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MKA Canada, Inc. Announces New Winnipeg Office

July 27, 2017 MKA Canada Inc.

On behalf of the Board of Directors , we are pleased to announce the opening of our Winnipeg Office and appointment of Etienne Nel as Regional Manager. Barry Milliner PMP, PQS, AssocRICS Managing Director – Canada Etienne has over 16 years of

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Chubb’s multi-line practice to focus on large transportation clients in U.S. and Canada, help address wide range of risks

July 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chubb’s newly launched multi-line industry practice will focus on providing insurance products, service and risk management solutions for best-in-class large risk transportation clients in both the United States and Canada. The formalization of the practice, within the insurer’s Major Accounts

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Trisura licensed to sell insurance in the U.S.

July 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Trisura Group Ltd., a surety and commercial specialty insurer that was spun off this year from Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc., plans to begin writing insurance in the United States. In a July 12 press release, Trisura said it “has

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State of emergency continues as wildfires affect interior B.C.

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Mining and wood products are among the industries affected by wildfires in British Columbia’s interior, where a state of emergency is in place. Imperial Metals Corp. announced Wednesday that an open pit copper/gold mine 56 kilometres northeast of Williams Lake

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Maintaining wetlands could slash riverine flooding-related damage, local pilot project has national applicability: study

July 12, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Just leaving current wetlands in their natural state could cause riverine flooding-related flood damage to plummet as much as 38% and should provide the impetus for communities to view natural infrastructure as a climate adaptation solution, notes a study from

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Stilling quake risk in eastern Canada demands greater focus, awareness and effort: Swiss Re

July 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Risk awareness is severely lacking and not enough attention is being paid to quake risk in eastern Canada, a region with “huge” loss-inflicting potential that a Swiss Re model projects could produce the country’s largest nat-Cat loss ever if the

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Canadians evacuated from homes after a wildfire can expect to suffer $11,300 in financial losses: Square One Insurance

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadians evacuated from their homes because of wildfires can expect to suffer an average of $11,300 in financial losses, a recent study from Square One Insurance Services Inc. has found. Those with home insurance can recover most, but not all,

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IBC applauds Toronto port lands flood protection funding

June 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Investments in flood mitigation will help make Toronto’s under-used Port Lands safer for mixed-use development, Insurance Bureau of Canada suggested Thursday in reaction to a June 28 announcement that the federal and provincial governments will contribute $1.185-billion towards a project

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Insured losses from Tropical Cyclone Debbie reach nearly AU$1 billion: Insurance Council of Australia

June 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured losses from Tropical Cyclone Debbie have reached nearly AU$1 billion as of June 28, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) said on Thursday. As of June 28, insurers had received more than 58,000 claims stretching from North Queensland to

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Toronto mayor: Hidden flooding damage will cost millions to repair

June 29, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

Toronto’s mayor says the cost of fixing the damage done to the city’s shorelines and the Toronto Islands by high water levels on Lake Ontario this summer will run to many millions of dollars. But John Tory warns the full

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Fire destroys N.L. apartment complex, leaves dozens homeless in St. John’s

June 27, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

JOHN’S, N.L. – A massive, fast-moving fire at a public housing complex has forced about 35 people out of their homes in a blaze that sent large plumes of smoke billowing above St. John’s, N.L. Fire platoon Chief Brian Tucker

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Getting Realistic

June 23, 2017 Sandra Weber, Partner; and Colin Flynn, Associate, McLennan Ross LLP

A recent ruling by Alberta’s Court of Appeal, finding insurers are not guarantors of construction, could have an impact on insurers facing large claims for pre-existing deficiencies or long-standing building code infractions revealed by inspections after damage from an insured peril. Does the reasoning mean insurers in Alberta no longer need to pay for deficiencies never realistically contemplated as being part of the insured risk?