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Preparation, not panic, is the way to address earthquake risk: IBC’s Don Forgeron

April 7, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

When talk turns to the possibility of a major earthquake in Canada, Don Forgeron, president and CEO of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), advises that the response should be to prepare, not to panic. “No one should spend their day

News AssociationsCommercial LinesInsurancePersonal Lines

Strong investment gains even out results for Ontario mutual insurers

April 3, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Financial results for Ontario mutual insurers in 2016 were better than expected, with 2016 marking the eighth consecutive year of overall profitability and seventh year in a row of underwriting profit. The aggregate results for Guarantee Fund Mutuals in 2016

Feature Associations

Direct Hit

April 1, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

What was it about Lola? Girls will be boys; boys will be girls? All good. For Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry, as surely is the case elsewhere, it is a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world as well.

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Survival Instinct

April 1, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Kent Rowe sees opportunity in change, and technology can prove an excellent vehicle for getting independent brokers where they need to go.

News AssociationsInsuranceTechnology

Long-term data strategy will allow for making the most of the information: OMIA’s Taylor

March 31, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Mutual insurers need a long-term plan to ensure they meet the twin goals of capitalizing on the opportunities that data offers and continue to staying true to serving customers, the head of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association (OMIA) suggested Thursday.

News AssociationsCatastrophesClimate ChangeInsurance

Openness to making homes, businesses resilient to severe weather encouraging: OMIA’s John Taylor

March 31, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

There are encouraging signs from government, municipalities and builders that resiliency needs to become part of building code conversations given that severe weather shows no signs of abating, suggested John Taylor, president and CEO of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association

News AssociationsInsuranceProfessional Development

New Brunswick brokers’ association suspends sponsorship partnership with Aviva

March 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The board of directors of the Insurance Brokers Association of New Brunswick has “voted to suspend a longstanding sponsorship partnership with Aviva Canada,” IBANB said in a release sent Wednesday. On Jan. 18, Aviva announced it is offering “team branded”

News AssociationsCatastrophesClimate ChangeInsuranceReinsurance

IBC supports regional platform for disaster risk reduction outcomes, vows to continue working with government

March 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has voiced the property and casualty industry’s continued support for efforts by the federal government to enhance disaster risk reduction and make communities more resilient. “Our industry remains committed to being a full partner with

News AssociationsConstructionInsurancePersonal Lines

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) – HomeFireSprinklerCanada.ca – 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