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Customers in driver’s seat, geared up for experimenting with insurance offerings: webinar

June 29, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Customers want to be in the driver’s seat and, increasingly, that is something insurance providers should want as well, Ellen Carney, principal analyst for e-business and channel strategy at U.S.-based research and advisory firm Forrester, suggested during a Centre for

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New Zealand proposes shaking up earthquake commission scheme to smooth claims resolution

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Zealand will continue to flesh out the details of proposed changes aimed at simplifying and improving the Earthquake Commission (EQC) scheme to help support more timely response to affected policyholders. Reforms to the Earthquake Commission Act seek to “simplify

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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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IBAO & Intact partner to deliver information to customers electronically

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) and Intact Insurance Company announced on Friday that they have created a working group to explore ways for brokers to integrate Intact’s new online Client Centre with their existing systems. This newly-formed group

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Multiple access points for single customer to obtain electronic communications could be detrimental to Ontario consumer: IBAO

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Creating multiple access points for a single consumer to obtain electronic communications, including e-documents, could be detrimental to the Ontario consumer, the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) argued in a position paper released on Thursday. IBAO released the paper,

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ENCON Group announces standalone cyber policy for Canadian companies

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian managing general agent (MGA) ENCON Group Inc. announced on Thursday the introduction of a standalone cyber insurance policy that provides coverage for network business interruption, ecommerce trading exposure, crime and intellectual property risks. Ottawa-based ENCON Group said in a

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AIG, IBM and Standard Chartered Bank pilot “first multinational insurance policy powered by blockchain”

June 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group Inc. (AIG), IBM and Standard Chartered Bank plc announced on Thursday that they have successfully piloted what they are calling the “first multinational ‘smart contract’ based insurance policy using blockchain.” Working together, AIG, IBM and international banking

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Allianz Risk Transfer, Nephila Capital successfully pilot blockchain for Cat swap

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Risk Transfer AG (ART) and Nephila Capital Limited report successfully piloting the use of blockchain smart contract technology for transacting a natural catastrophe swap, an approach they suggest offers benefits for this and other types of insurance transactions. The

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Toronto considering zoning, licensing and taxation rules for short-term rental platforms

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The City of Toronto will soon consider recommendations to adopt new rules for short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb – which are unregulated – to address concerns ranging from noise to safety and taxation, notes a municipal backgrounder. The Report

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Approved Surety & Casualty launches program to enhance contractor bonding limit

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Approved Surety & Casualty Inc. announced on Monday that is has launched a capital disbursement program for brokers to enhance contractor bonding limit. “Approved Capital is a capital disbursement program for brokers that will allow their contractor clients to

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Price continues to be hurdles to adoption of smart home devices: survey

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Price is among the top barriers to more people adopting smart home technology to help ease home management pain points in the United States, notes a survey of 1,000-plus adults south of the border released by U.K. smart home brand

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Gore Mutual launches cyber and data breach product for Canadian small businesses

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Gore Mutual Insurance Company has announced a cyber and data response product for Canadian small businesses as well as a partnership with a global home automation company to provide flood sensors to select commercial and personal customers. Gore Mutual announced