Brokers’ top five reads in July

The B.C. wildfires dominated CITB coverage for the month but new ventures from Aviva and Gore also intrigued readers

Daily coverage for the month of July centered on updates from British Columbia and therefore it is no surprise that the most popular article for the month was CITB’s guide to insurers in the area.

Here are the top five articles that intrigued brokers in July:

1. UPDATED: BC wildfires – What brokers need to know

The B.C. wildfires have resulted in the evacuation of more than 45,000 residents and continue to rage three weeks after they began. This article includes contact information for more than 10 insurers responding to claims in the area and other emergency resources.

2. Aviva Canada, Sharp Mobile bring discounted app offering to 50 brokers

“What we’re trying to do here is encourage other brokers to get in the [digital] game as well by making the barrier to entry that much lower,” said Tom Reid, executive director of digital broker strategy at Aviva Canada, in an interview with Canadian Insurance Top Broker for this article. “We’re putting our money where our mouth is. We’ve been talking about digitizing brokers and responding to consumer needs for some time now.”

3. Gore buys Howard Noble Insurance, promises brokers will stay independent: VP

“Gore Mutual is going to have no involvement whatsoever in the operations of the brokerage,” said Paul Jackson, Gore Mutual’s vice president of sales, marketing and distribution in an interview with Canadian Insurance Top Broker for this article. “So, the decisions [that are] made about the placement of business, individual customers, decisions around portfolios [and] which insurance companies the broker works with… are entirely within the brokerage.”

4. Ontario announces board directors for new insurance regulatory authority

The Ontario government announced it appointed two former deputy ministers and a former commissioner of the province’s securities regulator to the board of directors of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Ontario.

5. B.C. brokers penalized for bridge toll fraud

B.C. drivers with unpaid bridge toll fees of $25 or more are not permitted to renew their licenses or auto insurance policies from the Insurance Corp. of B.C. But some brokers in the province have been caught entering false receipts on behalf of clients for the purpose of clearing those fines.


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