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How to actually improve diversity on your board

March 11, 2021 by Jason Contant

Data show that most directors are interested in diversity — at least in theory — on their boards, but that doesn’t always translate into real change. A new blog written by the leader and a principal of PwC’s Governance Insights

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The 2 ‘power skills’ needed for the new world of work

March 10, 2021 by Jason Contant

Learning and development (L&D) leaders across Canada have cited resilience and digital fluency as the two most important “power skills” for the new world of work in 2021, one year after the COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. “There are

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What it’s like being hired in a pandemic

March 10, 2021 by Adam Malik

The process of getting hired might be shorter in terms of start to finish these days during a pandemic when everything is virtual, but much more is happening along the way, according to a brokerage leader who recently went through

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What insurers aren’t passing on to their clients

March 9, 2021 by Adam Malik

Canadian consumers are still foggy about the purpose and content of their home, auto and business insurance, and the onus is on the industry to help them understand, a pair of industry executives said during a recent webinar. Discussions with

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Aviva Canada wants to talk to you about reducing your carbon footprint

March 8, 2021 by David Gambrill

Aviva plc has set an aggressive target to become a net zero carbon emissions company by 2040. “Aviva is taking bold steps to help tackle the climate crisis,” Amanda Blanc, Aviva Group’s CEO, said when announcing the 2040 Net Zero

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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