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Accounting body proposes extension for IFRS 17

November 15, 2018 by David Gambrill

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has voted to propose a one-year deferral of the effective date for IFRS 17 to 2022. Insurance companies globally have lobbied for the extension as they prepare their transition to the International Financial Reporting…

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Breach notification law calls for some ‘major adjustments’

November 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Canada-wide data breach law, which has been in effect for two weeks, is pushing businesses manage cyber risk more effectively, a computer security expert says. The federal Digital Privacy Act makes it mandatory for clients to disclose data breaches…

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How business interruption claims could play out in the legal marijuana space

November 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

Supply challenges associated with marijuana legalization in Canada will lead to potentially costly business interruption (BI) and contingent business interruption (CBI) claims, an adjusting firm told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. Because it’s an emerging market, there are a limited number of…

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Why marijuana plant value is so important for adjusters

November 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

Claims adjusters handling recreational cannabis claims will need to consider the value of the plant at any given time in the growing process to determine actual loss, an independent adjusting firm said Tuesday. Potential cannabis greenhouse loss is much greater…

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How off-road vehicles impact commercial liability risk

November 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial clients who allow off-road vehicles to be driven on their property could have insurance coverage gaps, a commercial lawyer warns. In Ontario, off-road vehicles are generally required to have liability insurance, but some types of machinery – such as…

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Why this insurer is ‘shrinking’ its D&O liability business

October 26, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Lawsuits arising from corporate mergers and acquisitions and “creative theories of liability” are reducing Chubb Limited’s appetite to insure directors’ and officers’ liability. Since 2016, there has been an increase in the frequency of lawsuits against directors and officers, said…

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Why you might need an investment banker to help place commercial insurance

October 24, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If your mid or large-sized commercial clients are involved in mergers and acquisitions, there are risks involved and insurance to address those risks, but it’s not like selling fire insurance. “It is not a simple case of saying, ‘Fill out…

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Welcome news for employee benefit providers in Canada

October 24, 2018 by Jason Contant

Employer medical cost inflation in Canada is trending lower than global averages, which is “welcome news for employers providing employee benefits in Canada,” commercial brokerage Aon said Tuesday. For the second year in a row, medical cost inflation in Canada…

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Why clients need advice on ‘litigation hot spots’

October 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial brokers advising Canadian clients with operations in foreign countries need to understand consumer protection and pollution laws in those countries. “It’s up to a broker to make sure that he or she is well versed in what those countries’…

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How to carve out more time to advise your small business clients

October 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Small business clients want to spend less time filling out insurance application forms and more time getting advice from their brokers, an insurance technology expert says. “Unlike personal insurance, where there is more propensity to go direct, small business owners…

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How this commercial brokerage addresses skills shortages

October 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokerage owners in some regions are struggling to find staff who know commercial lines. “There are very few people (in Saskatchewan) who understand commercial insurance deeply,” said David Reidy, president and CEO of Regina-based commercial brokerage Henderson Insurance Inc. To…

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Why commercial property claims could skyrocket after pot legalization

October 11, 2018 by David Gambrill

Large-severity commercial property losses could be the upshot of the legalization of marijuana on Oct. 17, an insurance lawyer cautions. “I see there being more property loss-type claims coming out of these large [marijuana-growing] facilities, particularly the greenhouse facilities,” Aaron…