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Canada’s fintech adoption rate doubles in last 18 months: EY report

July 25, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Customer wants, needs and demands are guiding players in Canada’s fintech space toward developing simpler, more transparent and customer-centric financial services products, with insurance expected to see a big increase in uptake in future, suggests new research released Tuesday by

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Property market loss estimate for Europe’s Cyclone Egon reaches 275 million euros: PERILS

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The latest property insurance market loss estimate for extratropical cyclone Egon, which hit parts of France and Germany in mid-January, has increased to 275 million euros, Zurich-based PERILS reported on Wednesday. Representing the third of four estimates to be issued

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Majority of global financial institutions to ramp up transformation initiatives over next year, Accenture survey finds

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An Accenture survey of nearly 800 financial services executives across Europe, Asia and North America found that more than half of financial institutions plan to increase their investments in major corporate transformation initiatives, or “change programs,” over the next 12

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Foreign cyberthreat to Canadian elections increasing, spy agency warns

June 21, 2017 Lee Berthiaume and Mike Blanchfield - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada’s electronic spy agency issued a stark warning Friday that online attempts to influence or undermine the country’s electoral process are on the increase – and steps must be taken to counter the efforts. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia

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Canada second most expensive country for data breaches: IBM and Ponemon Institute study

June 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada was the second most expensive country for data breaches, costing an average of $255 per lost or stolen record in 2017, according to a new report sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by the Ponemon Institute. Released on Tuesday,

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PERILS discloses second loss estimate of 259 million euros for extratropical cyclone Zeus

June 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS AG has disclosed a second loss estimate for extratropical cyclone Zeus of 269 million euros. The revised estimate, released on Tuesday, is for the property insurance market loss, said PERILS, an independent organization based in Zurich, Switzerland that provides

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PERILS discloses second loss estimate of 249 million euros for windstorm Thomas

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS AG has disclosed a second loss estimate for windstorm Thomas of 249 million euros, up from its initial loss estimate of 213 million euros on April 6. Windstorm Thomas, also known as Doris, affected the British Isles, Netherlands, Belgium

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Global market for usage-based insurance grew by 32% in 2016 to 14 million policies: PTOLEMUS

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global market for usage-based insurance (UBI) insurance grew by 32% in 2016 to 14 million policies, according to PTOLEMUS Consulting Group’s UBI Quarterly Dashboard, released on Thursday. The dashboard is a 100-page quarterly quantitative and business intelligence report surveying

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“Noticeable decline” in distributed denial of service attacks in Q1 2017: Kaspersky

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has found a “noticeable decline” in the number of overall distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and a change to how they were dispersed by country. Kaspersky released late last week its Q1 2017 DDoS

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72% of employees willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company info: survey

April 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly three in four (72% of) employees across eight countries, including Canada, are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information, according to a recent survey from computer technology company Dell. Late last week, Dell released the results of

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Desjardins Group and the Desjardins Group Pension Plan invest more than $1 billion in renewable energy and clean technologies

April 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins Group and the Desjardins Group Pension Plan (DGPP) announced on Friday that they have invested more than $1 billion in renewable energy and clean technologies. The financing came from Desjardins Group’s Capital Market Division and equity investments from the

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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