Wawanesa Launches Personal Cyber Protection Portfolio in Canada

The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company (Wawanesa), one of the largest Canadian property and casualty insurers, is launching a new portfolio of innovative cyber protection insurance products for Canadian homeowners and home-based businesses.

Effective January 1, 2018Wawanesa will be one of the first major insurance companies in Canada to offer a personal cyber product on a mass market basis. The cyber protection portfolio, currently unmatched in its comprehensiveness goes beyond any insurance offered today to meet individual consumers’ evolving needs and preferences.  It includes protection for:

  • Cyber-attack: recovery of data and restoration of systems that have been lost or damaged;
  • Cyber extortion: payments and assistance in responding to demands to damage, disable, deny access to or disseminate content from devices, systems or data;
  • Online fraud: coverage for scams that result in a direct financial loss to the policyholder and;
  • Data breach: payment for services if third-party private person data entrusted to a household resident is breached.

“We’re committed to being an industry leader – and innovator – in providing coverages that help Canadians protect themselves and their digital connections,” said Keith HartryWawanesa’s Chief Operating Officer. “As the world becomes more interconnected and criminals become both more invasive and sophisticated, we’re ready to safe-guard anyone who operates a connected home device, stores information electronically and accesses data online.”

Modern life is full of cyber risks and many homeowners or home-based business owners don’t realize this until it’s too late.

According to Statistics Canada, cyber-crime grew by 30% in 2016. The cost to the Canadian economy is estimated between $3 billion and $5 billion a year.

“Cyber-crime is not only increasing, it’s getting much harder to stop,” added Hartry. “And Canadians are looking for solutions that protect them and ultimately provide peace of mind.  And that’s what our portfolio is built to do.”

For information about the new cyber protection visit https://www.wawanesa.com/personalcyber/.

About The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,000 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders through nine regional offices and 41 service offices in Canadaand the United States.  Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.

SOURCE The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

ILScorp Offices Closed During Holiday Season 2017

The ILScorp offices will be closed for the Christmas and Holiday season from December 25, 2017 until January 2, 2018.

During this period our live customer service representatives will be enjoying a well deserved holiday and our phone lines will automatically go to voicemail. Kindly leave us a message or better yet please send in tickets to info@ilscorp.com where your requests will be attended to as soon as possible upon our opening date on Tuesday January 2, 2018.

We invite you to place your orders well in advance in order to ensure we can assist you and you have a Happy Holiday Season too!  During the ILScorp office closure all courses and subscriptions are available to purchase online via credit card.

Please note we will not be scheduling any licensing exams during the closure.

Just for good measure, here are some of our most commonly asked questions:

How do I retrieve my username and password for my insurance courses?

If you have forgotten your username or password simply:

  1. Go to www.ilscorp.com
  2. Click on ‘Forgot Password?’ under the log-in boxes
  3. Enter your email that we currently have on file for you
  4. You will receive an email with your relevant information

I’ve logged in and all I see is  ‘No Courses Found’.

Why can’t I see my courses?

ILScorp courses are available for a specific amount of time from the date of purchase; your course(s) subscription may have expired. CE course subscriptions and individual courses are available for 6 months from the date of purchase, with unlimited amount of access. If you log into your ILScorp profile and do not see any courses listed under the “My Courses” tab, you can renew / purchase your course subscription from the ILScorp Course Catalog, or by choosing your subscription category here. Once your purchase is complete, you will have immediate access to your courses.

How do I register for more online insurance courses?

To renew your subscription or register for a licensing course simply:

  1. Go to www.ilscorp.com
  2. Do not log in – find the course you wish to take off the homepage and click ‘Buy Now’
  3. If you are a returning user – enter your current username/password – click ‘Sign In’ (Do not make a new account)
  4. If you are a new user – create a new account and fill in all applicable information – click ‘Submit Information’
  5. Enter your credit card information as it appears on your billing statement

Visit our FAQ page to see more. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! See you in 2018!


Intact Financial Corporation Announces Leadership Changes

Press Release:

Charles Brindamour, Chief Executive Officer of Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC) As of Nov 14, 2017 Intact announced changes to the roles and responsibilities of members of the company’s leadership team, effective January 1, 2018.

“With consumer expectations changing at an accelerated pace and our recent entry into the U.S. market we are better positioning ourselves to adapt to our new North American scope, accelerate our customer driven transformation, optimize our distribution of services to Canadians across all channels and build on our outstanding talent,” said Charles Brindamour, CEO.

Building on his deep knowledge of all distribution channels and disruptive mindset, Louis Gagnon currently President, Service and Distribution will become President of Canadian Operations, overseeing all channels in addition to Personal and Commercial Lines and our Marketing operations.

