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Aviva Canada and Hail Storm Products partner up for discount on auto hail protector system

May 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Aviva Canada and Hail Storm Products have teamed up, with the insurance company announcing on Tuesday that customers can now take advantage of an exclusive 20% discount on the Hail Protector Automobile Hail Protection System. “As the world’s only patented

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Canada lacks ‘commercially widely available wildfire models,’ Aviva Canada reinsurance VP warns

May 2, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Insurers have no “meaningful way of modelling wildfire” losses, a senior executive for Swiss Re Ltd. recently suggested to industry professionals. “If you look at it globally speaking, usually about half of the total insured losses globally are unmodelled perils,”

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U.S. Midwest, South recovering after deadly weekend storms

May 1, 2017 The Associated Press

ATLANTA – Parts of the Midwest and the South were recovering Monday after a weekend round of storms, winds, hail and isolated tornadoes killed at least 14 people. And a chance remained for more severe weather in the South. Parts

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ICLR to hold its forecast of 2017 wildfire season on May 10

May 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is holding its forecast of the 2017 wildfire season on May 10. The forecast, in a webinar running from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST that day, will feature Dr. Kerry Anderson, fire

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Fort McMurray wildfire rebuild gaining momentum as hurdles cleared

April 30, 2017 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY _ A long-delayed building boom in Fort McMurray is ramping up as homeowners, insurers, contractors, and officials in the Alberta city clear hurdles that hindered reconstruction after the devastating wildfire last May. While many residents and businesses had hoped

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No public-private flood coverage model a ‘lift and shift directly to Canada:’ Aviva Canada reinsurance VP

April 28, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Britain’s Flood Re program provides an “analogy for Canada” in insuring high-risk flood zones, while more research is needed to fully understand the economic impact of climate change, speakers suggested at Insurance Bureau of Canada’s recent Financial Affairs Symposium. Balz

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Alberta needs new operations centre to manage disasters: minister

April 27, 2017 John Cotter - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Alberta is looking at building a new operations centre to better manage how it responds to disasters such as the Fort McMurray wildfire. Municipal Affairs Minister Shaye Anderson said the need for a larger and more modern nerve

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Impact of Fort McMurray wildfire softened by reinsurance risk sharing: DBRS

April 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Most Canadian insurers were able to generate positive underwriting results in Alberta through their use of reinsurance risk sharing following the Fort McMurray wildfire, credit ratings agency DBRS Limited said in a commentary released on Wednesday. The commentary, titled 2016

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March windstorm in eastern Newfoundland caused close to $45 million in insured damage: CatIQ

April 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A windstorm in eastern Newfoundland on March 11 has resulted in nearly $45 in insured damages, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) explained in a press release on Wednesday that a low

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ILS market growth continues in first quarter of 2017, record year possible: Willis Towers Watson Securities

April 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Non-life insurance-linked securities (ILS) capital grew again in the first quarter of 2017, continuing the trend from last year, the securities division of Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has reported. Willis Towers Watson Securities, the investment banking business of WTW, released

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Aon unit pegs economic loss from Matthew at US$15 billion

April 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hurricane Matthew, which is estimated to have caused $150 million in economic losses in Canada alone and killed more than 600 in the Western hemisphere, set several records, Impact Forecasting LLC said in a report released Monday. Hurricane Matthew officially

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Travelers reports combined ratio of 96% for Q1, net income of US$617 million

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Travelers Companies, Inc. has reported a combined ratio of 96% for the first quarter of 2017, up 3.7 points from 92.3% in the first quarter of last year. Net income for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31