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Third Annual CEO Rescue in the Rockies for Stars Raises $696,314 in One Day

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) has announced that the annual CEO Rescue in the Rockies for STARS fundraiser has once again been a staggering success.

Today, four prominent CEOs worked together to raise more than $696,314 in a single day. STARS partnered with influential business leaders in Edmonton and Calgary and dropped them off at a remote location in Kananaskis Country. While stranded in the deserted location, the CEOs faced a series of survival tasks, including a fire building challenge, STARS mission challenge, and various phone call fundraising challenges. Using only their cell phones to collect donations, the CEOs had no choice but to raise $100,000 each before they were "rescued" by STARS air ambulance.

"This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I hope it motivates a new round of CEOs to participate next year," says Bob Geddes, President & COO of Ensign Energy Services Inc. "Thanks to the help, support and motivation from our family, friends and colleagues, we're able to keep STARS operating and helping those in need."

The CEOs who braved the uninhabited wilderness included Robert H. Geddes, president and COO, Ensign Energy Services Inc.; Ken Mullen, president and CEO, Savanna Energy Services Corp.; Brent Hesje, CEO, Fountain Tire; and David Smith, president and COO, Keyera Corp.

"These four individuals took an entire day out of their schedules just to help STARS. That says a lot about how much they care for their community," says Gurpreet Lail, executive director of the STARS Foundation. "Without philanthropists like them, STARS would be nowhere."

Funds raised through CEO Rescue in the Rockies will help STARS provide time, hope and life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients.

To learn more about CEO Rescue in the Rockies for STARS, to donate, or to nominate a CEO for next year's challenge, visit www.stars.ca.

STARS is a non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Our doctors, nurses, paramedics, and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives. STARS operates from bases in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. 

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Iraq Travel Advice

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the whole of Iraq, except the Kurdistan region. If you intend to travel to those parts of Iraq to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel, you should employ a professional security company and take all necessary security precautions.

You should avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people. If you become aware of any nearby violence, leave the area immediately. There may be an increased risk of anti-western sentiment linked to the possibility of military action in Syria. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant and avoid any protests or demonstrations.

There is a high threat of terrorism including kidnapping. Terrorist incidents are less frequent in the Kurdistan region, but terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks across the Gulf region.

Foreign journalists have been banned from entering al Anbar province unless they have specific approval from the relevant authorities (including, but not limited to, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence and the Anbar Operations Command Centre).

International and local journalists have previously been detained in Iraq due to allegations of inadequate paperwork. Journalists should exercise extreme caution and take adequate security measures. Seek local advice before travelling to the remote areas bordering Turkey and Iran, where there have been incidents of shelling, unexploded ordnance and mines.

The British Embassy in Baghdad and the British Consulate-General in Erbil are able to offer limited consular assistance only.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. You must get a visa before you travel.

You can apply for a visa at Iraqi missions overseas, contact the Iraqi Embassy in London. If you’re only travelling to the Kurdistan Region, you can get a visa on arrival, but this will not be valid for the rest of Iraq. Please be advised that the visa you get in Kurdistan Region is not valid for the rest of Iraq.

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Round Table: Critical Considerations When Designing Individual Expat Medical Insurance Plans

Critical Considerations When Designing Medical Insurance Plans

Whats important when designing medical insurance plans for overseas assignments, relocation, business and leisure travel? How are insurers viewing the market and is there a shift towards short-term cover, for individual expatriates and travelers

Job Title: C-Level ONLY

Questions:

What factors must one consider when designing health and medical insurance plans for individual expatriates?

Talk us through your under writing capabilities and ideas: (think about Full medical underwriting, Continuing Personal Medical Exclusions (CPME) and Moratorium)

What benefits does full medical underwriting bring?

How do your private medical insurance plans cover pre-existing conditions?

What is the key to success when designing health insurance plans for individual expats?

Can you talk us through your distribution channels and any new trends you have identified?

How does designing a good expatriate health insurance product equal quality driven healthcare anywhere, at any time?

How important is the portability of an individual expatriate insurance plan?

How can insurers add value to expatriate health insurance plans?

Currently, what is your most popular and appropriate plan for an individual expat working on a short-term assignment?

What new plan features and benefits can we expect to see in the next 5 years?

Specifics: iPMIM Executive Round Tables are not open to all and remain invite only. You may apply for a position if you satisfy the following criteria:

  • You are a specialist and recognised underwriter or provider of private medical insurance products;
  • You have an established network of third party service providers including healthcare providers and distribution partners.

PLEASE note that satisfying the criteria and applying will not guarantee a position at the table.

Participants enjoy:

  • Complete inclusion in 4 executive round tables;
  • Full professional executive bio;
  • Company logo;
  • Company bio;
  • Single or double page advertisement;
  • Complete online promotion.

About International Private Medical Insurance Magazine (iPMIM) Round Tables

The aim of iPMIM Round Tables is to facilitate Dialog and Debate at an Industry and Government level. Bringing together International Industry Leaders and Policy Makers, iPMI Magazine Round Tables represent the perfect arena for educational, interactive, cross border, cross culture and cross industry discussion, at the highest level.

 

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Round Table: The Effects of the Maritime Labour Convention on the Global Insurance Industry

The Effects of the Maritime Labour Convention on the Global Insurance Industry

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is an International Labour Organization convention established in 2006 as the Fourth pillar of international maritime law and embodies "all up-to-date standards of existing international maritime labour Conventions and Recommendations, as well as the fundamental principles to be found in other international labour Conventions".

