The Personal, one of Canada’s largest group insurers, has launched a new website

The Personal, one of Canada’s largest group insurers, has launched a new website – www.thepersonal.com  – dedicated to enhancing the online experience of its customers and their almost 1 million policies.

Since 1974, The Personal has been providing home and auto group insurance to members and employees of over 700 partner organizations across Canada. What sets it apart is its ability to create a special affinity with each group and to deliver customized insurance solutions. The new website was developed with these principles in mind.

“It’s essential that our group partners and potential customers have easy and user-friendly digital access to our people, products, services and information; this new website is an exciting development that accomplishes that,” says Paul Douglas, Senior Vice President of The Personal.

Among the website’s new and enhanced features:

  • A group selector—when visitors choose their group and province, they’re directed to personalized content, including contests, offers, products and group-specific campaigns
  • Competitive, targeted offers adjusted to a changing marketplace
  • Simple, intuitive navigation that adapts to all screen formats, from desktop computers to mobile devices
  • A powerful, user-friendly website that includes innovative features, image and video-rich content and social media integration

www.thepersonal.com

TD’s Kenn Lalonde appointed Chair of the Board of Directors IBC

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has elected Kenn Lalonde to serve as Chair of the Board. Mr. Lalonde is President and CEO of TD Insurance. He has also served on IBC’s Board of Directors as Deputy Chair.

“This is an important time for Canadian insurers as the industry faces more challenges than ever before and, as the voice of Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry, IBC is in a unique position to help advance much-needed public policy discussions,” said Mr. Lalonde. “These challenges span from climate change and more severe weather events to auto insurance reforms, to new technologies and industry disruptors. Through IBC, we will continue to engage governments and stakeholders across Canada to turn challenges into opportunities and ultimately benefit Canadian consumers. I look forward to continuing this important work and representing the shared values of our industry with IBC and its Board.”

Mr. Lalonde has over two and a half decades of experience in the financial services sector in both Canada and the United States and holds his Director’s Certification (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He has been serving in his current role at TD since September 2012 and was named to the bank’s Senior Executive Team in January 2016. Prior to joining TD, Mr. Lalonde held executive roles at CUNA Mutual Group, CUMIS Group and CIBC where he led multiple business lines including its insurance business.

“Kenn brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this role, backed by decades of work in the financial services sector,” said Don Forgeron, President and CEO, IBC. “We look forward to working with him on several issues aimed at helping consumers and keeping Canada’s insurance industry strong and robust. With Kenn’s leadership, IBC will continue to advance its strategic priorities with communities, stakeholders and governments across the country.”

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $9 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.

For media releases and more information, visit IBC’s Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

If you require more information, spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

Great West Lifeco to acquire financial services firm Financial Horizons Group

WINNIPEG _ Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX:GWO) has signed a deal to acquire Financial Horizons Group, which has 30 offices across Canada.

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Financial Horizons is a managing general agency that provides insurance and other products and services to financial advisers.

Great-West says the existing management team, including Financial Horizons founder and chief executive John Hamilton, will remain in place and continue to run the business.

Hamilton is the second largest shareholder in Financial Horizons after San Francisco-based private equity firm Genstar Capital, which owns a 72 per cent stake.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.

The ILScorp offices will be closed Monday, May 22, 2017, to mark the Victoria Day holiday.

The ILScorp offices will be closed Monday, May 22, 2017, to mark the Victoria Day holiday.

Long weekends are an excellent break from the craziness of work. Unfortunately, they can often slip away quite quickly, somehow leaving you with more to do than before the weekend started and no idea of where your time went. So how can you make the most of your long weekend?

First, get your CE done. Does it sound lame? You bet. Will you be glad you did it? Yes. Get online and get to work. You know you’re going to be completely slammed at the end of  May, that’s just how things work.

So a least get a head start this weekend, spend a few hours completing your CE requirements, instead of fruitlessly trying to find time at the end of the month when you’re stressed out. With ILScorp accredited continuing education courses, you have unlimited access anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection. You can complete your CE on the patio, at the beach or wherever the long weekend takes you. True, not many people like looming continuing education deadlines, or studying/working on the weekend, but nearly everyone likes the bragging rights of when they’re DONE. Just focus on how much better things will feel afterwards.

The best part? Completing your CE online with ILScorp is fast and easy. You’ll have time to do all the long weekend fun stuff, and you won’t have to feel guilty or stressed.

