Summer 2023 | Message From The President
#GCProtect | Newsletter V7
Much like the summer, we are already through the second quarter and halfway through the year.
Not unlike spring, water continues to be a trending topic amongst insurers. Water-based activities are a great way to beat the summer heat. From safety on and around waterways such as lakes and marinas to exercising caution around the pool, it is important to observe water conditions and be cautious. Did you know that recreational activities account for 86% of boating deaths in Canada? Of these, the Canadian Red Cross has observed that the number one contributing factor to recreational boating deaths in Canada is failure to wear a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD). Boating under the influence of alcohol is also a significant contributor to boating deaths, as even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgement, reduce motor skills, and slow the reaction time of even experienced boaters. If you own or operate a marina, this blog can help you to review best practices.
The Ottawa and surrounding community has fared a number of turbulent storms over the past month. From tornadoes to heavy rainfall, residents were affected by damages and incurred losses. Before a storm occurs, it is always best to prepare for the ‘what ifs’ as part of your risk prevention strategy, and ensure your emergency kit is up-to-date. We have compiled some information on how to prepare for a storm and maintain your property to prevent loss on the blog.
In June, the Gifford Carr team celebrated our third annual GC Connect event, designed to reflect on the previous years’ activities while fostering an inclusive environment for our team to connect, network with insurer partners, and strategize personally and professionally for the future. Our team had the pleasure of engaging with guest speaker and three-time Olympian Olivier Jean. The Gifford Carr team continues to be active members of the communities we serve. From networking events, volunteer activations, and panel discussions, our team even sponsored and participated in a few rounds of golf.
Cybercrime continues to be the number one cyber threat activity impacting Canadian businesses and residents. With cyber-attacks making headlines daily, the confidentiality of data and personal identity are growing concerns for Canadian business owners and residents. To help you navigate continuing cyber security concerns, we have compiled some tips to protect your business before a breach and resources to help secure your online activities.
We look forward to engaging with you in the second half of 2023, and working to protect what matters most to you, our valued clients and community members.