Insurance brokers contribute $5.4 billion to Canada’s GDP
April 23, 2019
A new report from Deloitte Canada — commissioned by the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada with the support of IBAS — found that insurance brokers across the country contribute $5.4 billion annually to our national economy, and sustain more than 58,000 full-time jobs. The study also illustrates many of the social benefits that brokers bring to their communities.
Capacity crowd for the second annual Saskatchewan Summit of Young Insurance Professionals
April 5, 2019
For the second straight year, the Saskatchewan Summit of Young Insurance Professionals — held April 4 in Saskatoon — was a smash hit, attracting a capacity crowd of roughly 140 brokers, insurance company representatives, adjusters, and other industry stakeholders.
2019 Insurance Broker Day at the Legislature held March 5
March 6, 2019
The second annual Insurance Broker Day at the Legislature was held Tuesday, March 5, in Regina. This is one of IBAS’s most important advocacy initiatives of the year, featuring a full day of meetings with elected officials, top bureaucrats, and regulatory executives.
Exciting change to IBAS’s E&O insurance program
October 26, 2018
IBAS is pleased to announce an exciting change to its errors and omissions (E&O) member insurance program. Effective November 1, IBAS will be joining forces with the Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta to launch Sage Advisor Resources in Saskatchewan. This new partnership will replace IBAS’s for-profit entity, IBCO Services Ltd., and will assume the management of existing IBCO clients.
Security Safeguard Breach Guide
October 19, 2018
On November 1, 2018, new federal regulations will come into force that will require all organizations, including insurance brokers, to report breaches of security safeguards that pose a real risk of significant harm to individuals to the Privacy Commissioner and any individuals affected.
2018 IBAS Annual Report now available
October 1, 2018
The 2018 IBAS Annual Report is now available. Hard copies will also be available at the 2018 IBAS Annual General Meeting, October 11 in Regina.
IBAS updates its corporate branding
September 19, 2018
In conjunction with the launch of the new national BIPPER logo on September 4, IBAS has updated its own corporate branding collateral. This includes the launch of a new IBAS logo and the removal of the apostrophe from our name (becoming the last insurance brokers association in Canada to do so). A new website will also be coming in 2019.
IBAC unveils new national BIPPER symbol
September 4, 2018
On September 4, the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) introduced its new Broker Identity Program (BIP) branding — along with the new BIPPER logo — and national advertising campaign. The BIPPER was created in 1988 as part of a national effort to promote the role of the insurance broker as a qualified professional who works for the insurance consumer, providing unbiased advice, choice, and customer service.
2018 IBAS Broker Issues Survey
August 7, 2018
The last year at IBAS has been all about change. And while much of it has been positive, we recognize there is a lot of important work yet to do. Part of that process is better understanding the challenges you are facing and how the association can add value, which is why we have launched the 2018 IBAS Broker Issues Survey. If you are a licensed broker or brokerage principal in the Province of Saskatchewan, please take 15-20 minutes to complete the questionnaire no later than Friday, September 28.
YBN Executive Committee election
July 25, 2018
Voting is now open for election to the Saskatchewan Young Brokers Network (YBN) Executive Committee. This year, there are seven candidates who have allowed their names to stand for up to three vacant positions — each for a term of two years. If you are a YBN member in good standing, you are eligible to vote for up to three of these candidates. The deadline for voting is 5 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018.
New BIPPER logo coming this fall
June 5, 2018
The Broker Identity Program (BIP) — with its well-known BIPPER logo — is central to advancing recognition for the insurance broker profession and enhancing the reputation of brokers across Saskatchewan and beyond. After more than 25 years, the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) board of directors voted at its May meeting to modernize this important symbol for today’s changing landscape.
IBAS, YBN representatives in Ottawa for IBAC’s annual Parliament Hill Day
May 29, 2018
Representatives from both IBAS and the Saskatchewan Young Brokers Network (YBN) were in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 29, for the annual Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) Parliament Hill Day. In total, the national delegation met with more than 120 members of parliament, senators, and senior bureaucrats.