ILScorp and ILSTV wish you a productive, safe and fun May long weekend. Your weekly dose of insurance news returns to your inbox on May 24.

Please note our offices will be closed Monday MAY 22.

You can still purchase or renew your ILS CE Subscription online and access your courses anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.

 

Plug’n Drive launches the world’s first Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in Toronto

Today, representatives from the Ontario cabinet, utilities and organized labour officially opened the Plug’n Drive Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in northern Toronto. It’s the world’s first experiential learning facility dedicated to electric vehicle (EV) education and awareness – and it’s completely free for consumers.

Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre Official Ribbon Cut – May 17, 2017

“The EV Discovery Centre will serve as an EV hub for consumers throughout Ontario and for visitors from around the world,” Cara Clairman, President and CEO of Plug’n Drive said. “We are providing a one-stop-shop where consumers can explore and test-drive the latest EV models – alongside charging solutions at home and on the road.”

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan aims to expand EV sales to 5 per cent of all new vehicles sold by 2020. The EV Discovery Centre is a key component in accomplishing this goal.

“We are investing proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market into Plug’n Drive’s Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre to encourage more Ontarians to make the switch to low-carbon transportation and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions,” Minister Glen Murray added. “As part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action, we are helping to tackle emissions from the transportation sector, which is the single-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the province.”

The EVDC is a learning centre that provides visitors with the knowledge they need to consider an EV for their next vehicle purchase. After visitors have expressed interest, the EVDC will refer them to an EV-certified dealership in their area.

“Our research shows that Ontario needs effective EV education and awareness raising initiatives, such as Plug’n Drive’s EV Discovery Centre, to speed up EV sales,” Clairman concluded. “EVs are fast, dependable and affordable – and they are a key part of a low carbon future for the region and beyond.”

About the EV Discovery Centre

The centre is a public-private partnership between Plug’n Drive, the Province of Ontario, TD Bank Group, Ontario Power Generation(OPG), Power Workers’ Union (PWU), Toronto Hydro and Bruce Power. Located at 1126 Finch Avenue West in North York, the centre features:

  • Indoor showcase of the latest EV models and charging stations from leading manufacturers
  • Toronto Hydro powered: Four public charging stations in the test drive zone
  • PWU sponsored interactive digital displays to engage consumers on EV technology, Ontario’s electricity sector, climate change and other related topics
  • The OPG Power Place: training facility for corporate and stakeholder engagement events for up to 100 people sponsored by Ontario Power Generation
  • Bruce Power Coffee Bar: complimentary for visitors surrounded by educational exhibits on home charging
  • TD Zone offering information on EV exclusive financing and insurance options

About Plug’n Drive
Plug’n Drive is a non-profit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles to maximize their environmental and economic benefits.

SOURCE Plug’n Drive

For further information: Media contact: Brian Millar, Plug’n Drive, 647-717-6941 (day), 647-780-6806 (night), brian@plugndrive.ca

Canada’s life and health insurers support progressive trade agenda

Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA)

As global leaders with significant international operations, Canada’s life and health insurers are strong supporters of the Canadian government’s international trade agenda.  Today, CLHIA released a position paper outlining key trade priorities for the industry.

“The life and health insurance industry supports the Government’s efforts to increase our international trade”, stated Frank Swedlove, President and CEO of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA). “We’d like to see the Government finalize free trade agreements in key markets with a strong emphasis on financial services.”

Key trade priorities for the life and health insurance industry include: ensuring that the interests of Canada’s financial sector are well-represented in all of Canada’s free trade agreements; and, that agreements include coverage of new and emerging trade issues such as the cross-border flow of information and rules governing the commercial operations of State Owned Enterprises.

Three of Canada’s insurers rank in the top 15 insurance companies in the world and operate in over 20 countries “Our international operations bring clear benefits to Canadians and we look forward to working with the Government to ensure we continue to bring value to the Canadian economy.”  added Mr. Swedlove.

About the CLHIA

Established in 1894, the CLHIA is a voluntary association whose member companies account for 99 percent of Canada’s life and health insurance business. The industry is very active internationally, with operations in over 20 countries. Canadian life and health insurers have over $800 billion worth of assets invested on behalf of foreign policyholders and payout almost $78 billion worth of benefits outside of Canada. 45 million individuals are protected by these foreign operations and 138,000 people are employed in support of Canadian operations abroad.

SOURCE Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc.

For further information: Wendy Hope, Vice President, External Relations, (613) 691-6001/whope@clhia.ca

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