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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 29, 2020 by David Gambrill

It’s often been said that insurance is a “people business,” but establishing and maintaining personal relationships is challenged by social distancing requirements to prevent the spread of a global pandemic. Certain professional roles within the industry are perhaps more suited

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These types of businesses are in serious need of a cyber policy

May 28, 2020 by David Gambrill

With ransomware and financial fraud on the rise, smaller businesses in Canada are vulnerable, particularly less-sophisticated organizations that move large amounts of money. For smaller brokerage houses selling cyber, examples of your next opportunities may be car dealers, people involved

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 28, 2020 by David Gambrill

Running day-to-day operations is a challenge when your employees aren’t all in the same physical location. Although the Canadian P&C insurance industry is an essential service (and is therefore allowed to keep its offices open), most the industry’s workforce has

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How the pandemic could make it easier for brokers to sell insurance

May 28, 2020 by Adam Malik

Brokers may find it easier to persuade clients to buy insurance coverages that have been traditionally harder to sell, because the COVID-19 pandemic has turned a previously far-fetched risk scenario into a reality. “It doesn’t have to be pandemic coverage

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 27, 2020 by David Gambrill

In an age of social distancing, contactless claims resolution is an important part of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Canadian Underwriter has talked to those in the claims industry about how to do their jobs safely in the

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Broker loses licence for failing to disclose two of his bankruptcies

May 25, 2020 by David Gambrill

A B.C. broker received a two-year licence suspension and a $7,500 fine for failing to disclose two of his bankruptcies to the province’s broker regulator. Amarpal Singh Atwal, who has been licensed as a broker since 1983, filed for bankruptcy

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Carrier exec calls for BMS vendors to move away from developing third-party rating tools

May 22, 2020 by David Gambrill

Broker management system (BMS) tech vendors need to move away from spending time, effort and money on developing third-party rating tools used for comparison quoting, an insurance company executive said at a recent webinar on broker-carrier connectivity. Instead, they should

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What smaller brokerages need to sell cyber to SMEs

May 21, 2020 by David Gambrill

Smaller brokerages need improved tools to sell cyber insurance to small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs), a cyber insurer told Canadian Underwriter recently. The industry is currently working to provide those tools, which may include a scaled version of the third-party

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 21, 2020 by David Gambrill

Electronic signatures, also known as “eSignatures,” are basically the digital equivalent of handwritten signatures. Quite a few eSignature options are available to brokers and their clients. Some wonder if a universal standard may apply. We raised the issue recently with

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 20, 2020 by David Gambrill

In a world of working remotely from home during a global pandemic, Internet bandwidth is of primary importance for brokers to be able to serve their clients. But when the P&C insurance industry started migrating their workplace out of the

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 19, 2020 by David Gambrill

Do you have questions about how the novel coronavirus pandemic is affecting your business continuity planning? Canadian Underwriter has answers. We spoke recently with Steve Whitelaw, vice president of broker and industry partnerships at Applied, shortly after airing the first

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How Aon avoided laying off employees

April 30, 2020 by Adam Malik

Aon Canada employees will see their salaries reduced as part of an effort to ensure that no one at the company is laid off as a result of the economic upheaval created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The brokerage provided Canadian