Vancouver, British Columbia--January 5, 2011--The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and its employees raised $1,011,503 for United Way and other registered charities last year, making the 2010 campaign its most generous ever.
“Every day our employees demonstrate caring for our customers and this campaign shows how deeply they care for their communities,” said Jon Schubert, ICBC’s president and CEO. “It’s truly remarkable to see their level of enthusiasm and generosity.”
The annual campaign for United Way is ICBC’s most significant philanthropic effort. In 2010, employees donated more than $800,000 and ICBC gifted $200,000 through the corporation’s new matching funds program for United Way to support initiatives for school-aged children (ages 6 to 12) and seniors.
The new matching funds program has allowed ICBC employees to invest in programs important to them as parents and children of aging parents, and given the corporation an opportunity to support future and past customers in communities across the province.
Thanks to the program, more than $500,000 will be invested to help improve the quality of life for both kids and seniors in the coming year.
“On behalf of the United Way and our communities, we thank everyone at ICBC for reaching this phenomenal record and for consistently being one of our top workplace campaigns,” said Michael McKnight, president and CEO of United Way of the Lower Mainland. “ICBC and its employees are true leaders and continue to do so much to help those in need.”
ICBC is a long-time supporter of United Way and its vision to create a healthy, caring and inclusive community for all. Their annual campaign has raised more than $4.5 million since 2005.
ICBC’s campaign is jointly held with its Union, COPE 378. "Our members are very proud to take part in this campaign each year,” said Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, local 378 president Andy Ross. “The result of this year’s campaign is a wonderful achievement--it allows our members to give back to the communities where they live and work.”
San Diego, California--October 13, 2010--Mitchell International, Inc today announced that Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)--one of Canada's largest insurers--has signed a new multi-year deal with Mitchell to replace its legacy system with eGlassClaim, which will manage the company's end-to-end glass claims processing needs.
Mitchell's eGlassClaim manages glass claims by automating and streamlining the process from first notice of loss (FNOL) to payment.
"Manitoba Public Insurance selected Mitchell's eGlassClaim because we wanted to automate our glass claims operations with a modern, streamlined solution," said Marilyn McLaren, president of Manitoba Public Insurance. "We have gained a glass claims management solution that eliminates manual invoice entry, manual review of invoices, and one that also automates the glass claims creation process and invoice creation and submission-all without a burdensome, costly conversion from our legacy system."
Mike Jerry, vice president and general manager for Mitchell Canada, was similarly upbeat.
"We are excited about our extended partnership with MPI and are looking forward to helping optimize their glass claims operations," Jerry said. "Not only does eGlassClaim make the glass repair process more efficient by eliminating any manual steps, it also improves the customer experience. It's a great benefit for MPI's customers because now they can take their vehicles right to the shop and have the repairs completed without reporting the claim through the call centre first. Shops benefit too by automatically being paid for the work they've completed."
Toronto, Ontario--October 4, 2010--The Insurance Bureau of Canada is sounding the alarm about fraudulent collision claims. The organization sent out an alert over the weekend warning insurers of an increase in staged collisions in recent months.
The Globe and Mail reported on their front page Monday that the fraudsters are increasingly involving innocent drivers to avoid detection.
Thornhill, Ontario--September 3, 2010--Winnipeg police recently laid organized crime-related charges against the accused masterminds of the province's largest insurance fraud ring ever.
Five people have been charged in total.
A little more than a year ago police broke up the ring with the help of Manitoba Public Insurance's fraud squad. Thirty-five people have since been charged in connection with the scheme, which allegedly netted $800,000 in fraudulent claims.
The suspects in the ring are accused of buying out-of-province luxury vehicles, rolling back their odometers to artificially raise their values and then--among other things--staging accidents in order to collect the money when MPI wrote the vehicles off.
Toronto, Ontario--August 30, 2010--A recent survey from Royal and Sun Alliance (RSA) Canada shows that as many as 70 per cent of Ontario drivers are unaware of upcoming legislation that will allow them to customize their coverage to better suit their needs.
The legislation will take effect September 1, 2010, at which time Ontario drivers, who on average pay almost 25 per cent more for auto insurance than drivers in any other province, will be able to change their policy to better suit their needs. While this won’t change premiums it will increase people’s options and improve their coverage. It will also give them more options in relation to attendant, medical, and rehabilitation care.
However according to the survey almost 70 per cent of respondents did not understand the reforms or how it will impact their coverage.
“These statistics show there is real opportunity for brokers to educate drivers on the host of improvements the auto reforms will bring,” said Irene Bianchi, RSA's vice president of claims & corporate services.
To combat the public’s lack of knowledge, RSA is hosting a series of information sessions for insurance brokers to make them better able to help their customers.
Thornnhill, Ontario--August 27, 2010--Rick Yates of Toronto Dominion Insurance and his team, "Steppin Up," will be attempting to climb all 2579 of the CN Tower as part of the Enbridge CN Tower Climb's Corporate Team Challenge on October 21, 2010.
Rick's personal fund-raising goal is $10,000, which will go to the United Way.
Thornhill, Ontario--July 28, 2010--The esteemed UK training company Thatcham will be demonstrating a new platform for accessing repair procedures at the 2010 Automechanika automotive aftermarket trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
Their presentations will be focusing on material damage, vehicle security and personal injury.
Thatchamnet, as their new service is called, is a web portal that will provide all sectors of the industries with fully-tested repair methods and times that will help ensure the safety of a repaired vehicle and accuracy of estimates.
Thatcham will also be supplying a wide variety of free extras to accompany Thatchamnet including model-specific and composite collision repair times and paint costs, product accreditation schemes, crash parts certification and repair equipment.
Thatcham will also be demonstrating their internationally recognized security solutions, which aid targeted insurance claims handling and reducing overall claims costs.
Their vehicle safety team will be demonstrating their research on bumper effectiveness and how it relates to repair cost, as well as their seat and head restraint ratings in relation to whiplash which help with claims handling.
Automechanika 2010 will take place September 14-19 at the Messe Frankfurt Exhibition Centre. Thatcham’s stand will be in the Body Repairs and Claims Management Hall (Hall 11).