In 2015, auto insurance fraud cost Ontario consumers an estimated $1.3 billion – 13% of total auto insurance premiums. This considerable cost suggests that thousands of people are committing this type of crime. How do the perpetrators commit fraud? Exaggerating…Read more →
On March 14, 2017, Microsoft released a critical patch to address a security vulnerability on its Windows operating system. On May 12, eight weeks later, the WannaCry global ransomware attack exploited that exact vulnerability, impacting over 230,000 computers in more…Read more →
Are you interested in knowing the future? I certainly would, the more accurate, the better. (Next week’s winning lottery numbers, anyone?) Unfortunately, as the old Danish proverb goes, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” My colleague Mark McLaughlin and I gave it a shot anyhow, and you can now read the result in […]Read more →
As technology evolves quickly, the terminology to describe it – and the ways in which we implement it – evolves even faster. Remember when the insurance industry first discussed “digital strategies,” only to be told shortly thereafter that because all…Read more →
New Year always gives me a feeling of good cheer and optimism. As president and CEO of the Institute, good cheer comes from celebrating the effort of thousands of insurance professionals across Canada who pursued an insurance education in 2016.…Read more →
“Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” – Oscar Wilde Clearly, Mr. Wilde – expert as he was at crafting witticisms – never spent any time in an insurance office. Our industry has a longstanding history…Read more →
A couple of posts ago (Why ‘just-in-time’ insurance would be a non-starter) I answered a question that I get asked at least a few times a year: ‘Why not allow consumers to purchase insurance just before a foreseeable loss is…Read more →
Three years ago, I wrote an article about the status of electronic insurance cards. Despite the fact that smartphones, tablets and other technological gadgets are now part of everyday life, providing proof of auto insurance coverage is like a nos…Read more →
Professional athletes recently demonstrated their highly-publicized talents in the Super Bowl, an annual event that prompts celebrations throughout the United States and Canada. Although not nearly as well publicized, the Canadian property and casualty industry is also filled with many…Read more →
My colleagues in the IBM Institute for Business Value have been hard at work over the past few months, analyzing the responses of more than 5,200 interviews with C-Suite executives in 21 industries and more than 70 countries globally on the threats and opportunities facing Continue readingRead more →
Fall Convocation is one of my favourite times of the year. Soon I will be attending the graduation ceremonies of local Insurance Institutes across the country, congratulating many of the 1,000 people each year who receive their Chartered Insurance Professional…Read more →
On June 18, 2015, the Digital Privacy Act received Royal Assent and is now law in Canada. The Act amends PIPEDA in a number of ways, but there are three major changes that insurers need to know about: Organizations must…Read more →
Since I started working with technology, I have relied on an aphorism when talking with nervous non-technology folks: “Technology doesn’t really destroy jobs; it creates new ones.” I likely missed the memo, but this may have become a lie sometime…Read more →
I’m featured in the news report below on Uber and insurance.
Mon, Mar 23: Customers who used ride-sharing services like UberX may be at risk if the driver is involved in an accident. As Sean O’Shea reports insurance experts say drivers are violating insurance rules and may be putting themselves and their fares in jeopardy.
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