Leveraging his extensive knowledge of specialty lines and proven track record of execution, as recently announced, Mike Miller continues as President of U.S. Operations and North American Specialty Lines.

Building on his considerable knowledge of claims, IT, data and large operations, Mathieu Lamy will become Chief Operating Officer for IFC, with North American accountability for Claims, Technology, Intact Lab and Data Lab, Ventures and People operations.

Louis Gagnon, Mike Miller and Mathieu Lamy will report to Charles Brindamour.

Jean-Francois Blais currently President of Intact Insurance will be retiring from Intact, following a considerable contribution to the business. He joined the company six years ago through the AXA Canada acquisition, playing a pivotal role in the successful transition of employees and brokers.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank Jean-Francois Blais for his contributions over the past six years. He has made a strong impact in the broker network and played a pivotal role in the development of Intact Insurance,” added Charles Brindamour.

About Intact Financial Corporation

Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC) is the largest provider of property and casualty (P&C) insurance in Canada and a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America, with close to $10 billion in total annual premiums. The Company has over 13,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than five million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada and the U.S. In Canada, Intact distributes insurance under the Intact Insurance brand through a wide network of brokers, including its wholly-owned subsidiary BrokerLink, and directly to consumers through belairdirect. In the U.S., OneBeacon Insurance Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary, provides specialty insurance products through independent agencies, brokers, wholesalers and managing general agencies.

SOURCE Intact Financial Corporation

Media Inquiries: Canada: Stephanie Sorensen, Director, External Communications, 416 344-8027, stephanie.sorensen@intact.net; U.S.: Carmen Duarte, Director, Marketing and Communications, 781 332-7268, CDuarte@onebeacon.com; Investor Inquiries: Ken Anderson, Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer, 855 646-8228 ext. 87383, kenneth.anderson@intact.net


Allianz Global Assistance Canada named Top Employer in Waterloo Area

Press Release:

Allianz Global Assistance Canada, a leading travel insurance and assistance provider, has been named one of the Top 15 Employers in the Waterloo Area. The area’s top employers are selected annually by Mediacorp Canada Inc. which manages Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and the Eluta.ca job search engine, now used by more than 5.4 million Canadians annually.

With more than 800 employees at its regional facilities, Allianz has been a valuable contributor to employment and to the community in the Waterloo area since 1988.

Among the qualities a company must have to be named a Top 15 employer are an exceptional work environment, strong financial and family benefits, training and skills development and a commitment to community involvement.

“This is an honour that each and every one of our employees can be proud of,” said Teresa Straatsma, Vice President, Human Resources, Allianz Global Assistance Canada. “It’s recognition of the great work environment we are focused on fostering, fueled by the professionalism, engagement and skilled talent of our people.  They further exemplify the “helping” nature of our business through the tireless volunteer hours our employees contribute each year to the community as a whole.”

Employees of the Kitchener-Waterloo facility annually contribute thousands of dollars to more than a dozen charities and volunteer their time and expertise to many organizations in the community. As an example, this year they assisted Dreams Take Flight and Air Canada by greeting and registering hundreds of children and their families for a trip to Walt Disney World, while also providing travel insurance coverage to participants. In doing so, they helped make some dreams come true for local children who suffer from serious physical illnesses, mental health challenges and come from disadvantaged situations.

“Although we’re a global organization, we’ve been part of the Waterloo Region for nearly 30 years, and have always been strongly committed to our local communities,” said Dan Keon, Senior Director, Market Management. “We provide emergency assistance and travel insurance for millions of Canadians travelling the world and it is just as important to extend that compassion and assistance to the communities in which we work.”


Allianz Global Assistance (Canada)

For more than 50 years, Allianz Global Assistance has supported travelling Canadians when they need it most with value-added travel insurance and assistance services. More than 800 employees support long-term partnerships with some of the best known brands in the travel and financial services markets. Allianz Global Assistance also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call centre services and claims administration for health insurers, property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. Allianz Global Assistance is a specialist brand of Allianz Worldwide Partners for assistance and travel insurance, and is the registered business name for AZGA Service Canada Inc. and AZGA Insurance Agency Canada Ltd. For more information, visit www.allianz-assistance.ca.


Allianz Partners

Dedicated to bringing global protection and care, Allianz Partners is the B2B2C leader in assistance and insurance solutions in the following areas of expertise: assistance, international health & life, automotive and travel insurance. These solutions, which are a unique combination of insurance, service and technology, are available to business partners or via direct and digital channels under three internationally renowned brands: Allianz Assistance, Allianz Care and Allianz Automotive. This global family of over 17,500 employees is present in 76 countries, speaks 70 languages and handles 44 million cases per year, protecting customers and employees on all continents. For more information, please visit: http://www.allianz-partners.com/corporate/





This year’s ‘Waterloo Area’s Top Employers’ are announced

With its rich history of reinvention and innovation, the Waterloo area has long punched above its weight when it comes to exceptional employers.  This year’s list of Waterloo Area’s Top Employers, released today, showcases the organizations that lead their industries in creating forward-thinking workplaces and progressive HR policies.


