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Peace Hills Insurance announces Kathy Boychuk as new president and CEO for 2017

November 10, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The board of directors of Peace Hills Insurance announced on Wednesday the appointment of Kathy Boychuk as incoming president and chief, effective March 2017. “It’s been great to be back but I do look forward to returning to my retirement,”

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Vancouver-based Vertical Insurance Group acquires brokerage Axis Insurance Managers Inc.

November 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Vancouver-based Vertical Insurance Group Ltd., owners of Shaw Sabey, Metrix, Core, Magnes, LMG and other retail insurance brokerage businesses, has announced the acquisition of the majority interest in the capital of brokerage Axis Insurance Managers Inc., also of Vancouver. Alex

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Pembridge Insurance Company and Pafco Insurance Company obtain CSIO certification for Personal Lines eDocs

November 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) announced on Wednesday that Pembridge Insurance Company and Pafco Insurance Company of Markham, Ont. have both obtained CSIO certification for Personal Lines eDocs. “We are pleased to now offer our brokers access to

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Ed launches global cyber academy

November 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Ed, the global reinsurance, wholesale and specialty broker, announced on Friday the launch of what it is calling the insurance industry’s first global cyber academy. The Ed Cyber Academy, which will be led by Peter Hacker, the company’s group chief innovation officer,

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Ontario-based MGAs Excess Underwriting and Towerhill Insurance Underwriters merge

November 3, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Excess Underwriting and Towerhill Insurance Underwriters Inc., both coverholders at Lloyd’s, announced on Thursday that they have merged effective Nov. 1. The companies will serve their broker partners as Excess Underwriting operated by Towerhill Insurance Underwriters Inc., said a joint

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The Insurance Institute of Canada elects Intact Insurance president Jean-François Blais as chair of board of governors

November 3, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC) has elected Jean-François Blais, president of Intact Insurance, as chair of its board of governors. The IIC elected Blais at its 63rd annual general meeting on Oct. 25 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the institute said

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The Co-operators acquires Assurance Aubin Insurance Brokers Ltd.

November 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Co-operators General Insurance Company announced on Tuesday that its wholly-owned subsidiary has purchased Assurance Aubin Insurance Brokers Ltd. The brokerage’s portfolio includes personal and commercial insurance policies, The Co-operators said in a press release. Assurance Aubin has locations in Hearst,

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Toronto-based Moore-McLean Insurance Group acquires Hallmark Insurance Group of Companies of Markham, Ont.

October 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Moore-McLean Insurance Group Ltd. announced on Friday that it has acquired the assets of Markham, Ont.-based Hallmark Insurance Group and its family of companies. Beginning Oct. 28, they will form McLean Hallmark Insurance Group Ltd., and McLean Hallmark Financial

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Insurance industry moving too slowly, must keep pace: Forgeron

October 25, 2016 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Canada’s property and casualty industry – in need of a regulatory environment that fosters the innovation and responsiveness consumers are demanding – is at risk of losing pace to new competitors, Don Forgeron, president and CEO of Insurance Bureau of

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Collaboration, communication and integration key to success: Boland at IBAO Convention

October 23, 2016 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Brokers, broker management system (BMS) companies and insurance companies all need to “come together” using collaboration, communication and integration, incoming Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) president Traci Boland said last week at the association’s 96th annual convention. “The theme

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Ontario brokers receive top honours at IBAO’s 96th annual convention

October 21, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) has announced the “top performing brokers and brokerages” throughout the province at their recent annual Awards of Excellence gala. Held on the opening night of the 96th annual IBAO Convention at the Sheraton

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Economical Insurance expecting “significant growth” in broker channel over the next five years: Gavan at IBAO Convention

October 21, 2016 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Economical Insurance is expecting “significant growth” in its broker channel over the next five years, possibly 25% bigger than where it is today, outgoing president and CEO Karen Gavan said on Thursday during the 96th annual Insurance Brokers Association of