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answers to the questions asked during the panel session as well as the remaining questions that were not discussed. Personal Excellence: Achieving Your Full Potential with Catriona Le May Doan

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current and ongoing issues that we face as an industry in a fun and engaging session. The audience was split into groups and asked to brainstorm ideas on ways that our association can better communicate our issues and ideas with MLAs. Some great ideas came out of the discussion such as using social media and inviting them to our events.

From November 16 to 17, IBAA held its annual fall conference in Calgary. The conference was sponsored by the Professional Young Insurance Brokers and open to all member brokers and industry partners. IBAA’s fall conference is one of two annual events (the other is the annual IBAA convention in May) where brokers can network with each other and industry partners. The event also offers continuing education credits through presentations by motivating public speakers and executives from some of Alberta’s largest insurance companies. Here are a few highlights from the event.

Alberta Executive Panel This panel was a great addition to our conference! Executives from some of Alberta’s largest insurance companies answered questions from brokers on topics that are impacting us and our businesses right now. Questions included “What initiatives are being taken to promote e-business?� and “How will your insurance company handle the increased frequency of catastrophic losses other than rate increases?� The panel was moderated by IBAA past president Dean Bailey who did a wonderful job of presenting the questions to the panel while adding some humour along the way! Our next newsletter will include the executives’

FRIDAY Politics 101 with Rikki McBride IBAA’s director of operations gave us an introduction into politics and how we can get involved. She shared the 



























































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Catriona shared her insights on achieving goals and her career highs and lows. She inspired the audience to reach further than anyone thought possible by sharing her stories as an Olympic speed skater. Her presentation delivered a message of achieving your full potential through passion, a winning attitude, commitment and teamwork. Western-Themed Tradeshow & Hoedown The tradeshow was a great opportunity for brokers and company representatives to network with peers. In keeping with our western theme, there were vintage photo booths and photos on a bull. We want to thank all of our company representatives who helped make the tradeshow a big success. Everyone had a great time with the country line dancing troop and the mechanical bull.

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SATURDAY Political Relations: How to Influence Government with the Honourable Kyle Fawcett Our Saturday morning session gave us many tips on the best ways to schedule a meeting with our MLAs and how to present our issues more effectively to government officials. We thank Hon. Kyle Fawcett, Associate Minister of Finance and vice chair of the Treasury Board, for being a part of our conference and answering questions on what a day in the life of an MLA is like. CAIB & CPIB Luncheon & Award Graduates were presented with their awards and Bipper pins by IBAA president Scott Treasure. Congratulations to all of the graduates!

2012 CAIB & CPIB Graduates We would like to thank everyone who attended for making this another successful conference and hope to see you all next year where the event theme will be Halloween. To see all of the photos from the conference please visit our Facebook Page at www. facebook.com/PYIB. LIKE

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