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Cyber work diagnostic tool to help foster a cyber-savvy workforce by making people the focus: Willis Towers Watson

July 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has launched a new cyber work diagnostic tool designed to help bolster organizational readiness by focusing on talent management, emerging skills and roles, and defining the requirements of cyber work. The idea is to combat an

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Applying blockchain technology could slash US$40 billion in costs for financial services: BIS Research

July 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Implementing blockchain technology could produce hefty cost savings in the billions of dollars annually for the financial services market, suggests a new report released Friday by Minnesota-based BIS Research. Characterizing blockchain as a revolutionary development, its application “could lead to

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North America world’s most advanced smart home market: Berg Insight

July 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

North America is the world’s most advanced smart home market, with an installed base of 21.8 million smart homes at the end of 2016 – a 47% year-on-year growth, according to machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) analyst firm

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Vancouver mobile app development company launches pilot program to protect Canadians from distracted driving

July 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

eBrake Technologies Inc., a mobile app development company founded in Vancouver in June 2016, announced on Wednesday a pilot program that will offer a smartphone app designed to prevent distracted driving. The pilot program will offer smartphone app eBrake to

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Stilling quake risk in eastern Canada demands greater focus, awareness and effort: Swiss Re

July 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Risk awareness is severely lacking and not enough attention is being paid to quake risk in eastern Canada, a region with “huge” loss-inflicting potential that a Swiss Re model projects could produce the country’s largest nat-Cat loss ever if the

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The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group launches new policy to protect clients against “home sharing rentals gone wrong”

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Lindsay, Ont.-based The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, a home and auto insurance company, announced on Monday the launch of a new policy designed to protect clients against “home sharing rentals gone wrong” on popular sites like Airbnb, FlipKey and HomeAway.

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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador conducting comprehensive review of auto insurance system

July 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the start of a comprehensive review of the auto insurance system in the province. Perry Trimper, Minister of Service NL, announced the review in a statement on Tuesday. As part of the

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Specialist Lloyd’s broker now providing regional Canadian brokers with direct access to London liability insurance market

June 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Servca, the independent international specialist Lloyd’s broker, announced on Thursday that is has expanded its global footprint into Canada. Servca now provides regional Canadian brokers with direct access to Lloyd’s of London specialist products, schemes and carriers, “catering for non-standard

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Mobile telematics data can offer rich insights into distracted driving and impact loss trends, Insurance Analytics Canada speaker suggests

June 28, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Mobile telematics data, while sometimes providing “noisy,” or meaningless information, can also offer rich insights on distracted driving that could impact loss trends, a speaker suggested on Wednesday at the third annual Insurance Analytics Canada Summit in Toronto. Ted Gramer,

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MSA calls for ‘sustainable solution for underinsurance’ in overland flood

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A potential solution to overland flood risk in Canada “could follow” the model of Britain’s Flood Re, MSA Research Inc. suggested in a report released Monday to Canadian Underwriter. Toronto-based MSA released its Quarterly Outlook Report for Q1 2017. In

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AIR Worldwide releases probabilistic crop hail model for Canada

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

AIR Worldwide has released what the catastrophe risk modelling firm calls the industry’s first crop hail model to provide stakeholders across the crop insurance value chain with a probabilistic view of the effects of hail on Canadian crops. Currently available

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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