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How to improve worker satisfaction during “The Great Re-Shuffle”

April 29, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Employee development may be key to increasing worker satisfaction and increasing talent equity, suggests one panellist during the Insurance Institute of Canada’s Pivot with Purpose webinar.   Instead of viewing employees as assets, companies should see them as investments, explains

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Adapting management styles for the post-COVID workplace

April 28, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Managers must develop different management skills for the post-COVID world, say panellists at the Insurance Institute of Canada’s Pivot with Purpose webinar.  As many organizations begin their transition to a hybrid work model, companies have a responsibility to adapt their

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How ESG offers a competitive advantage

April 22, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Prioritizing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues is part of a company’s long-term competitive success, and panellists in a recent webinar shared examples of why.   For example, companies that focus on ESG — and social responsibility in particular —

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Behind the P&C industry’s record-setting grad cohort

March 3, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The Insurance Institute of Canada is celebrating 1,201 Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) graduates this year, the highest number of graduates in any year since it was established in 1899.   “In a typical year, we graduate about 900 to 1,000

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5 skills insurance pros need in a more virtual world

June 30, 2021 by Adam Malik

Everyone in the insurance industry today must have a minium of five skills, and companies need to hire and manage to these skills, according to an insurance executive. Digital skills, emotional intelligence, resiliency, people-centricity, and being a team player are

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Tips for accelerating your insurance career

March 17, 2021 by Jason Contant

If Ernest Mashingaidze has one piece of advice he could share with his early career self, it would be to not fear the mystical creature. “How many times have people looked at a job application and it says you need

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Why you need to define your personal brand early in your career

March 16, 2021 by Jason Contant

Defining your personal brand early in your insurance career path can pay dividends in the long-run, viewers attending an Insurance Institute of Canada webinar heard recently. Three-quarters of lifetime earnings are defined within the first 10 years of a person’s

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Licensing exams now offered in a virtual format

February 9, 2021 by Jason Contant

Licensing exams for Ontario’s brokers are now available in an online, virtually-proctored format, the result of a partnership between the Insurance Institute of Canada and Ontario’s broker regulator RIBO (Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario). “This is welcome news to many

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How new equivalencies for Alberta broker wannabes will work

October 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

For Alberta brokerages, the ability to use a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation won’t necessarily make it easier for brokers to get licensed, but it will probably provide a better learning experience, officials with the Insurance Institute of Canada suggest.

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Watch out for these ‘nefarious’ ways of eating brokers’ lunch

August 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers could be in for a nasty surprise if the concept of bundling auto insurance with vehicle lease or purchases catches on in Canada, a Symposium West speaker warned last week. An auto manufacturer is “not a traditional competitor” in

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Thoughts on industry consolidation from a retiring CEO

August 26, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Consolidation in the insurance industry is reducing consumer choice and putting more pressure on employees, Steve Smith, president and CEO of Cambridge, Ont.-based Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan Inc., said during his second last week on the job. “To me it’s

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The better way to sell insurance to Millennials

August 20, 2018 by Jason Contant

If the insurance industry wishes to sell more products to Millennials, the industry must adapt to what Millennials want, and not the other way around, according to a recent white paper from Cake & Arrow, a New York City-based agency