ILScorp Job Posting: Learning Management Specialist / Developer

ILScorp Job Posting: Learning Management Specialist / Developer

Job Summary:

We are looking for a Learning Management System (LMS) professional to help our team oversee and maintain our server infrastructure and proprietary LMS system. This person will develop provided LMS content and create traditional PHP/Java-based web services to implement into our global LMS strategy. 

The Learning Management Specialist shall provide technical best practices and recommendations to programmers and instructional designers to load content onto the Learning Management Systems and provide production and development support as a key member of the IT team.

Candidate must be a quick learner and able to work effectively both independently and in a team environment. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, enthusiastic, self-starting team player.

Qualifications:

· Must have experience with PHP, HTML, and JavaScript

· Microsoft SQL or MySQL Database knowledge required

· Effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing

· Excellent Problem-solving skills, analytical and organizational skills and demonstrates close attention to detail

Job Description:

  • Troubleshooting online course content and various LMS related issues
  • Upgrade existing applications for efficiency and usability with new modifications
  • Publish new courses and updating existing course content
  • Build/upgrade Web applications according to client needs
  • Design and implement web-specific applications/tools for LMS administration

· Document procedures, technical instructions and business knowledge

  • Troubleshoot WordPress related issues
  • Run custom database queries according to client needs using standard SQL tools
  • Manage Windows Server applications and troubleshoot same
  • Maintain employee email management via Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Troubleshoot any network related issues both internally and externally

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with various programming languages
  • LMS Proficiency

· Understanding of Software developing life cycles (SDLC)

· Strong understanding of programming logic/workflow, and data population

· Experience in data analysis, SQL, and object-oriented programming languages

· Full Stack, Object-Oriented, API experience, etc., not required but a definite plus

Company Description:

ILS Corp is an industry leader in Canada, providing internet-based insurance training. Building on more than two decades of live insurance training, in 2000, ILS Corp went online with ilscorp.com and became the first independent organization to offer online continuing education and insurance licensing preparation training. In 2007, ILS Corp offered the first insurance education courses in a video-streaming format. Today, ILS Corp continues to be the insurance training course provider of choice for more than 21,000 Canadian insurance professionals.

We are a company built on a deep network of expertise, and our IT teams are extremely skilled at creating progressive solutions in an ever-changing online education field.

Location: Comox, BC

Job Type: Part-Time / 20 hours – with possible opportunity for future increase in hours

Wage: TBA – Based on experience

Please email resume and cover letter to careers@ilscorp.com

Providing for aging loved ones requires knowledge of resources, experts say

Providing for aging loved ones requires knowledge of resources, experts say

By David Paddon

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO _ COVID-19’s devastating impact on seniors in the months since the virus became a global menace has many Canadians wondering what can be done to protect their aging loved ones.

Experts say that too often, people fail to anticipate the long-term needs of aging and are unaware of the various forms of government assistance available to them.

A good way to start the planning process is to learn about the multitude of government programs and tax credits that can reduce the financial burdens for seniors and their families, says Robyn Thompson, president of Castlemark Wealth Management in Toronto.

“Take free money where you can,” Thompson says.  “Make use of all the available resources. And then look to your investments and your portfolio after that.”

For example, Canada Revenue Agency lists 134 different types of medical expenses that are eligible to reduce taxable income.

“There have (also) been some pretty interesting government initiatives that have come out to try to help seniors and help them through this pandemic,” Thompson says.

But even without an event like the pandemic, Thompson says families should be proactive about making adjustments now after determining what their seniors may need in future.

For example, if the senior is likely to live in their own home or their child’s home, Thompson suggests having a budget to install ramps, stair lifts or an accessible bathroom.

In that case, she says, a parent’s life insurance policy could eventually be used to compensate a child who did paid for that type of expense.

Alternatively, it may be necessary to have the funds available for the senior to move into a retirement home or long-term care facility that provides more support services.

Isobel Mackenzie, the B.C. government’s seniors advocate, says each province provides some sort of subsidy for seniors in nursing homes or long-term care facility.

These types of facilities provide extensive medical support and the basics of living for people who may be physically or mentally unable to take care of themselves.

But details of who qualifies for subsidies vary by province, she adds.

“In B.C., and most provinces, it’s based on your income. Or there’s a flat fee and then there’s a discount if you have low income,” Mackenzie says.

“You do pay something towards it but everybody can afford it. It’s designed that way.”

Some provinces, but not all, provide some support for assisted living or retirement home living, which provide less medical intervention than long-term care.

“So, for example, Ontario doesn’t give any financial support for that. Alberta gives quite a bit of support. And B.C. gives some support,” Mackenzie says.

Similarly, she says, only some provinces provide funding for personal support workers for seniors who have medical or mobility needs but still live at home.

“The degree to which it’s available varies from province to province and the degree to which people have to pay for it varies from province to province,” Mackenzie says.

