Directors and Officers Insurance

Directors & Officers Insurance (D&O Insurance) also known as Professional Liability Insurance for Directors and Officers is an insurance coverage that provides financial protection to the directors and officers of a business in the event they get sued by a client, third party, or the business itself. While operating the businesses and engaging in risk management, as a director or officer or a public or private company, there is always a chance for a lawsuit to come against a D&O policy as a result of negligence, errors, damages, and or mistakes caused directly or indirectly by the board of directors. We recommend having at least $1,000,000 coverage in place as financial consequences of having to pay a law suit can result in bankrupting a person or business.

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Why Directors And Officers Need Insurance

Directors and officers are some of the most important individuals in Ontario. After all, they make some of the biggest decisions for the business. This can be a ton of responsibility and pretty much anything could go wrong. This is why you need to take steps to protect yourself. When you’re working around the clock to get the job done, there is a possibility that your exhaustion is going to make you do something wrong. This is why you are going to need a variety of different insurance coverages, but Directors and Officers Insurance coverage will without a doubt be one of the most important policies that you need to invest in.

So, what exactly does a directors and officers insurance policy cover? This is a type of policy that will protect you in the event that you make a mistake that results in the financial loss to your customer. Whether the situation is your fault or not, mistakes liability insurance for directors will protect you in these situations. Any directors and officers insurance broker will tell you that this type of coverage will pay for the financial losses to the customer, but it could also potentially pay for any defense costs accumulated during the legal proceedings in court along with the expense of attaining a lawyer that you might have faced throughout the entire process. Keep in mind, this coverage is in addition to a standard comprehensive business insurance policy.

Other Types Of Coverages For Directors And Officers

As mentioned-above there are a variety of different risks that you are going to be faced with only a daily basis. Sure, there are specialized coverages that will protect you in these events, but you need to know which coverages that you should acquire. While owning too much insurance is never a bad thing, there are some policies and coverages that are just unnecessary for the common director and officer.

Fraud Protection Coverage

As a director or officer you are going to be in charge on several different employees at one time. You might even have to oversee a hundred employees of more. Unfortunately, not all of these employees are going to be 100 percent trustworthy or on top of their game at all times. If one of your employees steals or does something that harms a customer financially, this is where fraud protection could come in handy. Unfortunately, you don’t live in a perfect world and these realities could come true at any minute and this is why director and officer brokers recommend getting at least a $100,000 policy to start out.

Commercial Vehicle Insurance

Directors and officers are constantly in meetings, driving back and forth to different locations, and meeting with customers offsite. While this is just an everyday part of business, it does come with a lot of risks. The road is a truly dangerous place and a major accident could result at any minute. With millions of individuals using their phones and other electronic devices while driving it puts you at risk at all times and this is why commercial vehicle insurance is necessary. This insurance product can cover medical losses, property damage, and vehicle damage. Some specialized coverages will cover both you and the individuals that you hit, if you are deemed at fault. Professionals in the industry would recommend acquiring at least anywhere from $500,000 to $2,000,000 worth of coverage.

Cyber Insurance Protection

Directors and officers deal with a lot of high profile clients and store their information in databases. Unfortunately, these databases are at risk to hackers every second of the day. Fraud insurance can protect you in the exact situations. They will cover the any financial losses that you or your customers face as a result of the incident. The policy can also protect you in the event that one of your clients may try to sue you for the incident. This is why it is imperative to acquire at least a $500,000 policy. You might even want to go higher in the event that you have a lot of high profile customers.

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The Cost of D&O Insurance

As a director and officer, you will be a well-known professional in Ontario. This means that you are at risk of becoming a victim of fraud, theft and cyber crime. There are many reasons to have D & O insurance coverage and very little why not to have it. Regardless of where you live or what company or firm you work for, it will always be in your best insurance to be fully covered.

Professional Liability Insurance – Directors and officers should carry professional liability insurance with a coverage limit of at least $500,000. If your exposures are extremely high, you may need to increase your coverage limit to $1 million. For this type of policy, you are looking at a rate of $500 to $1500 per year. While you may consider this a very high amount, you should not skimp on this insurance, because it will protect you against financial loss associated with third-party claims and civil lawsuits.

