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Counting on the Future: More Than All Our Fingers and Toes

The title of the recent Insurance-Canada Executive Forum (ICEF2015) was “Emerging Threats and Opportunities.”  In hindsight, we might have been well served by including a less subtle sub-title; something like: “Learn to Use Analytics or Die.” Question for you: What do you think is the state of our industry in deploying and understanding analytics? A… Read more »

Is the Telematics Plateau Coming Early?

We’ve followed Telematics/Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) for some time now.  There has been significant progress, and there is an assumption that it will have a 25% market share over time. Of late, however, some folks are suggesting that UBI could plateau early just as other forces start to shape the next generation of automobile insurance. Usage-Based… Read more »

Is UBI Trapped in a Cul-de-sac?

After a tire-burning leap out of the starting gate, the smoke is clearing around UBI in Canada and it’s looking like it might have been steered into a dead-end. Is it stuck, or will it one day find the open road? Let me know what you think. Assume a killer app … At an automotive… Read more »

Telematics, Customer Engagement, and UBI: Two out of Three Ain’t Bad

We’ve been getting the sense that UBI (Usage Based Insurance) is not getting the traction that many of us felt it would when it was re-introduced to the Canadian market a few years back.  However, the investment in Telematics might be a key to customer engagement, even without reliance on premium discounts, or insurance at… Read more »

Will Canada Develop Its Own UBI Path?

A number of indicators are suggesting that telematics-enabled usage-based insurance is not getting traction as quickly as some expected. However, leading Canadian telematics suppliers are actively working with insurers and brokers to develop value-added and niche products which will improve the uptake, and perhaps create a uniquely Canadian UBI profile. The US trend might not be… Read more »

Time-Based Insurance and The Data-Driven Broker: A New Model?

Hugh McTavish is a broker on a mission – one that disrupts traditional commercial auto insurance servicing, and, as a byproduct, actually causes clients to understand insurance. And all this because he got bit by the data bug. We’d like to know what you think about his approach. Making data make sense out of insurance… Read more »

Have Pity on the ICTA Jury; It’s Your Fault, After All

The Technology Awards (ICTA) jurists are good, honest, hard-working people. So why do we treat them so badly? There is really only one reason:  You made us do it. The least we all can do is take some pity on them and be very kind to them when you seen them in March. About… Read more »

2014 Hits and Misses

As has been our wont since this blog began, we take a stab at predicting trends and directions for insurance and technology in Canada at the beginning of each year.  We also commit to give an honest appraisal at year-end, and ask for your comment. It’s time for the reckoning. For 2014, we highlighted specific areas… Read more »

Can Brokers Manage the Next Wave of IT?

As we look over the topics we have covered in this space, it occurs to us that the brokers might be getting hit with more IT than they expect over the next little while.  We’d like to know what you think, and, if you are part of the broker distribution value chain, what, you think… Read more »

Pragmatic Telematics: Reality Trumps Theory in Chicago

I detected a noticeable change in tone at the Insurance Telematics USA conference held in Chicago last week. In prior years, much of the discussion was prognosis and guesstimation.  This year, the majority of presentations and conversations dealt with real-world issues relating to development, implementation, promotion, and utilization of telematics-based usage-based insurance (UBI). I think… Read more »