Ontario, for example, pays the cost of at-home visits by personal support workers.

Colin Marcus, a financial planner at YourLife Financial in Toronto, says some of his clients in their 80s now are still living independently but they’ve got the funds to make choices about where they can go if the need arises.

Often they want to avoid becoming a burden on their kids, Marcus says.

“Nobody wants to do that, either financially or emotionally or physically.”

 

 

B.C. report says condo insurance market ‘unhealthy,’ premiums up 40 per cent

B.C. report says condo insurance market ‘unhealthy,’ premiums up 40 per cent

VANCOUVER _ A report commissioned by the B.C. government says insurance premiums for condominium buildings have increased by as much as 40 per cent year over year while deductible costs have tripled.

Blair Morrison, chief executive officer of The B.C. Financial Services Authority, says the state of the insurance market for condo buildings is unhealthy.

He says despite large increases in the cost of insurance, the situation has yet to stabilize, likely meaning further increases for condo councils, known as strata councils in B.C.

The report says some councils are at risk of not being able to obtain full insurance coverage for the buildings they oversee.

Authority vice-president Frank Chong says B.C.’s earthquake risk and insurance losses over the past three years from numerous minor claims due to poor building maintenance are among the reasons for the higher costs.

Chong says a final report will be completed by this fall after consultations with the government, the industry and condo owners.

A representative for B.C.’s insurance industry was not immediately available for comment.

Canadian man diagnosed with brain tumour while on vacation in Thailand dies

Sean Davidson, CTV News Toronto

A Canadian man who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in Thailand last winter and fought with his insurance company to get home for surgery has died.

Kitchener, Ont. resident Alex Witmer and his wife Jennifer Witmer, who had been living in New Brunswick, quit their jobs earlier last year and went on a trip to Thailand before planning to relocate to Toronto.

The couple was about a month into their trip when the 30-year-old began suffering from a severe migraine. They went to the hospital in Koh Samui and after doctors completed scans they were given the devastating news that he had a tumour deep inside his brain.

Their insurance company, Allianz Global Assistance, initially rejected the $265,000 air ambulance flight home because Alex reported a headache during an emergency room visit in Moncton a month before their trip. Days later, the insurance company reversed the decision and he eventually flew home to Canada and underwent surgery in Ottawa.

The tumours were originally thought to be benign but after a second pathology report doctors revealed his tumour was in fact cancerous.

According to Jennifer, he was diagnosed with epithelioid glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.

She announced on Instagram that he died on Sunday.

 

Economical Insurance will donate $200,000 to Canadian charities driving change in their community

Employee and broker-driven campaign, Choose Your Charity, supports communities in need

Press Release:

Economical Insurance is proud to announce that it will be granting donations to 13 community-based organizations in areas neighbouring Economical offices across the country, through an employee and broker-driven Choose Your Charity.

Normal life – along with significant portions of the Canadian economy – has been significantly disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic and a shifting societal landscape. For many Canadians, the services provided by the not-for-profit sector and community-driven organizations have become more essential than ever. The impact of COVID-19 requires additional funds to assist with health care and mental health supports. The Choose Your Charity program may also provide assistance for organizations that are furthering anti-racism causes or unique needs that have resulted from the hardships of 2020.

“Our Choose Your Charity campaign is focused on supporting registered charities whose needs have increased or been neglected, and whose mandates have a positive community impact,” said David Bradfield, Vice-President, Marketing and Communication at Economical Insurance. “This campaign empowers our employees and our broker partners to nominate and advocate for the needs they believe are the most significant in their community.”

Employees and broker partners of Economical will be able to nominate and vote for charitable organizations from coast-to-coast between now and late June to determine which final charities will receive a combined donation of $200,000.

In response to the present and growing needs of surrounding communities, Economical Insurance has already taken action to pivot its corporate social responsibility (CSR) planning for 2020. Over the last few months, Economical has:

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s crucial to acknowledge that the world is changing in other ways. Thousands of protesters have recently taken to the streets – and to social media – in a show of solidarity with the anti-black racism movement,” said Bradfield. “Choose Your Charity is intended to provide diverse support to assist any organization in need.”

The nomination period of Choose Your Charity is now open for the employees and broker-partners of Economical. As a proud supporter of Canadian charities and causes that directly protect the safety and security, youth and education, and health and wellness of Canadians — Economical remains focused on driving true change for Canadians through community funding.

Economical will announce the selected charities in the weeks to come.

About Economical Insurance
Economical Mutual Insurance Company (“Economical” or “Economical Insurance”, which includes its subsidiaries where the context so requires) is a leading property and casualty insurer in Canada, with approximately $2.6 billion in annualized gross written premiums, based on the quarter ending March 31, 2020, and over $5.8 billion in assets as at March 31, 2020. Economical is a Canadian-owned and operated company that services the insurance needs of more than one million customers.

SOURCE Economical Insurance

www.economicalinsurance.com

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