Title 4 of the MLC covers Health Protection, Medical Care, Welfare and Social Security Protection

Medical care on board ship and ashore: Seafarers should be covered for and have access to medical care while on board; in principle at no cost and of a quality comparable to the standards of health care on shore. Countries through which territory a ship is passing should guarantee treatment on shore in serious cases.

Shipowners' liability: Seafarers should be protected from the financial effects of "sickness, injury or death occurring in connection with their employment". This includes at least 16 weeks of payment of wages after start of sickness.

Health and safety protection and accident prevention: A safe and hygienic environment should be provided to seafarers both during working and resting hours and measures should be taken to take reasonable safety measures.

Access to shore-based welfare facilities: Port states should provide "welfare, cultural, recreational and information facilities and services" and to provide easy access to these services. The access to these facilities should be open to all seafarers irrespective of race, sex, religion or political opinion.

Social security: Social security coverage should be available to seafarers (and in case it is customary in the flag state: their relatives).

Job Title: C-Level ONLY

Specifics: iPMIM Executive Round Tables are not open to all and remain invite only.

You may apply for a position if you satisfy the following criteria:

  • You are a specialist and recognised underwriter or provider of private medical insurance products for the maritime industry;
  • You have an established network of third party service providers including healthcare providers and distribution partners.

Participants enjoy:

  • Complete inclusion in 4 executive round tables;
  • Full professional executive bio;
  • Company logo;
  • Company bio;
  • Single or double page advertisement;
  • Complete online promotion.

Click here to see a demo of how the round tables will be published.

Questions:

  • What has the Maritime Labour Convention meant for the insurance industry?
  • What insurance plan do you provide for the maritime and marine industry?
  • What opportunities exist for insurers in the maritime and marine business?
  • What challenges do insurance companies face in the marine and maritime industry?
  • How complex an operation is the repatriation of crew, to suitable medical facilities, in the case of an incident?
  • In the case of a mass casualty disaster, how prepared is the industry to respond?
  • How prepared are payor provider networks for such situations?
  • With an estimated 1.5 million workers, the Maritime Industry crosses cultural, political and physical borders every day.
  • How popular are value added services like Employee Assistance Services, in the maritime and marine industry?
  • What is important when designing maritime and marine insurance plans?
  • How can maritime insurance plans assist in the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean?
  • How will the maritime and marine industry develop over the next 5 years and what will this mean for insurance companies?

About International Private Medical Insurance Magazine (iPMIM) Round Tables

The aim of iPMIM Round Tables is to facilitate Dialog and Debate at an Industry and Government level. Bringing together International Industry Leaders and Policy Makers, iPMI Magazine Round Tables represent the perfect arena for educational, interactive, cross border, cross culture and cross industry discussion, at the highest level.

To apply for a position please click here.

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Travel Advice Armenia

Travel Advice Armenia

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel in the area of the closed border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, particularly in the Tavush and Gegharkunik regions. The FCO advise against all travel on the road between Ijevan and Noyemberyan, which passes close to the border.

In April and June 2012, there were reports of ceasefire violations along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border which resulted in a number of deaths and casualties. As a result of possible international military action in Syria there may be an increased risk of demonstrations by groups opposed to the intervention. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant and avoid any protests or demonstrations.

The British Embassy can’t provide consular assistance or advice to visitors to the Nagorno-Karabakh region. There is a low threat from terrorism. Avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings. In May 2012 a gay-friendly bar in downtown Yerevan was attacked and a diversity march in central Yerevan was disrupted by nationalist groups.

From 10 January 2013, British and EU passport holders no longer require a tourist visa to visit Armenia.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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International SOS acquires Haugaland HMS in Norway

International SOS is proud to announce that Haugaland HMS joined its group of companies on 1st August 2013. Together with Kokstad BHT (KBHT) in Bergen and Stavanger, and Stavanger BHT (SBHT) in Stavanger, which became part of the company in March 2013, Haugaland HMS will combine with them to form the International SOS business in West Norway. This new business will focus on providing medical services to local and international clients. The new International SOS team now consists of 150 people providing occupational health, work environment and medical staffing services. It will work for customers in and around Haugesund, Stavanger and Bergen.

This includes off-shore operations in the Oil and Gas industries. There are also branch offices in Sauda, Sand, Husnes, Leirvik, and Austevoll. These additions to International SOS’ Norwegian-based capability strengthen its’ global platform for growth and will enable the company to provide its’ clients with wider levels of service. The creation of new job opportunities will also be announced in the coming weeks, providing more diverse career opportunities for all of our Norwegian-based employees.

Haugaland HMS’s operations will continue under the managing directorship of Roar Storrø, who will also take up the role of General Manager for the new combined business. Steinar Kobbeltvedt, who has been fulfilling the General Manager role since March, will move to head up client management and business development for the new combined business.

Arnaud Vaissié, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International SOS says: “Haugaland HMS perfectly complements our existing capability in Norway and the North Sea. All three of these companies have hard-earned reputations for quality and customer-led service in challenging environments. This acquisition enables us to continue to extend the reach and delivery capability for our clients, as well as offering the global capability of International SOS. In the short time since March we have already seen the evidence of the value this brings, with new clients joining us in Norway and Norwegian clients becoming international clients to the group. ”

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