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Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition launches Canadian website

March 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A new website from the non-profit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) – – seeks to help increase interest in the life-saving benefits of installed home fire sprinklers in new construction homes. In partnership with and funding from the Co-operators

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Ontario private member’s bill proposes 15% cap on personal injury lawyers’ contingency fees

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A bill tabled Wednesday in the Ontario legislature, by a backbench Liberal MPP, would limit lawyers’ contingency fees in the province, for personal injury claims, to 15%. If passed into law, Bill 103 would stipulate that “contingency fees be capped

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ATB Financial joins R3 distributed ledger consortium

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

ATB Financial announced Thursday that the Alberta-based financial services provider has joined the consortium of financial innovation firm R3 to design and apply distributed and shared ledger-inspired technologies to global financial markets. The company will be collaborating with more than

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Coalition proposes template to regulate Airbnb in Toronto

March 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Homesharing hosts should have to provide criminal background, ownership and insurance checks and prove they are compliant with apartment and/or condominium board rules for their unit, a coalition of hotel and tenants associations suggested in a new report. Fairbnb, a

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Deconstructing Risk

March 1, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Risk management is really about applying common sense, suggests RIMS Canada Council chair Ren Lips, who has spent most of her career in risk and insurance within construction.

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IBC congratulates federal government on National Research Council decision to update Canada’s building codes

February 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is congratulating the federal government on the National Research Council Canada (NRC) decision to update the country’s building codes to reflect the realities of climate change. “This is something that Canada’s property and casualty

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Toronto Insurance Women’s Association Wine and Cheese, February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Several hundred guests packed Toronto’s grand Arcadian Court event space for the always popular TIWA Wine & Cheese on February 23. Attendees enjoyed refreshments and copious networking opportunities courtesy of host Toronto Insurance Toronto Insurance Women’s Association.

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Insurance Brokers Association of Canada appoints former MP Peter Braid as new CEO

February 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) has announced the appointment of its new CEO, Peter Braid, effective Feb. 27. IBAC chairperson Lorne Perry announced the appointment in a press release on Feb. 10. Braid is a former Member of

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Denying catastrophic impairment status to Ontario auto claimant is not denying benefit: OIAA speaker

February 8, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

When an Ontario auto insurer notifies a claimant that he or she has not sustained a catastrophic impairment, that does not constitute the denial of a benefit for the purposes of the two-year limitation on filing a lawsuit, a lawyer

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Master Builder

February 3, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Laura Van Vliet, recipient of the CIP Society’s 2016 Emerging Leader Award, understands how effort, heart and education can build a career.

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Legalization of marijuana calls for ‘more thorough’ risk assessment from brokers: OIAA speaker

January 31, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes is “creating a challenge” for claims adjusters and brokers alike, with a need for customized insurance policies for producers and for updating lease agreements, a speaker suggested at a conference Tuesday. “Possession of

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Ontario Independent Adjusters Association Professional Development and Claims Conference, January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

When Ontario Independent Adjusters Association (OIAA) leaders conceived their annual Professional Development and Claims Conference 25 years ago, they never could have dreamed that “Game of Drones” and “Uber and Marijuana” would be seminars offered in the event’s silver anniversary