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Largest single loss for Hannover Re in 2016 was the Fort McMurray wildfire, with net cost of 127.9 million euros

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The largest single loss for Hannover Re last year was the Fort McMurray wildfire, with a “net strain” of 127.9 million euros, the reinsurer reported on Thursday. Hannover Re released its financial results on Thursday, reporting a Group net income

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Supreme Court of Canada to hear appeal over duty of care owed by repair centre to auto thieves

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Supreme Court of Canada recently announced it will hear an appeal from an auto repair centre that was successfully sued by a person who participated in the theft of a customer’s car from that repair centre and was injured

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Ontario private member’s bill proposes 15% cap on personal injury lawyers’ contingency fees

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A bill tabled Wednesday in the Ontario legislature, by a backbench Liberal MPP, would limit lawyers’ contingency fees in the province, for personal injury claims, to 15%. If passed into law, Bill 103 would stipulate that “contingency fees be capped

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Aviva Canada applauds bill to address distracted driving through creation of designated “safe texting zones”

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Aviva Canada is applauding the second reading of a private member’s bill in Ontario to combat distracted driving through the creation of designated “safe texting zones.” Bill 19, the Safe Texting Zones Act, passed second reading on Thursday. Brought forward

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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

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Ironshore Specialty Casualty construction cover now addresses M&A transition exposures

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Bermuda-based Ironshore Specialty Casualty has enhanced its Transition Protection policy form to address contractual exposures associated with an organizational merger or acquisition (M&A) specific to the construction industry. Construction companies typically have contractual requirements to obtain insurance coverage for work

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Slower winds in forecast could aid crews battling wildfires

March 9, 2017 by Heather Hollingsworth - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The winds fueling deadly wildfires that scorched vast swathes of land in four Plains states finally dropped Thursday, bringing hope to crews trying to contain the blazes. Emergency personnel warned, however, that extremely dry conditions and

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Supreme Court of Canada to hear appeal from subcontractor arguing trustee must notify potential claimants of existence of surety bond

March 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will hear an appeal from a subcontractor on an oilsands project who is trying to sue a general contractor for failing to inform it of the existence of a surety bond. Court

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Peter Hancock to resign as president and CEO of AIG, lack of shareholder support cited

March 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group (AIG) announced on Thursday that its president and CEO, Peter D. Hancock, has informed the board of directors of his intention to resign, citing lack of shareholder support. As part of the transition plan, Hancock will remain

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XL Catlin quadruples North American builder’s risk capacity to US$1 billion

March 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Catlin announced on Wednesday that it has quadrupled its builder’s risk insurance capacity to US$1 billion from US$250 million for construction firms in North America. The increased coverage for high-value commercial real estate projects is the result of a

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Outbreak of severe convective storms across U.S. Midwest causing widespread damage in Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota: RMS

March 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

As of March 8, cumulative preliminary tornado, hail and straight-line wind reports in the United States for the year have all been more than double their respective 2005-2015 averages, according to the records of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s

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Incumbent insurers should rethink businesses, embrace opportunity in digital technology: McKinsey & Company

March 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance industry is not impregnable and companies would be well-advised to reinvent themselves by incorporating digital technology and allowing it to become a catalyst, suggests a new report issued Thursday by McKinsey & Company. Some executives “know that staying