The Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters has been in existence since 1917, and we will be celebrating our 100th anniversary next year. What an exciting time for the association!
I’m sure you’ve noticed that there has been a wind of change in the corporate world. The business model that we’ve always been used to is shifting to an emerging model that is much more powerful.
The question I ask myself is if there are areas of opportunity for the CBMU to evolve and move in to a model that will co-exist with the new corporate model so we can bring more value to the Marine insurance industry? Without a doubt, the answer is yes! We are a vibrant, knowledgeable industry, rich in history and looking ahead to the future.
How do we achieve this? By having a talent pool, a succession plan, mentors, strong leaders and education tools to share knowledge. We will also need to adapt to new technologies and, with that, perhaps new ways of doing business.
I believe that by advocating for our membership on matters that prevail in the industry, providing education tools and creating networking opportunities, the Association will be well positioned to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
I look forward to working with all of you.
All the best,
Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters