SSQ Insurance participates in a unique research project with Le Pole Sante – HEC Montreal

QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 10, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – SSQ Insurance is proud to partner up with Le Pôle Santé – HEC Montréal to study the link between health and wellness management practices in the workplace and the most common insurance claims made by employees. By participating in such a project, the insurer hopes more will be learned about the impact that corporate practices have on the health of individuals, and help participating companies apply the findings to improve the health and wellness of their employees.

For this study, SSQ Insurance will be soliciting some of its group insurance planholders. Data gathered on a voluntary and confidential basis will be used to identify promising health and wellness workplace management strategies. These will be based on each sector’s context, in an effort to curb financial, human and social costs, improve quality of life at work as well as bolster performance and productivity. Companies who participate in the study and follow its recommendations could reap significant benefits.

The climate that Canadian companies find themselves in confirms the need for such a study. Currently, several millions of Canadians are living with a chronic illness, making it the most common category of illness. Of all chronic illnesses, mental disorders will be the number one cause of disability in high-income countries by 2030. The loss in productivity caused by mental disorders will cost Canadian companies $198 billion by 2041 – the current cost of Canada’s public health insurance plan1.

“Health problems at work and professional burnouts plague all sectors. We are very proud to partner up with Le Pôle Santé – HEC Montréal in order to help companies fight mental health issues and take concrete action for the health and wellness of their employees. This initiative is a testament to SSQ Insurance’s concern for its customers’ health,” said Geneviève Fortier, Senior Vice-President – Sales and Distribution, SSQ Insurance.

This research project, conducted with the Le Pôle Santé – HEC Montréal, is an extension of SSQ Insurance’s HealthInSight program and the initiatives spearheaded by its Innovation Team. Designed as an incentive for developing healthy habits in insureds, the Health InSight Program instills and fosters awareness by applying tangible solutions adapted to each workplace.

For more information about Le Pôle Santé – HEC Montréal, please visit polesante.hec.ca (French only).

About SSQ Insurance
Founded in 1944, SSQ Insurance is a mutualist company that puts community at the heart of insurance. With assets under management of $12 billion, SSQ Insurance is one of the largest companies in the industry. Working for a community of over three million customers, SSQ Insurance employs over 2,000 people. Leader in group insurance, the company also sets itself apart through its expertise in individual life and health insurance, general insurance and the investment sector. For more information, please visit ssq.ca.

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Roberts, G. and Grimes, K. (2011), Return on investment: mental health promotion and mental illness prevention, Canadian Policy Network at the University of Western Ontario, March, 67 pp.

Smetanin, P., Stiff, D., Briante, C., Adair, C.E., Ahmad, S. and Khan, M. (2011). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada: 2011 to 2041. RiskAnalytica on behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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Navacord’s Banner Year Continues With the Addition of Hoffmann Kool Insurance & Life Line Insurance

Navacord Corp., a leading insurance and risk management brokerage, is pleased to announce their strategic expansion in Saskatchewan with the addition of Hoffmann Kool Insurance and Life Line Insurance, effective October 1, 2019.

Both Hoffmann Kool and Life Line have proudly served the business, personal and life insurance needs of Saskatchewan communities for over thirty years. Located in Saskatoon, both offices will remain under the management of their current leadership teams.

“With eleven partnerships announced so far in 2019, we have tripled our business in five short years,” said T. Marshall Sadd, Executive Chairman of Navacord. “We are pleased at how our business model resonates with brokers and consider 2019 to be a banner year.”

“We are tremendously excited about the opportunity to join Navacord,” said Darryn Knibbs, President and CEO of Hoffmann Kool and Life Line Insurance. “Our desire was to remain an independent business but have the benefits of being part of a bigger, national broker. This is exactly what we are achieving by joining Navacord.”

This marks the second Broker Partner announcement in one week, following the addition of Vancouver Island-based Waypoint Insurance Services.

“Navacord is excited to be expanding in Saskatchewan as we focus on building the business in the province,” said Shawn DeSantis, President and CEO of Navacord. “Hoffman Kool and Life Line strategically expand our geographic footprint and increase our expertise in the province. We look forward to working with the Hoffman Kool and Life Line teams.”

