Ten Canadian co-ops receive $125,600 from The Co-operators

GUELPH, ON, Aug. 17, 2016 /CNW/ – Today, The Co-operators announced a total of $125,600 in grants to support 10 Canadian co-operatives that are addressing social and economic needs in their communities. The funding is provided through The Co-operators Foundation Co-operative Development Program.

“These organizations are working on a wide range of issues, from homelessness to helping seniors remain in their homes, from building sustainable local food systems to promoting local biofuels,” said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. “We are pleased to support the work of these co-ops, which are helping to enhance the sustainability of their communities.”

The following organizations are receiving the grants announced today:

Coopérative de solidarité l’Autre-Toit – Sherbrooke, Que.
Coop l’Autre-Toît offers people experiencing homelessness an opportunity to improve their situation. The co-op currently runs 22 housing units, and will provide housing for 24 new members with construction that is nearing completion.

Coopérative de solidarité Temps libre – Montreal
Temps libre provides open spaces conducive to interaction, incubation and dissemination of cultural, social and digital projects rooted in the Montreal area. Its building accommodates organizations dedicated to the transformation of cities and neighbourhoods, community life, urban ecology and social innovation.

Elevations Co-operative – Toronto
Elevations is an initiative launched by leaders of the East African community in the GTA to support their community members in small business development and to promote East African products and services.

The Karma Project Community Food Co-operative – Simcoe County, Ont.
The Karma Project is a community-owned co-op transforming the local food system in Simcoe Country. The co-op manages five farmers’ markets, the local Good Food Box program, an Edible Classroom school program, fresh food donation drives, two community gardens and two retail food stores.

Western Manitoba Seniors Non-profit Housing Cooperative – Brandon, Man.
This co-op enables seniors to age in place and to live in a community by providing affordable housing options that support physical and mental health, social engagement and personal independence.

Peg City Car Co-operative – Winnipeg
Peg City Car Co-op’s mission is to support its members to walk, bike or bus for most of their transportation needs by providing occasional access to a car when needed. This allows members to avoid or reduce the financial burden and responsibilities of personal car ownership.

Calgary Aging in Place Co-operative – Calgary
Calgary Aging in Place is a unique co-operative aiming to support seniors to stay in their own homes and neighbourhoods, including an innovative option for a home retrofit program for rental opportunities. The co-op co-ordinates a variety of home support services such as cleaning, property management, shopping and transportation.

BC Eco Seed Coop – B.C.
The BC Eco Seed Co-op is a producer co-operative committed to growing and providing seeds that are ecologically grown, open-pollinated, regionally adapted, held in the public domain and not genetically engineered.

Coast Car Co-operative – Sechelt, B.C.
Coast Car Co-op is a member-owned car sharing co-operative established to create options for individuals and businesses looking for alternatives to vehicle ownership while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-operative – Duncan, B.C.
Cowichan Bio-Diesel is dedicated to the local production, use and promotion of biofuels in order to achieve an environmentally sustainable local economy and to provide an alternative to existing fuels.

The Co-operators created the Co-operative Development Program 24 years ago. Since that time, it has provided more than $2.2 millionto 162 emerging or expanding Canadian co-operatives that respond to local unmet needs.

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 Unveils Canuck Voyage – A Brand New Travel Insurance Plan for Canadians

Ingle International Unveils Canuck Voyage – A Brand New Travel Insurance Plan for Canadians

Ingle International Inc. has launched Canuck Voyage, an outbound travel medical insurance plan designed to meet the challenges Canadians face while travelling abroad or outside of their home province within Canada. Canadians can expect coverage for single trips up to 365 days or multi-trip annual plans up to 100 days per trip. Coverage is available online, via mobile, over the phone, or through insurance and travel agents, as well as associations and affinity groups. The plan was created to offer a comprehensive, versatile, competitively priced travel medical insurance option for Canadians that addresses gaps in existing plans in the market.

“The world is changing and travelling consumers deserve a straight forward product to help them when it counts. The vast majority of people travelling away from home on vacation, visiting relatives or on business are healthy, so why not provide a product that is easy to purchase, has great coverage and 24 / 7 emergency medical assistance support when they need it?” says Robin Ingle, CEO and Chairman of Ingle International.

Stephanie Hiltz, Key Account Manager at Ingle International says, “Canuck Voyage is a Canadian solution for Canadians covered by provincial or territorial health coverage. The creation of this product has had a double impact for us. First and foremost, for the travelling consumers we wish to protect, and secondly, among the employees at Ingle International. A deeper sense of national pride can be felt in the office.”

