CAILBA annual conference, “Shaping the Future of Distribution

p class=”normalbold”>CAILBA conference in Toronto, May 14-16

Toronto, ON (Apr. 25, 2013) – The Canadian Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (CAILBA) is hosting its annual conference – “Shaping the Future of Distribution” – at the King Edward Hotel, Toronto, May 14-16, 2013.

After sharing for a few years, CAIBLA is once again hosting its own Annual Conference, tailored specifically to the needs of its MGA membership, insurance company partners, and industry vendors. All MGAs are encouraged to participate to celebrate another year of success for CAILBA, network with peers and industry experts, and look to the future of the insurance distribution business.

The session begins Tuesday May 14 at 2:30 and concludes on Thursday at 12:30 – make your travel plans now.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from those with specialties in our Canadian industry, and from those who bring relevant information from a little further afield.

Sessions include:

Driving Value from Technology
Tim Fitzpatrick, VirtGate
Rick Hyde, TICOON
Drew Pullman, Winfund
Simon Tomlinson, WealthServ
This two hour session is designed to look at where the industry is today and where we need to go to realize the true potential offered by rapidly evolving technologies.

Rethinking The Concept Of Innovation
Jim Carroll
Jim will lead us in our keynote with a challenge to rethink the concept of innovation in the context of fast-paced future trends. His latest book carries the title, “The Future Belongs to Those Who Are Fast,” an interesting concept and perhaps a conundrum that we within the MGA business should challenge ourselves by.

The Shape of Things to Come
Bob Baranoff, head of research for LIMRA
Bob Baranoff will discuss these issues and how things are changing in the U.S., with implications for Canada. Learn how to help to “shape up” the MGA channel, so you aren’t forced to “ship out.”

Social Media Strategies for Trust Agents
Jay Palter
In this session, Jay will introduce the social media landscape in 2013 and beyond, discuss the concept of Trust Agents, how MGAs can use social media, and the benefits of social engagement for MGAs.

The New Supply and Demand Paradigm For Insurance Manufacturers and Distributors
Goshka Folda, Investor Economics
The opportunity for insurers, their distributors and advisors looms large, but all players must rise to the challenge of building and growing support for sustainable products while operating in the “new normal” of increasing regulatory oversight, and financial and economic constraints. The briefing will leverage the extensive Investor Economics insurance industry fact-base, including our newly-minted distribution channels database.

Register today or view the conference brochure (PDF) for more sessions and the full event agenda.


The Canadian Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies is the single voice for the managing general agencies (MGA) across Canada. We are a national industry association that work alongside our members to stay abreast of change and effectively implement compliance and regulatory updates. We work alongside our carrier members in order to identify their expectations which require change in structure and focus within MGA operations.

CAILBA provides education, knowledge, and tools to our members to help our members stay current with industry best practices and technology. We provide a platform for our members to collaborate and share ideas and best practices across Canada in order to better the industry and build unity in the MGA community nationally. Visit

Source: The Canadian Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies