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Robo-Advisors to Humans: We’re Here!

Sci-Fi has relied on robotic advisors since the genre was launched, and for good reason: They improve the lives of humans. This science-fiction is finally being realized, and if you squeeze your eyes tight and look at the horizon, you can see the future forming for insurance. Who is Mr. Robo and What Does He… Read more »

Do We Go Outside to Bring InsurTech In?

A recent report documents the geometric increase in organizations and funding dedicated to innovation and disruption in insurance. While the result is a vibrant and robust ecosystem for insurers to navigate, the authors add an important caveat about the actual reach of the efforts, and suggest a trip outside might be in order. “InsurTech” is… Read more »

The Organizer’s Perk: Being a Fly on the ICTC2016 Wall

Organizing a conference is a lot of work, but it has its perks.   One big one is sitting in on meetings with really smart people talking about present and future challenges and opportunities.  Let me share examples from panels at the 2016 Insurance-Canada.ca Technology Conference. Hit the Road Our friend, Catherine Kargas, from MARCON, has… Read more »

2016 – Digital, Analytics, and Mother Earth will not be Ignored

There’s a lot going on, and when the present is so busy it’s hard to look long-term. That said, I believe there are three trends we will not be able to ignore in 2016:  Digital, Analytics, and Mother Earth. I want to share my thoughts with you in print now, and in person later. Digital… Read more »

Selective Innovation: Reason for Celebration or Contradiction in Terms?

Criticizing insurers for their lack of innovation and technical progress has been a sport for at least 3 decades.  The most recent focuses on ‘digital transformation’.  The reality is that many insurers are very innovative, but not always focused on organizational transformation.  As an industry, are we missing the boat, or floating as best we… 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 »

Consumers’ Views of Digital Insurance Distribution Strategies

Digital distribution is a hot topic for insurers. The advent of new digital options, combined with new potential competitors, has increased the volume of discussion. In our experience, much of this is internally focused, with consumer preferences represented by personal preferences of insurer staff. We recently came across a white paper which focused on consumers’ views… Read more »

BMS Vendors bring their A-games to #ICTC2014; What do YOU want to know?

The challenge from Randy Carroll, CEO of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario,  was simple:  “We want the brokers to see the BMS vendors’ best products for the present and their plans for the future.  Tell them to bring their A-Games.”  With the active cooperation of Randy and his team at IBAO, we think we’ve… Read more »

What Did We Learn Today, Dorothy? Aviva Restarts Telematics Program

The most serious mistake a company can make is to fail to learn from its past mistakes. Aviva is demonstrating that it takes that old adage to heart. The insurer has reentered the telematics based insurance market in the UK, with some very interesting elements, showing that Aviva spent some time learning from its own… Read more »