Insurance Bureau of Canada Launches Educational Workshops Across Atlantic Canada

Helping businesses and non-profits get the most for their insurance dollar

HALIFAX, May 1, 2006 – Canada’s home, car and business insurers are launching a series of half-day educational workshops across Atlantic Canada to help commercial businesses and non-profit organizations get the most for their insurance dollar.

“The workshops are one of several activities under way to help improve the commercial insurance environment for businesses and voluntary organizations in the Atlantic Provinces,” said Don Forgeron, Vice-President, Atlantic, Insurance Bureau of Canada.

Participants will learn everything they need to know when looking for commercial insurance. They will also gain valuable experience using risk management tools to help them design their own simple, effective risk management programs and demonstrate to insurers that they understand the risks associated with their organization and are taking steps to minimize those risks.

“The need for these workshops became evident through the work of the Atlantic Task Force on Insurance Availability and Affordability last year,” said Forgeron.

The Task Force, which included representatives from businesses, non-profit groups, provincial governments, and the insurance industry, released its final report in November 2005. It made 27 recommendations aimed at improving the commercial insurance environment for businesses and voluntary organizations in the Atlantic Provinces. A copy of the report is available at http://www.ibc.ca/taskforce.

The workshops will benefit small and medium-sized business owners, non-profit association leaders, employees and volunteers. Advance registration is required to attend the workshops. On-line registration is available at http://www.ibc.ca/Atlantic-Workshop-Online-form.asp. While there is no cost to attend the workshops, participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the local food bank. Cash donations for the local food bank will also be accepted.

Workshops will be held as follows:

  • Fredericton, NB – May 15, 2006

  • Moncton, NB – May 16, 2006

  • Saint John, NB – May 17, 2006

  • St. John’s, NF – May 25, 2006

  • Halifax, NS – May 30, 2006

  • Bathurst, NB – June 6, 2006

  • Edmundston, NB – June 7, 2006

  • Sydney, NS – June 9, 2006

  • Charlottetown, PE – June 14, 2006

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national trade association of the private property and casualty insurance industry. It represents more than 90% of the non-government home, car and business insurance in Canada. For more information, visit the IBC’s Web site at www.ibc.ca.