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Insurance Business
Awards 2016


The Liberty Grand, Toronto.
November 30, 2016

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Event Summary


Insurance Business, Canada's leading industry resource for the Insurance industry, is pleased to present the first annual Insurance Business Awards!

 

The Insurance Business Awards brings together industry leaders to celebrate excellence in the Insurance industry and is designed to recognize individuals, teams and companies for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the field.

 

There are 18 organizational and individual categories that have been designed to ensure national recognition of both large and small organizations on their individual merits.

19

Awards

650

Attendees

Awards


Individual Awards

THE FIRST INSURANCE FUNDING OF CANADA AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

 

Description

 

Award of excellence in honour of outstanding achievement by an individual within the Insurance Industry. This award recognizes lifetime achievement or outstanding contribution of an individual to Canadian Insurance industry as a whole.

 

We accept nominations in this category, with the editorial team at Insurance Business Magazine making final selections based on editorial research and industry feedback.

 

Nominate

 

THE EMPIRE LIFE AWARD FOR LIFE AND HEALTH ADVISOR OF THE YEAR

 

Description

 

This award of excellence recognizes the standout life and health insurance advisor of the year. This accolade goes to the individual who has best exceled at pushing the envelope with innovation and growth, garnering industry’s attention and the respect of peers. This advisor demonstrates commitment to clients, portrays exemplary customer service skills and manages to build and cement long-term business relationships.

 

Criteria

 

  • Open to life and health advisors only
  • Criteria for judges include: number of policies written; revenue contributions, client retention and client testimonials.

 

Nominate

 

THE PAL INSURANCE BROKERS AWARD FOR YOUNG GUN OF THE YEAR

 

Description

 

Award of excellence for the outstanding achievement by a young broker within the insurance space. This accolade goes to the new industry player under 40 who has exceled at pushing the envelope with innovation and growth, garnering industry’s attention and the respect of peers.

 

Criteria

 

  • Open to a broker who is 40 or under as of September 1, 2016
  • Achievements could include: unique ways of utilizing next-generation technology to build and cement client relationships, distinctive new business development strategies, exceptional customer service skills, innovative branding and marketing strategies to attract new clients and/or creative ways of taking the company to the next level
  • Finalists will be asked to provide supporting evidence of the above, including demonstrated increase in policies written and premium volume contributions over the last three years. Please include a brief overview on market landscape and market size.

 

Nominate

 

THE SOUTH WESTERN GROUP AWARD FOR BROKER OF THE YEAR

 

Description

 

This award of excellence recognizes the standout property and casualty insurance broker of the year. This accolade goes to the individual who has best exceled at pushing the envelope with innovation and growth, garnering industry’s attention including the respect of peers. This broker demonstrates commitment to clients, portrays exemplary customer service skills and manages to build and cement long-term business relationships.

 

Criteria

 

  • Open to properly and casualty brokers only
  • Criteria for judges include: number of policies written; premium volume contributions, client retention and client testimonials.

 

Nominate

 

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER OF THE YEAR

 

Description

 

Award of excellence for the outstanding business development manager of the year. This acknowledgment goes to any individual within the insurance space who is pushing the envelope and demonstrating success in setting and exceeding business development goals.

 

Criteria

 

  • Standout achievements in 2015 and from January 1, 2016 to September 1, 2016.
  • Demonstrated excellence in client relationship building, understanding clients’ business models and objectives, strong presentation skills in a group or one-on-one, responsiveness to clients’ needs, bringing new ideas to clients, providing strong alternative recommendations to clients, understanding the competitive landscape, and applying marketing prowess in business development and sales

 

Nominate

 


 

 

Organizational Awards

THE EQUISOFT AWARD FOR LIFE AND HEALTH INSURER OF THE YEAR

 

Description

 

Award of excellence presented to the company that stands out by providing top-tier life and health insurance products to consumers and businesses in Canada.

 

Criteria

 

  • Insurance provider of the year applies to any firm offering life and health insurance, critical illness and/or disability products
  • When judging this category - standout achievements for the year, revenue growth during the year, overall customer service and stakeholder engagement - will be key considerations.

 

Nominate

 

P&C INSURER OF THE YEAR

 

Description

 

Award of excellence presented to the company that stands out by providing top-tier property & casualty insurance products to consumers and businesses in Canada.

 

Criteria

 

  • Insurance provider of the year applies to any firm offering insurance focused on risks that result in loss to property and possessions
  • When judging this category - standout achievements, revenue growth during the year, overall customer service and stakeholder engagement - will be key considerations.

