Wawanesa First to Offer Video-Streamed Online Training For Brokers and Staff

Winnipeg, MB, July 3, 2007-Wawanesa Insurance breaks new ground by being the first P+C insurance company in Canada to offer online video-streamed training for insurance brokers and staff in conjunction with the July, 2007 launch of their updated Home and Farm policy wordings. According to John Bjornson, Wawanesa’s Vice President of Marketing and Property Underwriting, “Online training makes a ton of sense when you have 1300 Brokers spread across Canada. The old method of the in-person “dog and pony show” is becoming too costly and time consuming. Today’s modern insurance brokers do not want to send all their staff away to a seminar or workshop for training when technology exists to allow them to take courses online. This new training medium will save insurance brokers a great deal in salary, travel and lost production costs.”

Wawanesa has contracted with ILS Learning Corporation to develop and host the online courses. “ILS is a natural choice because of their extensive experience in P+C insurance and their years of online course presentations,” says Bjornson. “Many brokers are already registered with ILS, but for those who are not, Wawanesa has arranged for a special time limited registration fee for access to Wawanesa’s online courses. Another bonus for Brokers is the fact that ILS courses qualify for Continuing Education Credits in jurisdictions where they are required.”

To sample the online learning experience go to www.ilscorp.com/wawanesademo/

The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company is the largest mutual insurance company in Canada in terms of capital and surplus. The company’s financial strength is rated consistently as A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., the world’ s oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit www.wawanesa.com

ILS Learning Corporation, based in Courtenay, BC was a pioneer in online training. They have over 19,000 registered users of their online training courses, the largest percentage of which are employed in the insurance industry. For more information, visit www.ilscorp.com