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Artificial intelligence saw record high investments in Canada in past five years: report

July 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial Intelligence (AI) attracted US$162 million in investments across 12 deals in the first half of 2017, the highest amount of funding in Canada in the past five years, according to the quarterly MoneyTree Canada Report from PwC Canada and

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CRU Adjusters teams up with Kespry’s industrial drone platform for adjusting property claims

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

CRU Adjusters, an independent adjusting firm specializing in customized claims handling solutions in Canada and the United States, has announced a collaboration with Kespry’s industrial drone platform to power CRU’s drone division for adjusting property claims. The collaboration, after more

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State of emergency continues as wildfires affect interior B.C.

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Mining and wood products are among the industries affected by wildfires in British Columbia’s interior, where a state of emergency is in place. Imperial Metals Corp. announced Wednesday that an open pit copper/gold mine 56 kilometres northeast of Williams Lake

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Fairfax completes acquisition of Allied World

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. has completed its acquisition of Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG, the firms announced Thursday. The deal was valued at nearly $5 billion when it was announced Dec. 18, 2016. All figures are in U.S.

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‘Significantly more’ than 90% of Allied World Assurance shareholders expected to tender stock for Fairfax merger

July 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG “fully expect” that all closing conditions for the merger with Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited will be met by Thursday, Allied World suggested in Wednesday in a press release. A deadline, for

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CEP Forensic and Sintra Engineering merge to create “Canada’s largest forensic engineering firm”

July 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

CEP Forensic Inc. and Sintra Engineering Inc., eastern and western Canadian forensic engineering providers, have announced a merger to create what they are calling the country’s largest forensic engineering firm. The newly created entity, CEP-Sintra, will have close to one

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Toronto mayor: Hidden flooding damage will cost millions to repair

June 29, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

Toronto’s mayor says the cost of fixing the damage done to the city’s shorelines and the Toronto Islands by high water levels on Lake Ontario this summer will run to many millions of dollars. But John Tory warns the full

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Fairfax-Allied merger offer expires Friday night

June 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Shareholders of commercial insurer and reinsurer Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG are being urged to accept the offer from Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited to buy Allied World shares because the merger agreement initially announced a week before Christmas

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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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Oral fluid drug screening devices can be “successfully used in Canada,” Public Safety Canada reports

June 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Results from the federal government’s oral fluid drug screening device pilot project suggest the devices can be “successfully used in Canada” to identify drivers who test positive for certain drugs in various conditions, Public Safety Canada (PSC) reported on Tuesday.

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CSIO announces eSlips, “an industry solution for the digital delivery of proof of auto insurance cards”

June 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) has announced what it is calling “an industry solution for the digital delivery of proof of auto insurance cards, or eSlips.” CSIO announced the solution at Gore Mutual Insurance Company’s Fast Forward

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Opposition MPs concerned about lack of a ‘ready, usable, reliable roadside screening device’ for marijuana impairment

May 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Opposition MPs spoke Monday in favour of a bill that would raise the maximum sentence for impaired driving causing death and let Canadian police test any legally-stopped driver for alcohol impairment but expressed strong concerns about the ruling Liberals’ plan