“Today, the Waterloo area is an integral part of Canada’s technology corridor,” says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which manages the Waterloo competition. “But in the early days, many of these winners started in incubators affiliated with local universities. The region has a history of reinvention and innovation, and has nurtured the development of the high-tech industry, just as it has done for other industries before.”

This year’s list of winners includes familiar names such as Economical Insurance, OpenText and University Waterloo — as well as first-time winner Sleeman Breweries, singled out for its generous employee tuition subsidies and student co-op programs.  Also making the list is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, a long-time advocate of allowing employees to enjoy more time-off early in their careers, offering up to 19 days of paid vacation after an employee’s first year on the job.

Now in its 11th year, Waterloo Area’s Top Employers is a special designation that recognizes employers in Kitchener-Waterloo and the Guelph area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.  Employers were evaluated by the editors at Canada’s Top 100 Employers using the same criteria as the national competition: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time-Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office in the Kitchener-Waterloo or Guelph area; employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

Founded in 1992, Mediacorp Canada Inc. is the nation’s largest publisher of employment periodicals. Since 1999, the Toronto-based publisher has managed the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which includes 18 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 13 million Canadians annually through a variety of magazine and newspaper partners. Mediacorp also operates Eluta.ca, the largest Canadian job search engine, which includes editorial reviews from the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and is used by almost 7 million users each year. Together with Willis Towers Watson, Mediacorp also hosts the Top Employer SummitCanada’s largest conference for senior-level HR professionals.

The full list of Waterloo Area’s Top Employers for 2018 is attached. Detailed reasons for selection with hundreds of additional stories and photos were released on the competition homepage this morning.  The winners are also featured in a special online feature published by the Guelph Mercury Tribune today and in a special print and online feature that will be published by the Waterloo Region Record tomorrow.

Waterloo Area’s Top Employers
2018 Winners

Allianz Global Assistance, Kitchener
Centre for International Governance Innovation, The, Waterloo
Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc., Kitchener
D2L Corporation, Kitchener
Economical Insurance, Waterloo
Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada, The, Waterloo
eSentire Inc., Cambridge
Farm Mutual Re, Cambridge
Gore Mutual Insurance Company, Cambridge
Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. / IMS, Waterloo
Novocol Pharmaceutical of Canada, Inc., Cambridge
OCAS Application Services Inc., Guelph
Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan, Waterloo
OpenText Corporation, Waterloo
Reid’s Heritage Group of Companies, Cambridge
Sleeman Breweries Limited, Guelph
TextNow Inc., Waterloo
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC, Cambridge
University of WaterlooWaterloo
Waterloo North Hydro Inc., Waterloo

SOURCE Mediacorp Canada Inc.

President of National Brokers Insurance Services awarded 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women

This prestigious distinction celebrates the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks.

On November 23rd at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Usher-Mesiano accepts the Entrepreneur Award, honouring women who operate successful businesses. WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. Usher-Mesiano also accepted this award in 2016.

“I am deeply honoured to represent my team and to be included in such an esteemed group of women,” says Joyce Usher-Mesiano, after being named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

The “Unbreakable” theme of this year’s Leadership Summit and Awards Gala focuses on how we are made stronger for persevering through periods of challenge and come out the other side with a more powerful sense of purpose and drive.

“We have focused on integration, innovation, empowerment, experience and a strong sense of the community to best share the knowledge we have gained and our dedication to our customers.”

Usher-Mesiano leads 4 Canadian organizations: 1) National Brokers Insurance Services Inc. – helping companies/individuals develop innovative insurance strategies to create a successful/protected business and protect personal assets/liabilities (notable brands PharmaCover, Bloom Insurance, Platinum, BRISK) 2) National Union Insurance Group Inc. – developing niche insurance coverage for unions and associations 3) Monarch Intermediaries Inc.– providing second medical opinion reports within 5 days from top academic medical centres for those who are seriously ill or require surgery 4) Charitable fund co-founder of The BEfund (Butterfly Effect) – a small movement that will have a profound effect on the future of lung cancer care and awareness.

The full list of 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners

National Brokers Insurance Services Inc. is a leading Canadian full-service insurance brokerage
that specializes in providing custom-tailored solutions for organizations and individuals with commercial, personal, group and specialty needs. More information and details are available at 

SOURCE National Brokers Insurance Services Inc.

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