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Water level detectors in all below-waterline compartments should be mandatory for large fishing vessels: TSB

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than 26 years after the fatal sinking of a leaking fishing vessel north of Nova Scotia, the federal government has still not mandated water level detectors on all large fishing vessels, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada warned this

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BlackBerry expanding channels of distribution via cyber security initiative with Allied World

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario-based BlackBerry Limited is growing its footprint in the insurance industry through a new initiative with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings in which the latter’s U.S. cyber policyholders will gain direct access to the former’s cyber security expertise through an

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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

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Global insurance industry to see “slightly increased” growth by 2018, P&C premium volume to grow by 4% on average: Munich Re

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global insurance industry is likely to see slightly increased growth by 2018, Munich Re reported on Thursday. Munich Re said in a press release that better economic prospects in the United States and in many emerging markets will offset

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Optimum General obtains CSIO certification for commercial lines eDocs

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) has announced that Optimum General Inc. has obtained CSIO certification for commercial lines eDocs. Optimum is now CSIO eDocs-certified for both of its lines of business, as the company obtained certification for

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Intact Ventures becomes strategic investor in Canadian IoT technology company Alert Labs

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Ventures has made its first investment in Canada Alert Labs Inc., an Ontario provider of easy-to-install technology that offers residential and commercial property owners real-time water use, flood, leak, temperature and power alerts. Not only do the alerts generated

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Opta Information Intelligence launches iClarify Farm Solution for Canadian insurance marketplace

April 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Opta Information Intelligence has announced the expansion of its suite of services to the Canadian property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry with the launch of iClarify Farm Solution. Markham, Ont.-headquartered Opta, creator of iClarify and Peril Score analytic solutions, announced

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Canadian industry underwriting income down 81% in 2016: MSA

April 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian property and casualty insurance industry had underwriting income of $484 million in 2016, down 81% from $2.554 billion in 2015, while reinsurers’ combined ratio deteriorated 30.4 points year over year, MSA Research Inc. suggested in a report released

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Can-Sure Underwriting & Beacon Underwriting promotes Cameron Copeland to president

April 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian property and casualty managing general agency (MGA) Can-Sure Underwriting and Beacon Underwriting announced on Tuesday that Cameron Copeland will assume the role of president. Copeland assumed the role effective April 15, succeeding Can-Sure founder Jeff Hart, who has “decided

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Carriers should more fully explore potential in episodic insurance, CIAA event hears

April 17, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Insurance carriers need to more seriously consider the potential that exists in episodic insurance and how such an approach could alter offerings, Mukul Ahuja, leader of insurance strategy and innovation at Deloitte Canada, suggested Thursday. “Not nearly enough carriers are

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Autonomous vehicles coming, but auto books will not disappear any time soon: CIAA event speaker

April 17, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Autonomous vehicles are coming, but there is no need for property and casualty insurers to panic that their auto books are going to quickly disappear, Andrew Lo, president and chief operating officer of Kanetix Ltd., said Thursday at the Canadian

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More than 23 million eDocs transmitted in 2016: CSIO chair

April 16, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations held its annual general meeting Thursday, acclaiming the president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario as a new board member and announcing the use of its eDocs standard was up about 45%