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Balancing insurance innovation and regulation

May 24, 2019 by Adam Malik

Consumers are experiencing innovation when it comes to buying cars, clothes, music and more. So when it comes to insurance, they’re expecting the same types of experiences. But they’re not entirely getting it. Ontario consumers can buy car insurance online.

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New cyber insurance platform offers quotes using single piece of data

May 23, 2019 by Jason Contant

While online quote and bind systems have historically been cumbersome, one specialist insurer will soon offer a cyber insurance platform with single-question quoting capabilities. Using a single piece of client data, brokers will be able generate a cyber insurance quote

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Paid IoT Solutions and Claims Reductions

May 17, 2019 Eddy Solutions

At just after 10 am on an average Thursday morning, a 20-floor apartment building in downtown Toronto experienced a leak in their riser stack between the 5th and 6th floor. The leak was detected by an IoT sensor system, which

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Making auto reform happen

May 16, 2019 by Adam Malik

Insurance reform is long overdue, says the head of a medical evaluation company. Don Kunkel, president of Ontario-based AssessMed, which operates in eight provinces, says previous efforts to reform auto insurance have produced results that have been less than desired.

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Munich Re Canada appoints new president and CEO

May 14, 2019 by Jason Contant

Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada and Temple Insurance Company (a part of Munich Re) has appointed Claus-Ulrich Kroll as president and CEO of both companies. In his new role, Kroll will be responsible for the operation of all of Munich

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Canadian companies paying high cybercrime bills

May 13, 2019 by Adam Malik

Malicious insiders and malware attacks are costing Canadian companies. New research from global professional services company Accenture and data protection research firm Ponemon Institute pegged the average cost of cybercrime to a Canadian company at more than $12 million in

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Are you prepared for insurance quotes through Google Home and Amazon Echo?

May 10, 2019 by David Gambrill

“Google Home, Amazon Echo, buy me auto insurance for my new, black 2019 Hyundai Sontata.” If you are a broker, would you be able to handle this voice request for an auto insurance quote? If not, you’d better start strategizing

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Why brokers must have a CRM in the digital age

May 9, 2019 by David Gambrill

Customers in the digital age expect to hear back from brokers immediately, so if brokers don’t start investing in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems soon, well — good luck, says Dave Vass, vice president of innovation at Trufla Technology. Vass

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Former Economical Insurance CEO joins another board

May 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Karen Gavan, former CEO of the first Canadian property and casualty insurer to start the demutualization process, is now on the board of directors of HSBC Canada. Gavan (pictured) was CEO of Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical Insurance from 2011 through 2016.

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How smart speakers could ruin your reputation

May 2, 2019 by Jason Contant

Connecting consumers with brokers and insurers through voice technology has already begun, but a new blog from Harvard Business Review is warning companies that their reputation could be at risk. The blog was written for general business audiences, but included

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How Canada’s banks are tackling identity theft risk

May 1, 2019 By David Paddon - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Canada’s biggest banks marked the official launch of the Verified.Me digital identity network on Wednesday, following years of development and testing with their partner SecureKey Technologies Inc. The banks see Verified.Me as the beginning of a more secure

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Should your clients have a chief security officer on the board?

April 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Your client may or may not not need a chief security officer [CSO] on its board of directors, but cyber risk should nevertheless be high on its radar screen, speakers told insurance professionals Tuesday. “If the board doesn’t say, ‘Cyber