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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

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How brokers can protect themselves from lawsuits during COVID-19

April 28, 2020 by David Gambrill

Broker advice and advocacy are shining brilliantly during the days of the global pandemic, with insurer products, coverage options and consumer relief packages in a constant state of flux. Many in the P&C industry have noted that broker value has

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How brokers in B.C. are handling fraud and auto insurance during COVID-19

April 23, 2020 by Jason Contant

Brokers in British Columbia are temporarily allowed to conduct insurance transactions such as vehicle insurance renewals by phone and email during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Measures are also being put in place to verify the identity of the customer

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What COVID-19 tells us about buying commercial insurance direct

April 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial clients can buy insurance online if they want, but the COVID-19 pandemic is showing the importance of having a broker to help out, suggests Darren Rodrigues, the new president of the Insurance Brokers of Toronto Region (IBTR). “In a

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What Canada’s brokers have asked of insurers on behalf of Canadians in dire straits

March 25, 2020 by David Gambrill

Canada’s national broker association issued an open letter to its insurer partners this week, recommending flexible payment options and emergency coverage extensions for clients in need, as well as support for single-office brokerages disabled by an outbreak of COVID-19 requiring

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How the taxi industry plans to deal with a lack of insurance coverage

March 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

There is a movement afoot to set-up a mutual insurer or something similar, by which Ontario taxi operators can self-insure the commercial auto insurance they need. “We are going to take a new approach, which is self-insuring,” Yellow London Taxi

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Who do you trust?

February 1, 2020 by David Gambrill

An Ontario resident approached a direct writer for an auto insurance quote in March 2005. A new customer, the man gave the insurer his name, date of birth, vehicle information and property information. Upon receiving the quote, he took his

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The same, but different

December 3, 2019 Adam Malik, Managing Editor

Hard market conditions will likely stay the same in 2020, but brokers will not. Here’s how you can expect brokers to change over the next year…

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So when is the P&C industry going to make real money in cyber?

November 28, 2019 by David Gambrill

There’s a huge opportunity for Canadian brokers during this hard market and it’s hidden in plain sight — cyber insurance. Cyber protection has been a dominant fixture in industry discussions for the past several years. The product has evolved considerably,

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Are young industry pros being set up to fail?

November 28, 2019 by Adam Malik

Young insurance professionals are being put in senior positions despite not having enough experience and it risks putting the industry in a perilous position, warns one veteran award-winning broker. Complicating matters further, she says, the industry across the board has