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SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

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Drivers Want Technology Relief From Distraction
The majority of Canadians believe only a technology solution that blocks drivers from using texting and other phone messaging functions while driving will solve the problem of distracted driving, according to a new public opinion poll by Aviva Canada.
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The Future of Claims Management
Crawford & Company is responding to market developments and forging the future of claims management in its 360° approach. Crawford 360° is a fully integrated claims management solution combining digital innovation with enhanced service plug-ins, progressing a file through each phase of the claims cycle.
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Clyde & Co. Launches Smart Contracts Consultancy
Global law firm Clyde & Co has launched an innovative new consultancy to advise insurers and clients in other sectors on all aspects of the burgeoning new area of smart contracts, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.
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How Business Is Facing Cyber, Climate Threats
Cyber attacks now represent the biggest risk of doing business for many countries, including Canada, according to the World Economic Forum's 2017 Executive Opinion Survey. Cyber stands out as the only new threat in the global top ten risks.
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Manulife Offers Multi-Channel Claims Submissions
Manulife has announced an enhanced plan member experience designed for greater convenience. Users can now submit any Group Benefits claims, including disability claims, using the channel most convenient for them through Manulife's new Group Benefits homepage and mobile app.
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Keal, ClientDesk Partner To Expand Connectivity
Keal and ClientDesk are pleased to announce they have entered into a collaborative partnership and formulated a roadmap to introduce significant integration and cross-platform connectivity for the benefit of existing and prospective Keal users.
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Esurance Launch Brings Savings To Ontario
Esurance is expanding its online auto and home insurance to Ontario. Esurance uses advanced technology to offer an easy online experience and intuitive tools that help take the hassle out of insurance – something that's sure to appeal to digitally-minded Ontarians.
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L&A Customer Data, Analytics Gaps Growing
Strategy Meets Action has just released a new research report which covers the business drivers, usage, adoption areas, success factors, and investments that L&A insurers are making in data and analytics.
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New Challenges, New Solutions: Swiss Re
Swiss Re sees growing demand for new reinsurance solutions as technological advancements usher in a new generation of industry solutions that use technology to better understand, manage, and ultimately reduce risks.
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RSA Deploys Guidewire Claims Solution
Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada and Guidewire Software Inc. are pleased to announce RSA has successfully deployed Guidewire ClaimCenter® as its new claims management system.
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CAFO Premium Finance Solutions For Brokers
Cash-flow considerations are as important to brokers as they are to insureds. CAFO offers brokers expedited receivables resolution, with streamlined application processing and paperwork for accelerated receipt of premiums.
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WSIB Lowers Premium Rates Again
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is pleased to announce it is lowering premium rates for the second year in a row.
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New Web Resource To Prevent Impaired Driving
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation, in partnership with State Farm® Canada, has launched a new, web-based resource designed to share the latest research about drug-impaired driving and inform the development of effective strategies to tackle it.
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The Intersection: Blog

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

Convergence and Champagne in Boston
InsurTech is the hot topic of the day. And start-up organizations are demonstrating the value of InsurTech to disrupt antiquated processes and products. However, this does not mean that we derail the existing corporate infrastructure and rely exclusively on new technology. So what do we need to do? Convergence might be in order. Read more.

Exclusive Lunch & Learn: How can User ID & Authentication ensure a Secure BlockChain

Cookhouse Lab is excited to invite you to an upcoming Lunch and Learn session on Wednesday Sept. 27 from 11am until 1pm.

This session will be hosted by Intercede at Cookhouse Lab, and will consist of a discussion on the topic, “How can User ID & Authentication ensure a secure BlockChain?

The presentation from 11am to noon will be followed by lunch and a networking session from noon to 1pm. Register for this event hereNumbers are limited to 100 participants.

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From Doug In Nepal

Our travels have taken us to Kathmandu in Nepal. On Monday morning we took a sightseeing flight along the Himalayan range as far as Everest – what a beautiful panorama.

Kathmandu reminds us much of other cities we have visited in poorer nations. Forty years ago, the valley was all rice paddies. Today, after decades of population increase, it is a crowded, bustling city.

Natural disasters here too – floods this year and in 2015 the big quake. Little evidence of damage remains in business and personal property. The monuments are slowly being restored, and they are being strengthened against future shocks. Our guide thinks improvements were not made to personal property, though, so I am glad to think of our insurance leadership in Canada in that regard.

Doug Grant, CIP

Doug Grant

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