Built by Ingle International Inc. along with its underwriter partners, the plan boasts inclusive eligibility criteria, ample options for trip duration and age, as well as competitive pre-existing medical condition coverage that bridges the gap between conventional travel medical policies and snowbird plans. Highlighted features of Canuck Voyage include:

  • Inclusivity: Applicants of all ages are eligible for companion discounts when purchasing coverage for two people at a time and a family discount is available for spouses up to age 59 and children age 21 and younger.
  • Pre-existing medical condition coverage: automatic coverage, even for applicants age 60+, provided their medical conditions meet the stability period (90 days for ages 60-74, 180 days for ages 75-79).
  • Favourable limits and premiums: high overall maximum limit ($10 million), low minimum premium ($20)

About Ingle International
Ingle International is a consumer-friendly service provider with expertise in travel insurance, health care, security, and member engagement services. Promoting consumer best-practices since the 1946, the company provides “plug and play” solutions that drive revenue and enhance customer engagement for the financial services, health care, and loyalty program sectors. Ingle has invested in developing industry-proven products and infrastructure in the fields of technology, services, and customer assistance solutions that are scalable, adaptable, and marketable. Ingle International’s innovation and expertise stem from a company culture deeply rooted in robust technology and assistance.

SOURCE Ingle International Inc.

Photo credit: Ingle International Inc.

Gretchen Garrigues appointed Global Chief Marketing Officer at Manulife

Press release:

Manulife Financial Corporation (Manulife) today announced that Gretchen Garrigues has been appointed Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer.  Ms. Garrigues will be responsible for Manulife’s global marketing and communications, focusing on global branding as well as ensuring that marketing strategies and the customer experience support global business growth.  In this role, Ms. Garrigues serves as a member of Manulife’s Executive Committee, head of the Global Marketing Leadership Team, and reports to Paul Rooney, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Gretchen Garrigues appointed Global Chief Marketing Officer at Manulife (Manulife Financial Corporation)

Gretchen Garrigues appointed Global Chief Marketing Officer at Manulife (Manulife Financial Corporation)

“We have embarked on a strategy that is far more customer-focused, which requires a senior leader who can build marketing capabilities in the organization and drive the development of a customer-centric culture across all functions,” said Mr. Rooney.  “Gretchen’s deep understanding of marketing, particularly in the areas of brand development, digital and analytics, coupled with her strong financial acumen, make her a great fit to drive Manulife’s customer-centric strategy.”

Ms. Garrigues joins Manulife following her recent role as First Data’s Global Chief Marketing Officer where she led marketing efforts to deliver on First Data’s 2015 IPO as well as being responsible for strengthening its brand, growing demand for its products and supporting its sales organization with digital tools to drive revenue.

Ms. Garrigues has an extensive financial services background and leadership skills developed over a long career with GE Capital. Joining GE Capital in 1997 in the firm’s Paris office, Ms. Garrigues’ tenure at GE spanned sixteen years during which she held marketing leadership positions of increasing responsibility across a wide array of financial products and services, ranging from consumer finance, credit cards and private equity to equipment financing, commercial leasing and structured corporate lending.

Prior to joining GE Capital, Ms. Garrigues served as a Foreign Trade Officer for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service based in Paris.  Fluent in English and French, Ms. Garrigues’ appointment is effective immediately.

About Manulife
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group providing forward-thinking solutions to help people with their big financial decisions.  We operate as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere.  We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions.  At the end of 2015, we had approximately 34,000 employees, 63,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving 20 million customers.  At the end ofJune 2016, we had $934 billion (US$718 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made more than $25.4 billion in benefits, interest and other payments to our customers.  Our principal operations are in Asia, Canadaand the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years.  With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.  Follow Manulife on Twitter @ManulifeNews or visit www.manulife.com or www.johnhancock.com.

SOURCE Manulife Financial Corporation

Another industry first – Aviva Canada to offer 3-in-1 solution for claims and loss prevention

Aviva Canada continues to respond to evolving customer needs with the launch of its Home Protect Bundle product. Aviva is the first to offer an insurance solution to help Canadian homeowners prevent claims from reoccurring, repair damages before a claim occurs, and provide unlimited professional assistance.

Available in Canada beginning of August, the 3-in-1 bundle can be easily added to an existing Aviva home or condominium policy. The Home Protect Bundle (Prevent, Fix, Assist) offers:

Claim Prevent: customers receive up to $2,500 to install an approved loss prevention device to prevent reoccurring claims. Examples of devices include: fire and suppression systems, security systems, sump pumps and more.

Home Repair Assure: provides professional services for minor repair needs, before they become major issues. This access to trusted professionals is ideal for customers who value saving time and research.

Halo Assist: an added benefit to the Home Protect Bundle, Halo Assist is a one-stop service for customers seeking unlimited expert advice by telephone from qualified lawyers, health professionals and housing specialists for legal, health, home repair, real estate and mortgage assistance.

“The Home Protect Bundle is another industry first from Aviva to assist customers in proactively reducing and preventing claims,” saidSteve Cohen, Executive Director, Personal Lines, Aviva Canada. “We are committed to creating innovative solutions that are cost effective and add value for consumers.”

Watch Product Video Here:

About Aviva Canada

Aviva Canada is one of the leading property and casualty insurance groups in the country providing home, automobile, leisure/lifestyle and business insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 4,000 employees, 27 locations across Canada and approximately 1,500 independent broker partners.

Aviva Canada invests in positive change through the Aviva Community Fund, Canada’s longest running online community funding competition. Since its inception in 2009, the Aviva Community Fund has awarded $6.5 million to over 222 charities and community groups nationwide.

For more information visit avivacanada.com

SOURCE Aviva Canada Inc.

David Price Appointed Chief Underwriting Officer For CNA Canada

Press Release:

CNA today announced the appointment of David Price as Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer for CNA Canada, effective August 9, 2016. In this role, David will be responsible for underwriting oversight and governance for all products and lines of business written within CNA Canada’s Commercial and Specialty lines, and will report toJohn Hennessy, President and Chief Operating Officer, CNA Canada. David will be based in Toronto.

“David’s 18 years of proven leadership and underwriting expertise combined with his strong broker relationships in the Canadian marketplace make him well suited for this role,” Hennessy said. “Combining underwriting for both the Specialty and Commercial lines of business will better serve our customers and enable us to grow together.”

David joins CNA from AIG Canada, where he served as Executive for their Property & Specialty Risks and Financial Lines. David was also responsible for providing strategic direction for all first-party and ancillary lines of business, including Commercial Property, Energy, Construction, Programs, Surety, Trade Credit, Political Risk, Marine and Aviation divisions. Prior to his role at AIG, he served in management positions at Chubb and at Arch Insurance.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Allegheny College, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA.

About CNA
Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country’s eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 14th largest property and casualty company.  CNA’s insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages. CNA’s services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration.  For more information, please visit CNA at www.cna.com. “CNA” is a service mark registered by CNA Financial Corporation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Certain CNA Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the “CNA” service mark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.

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Economical Insurance Board Names Rowan Saunders President and CEO Effective Nov 1, 2016

"Our new look is very distinct and will help to further differentiate our brand in the marketplace," said Economical's President and CEO Karen Gavan

WATERLOO, ON, July 27, 2016 – The Board of Directors of Economical Insurance today announced that it has named Rowan Saunders as President and CEO effective November 1, 2016. This follows the announcement on February 19, 2016, that current President and CEO, Karen Gavan, will retire from the company and the board this year.

“Economical is at an exciting moment in its history with strong plans in place to accelerate our growth and enhance our competitiveness in the market,” said John Bowey, Board Chair of Economical. “We are extremely pleased to have attracted a leader with Rowan’s track record of success to advance our goals.”

Having served as President and CEO of RSA Canada since 2003, Mr. Saunders will further the vision of Economical to be one ofCanada’s top P&C insurance companies and advance the company’s strategic initiatives, including:

  • Canada’s first P&C demutualization (http://joininourfuture.com)
  • Becoming a publicly-traded company with access to new sources of capital to make strategic investments that will drive growth and increase our market share
  • Continuing to invest heavily in the company’s partnership with broker partners across Canada
  • Expanding its digital direct channel (http://sonnet.ca) to service a segment of Canadians that prefer to self-manage their home and auto insurance online
  • Potential future acquisitions

“I am very pleased to join Economical at such a critical moment in its evolution. There are so many exciting things underway and I am honoured to have the opportunity to join a high-performing leadership team to build on the success they’ve achieved during the last few years,” said Rowan Saunders. “Economical is on an ambitious journey to unlock its full potential and emerge as a national leader. I look forward to working with the team, driving the strategy, and taking this great company to the next level.”

Ms. Gavan will remain as President and CEO until Mr. Saunders assumes office.

In her five years at the helm of Economical, Karen Gavan successfully led the company through a period of transformational change. Under her leadership, the company established a bold vision and strategy for profitable growth and long-term success. It grew significantly while transforming its operating platform, positioning itself as a strong competitor in the Canadian P&C industry.

About Economical Insurance
Founded in 1871, Economical is one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurers, with $2.0 billion in premiums during 2015 and$5.3 billion in assets as at March 31, 2016. Based in Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated company services the insurance needs of more than one million customers across the country. Economical conducts business under the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Sonnet, Economical Financial, and Family Insurance Solutions.

SOURCE Economical Insurance

For further information: Doug Maybee, Manager, Public and Media Relations, Economical Insurance, (T) 519-570-8249, (C) 519-404-0989; David Bradfield, Vice President, Communication, Economical Insurance, (C) 647-223-5192

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