The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) has partnered with the non-profit Conservation Ontario to launch a new eLearning course for brokers.
The course, ‘Flood and Erosion Risk Management in Ontario,’ offers background on Conservation Ontario’s network of 36 conservation authorities and how they work with other organizations and levels of government to mitigate the costly and deadly impacts of flooding. It is hoped that the course helps make brokers more familiar with flooding and erosion, enabling them to better advise their clients.
“The IBAO represents over 15,000 members who serve millions of policyholders across Ontario,” said IBAO CEO Colin Simpson. “Forming a partnership with a key association like Conservation Ontario will help disseminate their knowledge about flooding and erosion through brokers to the general public and will ultimately help to protect Ontarians.”
“We wanted to provide brokers with information so that they are more familiar about the risks of flooding and erosion in their area,” commented Conservation Ontario general manager Kim Gavine. “We thank the IBAO for the opportunity to share this information.”
“Brokers need to know about so many different topics, so partnerships like these help us offer more diverse educational offerings that go beyond traditional insurance knowledge,” stated IBAO education manager Kevin O’Hare. “Thank you to Conservation Ontario for the time and effort they gave to this project. We look forward to further collaborations with them.”
IBAO noted that the new course is free to access for its members and is RIBO accredited for 1.5 technical hours. In addition to flood risk information, the course will also provide access to key resources and contacts that brokers can use to connect directly to a local conservation authority.
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