, Intact Financial Corporation and Danish insurer Tryg A/S

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Pandemic communication between brokers and insurers needed improvement, brokerage executive says

October 19, 2021 by Jason Contant

Communication between brokers and insurers could have been better during the pandemic, a Hub International executive said during Insurance Bureau of Canada’s 2021 Commercial Insurance Symposium. “We did have some good communication, but I think there was a little bit

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Job opening: Lead this global Top 3 brokerage’s Canadian operation

October 14, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If you think you have what it takes to lead Willis Towers Watson’s Canadian corporate risk and brokerage business, the job is open and it’s not too late to apply. “We’re currently interviewing,” said Ofelia Isabel, managing director, Toronto market

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What to tell commercial clients about the Delta variant

October 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A new strain of COVID-19 is making it harder for the economy to return to normal. Brokers and employment lawyers weigh in.

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Mass personalization can enhance customer experience: PwC Canada

October 5, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

Accelerated digitization continues to drive strong M&A activity in P&C, with brokerages that prioritize the customer in their digitization strategies more likely to succeed. “Understanding the customer and how to change the customer experience will be the key differentiator for