About Hoffmann Kool Insurance

Hoffmann Kool Insurance has been providing a broad range of Personal and Commercial Insurance Products and Motor Vehicle Licensing for over 30 years. They pride themselves on being Saskatoon’s locally owned insurance experts who work hard to take care of their clients. Their team strives to deliver an exceptional client experience through their knowledge, technical expertise and friendliness. They know insurance can be a bit confusing which is why they help to make things clear.

About Life Line Insurance Brokers

Life Line Insurance Brokers has been providing their clients a wide selection of products and services in Saskatoon and throughout Saskatchewan for over 40 years. The Life Line team work hard to ensure clients receive affordable, understandable insurance options from advisors who have earned their trust to help them at every stage of their life.

About Navacord

Headquartered in Toronto, Navacord’s group of companies include Broker Partners across Canada and Specialty Managing General Agents. Offering risk management and consulting solutions, Navacord is committed to the success of their clients and delivering expert advice in an increasingly complex world. Broker Partners deliver local, personalized service to their clients while being supported by the additional expertise, resources and efficiencies of a national brokerage. Navacord is the preferred partner for entrepreneurial insurance brokerages seeking to collaborate and grow while maintaining their unique identity and culture.

Navacord’s local touch expands by 18 offices in B.C. with Waypoint Insurance, the largest, independently owned brokerage on Vancouver Island

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Duuo launches Rent-my-Stuff, Canada’s first peer-to-peer rental insurance

Today, Duuo, a digital insurance brand created by The Co-operators, announced its launch of Rent-my-Stuff Insurance, Canada’s first on-demand digital insurance for peer-to-peer sharing platforms.Now available through Traveling Munchkin, a Canadian platform that allows parents to find and rent baby gear from local families, Rent-my-Stuff Insurance provides protection for peer-to-peer rental specific damages and losses.

This development reflects Duuo’s continued commitment to creating innovative insurance products that fit the needs of Canadians participating in a fast-paced and ever-changing digital economy. Rent-my-Stuff Insurance was developed by Duuo through their partnership with Slice Labs Inc. (Slice), the first on-demand insurance platform provider supporting tomorrow’s cloud-based, on-demand digital services ecosystems.

“Peer-to-peer rentals are emerging as the next phase of the sharing economy, with Canadians gravitating towards platforms like Traveling Munchkin to rent their personal equipment as a way to earn additional income,” says Robin Shufelt, Managing Director of Duuo. “One of the biggest barriers to adoption in the rental market, especially for those looking to rent out their belongings, is the fear of damage. Our goal with Rent-my-Stuff Insurance is to provide protection and peace-of-mind for those looking to rent their personal equipment.”

Participation in the sharing economy has grown by 25 per cent in the past year and shows no signs of stopping.1 Similar to short-term home rental platforms like Airbnb, peer-to-peer sharing empowers people to monetize underutilized assets and earn additional income.  Like any form of rental, peer-to-peer sharing comes with risks. Rent-my-Stuff Insurance is designed to provide protection for the associated losses or damages.

The launch of Rent-my-Stuff Insurance through Traveling Munchkin represents Duuo’s first step into peer-to-peer personal equipment rental insurance. “We’re so thrilled to be partnering with Duuo,” says Samantha Vlasceanu, Founder of Traveling Munchkin. “With Duuo, I finally found an insurance partner who understood the sharing economy and was able to accommodate the unique needs of my users.”

Duuo is actively engaging with other rental platforms and looks forward to announcing their next peer-to-peer partner in the coming weeks.

The Co-operators:

The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian co-operative with more than $41.7 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies, it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt and Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. For more information, visit www.cooperators.ca.

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Mera Signs Cannabis Supply Agreement with German Distributor

Mera Cannabis Corp. (“Mera” or the “Company“), has entered into a binding and non-exclusive supply agreement (the “Supply Agreement“) with HM HerbaMedica GMBH (“HerbaMedica“), situated in Berlin, Germany, pursuant to which HerbaMedica has agreed to purchase up to 600 kg of dried cannabis per year from Mera for a term of two years, subject to certain increase rights.

