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Membership Benefits

The Benefits of Belonging

The Ottawa Insurance Brokers Association, together with its provincial and federal partners, assists its members in running efficient, profitable brokerages. As a member of OIBA, you have access to extensive information resources and a wide range of business and management support services:


Supplier of Managed IT Solutions
Legal counsel

Accounting counsel
Personnel services
A.M. Best Rating Services data
Comparative Broker Office Cost Studies
Results of rating surveys
Model broker/company contracts
Publications
Marketing support
The Broker Identity Program (BIP)
McLeans promotional sales aids
Impact Communications on-hold messages
Client newsletter
Education/professional development
Networking opportunities
Leadership opportunities
Community activities



IT Solutions

Preferred Supplier of Managed IT Services to the OIBA, TUC is pleased to offer the Association's members A NEW WAY to manage all their technology needs.  Members are eligible for 10% off IT support & services – generally your second highest expense behind salaries - as well as a free Network & Security Assessment (valued at $1500) to assess where you are with your existing technology today.


Legal counsel
One free call per year with the firm Hughes, Garland, Coles LLP.


Accounting counsel
One free counsel per year with BDO Dunwoody Chartered Accountants.


Personnel services
Preferred rates at Vero Group—a leader in helping brokerages select, develop and manage people for maximum corporate achievement.


A.M. Best Rating Services data
Free access to the ratings of the insurance companies you deal with.


Comparative Broker Office Cost Studies
Free access to the results of a biannual survey that helps you determine whether your office costs run above or below the median.


Results of rating survey
Free access to the results of the biannual Rate Your Company survey that includes ratings of all the major insurance companies.


Model broker/company contracts
Free receipt of this publication upon request.


Publications
IBAO News for up-to-date industry developments (view sample [pdf 298Kb])

Special bulletinswhen major events or policy shifts demand a quick response from industry members

IBAO Guidelines for property and casualty insurance and management, free upon request

Access to publications produced by other provincial brokers' associations, the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada, and associations based in the United States.


Marketing support
Effective marketing can translate into a successful business. IBAO provides a broad range of support services to help their members achieve professional success:


The Broker Identity Program (BIP)
This program has introduced consumers across the country to our registered trademark symbol. The "BIPPER" has come to stand for professional, unbiased service. Only IBAC members may use the symbol on business cards, client gifts and other promotional materials.


McLeans promotional sales aids
Members have access to professionally designed promotional sales aids such as pens, pocket calendars and refrigerator magnets. A number of standard design specifications are on file with McLeans, making order processing quick and efficient.


Impact Communications on-hold messages
Member offices can have customized telephone on-hold messages created to inform clients of products and services while they wait to be connected to a customer service representative.


Client newsletter
Members may order Staying in Touch, a semi-annual, professionally produced newsletter that updates clients on insurance-related issues. An electronic version postable to your website is also available. (view sample [pdf 170Kb])


Education/professional development
Course attendance is essential to maintaining RIBO licensing and continuing educational requirements. OIBA membership and its association with the provinicial body, IBAO, assures access to high-quality education and the following advantages:

Access to all required courses from one central provider
Including all courses required for licensing and continued education credit.

Reduced educational expenses
Members pay lower fees for licensing courses.

Broker-specific education
Coursess are designed specifically to meet the needs of independent brokers.

Professional credentials
OIBA members are automatically members of IBAO and IBAC, entitling them to use CAIB and CCIB designations. Members will also be able to use the CPIB designation when it has been fully developed.

Current information
Special seminars are provided when new issues arise in the industry.


Networking opportunities
No business thrives in isolation. Information sharing, common strategy building, even the occasional client referral are the valuable results of networking. As an OIBA member, your opportunities include:

Monthly local meetings in many regions—enjoy the insights of interesting speakers over lunch

Annual regional meetings—meet independent brokers from across the region to discuss issues of common concern

IBAO Annual Convention—bringing together thousands of brokers from across the province

IBAO Young Brokers Council—a regular meeting of brokers under 40 to explore new directions for the industry.


Leadership opportunities

 OIBA membership gives you the opportunity to enhance your professional status while strengthening the industry by becoming a director or officer of the association, or by serving on one or more of its committees.


Community activities OIBA members are active in the many communities of Eastern Ontario: find out where you can contribute—and how. Contact any of our Board members!!! for more information.