The Co-operators donates $50,000 to the Canadian Blood Services

REGINA, Jan. 19, 2015 /CNW/ – The Co-operators has donated $50,000 to the Canadian Blood Services to help establish four umbilical cord blood collection agencies at hospitals in Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Every day approximately 1,000 Canadians are desperately in need of a stem cell transplant as it is their best hope for recovery.  There are not enough donors and the registry of donors does not reflect the ethnic diversity of Canadian patients. Therefore, Canada relies on international sources for cord blood transplants which is time consuming and costly.

“As a co-operative insurance company, we will continue to help strengthen our communities through community involvement, participation and investment”, said Kevin Daniel, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Co-operators Life Insurance Company. “These four umbilical cord blood collection agencies will play a critical role in the long-term well-being of Canadians by providing the opportunity for more research, treatment of diseases and in the end save more lives”.

Cord blood stem cell transplants are used for treating over 50 diseases and disorders, such as leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, inherited immune system and metabolic disorders. In addition, stem cell research and treatment has the potential to change the treatment of many diseases such as: Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, joint repair, diabetes and asthma.

About Co-operators Life Insurance Company
Co-operators Life Insurance Company, with its head office in Regina, is a wholly-ownedsubsidiary of The Co-operators Group Limited. Through its operating subsidiaries, TheCo-operators offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, aswell as investment products. The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned cooperative with more than $37 billion in assets under administration. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 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

SOURCE The Co-operators

For further information: Glenn Bohay, Manager, Sustainability & Citizenship, Co-operators Life Insurance Company, Phone: (306) 347-6527,

Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. Strengthens Ontario Team

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Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. Strengthens Ontario Team

TORONTO (January 15, 2015) – Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. announces today the addition and promotion of several key personnel in the Ontario Region. The strategic placement of these individuals serves to strengthen the Crawford team and enhance our client servicing capabilities.

Crawford’s Toronto West branch, one of the Company’s largest locations within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), welcomes the addition of Spencer Bailey to the position of property & casualty supervisor, Toronto West. Bailey will report to Kelly Stevens, newly appointed branch manager, Toronto West. Stevens has served as assistant branch manager for the last four years under the direction of Michael McLeod, who has accepted a new position as branch manager, Waterloo and Owen Sound. McLeod succeeds his predecessor, Mark Hale, who has been a valuable asset to Crawford and will continue his work as a senior general adjuster with Crawford Global Technical Services® (GTS®). Crawford also welcomes Deborah Mannisto to the position of branch manager, Thunder Bay.

“These individuals bring many years of valuable experience and knowledge to their new positions, as well as a passion and drive for enhancing the customer experience,” said Pat Van Bakel, president and chief executive officer of Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.

These new roles reflect the deep experience of these team members:

Spencer Bailey, CIP – Property & Casualty Supervisor, Toronto West

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Bailey brings a vast knowledge of claims adjusting to this position, with more than two decades of experience working in all aspects of the claim administration process. Bailey is an industry recognized expert and has a reputation for handling complex losses in the areas of residential and commercial property, general liability, environmental, with a special focus on greenhouse claims. He holds his         Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation and is licensed in all lines. In his new role, Bailey will be responsible for the direct supervision of front line associates in the Property & Casualty lines of business at this branch.

Kelly Stevens, Hons BA, CIP, CRM – Branch Manager, Toronto West

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Stevens has nearly 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, working primarily in the property and casualty field. In 2007, Stevens joined the Company as a client service manager and has since held positions as accident benefits supervisor and assistant branch manager. In her new role as branch manager, she will oversee all branch operations.


Michael McLeod, CIP – Branch Manager, Waterloo and Owen Sound

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McLeod has been promoted to the position of branch manager of the Company’s Waterloo field branch which services Kitchener, Guelph, Cambridge, and Owen Sound. Since joining Crawford in 2008, McLeod has held positions as bilingual adjuster-trainee, all lines field adjuster, and branch supervisor. He has gained a wealth of knowledge in both his field and management roles. As branch manager, Toronto West, McLeod was also instrumental in helping the Company work through several large branch consolidations in the GTA. These experiences and his extensive capabilities make McLeod an ideal candidate for his new role.

Deborah Mannisto, CIP – Branch Manager, Thunder Bay

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Mannisto has been appointed to the position of branch manager of the Thunder Bay field branch. She brings with her many years of experience in the independent adjusting field. Most recently, Mannisto worked for a national independent adjusting firm where she managed an active caseload and helped with branch administration and supervision.

About Crawford

Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Crawford & Company. Based in Atlanta, Ga., Crawford & Company is the world’s largest independent provider of claims management solutions to the risk management and insurance industry as well as self-insured entities, with an expansive global network serving clients in more than 70 countries. The Crawford SolutionSM offers comprehensive, integrated claims services, business process outsourcing and consulting services for major product lines including property and casualty claims management, workers compensation claims and medical management, and legal settlement administration. The Company’s shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbols CRDA and CRDB.

For more information, please contact:

Gary Gardner
SVP Sales & Marketing or 1-800-522-1380

Crawford & Company (Canada)

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New EDC insurance product allows small Canadian companies to insure their foreign sales in minutes

OTTAWA, Jan. 13, 2015 /CNW/ – Export Development Canada (EDC) today introduced a new online version of its credit insurance product that will allow Canadian companies to insure their sales to US or foreign buyers in minutes.

Credit insurance allows small businesses to insure their sales to foreign buyers to protect them against the risk of not being paid.

EDC is the leading provider of financing and insurance for small Canadian companies that sell to customers outside of Canada.

“Canadian companies can now apply, receive a quote, accept and pay for their credit insurance, and do it all online” said Clive Witter, Senior Vice-President of Insurance, EDC. “Being mindful of the limited time that small business owners have in their busy lives, we designed an automated process that in most cases can be measured in minutes from start to finish, not hours or days.”

Trade Protect is designed specifically for small businesses, covering sales to foreign buyers up to a value of CAD 350K. Canadian companies can choose to cover sales for payment terms of 90 or 180 days.

“What Trade Protect does is allow a small business that is selling outside of Canada to pre-arrange insurance on a potential buyer when a sales opportunity comes up,” added Witter. “Trade Protect allows the Canadian company to sell to them with confidence even if the US or foreign buyer is unknown to them, and to do it in real time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

After 70 years in the international trade business, EDC has assessments on over 75,000 foreign buyers and access to information on millions more through our established networks.

Trade Protect does more than safeguard the exporting company against risk of non-payment by their foreign buyers. By having a sale insured, it may also help their bank provide additional financing to the company because the payment is protected.

The product can also allow the Canadian seller to be more competitive by offering more flexible payment terms than their competitors, which can often be an advantage in many industries.

In the case where the payment is not received by the foreign buyer, EDC will pay the Canadian exporter 90 per cent of the invoice value and then seek payment directly from the foreign buyer. If EDC recovers the payment, it pays out the final 10 per cent back to the Canadian company.

Click here for more information about Trade Protect.

About EDC

EDC is Canada’s trade finance agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a profitable Crown corporation that operates on commercial principles, EDC works together with private- and public-sector financial institutions to create greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment.

For more information about how EDC can help your company, visit

SOURCE Export Development Canada

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InsureMy Launches Canada’s First Time Based Insurance (TBI)

CALGARY and WATERLOO, ON, /CNW/ – InsureMy Ltd., a Calgary-based insurance brokerage, announced on Jan. 13, 2015 the launch of Canada’s first Time Based Insurance (TBI) product, designed to save commercial drivers and fleet managers money and time.

As the only Canadian provider of TBI, InsureMy is making substantial insurance savings a reality by marrying traditional insurance products with innovative telematics technology offered by Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS). Fleet operators and managers can now receive insurance premium refunds based on actual vehicle usage.

The Time Based Insurance Difference:  Commercial vehicle operators pay their regular insurance premium based on traditional rating criteria, but with InsureMy’s TBI, they can receive a refund at the end of term for vehicle inactivity.  InsureMy’s TBI insurance allows operators to receive a premium refund based on use while providing the convenience of full term coverage.

InsureMy has selected IMS for their commercial solution. IMS’ DriveSync® connected car platform measures vehicle usage behavior in real-time, enabling cost-savings for commercial owners using fleet telematics.

“TBI is an ideal product for seasonal and fleet vehicles, making the hassle of removing and reinstating coverage a thing of the past. Commercial vehicle operators enjoy the money and time savings without the paperwork,” stated Hugh McTavish, President of InsureMy Ltd. “As the first Canadian provider of TBI, we are proud to be able to offer this money saving insurance product to commercial vehicle operators and fleet managers,” McTavish concluded.

“The advancements made by InsureMy in the insurance brokerage space re-iterate the value telematics can bring to fleet owners and managers. IMS is excited to power Canada’s first TBI solution with our DriveSync platform,” commented Lara Ghaddar, Senior Manager of Business Development at IMS.

To find your potential InsureMy TBI savings, or further information on the complete line of InsureMy products, contact InsureMy at 1-844-410-1896, or visit

About InsureMy Ltd.:
InsureMy is a full service insurance brokerage, emerging as a market leader in the management and delivery of telematics based insurance products. Empowering customers to manage costs, regulate driving performance, and minimize their environmental impact by leveraging technological advances in the collection and practical application of telematics data.

About Intelligent Mechatronic Systems
IMS is a leader in connected car technology that enables drivers to be safer, smarter and greener. The unique approach of converging in-car infotainment, automotive telematics and data intelligence has resulted in an impressive range of solutions. From insurance and government, to fleets and everyday drivers, IMS technology revolutionizes industries. For more information, visit

SOURCE InsureMy Ltd.

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Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario Elects New President

Toronto, ON (Jan. 8, 2015) – The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) is proud to announce that Mr. Michael Brattman has been elected as IBAO’s 72nd President. Michael was officially inducted at the recent IBAO Convention held at the Ottawa Convention Centre in Ottawa, ON, and formally assumed his role as President on January 1, 2015.

Michael is a partner and Vice President of Personal Insurance at Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd. in Kitchener-Waterloo and has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry on both the company and brokerage side.

In addition to IBAO, Michael is also involved with a number of other industry associations and committees including the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) and the Facility Association. He has both his RIBO and life licenses as well as a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation – obtaining the second highest marks in Canada when he completed this designation. He holds his Honours BA from Huron University College, at University of Western Ontario.

“It is a privilege to serve as President of this Provincial association,” says Michael Brattman. “IBAO is working hard to address important issues like insurance fraud, auto benefits, telematics and severe weather. More than ever, clients should work with a professional broker who will help them understand how these issues impact them. I am proud to represent our 12,000+ members and their clients, when collaborating with the Provincial and Federal Government as well as insurance companies, in finding solutions to industry issues.”

As President of IBAO, Michael’s duties will include implementing strategies for the national insurance broker brand and working with politicians, particularly on the subjects of insurance fraud and how to meet the future challenges of the insurance industry.

“It is an honour to welcome Michael as our new President,” said IBAO Chairman Chris Floyd. “His wealth of knowledge of the industry is remarkable and his thoughtful insight has brought immeasurable value and perspective to the Board of Directors. Michael is focused, dedicated and inquisitive. We look forward to the exciting year ahead with Michael at the helm of our association.”

About IBAO

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario is a ‘not for profit’ association that represents and serves the interests of over 12,000 independent Property & Casualty Insurance Brokers in the Province of Ontario. For information about IBAO, visit to receive timely news and information updates.

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Merger creates one of the largest providers in Canadian travel insurance

KITCHENER, ON and GUELPH, ON, Jan. 8, 2015 /CNW/ – Allianz Worldwide Partners and The Co-operators today announced the completion of the merger of their respective Canadian travel insurance companies. The merger of Allianz Global Assistance Canada and TIC Travel Insurance Coordinators, first announced in September, has created one of the largest travel insurance providers in the country, operating as Allianz Global Assistance.

The combined entity will leverage the strengths of the two organizations to offer industry-leading products and services for Canadian travellers and visitors to Canada. Dr. Daniel Wichels, who served previously as the Chief Financial Officer of Allianz Global Assistance for the Americas, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Allianz Global Assistance in Canada.

“The closing of the merger between Allianz Global Assistance Canada and TIC Travel Insurance Coordinators represents the beginning of an exciting new chapter for our organization. As a combined entity, we are better positioned than ever before to provide innovative travel insurance products and distribution solutions to our valued partners. In turn, we will be able to help even more Canadians with unparalleled global support when they travel abroad,” says Wichels. “While we work to fully integrate our operations, we will continue to deliver on our commitment to world-class service for our partners and customers. Fortunately, we have already started to establish a strong sense of unity among our employees, which will be a key to the long-term success of our merger.”

Allianz Worldwide Partners S.A.S., the parent company of Allianz Global Assistance Canada, owns 55 per cent of the combined legal entity, AZGA Service Canada Inc. Co-operators Life Insurance Company owns 45 per cent. The combined legal entity includes subsidiaries AZGA Insurance Agency Canada Ltd and SelectCare Worldwide Corp. Allianz Global Assistance will offer travel insurance products underwritten by its established underwriter partners.

There will be no changes to any in force policies purchased through TIC or Allianz Global Assistance, and no interruption in service to clients.

About Allianz Global Assistance:
How can we help?
International leader in Assistance, Travel Insurance and health, life & home care services, today Allianz Global Assistance’s global family counts more than 13,224 employees who live to help. They speak 58 different languages and work throughout the world with a network of 400,000 service providers and 180 correspondents. 250 million people, or 4% of the world’s total population, benefit from its services, which the Group provides on all five continents.

In Canada, Allianz Global Assistance has been assisting Canadian travellers for 25 years, and is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company. Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance and unique assistance services such as international medical assistance and triage services. The company 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 the registered business name for AZGA Service Canada Inc. and AZGA Insurance Agency Canada Ltd. For more information, visit

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than $37 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 50 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

SOURCE The Co-operators

For further information: Dan Keon, Allianz Global Assistance, 519-742-2800 ext. 52286; Leonard Sharman, The Co-operators, 519-767-3937

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