As part of Mera’s international development strategy, its flagship facility in St. Thomas, Ontario has been designed to adhere to EU-GMP standards. As a result, Mera expects the majority of its outputs from its domestic facilities to be sold to growing international medical markets. With a population of over 83 million and wide-spread statutory health insurance, Germany is poised to be a European powerhouse for medical cannabis.

“With partners like HerbaMedica, Mera has the opportunity to capitalize on its experience and insights acquired through domestic operations and utilize that knowledge in the EU. This agreement marks a significant milestone for both parties and will help bridge the gap between supply and demand in Germany,” says Zubin Jasavala, Chief Executive Officer of Mera.

“We are excited to be one of the few businesses working with Canadian producers to bring Canadian medical cannabis products into Germany. Mera not only provides access to high quality product, but a long-term strategy for growth in the medical market in Germany and across Europe,” David Höhne, Chief Executive Officer of HerbaMedica.

The obligations of the parties pursuant to the Supply Agreement are conditional upon, among other things, each of the parties obtaining all necessary licenses and authorizations, including import/export permits and EU-GMP certification.

About Mera Cannabis Corp.

Mera is focused on producing consumer-driven, high-value cannabis products at its EU-GMP built cultivation and processing facility in St Thomas, Ontario. It has two additional facilities currently under Health Canada licensing review in St. Thomas (processing) and Kingsville, Ontario (up to 1.2M sq. ft. of greenhouse cultivation), where the Company’s efforts are focused on medical cannabis product innovation. Additionally, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mera operates CannaWay Clinic, a national network of clinics specializing in cannabis treatment programs. Mera has also signed a letter of intent with the Maltese economic development agency, Malta Enterprise, to initiate the development of a medical cannabis production facility in Malta as a primary entry point into European medical cannabis markets. For more information about Mera, please visit meracannabis.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation which are based upon the Company’s current internal expectations, estimates, projections, assumptions and beliefs and views of future events. Forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “expect”, “likely”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “potential”, “proposed”, “estimate” and other similar words, including negative and grammatical variations thereof, or statements that certain events or conditions “may”, “would” or “will” happen, or by discussions of strategy. Forward-looking information include estimates, plans, expectations, opinions, forecasts, projections, targets, guidance or other statements that are not statements of fact.

Any forward-looking information speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all such factors. Such factors (including, an inability of the parties to obtain the necessary authorizations and licenses or to otherwise meet the conditions precedent contained in the Supply Agreement) could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those described in any forward-looking information.

SOURCE Mera Cannabis Corp.

AM Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc.

AM Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a” from “a-” of SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc. (SSQ) (Quebec, Canada). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive.

The ratings reflect SSQ’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

SSQ is primarily involved in group insurance and holds significant market share within the Quebec province. As the sixth-largest life insurer in Canada by premium volume, SSQ also offers a variety of products including group and individual insurance, property/casualty insurance, and investment and retirement products. The company’s majority shareholder, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, is the largest developmental capital network within Quebec and assisted SSQ with the acquisition of AXA Life of Canada in 2012. SSQ continues to prioritize expanding outside of Quebec, with some success over the long term.

The rating upgrades reflect SSQ’s improved risk-adjusted capitalization, decreasing financial leverage, and growth of absolute capital over the previous several years. In addition to a favorable Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), the company also reported a robust regulatory solvency ratio through 2018 under Autorite Des Marches Financiers’s new capital regime, CARLI (capital adequacy requirements for life insurers), which took effect in Quebec on Jan. 1, 2018.

SSQ also continues to produce strong and consistent operating performance year-over-year, often posting low double-digit returns on equity. Despite some volatility in earnings by line, SSQ’s core group insurance business continues to generate favorable earnings on growing business volume, which is expected to accelerate in 2020, as the company takes on group business from the nearly 40,000 employees and retirees of HydroQuebec.

AM Best believes that SSQ will continue to support its very strong balance sheet strength over time, backed by favorable earnings and manage its concentration in Quebec, as it attempts to compete against larger more established entities throughout Canada.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Understanding Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view Guide for Media – Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating Action Press Releases.

AM Best is a global credit rating agency and information provider with an exclusive focus on the insurance industry. Visit www.ambest.com for more information.

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