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AIR Worldwide releases probabilistic crop hail model for Canada

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

AIR Worldwide has released what the catastrophe risk modelling firm calls the industry’s first crop hail model to provide stakeholders across the crop insurance value chain with a probabilistic view of the effects of hail on Canadian crops. Currently available

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François Dagneau appointed CEO of Canadian branch of Arch Reinsurance Company

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Arch Reinsurance Company announced on Friday that François Dagneau will be appointed to the position of chief executive officer of its Canadian branch this month. Dagneau will replace Patrick McGuiness, who is retiring from Arch, the company said in a

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43% of companies achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments: XL Catlin-sponsored survey

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than four in 10 companies surveyed for an XL Catlin-sponsored study have reported achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments, especially those using digital technology at all levels of operations, from supply chains and distribution networks to compliance activities

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Allianz Risk Transfer, Nephila Capital successfully pilot blockchain for Cat swap

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Risk Transfer AG (ART) and Nephila Capital Limited report successfully piloting the use of blockchain smart contract technology for transacting a natural catastrophe swap, an approach they suggest offers benefits for this and other types of insurance transactions. The

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Reduced market access, regulatory fragmentation and cloud risk accumulation among key industry risks: Swiss Re

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Reduced market access, regulatory fragmentation, the return of inflation, cloud risk accumulation and emerging liability legislation for artificial intelligence are just some of the key risks for the re/insurance industry, according to Swiss Re’s 2017 SONAR report. The report, released

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Reinsurance Association of America calls for increased competition in U.S. flood insurance

June 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Reinsurance Association of America is calling on the U.S. government to encourage private-sector insurers to compete with the National Flood Insurance Program, which is scheduled to expire Sept. 30. NFIP was created in 1968. A property cannot qualify for

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Technological change and cyber risk overtake regulation as top risks for global insurers: study

May 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global insurance industry’s ability to confront structural and technological changes is now the greatest risk it faces, according to a new survey of insurers and close observers of the sector, released on Tuesday. The Centre for the Study of

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Data analysis may start to focus more on modelling the process than the data itself, CIFF speakers suggest

May 29, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Data analysis may start to focus more on modelling the process than the data itself, speakers suggested last week at the Canadian Insurance Financial Forum (CIFF). Although modelling began decades ago to model the process of financial catastrophes, there is

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Need for more collaboration between municipalities one lesson learned from Fort McMurray wildfire, CIFF conference hears

May 26, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The need for more collaboration between various municipalities and the consequences of poor land use policies were just two lessons learned from the Fort McMurray wildfire, a speaker said on Wednesday at the Canadian Insurance Financial Forum (CIFF). Michael Brisebois,

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Insurance and reinsurance industries should pay more attention to “black swan” events: CIFF speaker

May 25, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The insurance and reinsurance industry would benefit from paying more attention to “black swan” events, those which are “not anticipated and probably not modelled,” a speaker suggested on Wednesday at the Canadian Insurance Financial Forum (CIFF). “When you look back

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Relying on government to solve “big shake” problem courts continued procrastination: Tannas

May 25, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

The potential for procrastination to address the consequences of a large earthquake in Canada are persistent and pervasive, demanding implementation of a tactical plan that could see “the issue dealt with, one way or another, in the next 12 months,”

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Combined ratio for Canadian insurance industry in Q1 2017 estimated at 101.3%, up from 94.7% in Q1 2016: Baker

May 24, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The insurance industry in Canada saw a 6.6% hike in the combined operating ratio for the first quarter of 2017, from 94.7% in Q1 2016 to 101.3% in the first three months of this year, MSA Research Inc. president and