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Executive Outlook 2021: Shawn DeSantis, Navacord

December 18, 2020 by Adam Malik

Shawn DeSantis, President, CEO, Navacord Corp. The pandemic has reshaped our industry — and is still reshaping it — with rapid change and innovation. Going forward, brokers will need to adopt and adapt to these changes across our expertise, people,

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Executive Outlook 2021: Philomena Comerford, Baird MacGregor

December 18, 2020 by Adam Malik

Philomena Comerford, President, CEO, Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP & Hargraft Schofield Deemed an essential service, most tech-savvy brokerages deftly pivoted to a remote workforce model when COVID shut down the economy in March. Necessity became the mother of invention.

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Regulator cautions brokers about sharing and storing client data

December 15, 2020 by David Gambrill

As the pandemic continues to plunge Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry deeper into the digital space, regulators are issuing ongoing reminders — and warnings — about how brokers are sharing and storing their clients’ personal data. Most recently, Peter

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Switching your client’s carrier? Don’t forget to tell the client

October 19, 2020 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba broker received a $250 fine recently for failing to advise a client that his policy had been moved to a different insurer until two weeks after the policy had expired. In its decision, the Insurance Council of Manitoba

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What brokers can do more of to help their clients protect against flood risk

August 27, 2020 by David Gambrill

Canadians understand that flood damage has increased, but they don’t necessarily know to protect their homes against it, according to joint research conducted by RSA Canada and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada. The research suggests an opportunity for Canadian P&C

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Why this BrokerLink exec thinks COVID could accelerate brokerage M&A

August 12, 2020 by David Gambrill

Before the pandemic, hard market conditions and the increasing digitization of brokerages were already reasons for some broker principals to ponder selling the business and moving on, but the novel coronavirus may have further accelerated the pace of M&A, says

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The link between the Edmonton Oilers and Arthur J. Gallagher’s latest acquisition

August 5, 2020 by David Gambrill

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Edmonton, Alta.-based Insight Insurance & Risk Management Ltd., the official insurance brokerage of NHL hockey’s Edmonton Oilers. Founded in 2013 by CEO Alexis Harke, Insight is a retail insurance broker serving clients throughout

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IBAO updates awards program to salute community leadership during the pandemic

July 30, 2020 by David Gambrill

Shortly after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus to be a global pandemic, when Canadian P&C insurance industry employees first started to work from home remotely to avoid the spread of the virus, Canadian Underwriter asked brokers in

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Broker fined $2K for obtaining premium relief for a client while unlicenced

July 10, 2020 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba broker was recently fined $2,000 after obtaining premium relief for a client within hours of being told by the regulator that he was unlicensed to act as a broker. On Dec. 19, 2018, Darcy Dion Boguski completed the

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Brokers urged to stay on top of coverage changes as businesses re-open

June 22, 2020 by David Gambrill

Brokers are advised to be aware of the “second wave” — and that doesn’t refer to the anticipated increase in the number of novel coronavirus infections in the fall. No, brokers are now being cautioned about the new wave of

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

June 2, 2020 by David Gambrill

Many insurance professionals in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry are taking a long-term view of the global novel coronavirus pandemic, seeing a world beyond the point at which a vaccine is developed and the virus no longer presents

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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