 

Nominate

 

THE KEAL TECHNOLOGY AWARD FOR DIGITAL INNOVATION

 

Description

 

The Digital Innovation Award recognizes a company that has best harnessed technology to enhance the user experience for clients and other relevant industry stakeholders.

 

Criteria

 

  • Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for a website, mobile, app, video or other relevant solution and its performance implemented anytime between August 31, 2015 to September 1, 2016, including visitor traffic reports and reader engagement/usability over the period
  • Judging Criteria include: overall excellence, depth of content, user friendliness, innovation, and the use of multimedia platforms
  • A good resource for clients and employees - promotes excellence within your organization

 

Nominate

 

BEST BROKERAGE UNDER 10 PEOPLE

 

Description

 

Award of excellence to the outstanding broker practice. This award goes to the business in which the total number of registered brokers is fewer than or equal to 10 individuals.

 

Criteria

 

Total number of licenced brokers within the business is fewer than or equal to 10, nationally. When judging this category - number of policies written during the year, premium volume contributions, customer service, brokerage reputation and client retention - will all be considered.

 

Nominate

 

THE APRIL CANADA AWARD FOR BEST BROKERAGE OVER 10 PEOPLE

 

Description

 

Award of excellence to the outstanding broker practice. This award goes to the business in which the total number of registered brokers is over 10 individuals.

 

Criteria

 

Total number of licenced brokers within the business is over 10 individuals, nationally. When judging this category - number of policies written during the year, premium volume contributions, customer service, brokerage reputation and client retention - will all be considered.

 

Nominate

 

THE NORTHBRIDGE INSURANCE AWARD FOR BROKERAGE/NETWORK CLUSTER OF THE YEAR

 

Description

 

Award of excellence to the outstanding brokerage network/cluster of the year for its commitment to its broker members, clients and support to the insurance industry as a whole.

 

Criteria

 

  • Demonstrated evidence of value proposition to the member offices
  • Excellence in majority of the following areas: training and education, marketing, commission and profit share, access to more companies and products, claims support, customer service support, access to niche and non-traditional markets, administrative support, recruitment of talent
  • The “personality” of the networks will be considered as well. Good standing with industry peers and clients

 

Nominate

 

THE SPECIAL RISK INSURANCE MANAGERS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE BY A BROKERAGE

 

Description

 

This award acknowledges a brokerage with a proven track record of providing their clients with superior support. Whether it is providing best-in-class assistance or reducing turnaround times, customer support is essential for client satisfaction. This award recognizes the industry player that has mastered that service and is a number one on all fronts.

 

Criteria

 

  • Open to any brokerage that provides services to clients
  • Finalists will be asked to provide details on how they go the extra mile to provide excellent customer service
  • Criteria for judges include: interpersonal communication strategies, telephone and face-to-face service
  • Demonstrated success in client retention, growth and overall business development

 

Nominate

 

MGA OF THE YEAR

 

Description

 

Award of excellence for the MGA who offers superb service to brokers and is consistently proactive in educating brokers on products, while maintaining in-depth knowledge of financial markets and the competitive landscape of all product offerings.

 

Criteria

 

  • Maintains superior support service by communicating updates pertaining to the products and other offerings it provides
  • Provides value-added ideas and marketing support to assist brokers in growing their businesses and client base

 

Nominate

 

THE INSURR AWARD FOR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

 

Description

 

Award of excellence for the outstanding advertising campaign from August 31, 2015, to September 1, 2016 directed to brokers. This award recognizes the outstanding individual campaign directed to brokers in terms of its effectiveness, reach and creativity.

 

Criteria

 

  • Advertising campaign directed to brokers
  • The success of the campaign’s key objectives and strategy, its marketing mix and both the quantitative and qualitative evidence of its success, including all evaluative metrics
  • The judges will also take into account the impact relative to advertising spend
  • Feel free to include broker testimonials

 

Nominate

 

THE BURNS & WILCOX AWARD FOR PHILANTHROPY & COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

Description

 

This award celebrates the outstanding contribution of time, leadership and financial support of a company who set new benchmarks of excellence in the acts of giving and volunteering.

 

Criteria

 

  • Open to any company within the insurance space
  • Demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and local, national and/or international community involvement
  • The organization or an individual has developed creative, resourceful and inspired campaigns, initiatives, projects or techniques that have grown and made a meaningful impact on local, national and/or international communities or causes

 

Nominate

 

THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY'S EMPLOYER OF CHOICE AWARD

 

Description

 

Award of excellence recognizing a company that has won the reputation to be called an employer of choice within the insurance industry.

 

Criteria

 

  • Committed to building a workplace that recognizes excellence and supports phenomenal careers for all
  • Provides the right relationships, challenging and meaningful opportunities, and flexible work options to help people develop their full potential
  • Demonstrates a commitment to provide a supportive and innovative workplace for their employees
  • Finalists will be asked to provide an overview of their people philosophy, workplace culture, employee testimonials and other relevant reasons explaining they should win this award

 

Nominate

 

THE MARKEL AWARD FOR BIG BROKERAGE OF THE YEAR

 

Description

 

Award of excellence to the outstanding broker practice. This award goes to the business in which the total number of registered brokers is over 100 individuals.

 

Criteria

 

  • Total number of licenced brokers within the business is over 100, nationally.
  • When judging this category - number of policies written during the year, premium volume contributions, customer service, brokerage reputation and client retention - will all be considered.

 

Nominate

 

THE INSURANCE BUSINESS READERS’ CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST SERVICE PROVIDER

 

Description

 

This award acknowledges the contributions of a company or individual with a proven track record of providing Insurance brokers & offices with the superior service and assistance needed to perform their duties. This award will be determined through nominations as well as an IB Online poll of the most popular service providers of the year, servicing those working in the insurance profession.

 

Criteria

 

  • Open to any company or individual that provides a service to Insurance brokers & offices (including but not limited to: Coaching, Training, databases ,websites, apps, big data, analytics & CRM systems, Marketing & customer service support)
  • Finalists will be invited to submit supporting documentation and testimonials will also be considered.
  • Judges criteria includes; an explanation of the service their business provides to Insurance Professionals, how their business adds value to their client, demonstration of a sustained effort and commitment to the Industry, repeat and referral business strategy and success.

 

Nominate

 

2016 Judges


  • Rod Tyler

    Founder and Senior Advisor, The Tyler Group Financial Services

    Sangeeta Chopra-Charron

    Strategic Marketing and Operations Consultant

    George Hodgson

    CEO, Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta

  • Guy Parent

    Executive Director, Regroupement des cabinets de courtage d’assurance du Québec (RCCAQ)

    Karen Slaunwhite

    Executive Director, Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia (IBANS)

    Colin Simpson

    CEO, Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) and Independent Broker Resources Inc. (IBRI)

2016 Partners


MARKEL AWARD FOR BIG

BROKERAGE OF THE YEAR

 

Insurance Business Awards markel

 

 

 

FIRST INSURANCE FUNDING

OF CANADA AWARD FOR

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

 

Insurance Business Awards FIRST Canada

 

EMPIRE LIFE AWARD FOR

LIFE AND HEALTH ADVISOR

OF THE YEAR

 

Insurance Business Awards Empire life

 

EQUISOFT AWARD FOR

LIFE AND HEALTH INSURER

OF THE YEAR

 

insurance business awards EquiSoft

 

 

 

PAL INSURANCE BROKERS AWARD

FOR YOUNG GUN OF THE YEAR

 

Insurance Business Awards PAL

 

SOUTH WESTERN GROUP AWARD

FOR BROKER OF THE YEAR

 

Insurance Business Awards South Western Group

 

P&C INSURER OF THE YEAR

 

 

IB Awards 2016

 

 

 

KEAL TECHNOLOGY AWARD

FOR DIGITAL INNOVATION

 

Insurance Business Awards Keal Technology

 

BEST BROKERAGE UNDER

10 PEOPLE

 

IB Awards 2016

 

APRIL CANADA AWARD FOR BEST

BROKERAGE OVER 10 PEOPLE

 

Insurance Business Awards April

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

OF THE YEAR

 

 

IBAawards 2016

 

NORTHBRIDGE INSURANCE

AWARD FOR BROKERAGE/NETWORK

CLUSTER OF THE YEAR

 

 

Insurance Business Awards Northbridge Insurance

 

SPECIAL RISK INSURANCE

MANAGERS AWARD FOR

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER

SERVICE BY A BROKERAGE

 

Insurance Business Awards Special Risk Insurance Managers

 

 

 

MGA OF THE

YEAR

 

 

IBAawards 2016

 

INSURR AWARD FOR

ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN

OF THE YEAR

 

Insurance Business Awards Insurr

 

RISK MANAGER OF THE

YEAR

 

 

IB Awards 2016

 

 

 

BURNS & WILCOX AWARD FOR

PHILANTHROPY & COMMUNITY

SERVICE

 

insurance business awards burns and wilcox

 

INSURANCE INDUSTRY EMPLOYER

OF CHOICE

 

 

IB Awards 2016

 

READERS’ CHOICE AWARD:

BEST SERVICE PROVIDER

 

 

IB Awards 2016

 

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