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The Bitfury Group and Risk Cooperative partner to pioneer blockchain applications in insurance intermediation market

June 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Blockchain technology company The Bitfury Group and risk and insurance advisory firm Risk Cooperative have announced a strategic partnership to pioneer blockchain applications in the US$60 billion insurance intermediation market. Announced on Friday, the partnership will leverage Bitfury’s expertise in

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AIG, IBM and Standard Chartered Bank pilot “first multinational insurance policy powered by blockchain”

June 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group Inc. (AIG), IBM and Standard Chartered Bank plc announced on Thursday that they have successfully piloted what they are calling the “first multinational ‘smart contract’ based insurance policy using blockchain.” Working together, AIG, IBM and international banking

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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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Modernization of payment systems long overdue amid rapid changes: Bank of Canada official

May 26, 2017 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The country’s payments infrastructure is long overdue for an update to ensure financial system stability amid the rapid advance of new technologies and the risks that accompany them, a senior Bank of Canada official said Thursday. Deputy bank governor Sylvain

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Toyota Research Institute exploring blockchain for possible use in autonomous driving technology

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced on Monday that it is exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology (BC/DL) for use in the development of a “new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate development of autonomous driving technology.” TRI is collaborating with

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Artificial Intelligence set to transform insurance industry, but integration challenges remain: Accenture

April 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial intelligence (AI) will “significantly transform” the insurance industry in the next three years, with insurers investing in AI to empower agents, brokers and employees to enhance the customer experience with automated personalized services, faster claims handling and individual risk-based

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Innovative technologies clustered on expectations side, most types of technology two to 10 years away: CIAA event speaker

April 19, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

The influence of technology will be more clearly felt in the next 10 or 15 years as opposed to the next few years, Duncan Stewart, director of technology, media and telecommunications research for Deloitte Canada, suggested during a Canadian Insurance

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Consumers starting to expect zero friction, omni-channel offering key: CIAA event speakers

April 18, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Insurance is among the services that must offer an omni-channel experience if it expects to address the expectations of consumers as the complexity of their demands shift, Duncan Stewart, director of technology, media and telecommunications research for Deloitte Canada, suggested

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Silicon Valley Insurance Accelerator launches insurtech innovation lab

March 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Silicon Valley Insurance Accelerator (SVIA) announced on Thursday the launch of its InsurTech Innovation Lab, which can “fast track projects from simple proof of concepts to standing up complete solutions, products and even companies.” The research, design and development centre

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Canadian executives investing in tech skills training, but still struggle to keep up with technology change: PwC Canada

March 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Polled Canadian organizations are struggling to keep up with constant technology change despite executives viewing digital strategy, cyber security and data analytics as quite or highly important skills to their businesses, notes a new report issued Wednesday by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

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IBM and SecureKey Technologies to deliver blockchain-based network for Canadian consumers

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

IBM and SecureKey Technologies, an identity and authentication provider company, announced on Monday that they are joining forces to “enable a new digital identity and attribute sharing network” based on IBM Blockchain. “The network will be designed to make it

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ATB Financial joins R3 distributed ledger consortium

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

ATB Financial announced Thursday that the Alberta-based financial services provider has joined the consortium of financial innovation firm R3 to design and apply distributed and shared ledger-inspired technologies to global financial markets. The company will be collaborating with more than