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“Antivirus on steroids:” One way to protect your clients from ransomware

March 16, 2022 by David Gambrill

To help clients detect their cyber exposures, insurers are recommending ‘powerful’ preventative measures such as endpoint detection responses (EDR) — dubbed ‘antivirus on steroids.’ Used in combination with multi-factor authentication, EDR is deemed superior to traditional anti-virus software because the

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What BrokerLink looks for in an M&A deal

March 7, 2022 by Jason Contant

BrokerLink looks at best practices when making an acquisition, recognizing that each deal is unique and doesn’t follow a boiler template, says the brokerage’s president, Joe D’Annunzio. “One of the things for us is we look at best practices,” D’Annunzio

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Insurers hope privacy legislation reboot will bring harmony

November 3, 2021 Philip Porado

Canada’s existing privacy regulations – including federal law and province-specific legislation in Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta – can’t keep up with changing technology and are due for an update, said panellists at an Insurance Bureau of Canada regulatory affairs

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Look for AI to “hyper-personalize” customer experience in 3-5 years: Aviva exec

July 20, 2021 by David Gambrill

Hyper-personalization of customer experience in three to five years’ time is a big reason why the property and casualty insurance industry is ramping up the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning now, an Aviva Canada tech executive suggests. “I

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Digital experimentation: How to avoid the shiny object syndrome

May 20, 2021 by David Gambrill

While the insurance industry is hearing a lot of messages these days about the importance of experimenting with new digital technologies — i.e. witness the increased use of terms such as “agility,” “nimble,” “pivoting,” and “failing fast” — a business

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Mitchell & Whale’s bold new plan to become a Top 20 brokerage by 2030

May 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

By aiming for a customer experience that consumers expect and receive from non-insurance companies, Mitchell and Whale is planning to become a Top 20 national broker by 2030. “We are not targeting an experience that we know exists inside of

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InsurTech North speaker: What may work for desktop may not work for mobile

April 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

When it comes to shopping for insurance online, the consumer experience will vary across platforms, something that isn’t always discussed when the industry talks about digitizing its customer experience. The matter came up recently during ‘Key Touchpoints in the Customer

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What the future underwriter will look like

March 1, 2021 by David Gambrill

Underwriters of the future are going to look a lot more like technology trailblazers, data pioneers, dealmakers, portfolio optimizers, and risk detectives, according to a new report by Deloitte. “To remain competitive, insurers should accelerate underwriting transformation,” Deloitte states in

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Accenture appoints lead for advancing cloud technology in Canada

February 5, 2021 by David Gambrill

To help Canadian organizations accelerate their digital transformations and rapidly become ‘cloud-first’ organizations, Accenture has appointed Jennifer Jackson as Cloud First Lead for Canada. “Jennifer plays a vital role as head of our technology practice in Canada,” Jeffrey Russell, president

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Digital brokers: Should you build your own tech, or buy someone else’s?

October 22, 2020 by David Gambrill

Okay, so your brokerage is going digital: Should you build your own technology, or buy someone else’s? The answer is largely situational, with panellists at the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario’s 2020 virtual convention offering their best advice to brokers

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How COVID accelerated broker tech by 4-5 years

October 21, 2020 by David Gambrill

COVID-19 has been good for the broker channel, in the sense that it has accelerated digital growth at brokerages by at least four to five years, a digital broker told the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) virtual convention Wednesday.

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40-year industry vet discusses his take on tech: Does it help or hinder?

October 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When Bob Tisdale started his insurance career in the late 1970s, his employer at the time was just starting to adopt computers. “A lot of people at the time predicted that that was going to be the end of everybody’s