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Aon Benfield’s Tropical Storm Risk, Colorado State University issue forecast for 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

April 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Aon Benfield’s Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) and a research scientist at the Colorado State University (CSU) have both predicted 11 named storms, four hurricanes and two major (Category 3+) hurricanes between the months of June and November. TSR, part of

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Ontario home inspector licensing bill ready for royal assent

April 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario politicians voted unanimously Monday in favour of a bill that will mandate licensing of home inspectors in the province and will let the government and consumer services minister regulate insurance requirements. Bill 59, an omnibus bill that also introduces

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Willis Towers Watson launches new cyber product for global airlines

April 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson (WTW) announced on Tuesday that it has introduced a new “flexible insurance solution” specifically tailored to cover cyber exposure affecting the global airline industry. CyFly forms part of WTW’s integrated approach

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Home purchase plans down overall, Millennials most optimistic group: RBC

April 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A quarter of those taking part in a new RBC Royal Bank poll seem to be taking a “wait-and-see” approach to buying a home within the next two years, but the dip from 2016 is buoyed by Millennials more willing

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Global reinsurer capital up by 5% to US$595 billion as of year-end 2016: Aon Benfield

April 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global reinsurer capital rose by 5% to US$595 billion at Dec. 31, 2016, according to the latest edition of the Aon Benfield Aggregate (ABA) report. The report, released on Tuesday, highlights trends in property and casualty reinsurance through the analysis

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Hundreds of icebergs clog shipping lanes, forcing ships to reroute

April 10, 2017 by The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – More icebergs have drifted into major shipping lanes off Newfoundland, forcing ships to go far out of their way to steer clear of the massive ice mountains. “It’s the only place in the world where icebergs

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U.S. senate committee holding field hearing on economic impacts of extreme weather and coastal flooding

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation is holding a field hearing in West Palm Beach, Fl. to discuss the economic impacts of extreme weather and coastal flooding. Lead by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), the hearing, titled “Extreme

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Lawyer warns pollution lawsuits in Alberta can proceed ‘well past the ultimate limitation period’

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A plaintiff could file a pollution lawsuit in Alberta “well past” the end of the limitation period, even if a hazardous substance was released more than 50 years ago, a lawyer warned in a recent blog post. Alberta’s Environmental Protection

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213 million euros initial loss estimate for extra-tropical cyclone Thomas: PERILS

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The initial estimate of the insured property market loss from extra-tropical cyclone Thomas is 213 million euros, representing the second time so far this season that a European winter storm exceeded 200 million euro, Zurich-based PERILS reports. The market loss

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Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance Company goes live with eDocs, obtaining CSIO certification for personal and commercial lines

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hubio, a provider of technology solutions for P&C insurers, announced on Monday that Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance Company (SMI) has obtained certification from the Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) for both personal and commercial lines eDocs. SMI is now

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Manitoba Public Insurance uses virtual reality to tackle distracted, impaired driving and speeding

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has announced that it is launching a new “virtual reality (VR) experience” to tackle three critical road safety issues facing young drivers in Manitoba: distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding. Ron Schuler, Manitoba’s Minister of Crown

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Sonnet ‘first step in a multi-step journey’: Economical’s SVP and chief marketing officer

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fully online insurance company Sonnet is the “first step in a multi-step journey” and the learnings from that process will be applied back to other parts of Economical Insurance’s business, Economical senior vice president and chief marketing officer Michael Shostak