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Got retention problems? P&C firms with diverse leadership don’t

March 28, 2024 by Alyssa DiSabatino

If your brokerage is looking to solve its labour retention problems, consider this: The more diverse a P&C brokerage’s leadership team is, the less likely staff are to consider leaving their jobs. So finds a Canadian Underwriter survey, asking P&C

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Is your board looking at their own diversity?

December 5, 2023 by Jason Contant

It’s no longer sufficient for insurance industry board members to talk about diversity across the organization — boards need to actively look at their own diversity and address any gaps, KPMG suggested in a recent thought leadership piece.  “To build

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How deliberate, diverse recruiting can fill brokers’ talent gaps

November 8, 2023 Alyssa Di Sabatino

Property and casualty (P&C) brokerages continue to report trouble finding qualified new recruits. That’s led many in the P&C insurance industry to suggest firms widen the hiring lens and open recruitment to a more diverse range of candidates. It seems

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Why you might need a diversity, equity and inclusion partner

September 28, 2023 Alyssa Di Sabatino

Need some help with your brokerage’s efforts to develop a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace? Consider partnering with another organization to create recruiting or other interim partnerships, suggested Craig Pinnock, chief financial officer of Northbridge Financial Corporation. “These are the

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How Canada’s brokers can move the needle on DEI

September 26, 2023 Alyssa Di Sabatino

Don’t have the resources to embark on large-scale diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs? You can still get started by simply committing your brokerage to change. “If you’re a small brokerage, maybe you don’t have the resources, I think the

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What Canadian P&C workers look like today

June 5, 2023 by David Gambrill

Canada’s property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry workers are more diverse, younger, and better-educated than they were five years ago, according to the Insurance Institute of Canada’s 2022-23 demographics research report. Three-quarters of the more than 4,700 Canadian P&C industry

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Top 3 ways Canada’s insurance brokerages promote diversity

April 6, 2023 Philip Porado

Regardless of how far along Canadian brokerages are in their efforts to build diverse workplaces, they are in general agreement about the best ways to get there. And that’s the case even among firms that acknowledge they haven’t yet made

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Which factors impact DEI programs at P&C brokerages

April 3, 2023 Philip Porado

The size of a Canadian P&C brokerage and the makeup of its senior leadership continues to drive whether employees have access to formal diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs. A Canadian Underwriter online survey, fielded in Jan. and Feb. 2023, and

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Why your brokerage needs a blog — and what you should write about

October 26, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Blogging isn’t dead. In fact, it may be an underrated way for brokerages to deliver expertise to their customer base, according to a market research expert speaking at the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) Convention. Diversity is of particular

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Diversity, equity and inclusion: Asking the ‘uncomfortable’ questions

October 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If you think it’s a challenge to improve diversity at your brokerage, you should also view it as an opportunity, Ontario brokers heard Wednesday at the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario convention. Many brokerages are family-operated, Gore Mutual chief people

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Debbie Thompson, past president, IBAO

March 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Debbie Thompson, Manager, Risk and Insurance, Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Canada’s P&C insurance industry is making good progress on increasing female representation of women in the C-suite, but more needs to be done to mentor future women

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Heena Patel, RSA Canada

March 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Heena Patel, Senior Vice President, Chief Auditor, RSA Canada Advertising to more potential job candidates and raising awareness among managers about unconscious bias are among the measures the property and casualty insurance industry can take to help women advance into