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JANUARY 16, 2018

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Aon's 2018 Cybersecurity Predictions
As cyber attacks grow in volume and scale, companies will be forced to take new measures to address cybersecurity risk holistically, integrating it more aggressively into their enterprise risk management. Read more.

Willis Re Adds Silent Cyber To Portfolio Tool
Willis Re, the reinsurance business of Willis Towers Watson, has upgraded its cyber risk portfolio modelling tool PRISM-Re™ to include silent cyber. Read more.

Crawford Makes Strategic InsurTech Investment
Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. is pleased to announce it has invested in a software solution designed to assist in the management of independent contractors. Read more.

CES2018: User Interface Is Front & Center
The Consumer Electronics Show for 2018 is no less mind-boggling than prior years. If I've seen one overarching theme from CES2018, it's the prominence of the user interface. Read more.

Merged BC Brokers Launch New Brand
Capri and CMW Insurance, two leading BC-based insurance brokerages who merged last year, have rebranded as CapriCMW, effective January 1st, 2018. Read more.

iA Launches Online Claims Service
iA Financial Group launches its innovative and unparalleled individual insurance online claims service, making it possible to file life, disability and critical illness insurance claims online and to track them in real-time. Read more.

Equisoft Announces Two Strategic Acquisitions
Equisoft is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of two companies that will contribute to strengthening its competitive position across its portfolio of wealth management solutions. Read more.

Symbility Integrates SkyMeasure By CoreLogic
Symbility Solutions has teamed up with CoreLogic® to introduce new functionality to the the Claims Management Cloud Platform, including integrated access to SkyMeasure™ Roof Reports. Read more.

Equitable Life Selects StoneRiver's LifeSuite®
Sapiens International Corporation has announced that Equitable Life of Canada has selected LifeSuite®, a web-based automated insurance underwriting and new business case management system from Sapiens' fully owned subsidiary, StoneRiver, Inc. Read more.

Novarica Profiles IT Services Providers
In its latest Novarica Market Navigator, research and advisory firm Novarica profiles 41 IT services providers to help insurers understand and compare their options. Read more.

Employee/Voluntary Benefits Market Opportunities
Majesco has published a new Thought Leadership report which outlines the disruption and changes that are creating unprecedented growth opportunities for employee and voluntary benefit insurers. Read more.

EY Automates Cyberattack Response Workflow
EY's Incident Response Integration Service is using IBM Security technology to help organizations improve the tracking of and response to cyberattacks. Read more.

Accenture Debuts In-Vehicle Voice Service
Accenture is supporting Faurecia and Parrot Automotive to integrate Amazon Alexa voice technology for multiple passengers within the cockpit and entertainment system of connected vehicles. Read more.

Foresters Announces Charity Benefit Provision
Foresters Financial, an international financial services provider, is pleased to announce the inclusion of an incomparable Charity Benefit provision to the recent enhancement to our Advantage Plus participating whole life insurance product in Canada. Read more.


App Helps New Home Buyers Decide
Home to Be, a new free mobile app launched by The Co-operators in September, gives Ontario homebuyers all the information they need to make a smart purchasing decision. Read more.

KTX Improves Customers' Digital Experience
KTX Insurance Brokers is leveraging the ClientDesk platform to be its primary point of engagement and connection with its customer base. Read more.

Serving Canadians With Rate Comparisons is using proprietary quoting technology, providing options from the country's most trusted financial institutions, to help Canadians shop for insurance, credit cards, mortgages, and loans. Read more.

Darling Insurance Builds Out Infrastructure
Finding off-the-shelf cloud solutions too restrictive for their business, Darling Insurance opted to build their own private cloud powered and supported by Fortify Network Solutions Inc. Read more.

The Intersection: Blog

What's going through the Intersection
of insurance and technology?

Can We Take Pride in Insurance Technology?
For a long time, I accepted the idea that insurance technology lags in comparison to other sectors. But with InsurTech driving innovation today, can we stop apologizing for being so far behind? Read more.

Nudge Theory & Insurtech: Happy Bedfellows?
by Neil Huzinga
Richard Thaler's Nobel Prize-winning “Nudge Theory” is finding its way into InsurTech. Will this be a happy relationship or cause for putting up fences? Read more.

“Insurance Vectors in Play:
Risk, Technology, Engagement” Technology Conference

Feb. 27-28, 2018 — Toronto

Blockchain is the underlying technology for numerous insurance pilot projects. But “is it the future of insurance technology?” Iliana Oris Valiente, of Accenture and ColliderX, will share her answer.

Hear further perspectives on the challenges, limitations, and practical applications of blockchain as Iliana is joined by an expert panel consisting of:

  • Charles St. Louis, HealthBlock Identity Inc. (Moderator);
  • Bernard McNulty, Allianz;
  • Chris Van Kooten, Guy Carpenter.

Register now or see complete details.

2018 Technology Conference - “Insurance Vectors: Risk, Technology, Engagement” - Feb. 27-28, 2018 - Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto

From Doug

I can be a luddite – my last mobile phone was seven years old. On my new device, it sure is easy to download apps. What have I been missing?

Insurance customers run the gamut from “no technology at all” to early adopters of whatever new gadget comes along.

As insurance workers, we are in the same situation. Any part of a business may have the newest and shiniest – or may be making do with tools from a decade ago.

Wherever you are on the that digital path, it behooves you to understand what is current, and what is coming.

Join your peers at ICTC2018 to discuss, learn, and help yourself to better serve tomorrow's insurance consumer – anywhere on the tech spectrum.

Doug Grant, CIP

Doug Grant

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