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Common language holds promise of advancing risk management efforts: Seaman

April 24, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Risk managers are developing a language that translates worldwide, an advance that bodes well for both the profession and the organizations risk professionals are serving, RIMS president Nowell Seaman suggested during the opening session of the RIMS 2017

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RIMS supports charity in its fight against childhood cancer

April 23, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – RIMS, the risk management society, has announced that Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is the beneficiary of the society’s 2017 Community Service Day Project, sponsored by ESIS. The project, which this year focuses on combating childhood cancer, is

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Allianz makes strategic investment in Lemonade Insurance Company

April 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz SE announced on Friday that it has recently made a “strategic investment” in Lemonade Insurance Company, a New York-licensed renters and homeowners insurer powered by artificial intelligence and behavioural economics. “The partnership ties in neatly with our digitization focus,”

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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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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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Alberta government provides $15M a year for FireSmart program, up from $3.8M last year

April 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta has announced it is providing $15 million a year for its FireSmart program, up from $3.8 million last year, to help communities boost their wildfire protection activities. FireSmart uses preventative measures to reduce wildfire threat to

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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%

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Dave Schioler, CEO of Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba, to step down in April 2018

April 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba (IBAM) announced on Thursday that CEO Dave Schioler will be stepping down effective April 11, 2018. Noting that he still has much to do at IBAM during what will now be a transition year,

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Sonnet ‘first step in a multi-step journey’: Economical’s SVP and chief marketing officer

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fully online insurance company Sonnet is the “first step in a multi-step journey” and the learnings from that process will be applied back to other parts of Economical Insurance’s business, Economical senior vice president and chief marketing officer Michael Shostak

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Sharing economy not fully served by insurance industry, but opportunity is there: Kovacs

April 9, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The sharing economy is not fully served by the insurance industry right now, but the opportunity is there, Paul Kovacs, founder and executive director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, said on Thursday at the CIP Society Symposium 2017.

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Intact reports Q1 cat losses of $88 million, aims to double direct-to-consumer business in ‘near term’

April 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Financial Corp. recently reported its catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, were $88 million for the first three months of 2017. Toronto-based Intact also says it wants to “double” its direct-to-consumer business in the “mid-term” and is nominating Sylvie Paquette,

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One Alberta brokerage and two from Ontario join BrokerLink

April 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One Alberta brokerage and two Ontario brokerages announced on Tuesday that they will join BrokerLink, one of the largest Canadian property and casualty insurance brokerages. Alberta-based Full Circle Insurance Ltd. and Ontario brokerages Fairview Insurance Brokers Inc. and Steven Kaluski