Sunwing Travel Group recognized among Canada’s top employers by Forbes

Sunwing Travel Group recognized among Canada’s top employers by Forbes

Press Release:

The Sunwing Travel Group is pleased to have been included within Forbes’ ranking of Canada’s 300 Best Employers. Considered to be one of the world’s leading sources of reliable business news and financial information, the global media company collaborated with online statistics provider Statista to survey over 8000 Canadian employees—81% full timers—working for companies with at least 500 people to rate their willingness to recommend their own companies on a scale of 1-10. Those who took part in the survey were consulted anonymously through several online access panels.

The news was welcomed by Stephen Hunter, President and CEO of Sunwing Travel Group, who commented. “We believe investing in our employees is vital and are extremely pleased to be included in this list. The Sunwing Travel Group has grown and expanded dramatically over the years and we attribute this growth and success to the passion and dedication of our team.”

North America’s largest vertically-integrated travel business, the Sunwing Travel Group employs almost 17,000 people internationally and has been included on the PROFIT 500 list for the last 12 years consecutively. The company’s headquarters in Toronto were recently extended and refurbished. Employees benefit from free parking, a subsidized staff restaurant and coffee house, together with a lunchroom to enable them to make their own meals if they prefer.

Employees also receive an attractive benefits package which includes medical and dental, and they can opt to join an RRSP matching program.  A new user-friendly HR portal was also recently implemented to provide employees access to their payroll, benefits, and many other features anywhere and anytime. Employees can take advantage of preferential rates on a number of services from insurance to gym memberships. In particular, Sunwing is the only airline to reward employees with confirmed flight passes for travelling to and from any of Sunwing’s destinations domestically and internationally. Staff members also receive discounted rates at certain hotels and resorts, as well as selected excursions. Friends and family members of Sunwing employees also benefit from travel promotions.

To learn about career opportunities, visit www.sunwingtravelgroup.com

About Sunwing Travel Group

The largest integrated travel business in North America, Sunwing Travel Group is comprised of Sunwing Vacations, the leading leisure tour operator in Canada; Sunwing Airlines, Canada’s premier leisure airline; Signature Vacations, one of Canada’s leading tour operators for all inclusive package vacations and Vacation Express, a growing tour operator in the United States together with the Group’s own travel retail businesses SellOffVacations.com and Luxe Destination Weddings. Blue Diamond Resorts is the Sunwing Travel Group’s own hotel management company, an innovative organization that operates popular resort brands like Royalton Luxury Resorts, CHIC by Royalton, Grand Lido, Memories, and Starfish, across the Caribbean, Cuba and Mexico; while NexusTours provides destination management services to individuals, agencies, tour groups, corporate businesses and tour operators.

SOURCE Sunwing Travel Group

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company has struck a deal with Desjardins Financial Corp. to buy its Western Canadian insurance business in a deal valued at about $775-million.

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New Co-operators app makes it easy to manage your insurance

Today, The Co-operators launched a new mobile app providing clients with a quick, easy and secure way to access and manage their insurance information. The free app is now available through iTunes and Google Play.

With the app, clients can use their smartphones or tablets to:

  • access their policies with The Co-operators (via their online services account)
  • view policy and billing documents
  • make a claim
  • get a quote
  • find an advisor

Additional features and functionality will be added regularly.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve convenience and value for our clients,” said Paul Mlodzik, vice-president of marketing and communications at The Co-operators. “The new app allows them to do business with us wherever and whenever they choose. Whether they prefer to drop by an advisor’s office, speak to us by phone or deal with us online, the choice is theirs.”

The app can be used by home, auto, life, commercial, farm, life and wealth clients of Co-operators General Insurance Company and Co-operators Life Insurance Company.

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian co-operative with more than $44 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; Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics and Maclean’s magazine. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.

SOURCE The Co-operators

Ingle International and Kanetix.ca Partner in Online Marketplace

At the touch of a button, travellers buying insurance can now compare rates and purchase policies from Ingle International through Kanetix.ca. The product offering features exclusive travel insurance plans previously only available directly from Ingle International. The partnership between Ingle International and Kanetix.ca provides a variety of options for travellers at a competitive price.  Travel plans include:

Canuck Voyage Plan
A truly Canadian plan for Canadians, or residents living in Canada who are covered by health care from their province or territory. Key features include:

  • Single Trip or Multi-Trip Annual coverage
  • $10 million in coverage Stable pre-existing medical condition coverage up to age 79
  • Flexible eligibility criteria
  • Family and companion discounts


Discover Canada Plan

Coverage for Canadian travellers or residents who do not have health coverage from their province or territory. Key features include:

  • Up to $1 million in emergency medical coverage
  • Coverage for stable pre-existing medical conditions up to age 80
  • Coverage for side trips worldwide
  • Ideal for Super Visa travellers

Ingle International has a long history of innovation in the travel insurance industry, including establishing the original Visitors to Canada and Snowbird products lines. They also have a longstanding relationship with Kanetix.ca.  In recent years, the creation of the Canuck Voyage and Discover Canada plans has continued this history, allowing Ingle International to meet the evolving needs of travellers both in Canada and abroad.

“Our Canuck Voyage and Discover Canada travel insurance plans offer unique features and benefits that separate them from other products on the market, all at a competitive price” says Matt Davies, Senior Product Specialist at Ingle International. “We’re thrilled to bring these products to consumers through the Kanetix platform.”