Fraud Insurance – Fraud insurance is a necessity for all directors and officers working in Ontario. This coverage will protect you from financial loss in the event one of your employees steals your client information and utilizes it inappropriately. You will be responsible for this action, even though you are not the one who committed the crime. So, your clients are going to come after you, seeking compensation for their financial losses and pain and suffering. For a $100,000 policy, you will be required to pay anywhere between $15 and $30 per month.

Commercial Vehicle Insurance – Depending on the size of your fleet and coverage amount, you may need to pay as much as $200 a month to get $5,000,000 worth of coverage.

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Other professions we also provide insurance for:

Academic Testing Centres
Accident Investigation
Accident Prevention Consultants
Accountants
Actuaries
Adjusters
Adoption Agencies
Advertising
Advertising Agencies
Advertising Agents & Services
Aerial Mappers
Agents
Agrologists
Agronomists
Alarm Monitoring Services
Allied Health Professionals
Alternative Dispute Resolution Firms
Alternative Energy
Answering Services
Anthologist
Anthropologist
Appraisers
Arbitrators & Mediators
Arborists / Tree Surgeons
Archaeologists
Architects
Architects & Engineers
Architectural technicians and technologists
Associations
Attorneys
Auctioneers, Auction Houses
Authors
Bailiffs
Blueprint & Photocopy
Boat Registrars
Bookkeepers
Broadcasters
Building Designers(Bill 124)
Business Brokers/Managers
Business Consultant
Business Enterprise Agencies
Business Training Courses
Cabling Designers
Camera & Photo Supply Stores
Careers Advisory Service
Catering Consultancy
Cereal Growing Advisors
Chambers of Commerce & Trade
Charities
Chiropodists
Chiropractors
Civil engineers
Claims Adjusters & Administrators
Collection Agencies
Commercial Printer
Communication Consultants
Company Formation
Company Search Agency
Conference & Event Management
Conference Facilities & Services
Conservation Consultants
Conservation Organizations
Consultants
Consumer Organisations
Contest Managers
Contractors Accountants
Convention Planners
Copywriters
Counselling & Advice Services
Court Reporters
CPA/CMA
Credit Reference Services/Bureaus
Custom House Broker
Customs & Forwarding Agents
Data Processing Services
Database Managers
Day Spas
Decorators – Interior
Dental Laboratories
Designers
Dieticians (Consulting)
Directors
Directors and Officers
Documentary creators
Employment Agencies
Employment Agencies/Recruiters
Employment Placement Agencies
Energy Audits & Assessments
Engineers
Environmental Engineers
Event Planners
Excess & Umbrella Liability
Filmmakers
Fitness Clubs
Foreign Legal Consultants
Holistic Professional
Home inspectors insurance
Immigration Consultants
Independent Contractor
Industrial Designers
Information Technology
Interior Designers
IT Contractor
IT Specialist/Technician/Programmer
Journalists
Lawyers
Lawyer’s Excess Professional Liability
Long Term Care
Management Consultants
Mediators
Medical Clinics
Medical Devices
Medical Professionals (Malpractice Insurance)
Medical Related
Medical Student Malpractice Insurance
Mortgage Brokers
Multimedia designers
Naturopaths
New Media
Occupational Health and Safety Consultants
Paralegals
Photographers
Placement Agencies
Podiatrists
Private Investigators
Process Servers
Product Designers
Professional Entertainers
Professional Organizer
Professionals Liability
Project Managers
Property Managers
Publishers
Publishers and Printers
Quality Control Consultants
Recruiters
Recruitment and Employment Agency
Recruitment Consultants
Research & Development
Roofing Consultants
Safety Engineers
Service Organizations
Solar & Wind Farm Engineers & Consultants
Spa Package
Structural Engineers
Sub-Contractor
Surveyors
Tax Prepares
Technology Companies
Therapist Professionals
Town / Urban Planners
Training Providers/Trainers
Translators etc.
Travel Agencies
Travel Agents
Travel Agents, Tour operators
Web Designers
Web-Site Designers
Workplace Engineers & Consultants