2018 Industry Dinner held in Regina
May 16, 2018
A capacity crowd of more than 100 insurance brokers, insurer representatives, policymakers, and industry stakeholders converged on Regina May 15 for the 2018 IBAS Industry Dinner, presented by MNP.
Call for member volunteers: Extended Auto Advisory Committee
April 20, 2018
At its March meeting, the IBAS board of directors approved the creation of a special Extended Auto Advisory Committee to inform and guide the association’s services and advocacy activities related to the future of extended auto insurance in Saskatchewan.
Inaugural Saskatchewan Summit of Young Insurance Professionals held in Saskatoon
April 13, 2018
More than 100 brokers, underwriters, adjusters, and other industry stakeholders converged on Saskatoon this past Thursday, April 12, for the first-ever Saskatchewan Summit of Young Insurance Professionals.
Update: PST on insurance premiums
April 10, 2018
This past Friday, the Government of Saskatchewan released three important documents with respect to the application of the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on insurance premiums. Click here for more information.
SGI joins TIC real-time data integration project
March 29, 2018
SGI CANADA recently announced it has joined the Toronto Insurance Conference’s (TIC) project on real-time data integration between insurers and brokers. This proof-of-concept, announced in January and entitled The D/X Initiative, focuses on communicating claims information for both commercial and personal lines clients. It follows the nationally-endorsed Insurance Brokers’ Association of Canada Data Exchange (D/X) principles, which use established industry data standards and no surplus middleware or data translation layer.
IBAS hosts inaugural Insurance Broker Day at the Legislature
March 13, 2018
On March 13, the IBAS and Saskatchewan Young Brokers Network (YBN) boards of directors converged on Regina for the first-ever Insurance Broker Day at the Legislature — a full day of advocacy and policy discussions that featured meetings with: Six cabinet ministers, including the deputy premier; the leader of the official opposition; senior representatives from the premier’s office and Ministry of Finance; one caucus policy committee; and, several sitting MLAs.
Reinstated PST exemption on insurance premiums a positive step forward, but additional work remains: IBAS
March 1, 2018
Earlier this week, Premier Scott Moe announced the Government of Saskatchewan will be reinstating the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) exemption on agricultural (crop, hail, and livestock), life, and health insurance premiums, retroactive to August 1, 2017. While P&C and automotive coverages will still be subject to the PST, Monday’s declaration is an important step in the right direction to ensuring consumers, business owners, and farmers can protect themselves — and those they care about — affordably, with the right insurance.
CSIO’s My Proof of Insurance eDelivery solution is now available
February 22, 2018
CSIO has announced the official launch of its My Proof of Insurance eDelivery solution. The solution enables CSIO members to send consumers digital policy documents, including proof of auto insurance (eSlips), for personal and commercial lines, and is available to members at no additional cost.
Registration now open for the first-ever Saskatchewan Summit of Young Insurance Professionals
February 14, 2018
The 2018 Saskatchewan Summit of Young Insurance Professionals — to be held on Thursday, April 12, at the Sheraton Cavalier in Saskatoon — brings together brokers, underwriters, adjusters, and other insurance stakeholders in the emerging stages of their careers for a one-day forum focused on relationship-building, professional development, and best practices sharing. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Click here for more information or to reserve your seat!
IBAS endorses CSIO’s document eDelivery solution
January 30, 2018
IBAS is pleased to announce its support for a new eDelivery solution soon to be released by the Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO), which will allow brokers to securely send consumers their personal and commercial policy documents electronically.
IBAS names Derek Lothian new CEO
September 4, 2017
Earlier today, IBAS announce the hiring of Derek Lothian as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Ernie Gaschler, who retired this spring after 25 years leading the organization.
Outgoing IBAS CEO Ernie Gaschler recognized by Senator Stephen Green
May 30, 2017
Retiring IBAS CEO Ernie Gaschler was paid tribute by Senator Stephen Greene at the 2017 Parliament Hill Day in Ottawa.