“Consumers looking for travel insurance can now compare quotes and purchase coverage online from Ingle through Kanetix.ca,” said Chris Krug, Account Manager of Travel Insurance at Kanetix.ca. “By answering a few simple questions about an upcoming trip, travellers can be confident that they’ve found the right coverage at the best available price.”

About Kanetix.ca
Launched in October 1999, Kanetix.ca was Canada’s first online insurance marketplace and today provides over a million quotes per year to consumers looking for insurance, mortgage rates and credit cards.

The Kanetix.ca comparison service is a one-stop shopping environment for consumers. Each day, thousands visit the Kanetix.ca website to comparison shop their various financial needs. Shoppers choose what they want to compare, obtain a quotation and complete an online application or, with the help of Kanetix.ca connect with the provider to purchase or apply for the product over the phone.

About Ingle International
A trusted name in the industry, Ingle International provides customized travel insurance solutions for anyone studying, working, or living anywhere in the world. Representing insurers worldwide, Ingle International will find the right insurance product to suit the unique travel needs of groups and individuals.

Ingle International, by Imagine Financial Ltd., specializes in insurance, health care, and emergency assistance services since 1946.

 

SOURCE Ingle International Inc.

Northbridge Insurance introduces new ridesharing policy for RideCo drivers in Ontario

Press Release:

Northbridge Insurance is proud to announce today that it will provide drivers of one of Canada’sfastest-growing ridesharing companies, RideCo, with an insurance solution that’s tailored to their needs.

Unlike a personal auto insurance policy, Northbridge Insurance’s new commercial ridesharing policy will cover drivers from the moment they are available to accept a ride request, up to the moment their passenger leaves their vehicle.

“We worked with RideCo to design coverage that would meet the needs of their drivers and passengers, and be simple and easy to use,” said Ilda Dinis, VP of Customer Experience and Marketing. “We’re excited to partner with an innovative Canadian company that’s focused on ridesharing.”

“Shared rides in dynamically routed vehicles are key to making microtransit successful, and filling in the gaps where traditional transit solutions are inconvenient or inefficient,” added Prem Gururajan, RideCo Founder and CEO. “Northbridge Insurance’s new insurance policy makes it easy for rideshare drivers to participate in the growth of microtransit services, thus making our cities more connected.”

Currently operating in the Waterloo region, passengers on the RideCo platform can easily book a trip  door-to-door or hub-to-hub using the RideCo app. RideCo’s technology matches customers based on their route and facilitates shared trips, which often means passengers save money. Unlike other shared-ride solutions that are only offered in high density downtown cores such as Toronto, the RideCo solution provides great sharing in high density as well as lower density cities and suburb-to-city scenarios.

RideCo’s platform was recently utilized for a one-year microtransit pilot in Milton, through a partnership with Metrolinx and Milton Transit.

About RideCo:

Based in Waterloo, RideCo has created the next generation logistics and shared-mobility platform. Our technology enables door-to-door and hub-to-hub shared rides everywhere, including lower density regions currently unserved by existing solutions. RideCo is forging the future for shared mobility and microtransit.  Visit rideco.com for more information.

About Northbridge Insurance: Northbridge Insurance is a leading Canadian commercial insurer. Working with our broker partners, we focus on understanding the needs of our customers and on creating solutions that make a difference to their success.

Ridesharing policy underwritten by Northbridge General Insurance Corporation.

SOURCE Northbridge Insurance

15 simple questions & a few minutes: that’s all it takes with belairdirect’s new home quick quote tool

Press Release:

In an ongoing effort to simplify home insurance, belairdirect has launched an innovative home quick quote tool aimed at reducing the amount of time customers spend obtaining a home insurance quote. The tool, accessible through any web browser or smartphone, can generate an accurate quote in a matter of minutes by leveraging existing data and available information from various online databases.

For most Canadians, sourcing a home insurance quote is not a priority, likely due to the lengthy quote process of the past. A quote could include upwards of 40 questions, some of which require reference to property assessments and current home insurance policies. belairdirect’s home quick quote tool leverages existing information in a streamlined and simplified 15-question process saving time and eliminating the stress associated with sourcing home insurance.

“We wanted to make quoting home insurance fast, easy and accurate for belairdirect customers,” said Mathieu Bellerive, Intact Lab’s Creative Studio and Digital Strategy Manager. “How do you transform something tedious into something fun? By blending innovative technologies – like big data and Google MapsTM – with a customer-centric design approach, we created a streamlined and enjoyable way to shop for home insurance.”

With average home prices continuing to rise across Canada, comprehensive home insurance is one of the best ways to protect one’s most significant investment. belairdirect offers home insurance coverage which can be customized to best suit customers’ needs while offering peace of mind.

The home quick quote tool is the latest product of developer efforts at Intact Lab, the Montreal-based innovation incubator where a team of digital enthusiasts work toward excellence in customer satisfaction and insurance innovation. Intact Lab provides support to belairdirect and other Intact Financial Corporation companies.

TMGoogle Maps is a trademark of Google Inc.

About belairdirect
Founded in Quebec in 1955, belairdirect provides car and home insurance products directly to consumers. It currently employs more than 1,600 people. The company offers a simple but complete solution, allowing customers to communicate with an agent by phone, online or in person through its network of branches. belairdirect was the first property and casualty insurer in North America to sell car insurance products online (www.belairdirect.com), attesting to the company’s innovative character. belairdirect is a subsidiary of Intact Financial Corporation, the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada (TSX : IFC – www.intactfc.com). For more information, please visit http://www.belairdirect.com or follow belairdirect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

SOURCE Belairdirect

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