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Knowledge transfer key as senior leaders retire: Demographic report

June 2, 2023 by David Gambrill

Demographic patterns show an emerging need for knowledge transfer strategies while finding qualified people to fill vacated leadership and management positions due to retirement, according to a survey of industry HR professionals for the Insurance Institute of Canada’s 2022-23 industry

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Why the industry needs to stop saying they “fell” into insurance

April 20, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

If you asked a room of insurance professionals how they got into the business, they’ll probably tell you they “fell into it.”  But the industry is doing itself a disservice by being so “self-deprecating,” suggested Rob Marsh, president of Liberty

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How the recession will affect personal lines

January 24, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

An impending recession could mean unaffordability for personal lines policyholders who make up almost half (49%) of the industry’s direct property premiums, an expert at the Insurance Institute of Canada’s Industry Trends & Predictions: 2023 webinar said. Insurers will need to

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How to develop the P&C industry’s future leaders

November 8, 2022 by Jason Contant

It’s important for women in Canada’s insurance industry to hear stories about the paths other women leaders have taken to achieve success, said the winner of a national leadership award from the Insurance Institute of Canada. “We need to give

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How this industry leader has seen the industry evolve

November 8, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Carol Jardine, winner of a national leadership award from the Insurance Institute of Canada, started her career in the insurance industry while she was studying chemical engineering technology at college. She was working at an insurance company while finishing her

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Aviva exec to lead Insurance Institute’s board

October 27, 2022 by Jason Contant

Aviva Canada CEO Jason Storah has been elected chairman of the board of governors of the Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC). Storah, who is based in Toronto, was elected following IIC’s 69th annual general meeting, held on Oct. 25 in

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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