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Conference Season Is Here

At Ingle International, conference season is one of the most important times of the year. It provides ample opportunities for the student team to network, learn, and give back to the international education industry through presentations and sponsorships. There are many conferences to choose from inside the year-round circuit, but the student team’s top picks are of the spring variety. They include: the International Consultants for Education and Fairs (ICEF) Workshop, the Canadian Association of Public Schools – International (CAPS-I), the Ontario Associations of School Districts International (OASDI), and the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE). During the ICEF Workshop, the student team reconnects with agents and updates them on new product offerings and our competitive compensation packages. At CAPS-I, the team reunites with the best and brightest programs in the K-12 system, and Ingle International’s CEO Robin Ingle presents on the latest in tech and innovation affecting mental…

Travel Navigator™ Releases Version 2.0

TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2017 /CNW/ – Mobile integration hub Travel Navigator™, by Ingle International, released its second version to the public last week with a new user experience and refreshed material design. The recent version was developed by Ingle’s in-house technology and design teams to support easier integration of third party services and to meet ever-changing end user needs. Current users, new members, and clients interested in white labelling can expect a new geo-location function, improved navigation, and a card-based interface. Features include: Health Care Provider Mapping enables users to browse a network of health care providers and medical facilities closest to them, or search areas outside of their exact location. Push Notifications provide critical travel alerts concerning the user’s location. Risk Ratings for every destination on a scale of 1 to 5 (low risk to high risk). New Content in the form of destination guides with a growing list…

Ingle International Attends the CCAT Gala

The Consular Core Association of Toronto (CCAT) fosters a space where Toronto based diplomats from the consular community advocate for one another as well as support civic and international objectives. Ingle International is strongly connected to the CCAT community in: friendship, the provision of health insurance to newly landed diplomats, matters of international education, and more. On an annual basis, Ingle International attends the CCAT Gala where celebrations of advocacy and diversity take place. It is a great honour. Take a glimpse at some memorable moments below. Want to hear more about what the Ingle team is up to? Check out our Company News tag.

Ingle International and Kanetix.ca Partner in Online Marketplace

TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2017 /CNW/ – At the touch of a button, travellers buying insurance can now compare rates and purchase policies from Ingle International through Kanetix.ca. The product offering features exclusive travel insurance plans previously only available directly from Ingle International. The partnership between Ingle International and Kanetix.ca provides a variety of options for travellers at a competitive price.  Travel plans include: Canuck Voyage Plan A truly Canadian plan for Canadians, or residents living in Canada who are covered by health care from their province or territory. Key features include: Single Trip or Multi-Trip Annual coverage $10 million in coverage Stable pre-existing medical condition coverage up to age 79 Flexible eligibility criteria Family and companion discounts Discover Canada Plan Coverage for Canadian travellers or residents who do not have health coverage from their province or territory. Key features include: Up to $1 million in emergency medical coverage Coverage for…

Ingle International at the Skål Holiday Event

“Be a trusted voice in travel and tourism,” is Skål’s vision statement. Skål is a professional association for tourism leaders worldwide. Founded in 1932 by a group of Parisian travel managers, Skål has 15, 000 members. It members include executives from all corners of the travel industry, who meet regularly – on local and international levels – to discuss business happenings, and other topics. One such member is Robin Ingle. Although Robin was sorry to have missed Skål`s annual Toronto Christmas Gala this year due to travel commitments, he was happy to receive pictures afterwards, along with news regarding his donations to their charity auction in Ingle International`s name. Take a look at gala snaps here. Want to hear more about what the Ingle team is up to? Check out our Company News tag.

Robin Ingle speaks with The Insurance Journal

This fall, Robin Ingle, spoke with Matt Bell from The Insurance Journal. Snowbirds and the complications surrounding mandatory medical questionnaires for the purpose of obtaining travel insurance were discussed. With consumer demand for simpler applications, will the industry comply? Read Accurate Answers Protect Travellers in both English and French to find out. Need insurance? Check out our plans just for snowbirds.

Ingle International Celebrates its 70th Anniversary!

TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2016 /CNW/ – Today, Ingle International celebrate its 70th anniversary in the insurance industry. Founded by John and Muriel Ingle in 1946, Ingle Insurance provided health coverage for new immigrants and visitors to Canada after World War II. Within the first decade of Ingle Insurance opening its doors, they became well known for their multilingual abilities, provided Canadian and international student health insurance and travel insurance in the ’50s, and expanded to the Caribbean. Their business grew to 5.5 million members between the ’80s and late ’90s. John and Muriel’s son, Robin Ingle, first appeared in insurance ads as a child. He joined the family business formally in 1976, and sold Ingle Insurance in 1998. In 2003, he retained the Ingle name and re-entered the Canadian insurance market with Ingle International. He operates as CEO and Chairman today. Ingle International’s head office is located in Toronto, Canada with offices…

sisu production Wins Bronze in the TVO Short Doc Contest

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2016 /CNW/ – sisu production, a visual storytelling media production company, recently took home the bronze in the TVO Short Doc Contest for its film “I am a Doctor.” A short-form documentary, “I am a Doctor” focuses on the struggle of immigrating to Canada as a professional whose credentials will not necessarily be recognized inside this country’s borders. The film focuses on Daniel Salas, an educated surgeon from Venezuela who is unable to practice medicine in Canada, and speaks with him and his family about their immigration experience. “I am a Doctor” delves into the challenges of having your hard work, and a component of your identity, be invalidated based on your geographical location—and the impact that such a shift might have on your family, as well as your own sense of self. The film was awarded third place in the TVO Short Doc Contest and, as one…

Travel Navigator™ Duty of Care Solution Enters Student Group Market

TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2016 /CNW/ – Today, the Travel Navigator™ application, an offering by Ingle International, has extended its platform to inbound and outbound student groups. Travel Navigator™ is a white-labelled mobile and web application and service offering. It is built as a duty of care solution and a travel information hub, for clients to access important resources and services easily in a single platform. The decision to extend the application was made by Ingle International’s CEO, Robin Ingle, alongside Ingle’s product team, to address the critical need for duty of care in international student products. The application provides medical, security and travel information and emergency assistance resources to international students before, during, and after their trips. It is available on a group basis for all students enrolled in the Comprehensive+ plan effective immediately. Travel Navigator’s™ history as a white-labelled solution and web dashboard includes the global insurance provider ACE…

Robin Ingle Lends Insurance Expertise to MoneySense

During this month’s issue of MoneySense, Robin Ingle chimes in on the importance of arranging travel insurance in Get insured, then go by Julie Cazzin. Failing to organize proper coverage in good time could result in paying up to thousands of dollars for a hospital stay. Understanding your employee benefits, planning ahead and reading the fine print are just a few sure-fire tips that will help you find your way. Read the full article here. Browsing insurance plans, but uncertain about the right fit? Contact us today.

Ingle International Provides Mental Wellness Support Line to Student Groups Free of Charge

TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2016 /CNW/ – Ingle International has extended their multilingual mental health support phone line – a part of their Student Assistance & Wellness Program –  to their international student groups free of charge. The extension was provided by the student team to highlight company philosophies on mental wellness service and support: access, inclusivity, strength, and resilience. The counselling services portion of the Student Assistance & Wellness Program has been added effective immediately. “Building mental wellness student support into our international student group insurance products as a preventative measure has existed at Ingle International since the beginning. However, in this day and age, prevention is not enough. The Student Assistance & Wellness Program closes the gap between prevention and full support. So students can get back to what they enjoy: learning, excelling, and making the most of their time abroad,” says Robin Ingle, Chairman of Ingle International. The…

Robin Ingle on Finding Insurance Coverage for Travelling Snowbirds

With another cold Canadian winter on the horizon, many retired Canadian seniors are looking to spread their wings and head south. But while these so-called snowbirds are in the prime time of their lives to enjoy a relaxing winter in the heat, they also frequently have to contend with pre-existing conditions that make travel insurance coverage a challenge. This is not just a concern for the snowbirds themselves, but equally so for the insurance advisors who serve them. So, what do insurance advisors need to know about offering insurance coverage to snowbirds? Robin Ingle was on hand to speak to the Insurance Journal about some of the key things to look out for. If You Have Snowbird Clients, Make Sure You Pay Attention To… Eligibility: Every policy differs in what conditions it will and will not cover. For instance, a policy might specify that those with terminal conditions are…

Answering Questions on Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance with Randy Sharman

Nothing puts a damper on your vacation like a snowstorm or a hurricane. Even if you’re the most organized trip planner alive, a serious act of nature can have you scrambling to rebook flights and recover lost time and travel costs. It’s for unavoidable travel catastrophes like this that trip cancellation and interruption insurance was invented. Many travellers have questions about what these  types of insurance actually do. You might wonder, for instance, what the difference is between trip cancellation and trip interruption. Or you might be confused as to what actually would be covered under a trip cancellation policy. Robin Ingle spoke to Randy Sharman of The Informed Traveler radio show to clear up some common questions about trip cancellation and interruption insurance. 5 Takeaway Tips There is a difference between trip interruption and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance protects you against something that cancels your trip before…

Goal! Ingle Celebrates Success in the CHL

Canada is indisputably a country of hockey fans, and we love to see our home-grown athletes succeed. So we were proud to learn that 96 CHL players were drafted into the NHL—a testament to their talent and dedication. It takes an immense amount of work to succeed in sports, and athletes know that staying in good health is of critical importance to that success. This is why Ingle International is dedicated to providing insurance that will help protect Canadian athletes and give them peace of mind about their health care as they bring their game around the continent. At Ingle, we have a long history of working with athletes, from Olympians to Muay Thai champs. Among our other partnerships, we are proud to support the CHL through our sports medical insurance products. Related: Learn more about Ingle’s history of working with athletes Ingle’s Imran Wright was particularly thrilled when he…

Ingle International Have Launched the Canadian Student Travel Insurance Plan

TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2016 /CNW/ – Today, Ingle International has launched the Canadian Student Travel Insurance Plan, an outbound travel insurance product that serves travelling Canadian students and chaperones from the majority of school boards across Alberta. Students and chaperones can expect all-inclusive coverage backed by 24/7 emergency medical and security assistance. Coverage is arranged on a group basis through Ingle International. This plan was created to provide comprehensive, convenient insurance coverage for all school trips over the course of the year, as well as duty of care solutions to take on an ever-changing world. “Alberta school boards were on the lookout for a product that meets the demands for protection of their travelling students and chaperones. Ingle International has supported the inbound international students in Alberta for a number of years; so the extension to support outbound Canadian students from Alberta felt natural. ” says Stephanie Hiltz, International Student Account…

Robin Ingle Addresses Gaps in Insurance Industry

This week, journalist Lucy Cook from Insurance Business Magazine requested commentary from Robin Ingle on the gap between consumer expectations and best industry practices. He acknowledged the cracks in communication between consumers and the industry as a result of compliance, encouraged institutions to be transparent about their products from the get-go (be unafraid to show the good, the bad, and the ugly, especially when it comes to policy wording), all the while promoting literacy in order to manage expectations. Furthermore, when it comes to the client being informed, consumers must also be part of the solution. Read the article in full here. Do you have feedback on how the insurance industry can be more transparent, as well as better educate their consumers? Contact our media team today: media@ingleinternational.com

Robin Ingle Talks Travel Advisories and Insurance with the CBC

Planning to visit Turkey? Your travel insurance coverage may no longer be valid. In the wake of this summer’s coup attempt in Turkey,  the government of Canada travel advisory warned travellers to “exercise a high degree of caution” while in the country. The CBC requested a commentary on the matter, as well as what it means for insurance coverage. Your travel insurance coverage may be invalid if a government advisory is issued before you leave on your trip. That’s why it’s important to always consult the fine print of your policy—and to keep an eye on the government of Canada’s travel warnings whenever  planning a trip abroad. Check out the full CBC article here.

Ingle International Unveils Canuck Voyage— A Brand New Travel Insurance Plan for Canadians

TORONTO, August 16, 2016 / CNW / today, Ingle International Inc. has launched Canuck Voyage, an outbound travel medical insurance plan designed to meet the challenges Canadians face while travelling abroad or outside of their home province within Canada. Canadians can expect coverage for single trips up to 365 days or multi-trip annual plans up to 100 days per trip. Coverage is available online, via mobile, over the phone, or through insurance and travel agents, as well as associations and affinity groups. The plan was created to offer a comprehensive, versatile, competitively priced travel medical insurance option for Canadians that addresses gaps in existing plans in the market. “The world is changing and travelling consumers deserve a straight forward product to help them when it counts. The vast majority of people travelling away from home on vacation, visiting relatives or on business are healthy, so why not provide a product…

Amenzee Omozuwa Makes Her Directorial Debut

At age 15, Amenzee Omozuwa has an aptitude for film and television direction. It comes naturally. When not at school, she is either training in Muay Thai boxing, or interning on set as a production assistant. Last summer, Amenzee joined sisu production to learn about various aspects of corporate video and photography, as well as documentary making. At the end of her internship, she was tasked to direct a piece on travel. She decided to investigate the ups and downs of travelling as a young solo female.  Join Amenzee, along with her friends in Day and Night, and learn about their personal experiences and insights.

Go Go Gadget Robin

A self-proclaimed “geek,” Robin has made no reservations about his reverence for technology. At first glance, this is demonstrated by the gadgets he carries and the wearables in his closet. From a professional standpoint, Peak Contact is a strong display. Specializing in cutting-edge solutions for insurance, travel, education, and health care industries Peak Contact is the backbone of Ingle International, and its sister service offerings found in Novus Health, Intrepid 24/7 and sisu production. And who could forget our app? Travel Navigator™ is Ingle International’s white-labelled app and duty of care service offering. Robin was invited to sit on the panel of the Cyborg Code of Ethics summit on June 26, 2016. Hosted by Virtual and Augmented Reality Toronto (VRTO), he was invited by friend and ultimate tech guru Steve Mann.

Building Amazing Digital Products—and Teams

No matter how stellar individuals may be (and ours are truly awesome), great accomplishments require collective efforts. A lot has been said and written about the importance of teams, and the consensus is that putting together a good team is wickedly hard. Indeed, teams don’t just “happen”—they require meticulous thought, a solid plan of action, and stellar execution. And, of course, they must be constantly evaluated, nurtured, and maintained, since people, companies, and goals all change. A team that was great six months ago may not be so great now. At Ingle International, we pay a lot of attention to our teams, and we are fully invested in team-building. And we know they are all unique—just like the individuals who make them up. We have an amazing set of colleagues on our technology team, and we work hard, almost without realizing we’re actually working. Amid the daily deadlines, weekly commitments,…

Fort McMurray and You: Questions with Robin Ingle

On this segment of CBC Maritime Noon; Robin Ingle speaks with families affected by the Fort McMurrary fires, as well as answers general inquiries about home insurance. Listen here to find out what is covered. The magnitude of the Fort McMurray fires is still being evaluated and the tally of damage is estimated to begin at $10 billion dollars CAD. Further, with politics at play, insurance companies will not outright refuse a claim. They will be taking special care in their examinations. 10 Takeaway Tips: When obtaining your home insurance policy, be frank and forthright when answering questions. Upon receipt of your policy, read it thoroughly and make note of anything you are uncertain of. Always ask questions. Speak to a broker that represents different companies and product lines. They are terrific resource for asking questions, and can assist in shopping around for a policy that best suits you.…

Travel Navigator™ in Times Square

Ingle International’s duty of care offering, Travel Navigator™ has made a public appearance again, but this time, in Times Square! Captured on the Reuters sign, this was made possible by our press release partners, Newswire. Newswire has access to Reuter’s news boards along with many other public forums that enable our content to be featured front and centre. Keep your eyes up; you might see the Travel Navigator™ in a public space near you! Travel Navigator Travel Navigator™ is a duty of care solution, a cross-marketing platform, and a customer retention tool. We offer both turnkey and custom options, with seamless integration of existing client systems and products. www.travelnavigator.io

Ingle International and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Awarded NSERC CRD Grant

TORONTO, April 6, 2016 /CNW/ – Ingle International, in partnership with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), has been awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Collaborative Research and Development (NSERC CRD) Grant. The NSERC CRD Grant is a five-year federal research opportunity that supports well-defined projects undertaken by university researchers and their private-sector partners; it was awarded to the two partners in early 2016 for projects lasting up until 2020. The research team consists of Ingle International’s research group, business units, and product development team alongside UOIT professor Dr. Fletcher Lu, as well as Ph.D. and Master’s students. The two organizations are excited to make this announcement and are looking forward to the next five years. “The focus of the research and development project is on content processing that covers predictive model building with built-in capacity for security alerts and fraud detection,” says Daniel…

Ingle International’s Duty of Care Solution Helps People Worldwide

TORONTO, April 6, 2016 /CNW/ – In the wake of the March 22 Brussels attacks, the latest terrorist event to strike Europe, Ingle International is highlighting the importance of the duty of care that organizations have toward their own. These seemingly more frequent attacks underscore the evolving travel landscape and the need to keep travellers safe and informed. Travel Navigator™ is Ingle International’s duty of care offering, with a custom white-labelled application and web dashboard as part of its travel risk management services. “Our solution helps employees be informed travellers and stay aware of their surroundings, while giving organizations a valuable tool to take a proactive approach to employee health and safety,” says Robin Ingle, CEO of Ingle International. With respect to the attacks, he adds: “It is important to understand, however, that these types of attacks are exceedingly rare in developed countries. Travellers are much more likely to face problems…

CEO Robin Ingle tapped for Yahoo article

Ingle International CEO Robin Ingle had some advice for March Breakers and travel health coverage: Don’t be afraid to ask questions—you just might be covered. Robin recently lent his expertise to a Yahoo Finance article March Breakers may have more insurance coverage than they think. As the title of the article suggests, many Canadians—through their employee benefits, credit card, or CAA membership, even—actually have travel insurance and they may not realize it. Although many people assume they have to purchase travel insurance to cover an upcoming trip, they should do some research and find out if they are already covered. Robin puts it this way: “A lot of people don’t want to ask questions. They don’t want to look stupid. Don’t assume, ask.” Key takeaways: You may already have travel coverage and not even realize it. Check your employee benefits and credit card to see what, if any, coverage you…

Ingle International hits the streets ahead of the Toronto NBA All-Star Weekend

Ingle’s creative team recently took to the frigid streets of Toronto to catch the pulse of the city ahead of the big weekend. We thought we’d chat with some passersby and gather their thoughts on the big game and Toronto’s hometown team, the Raptors. Toronto is heating up this weekend, as the NBA All-Star Game rolls into town—and along with it some of the hottest athletes and celebrities around. This is the first time the game has been held outside the U.S. (we sure hope the players have passports—and travel insurance, of course). And while excitement is certainly trending upwards for the big game, it seems as though the celebrity contest is going to be just as popular. Drake and his two henchmen José Bautista and Steve Nash are coaching the East squad, while Kevin Hart is leading the West. It’s going to be an entertaining match indeed, with no…

Malia Wright: Choir Singer and Aspiring CEO

Malia Wright, daughter of Ingle International’s own Imran Wright, recently hit the ice with her choir pals in Oshawa, Ontario, to sing the national anthem at an Oshawa Generals game. (The team competes in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and, as of writing, is clinging to a playoff position.)  The seven-year-old chanter—soon to be eight, we should point out—is in Grade 2 at St. Hedwig Catholic School in Oshawa and recently joined the school choir, which rehearses once a week. The group usually performs in churches and at smaller venues, so its foray into the Oshawa Generals’ arena was unquestionably its biggest gig to date. Imran, a claims adjudicator at Ingle International, brought Malia in to Ingle International’s Toronto office so the editorial team could hear about the big event first-hand and spread the word. When we interviewed her we joked around and pretended she was interviewing for the CEO…

Listen to Robin Ingle on CBC’s Maritime Noon

CEO Robin Ingle was recently on Maritime Noon fielding travel insurance queries from across the region. During the show, Robin debunked myths surrounding pre-existing conditions, reflected on the inner workings of the industry, and advised callers and listeners on how to be good travel insurance consumers. A few case studies are noted below. One of the callers was Will from Fredericton. Will suffered a freak toe injury following a resort infrastructure mishap. He was confused because he felt that he should have obtained liability coverage in addition to the travel health insurance he purchased. Robin recognized his confusion and urged travellers to read the fine print to better understand their coverage. If you have company benefits, Robin recommends you contact your benefits administrator in case you need to obtain a top-up. After speaking to a caller named Dwight, Robin agreed that consumers need to be cautious of administrators who offer policies…

CEO Robin Ingle on CNN.com

Once again, Robin Ingle’s expertise was requested—this time for the CNN article The man who takes vacations in war zones. Sure, our CEO has visited his share of perilous places—but this danger-seeking wayfarer, Andrew Drury, ups the ante considerably. Check out the article and see what Robin had to say—and maybe even add some new destinations to your travel bucket list (but probably not). Image by sisu production: Robin Ingle and Robert Young Pelton – a renowned author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on surviving in high-risk environments. With the help of Ingle International, Pelton runs an adventure website, an outlet through which he shares his stories, engages with the Come Back Alive community, and sells his much-coveted DPx Gear.

sisu production Expands into a New Production Space and New Formats

TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2015 /CNW/ – sisu production, a visual storytelling media production company, is expanding its services with a new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Toronto. sisu, which is Finnish for strength, endurance, and determination, planned on a 2015 expansion when it launched in 2013—and expanded it has. The new facility features filming and production space, including a state-of-the-art sound booth and recording studio. The expansion will allow sisu to develop its client portfolio and take on larger projects. “The new studio space will allow sisu to film anything at any time, for a faster turnaround, opening the doors for a larger client base,” explains Robin Ingle, executive producer at sisu production. Since 2013, sisu has provided high-end video production as well as pre- and post-production services in the form of short films, web movies, documentaries, tutorials, commercials, testimonials, animated pieces, and training videos. In only two years, sisu has racked up a solid…

Snowball Fight!

Well, almost. Stuart and Lola will tell you it’s not exactly a fair fight, but it sure looks fun! We thought it’d be nice to have Stuart and Lola deliver a festive message wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season, but maybe shooting in front of a live studio audience wasn’t the greatest idea. And where did they get all those snowballs, anyway? Stuart’s out in the cold Stuart would like to wish you and all of our clients a safe and happy holiday season. Besides some minor difficulties with his lines, Stuart gets a little more than he bargained for. The live audience, though, seems to be having fun with it! And where did they get all those snowballs, anyway? Duck Lola duck While trying to deliver a special holiday message, Lola runs into some unforeseen problems. She’s having a little trouble remembering her lines, and…

Go Blue Jays!

The Ingle International team has a fever . . . and the only prescription is more Blue Jays! No, we didn’t jump on the bandwagon—we built it. We’ve got our rally caps on, ponchos out, and we’re ready for Donaldson to make it rain. #cometogether #bluejays

Ingle International at Go Global Expo 2015

At Ingle International, we’ve got the travel bug and we’ve got it bad. Instead of looking for a cure, we want to spread the travel bug and we’re looking at you. If you are a first year student, consider an exchange. Unsure what to do next summer? Volunteer abroad! Graduating and want an adventure of a life time? A work overseas program could be the answer. Because of our dedication to travel, Ingle International has been a founding sponsor of Go Global, an expo for anyone interested in exploring every angle of travel. From insurance providers, like us, to universities with exchange programs to volunteer programs, Go Global has it all. Not only will you meet venders, the people beside you will be like-minded and also inflicted with the travel bug. Go Global has been inspiring soon-to-be travellers for 5 years and Ingle International has been there every step of…

Robin Ingle on the Pulse – Travelling Within Canada

Do you need additional health insurance to travel between provinces? This issue is in the media spotlight after a $30,000 transit bill was given to an out-of-province traveller. Devon Peacock, host of The Pulse, and expert Robin Ingle weigh in on the situation and provide information on how to avoid unexpected medical bills. For more information, please read the following article and find out more about your travel insurance options.

Ingle International Speaks to CTV about Albertan Mother’s Air Ambulance Bill

Watch Ingle International Chairman and CEO, Robin Ingle, on CTV News, discussing the recent case in which Albertan resident, Amy Savill, is charged for the air ambulance service while going into labour in Northern Ontario. Related article: Canadians Need Travel Insurance for Trips Within Canada Here are some pictures on set with host Beverly Thomson: For more information about insurance options for Canadians, click here.