2016 Broker Forum: Overview

ICBF2016: “Brokers on the Digital Expressway”

Held Tuesday, March 1, 2016 — Metro Toronto Convention Centre

ICBF2017 will be held Wed., March 1, 2017, at the Allstream Centre.

ICBF2016: Brokers on the Digital Expressway - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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ICEF2016: “Brokers on the Digital Expressway”

Brokers are competing strenuously. They understand all too well the need to out-market and outsell the competition, to offer competitive products and to excel at customer service. While brokers are continuously enhancing their positions, the competition is more aggressive than ever with insurers embracing multi-channel strategies and doubling down on Big Data and sophisticated analytics tools for marketing and service delivery.

The 2016 Insurance-Canada.ca Broker Forum will provide you with information about leading best practices in each of the major functional areas, to help you better assess that you are on the right course for success as you travel the digital highway.

Learn from and discuss with the expert faculty, which consists of leaders from your broker peers, innovators from your insurer partners, subject matter experts in these disciplines, and representatives from key providers of technology to this community.

Presentations by thought leaders, including ...

Will Analytics Save the Broker Channel?

— Greg Purdy, Managing Partner, Pathway Partners, Ltd.; getClarity, Inc.
— Richard Boire, Partner, Boire Filler Group
— Jerry Gaertner, SVP - Compliance, Security & Standards, Managed Analytic Services Inc.
— Janine White, Vice-President - Marketplaces, Kanetix

In many industries, maybe insurance as much or more than most, analytics is being baked into many areas of the business. But for many brokers, the technical skills required and the data needed to be develop a real competitive edge are not readily available, or affordable. With this challenge, the question becomes one of how analytics can be utilized in order to make a significant difference. Or can it be? Learn from these different perspectives and decide what your position would be on the debating question. And take away some new ideas that could help you as you move your business forward.

This discussion will take the format of a formal debate, with two participants taking each of the two contrary points of view.

Topics and Speakers

Successful progress along the digital expressway requires strong leadership, good people, current market knowledge and effective technology tools. Over the course of the day, the ICBF faculty will examine topics including:

See the confirmed presentation topics or browse the speakers and hosts who will bring their experience and knowledge to the discussion. More presentations and speakers are being added regularly.

In addition to the formal presentations, you will benefit from:

  • Networking opportunities with the faculty and your peers;
  • Vendor exhibits.

RIBO: Accreditation for RIBO continuing education is being finalized.

Who Should Attend

The Insurance-Canada.ca Broker Forum is designed for:

  • Broker Principals and Partners who have top- and bottom-line accountability for strategic and operational plans and programs;
  • Broker Leaders who have responsibility for winning customers: marketing, customer engagement and experience;
  • Broker Managers who are looking to improve operations using technology;
  • Insurance Company Strategists who need information to plan and prioritize strategic business options with their broker partners;
  • Insurance Managers with responsibility for planning and coordinating with broker partners the optimal use of data, technology and processes to mutual advantage;
  • Insurer Marketing Leaders who work with their Broker partners to win customers by leveraging their combined assets.

Register now

Schedule & Location

8:30am - 4:30pm, Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Registration and Continental Breakfast open at 7:30

Metro Toronto Convention Centre - Room 104, North Building
255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario   (M5V 2W6)
See Venue & Accommodations for more details.

Mark your calendar now:

ICTAs & Plenary Session

All ICBF delegates are invited to the ICTA Awards and a short plenary program beginning at 4pm, Monday, Feb. 29, featuring:

  • Keynote Presentation: “Digital Transformation – Becoming a Digital Insurer” by Gartner's Kimberly Harris-Ferrante;
  • CxO panel;
  • Insurance-Canada.ca Technology Awards ceremony;
  • Insurer/Broker networking reception;
  • Monday access to the ICTC Exhibit Hall.

The ICTA program is also a separate registration option for those unable to attend during the daytime.

Sponsor ICBF

To reach this broker and insurer audience, consider these sponsorship opportunities.


If you have questions about the Broker Forum, please contact Doug Grant at doug.grant@insurance-canada.ca.