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How the feds’ budget benefits the P&C industry

April 20, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers are hoping it will be easier for homeowners to borrow money to raise their structures in areas at risk of flood or to replace roofs in wildfire-prone regions as a result of the federal budget announced Monday. In her

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Economical sets date for final policyholder vote on demutualization

March 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A key step in Economical Insurance’s demutualization process, the third and final policyholder vote, is scheduled May 20, the Waterloo, Ont.-based insurer announced this week. If a client had a policy – either mutual or non-mutual – with Economical in

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Aviva Canada wants to talk to you about reducing your carbon footprint

March 8, 2021 by David Gambrill

Aviva plc has set an aggressive target to become a net zero carbon emissions company by 2040. “Aviva is taking bold steps to help tackle the climate crisis,” Amanda Blanc, Aviva Group’s CEO, said when announcing the 2040 Net Zero

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Meet Zurich’s new chief risk officer for Canada

February 25, 2021 by David Gambrill

Sonia Kundi is Zurich North America’s new chief risk officer for Canada. She has joined the Zurich North America group risk management team, effective immediately, and reports to North America Chief Risk Officer Colleen Zitt. In addition to being a

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When Economical plans to hold final demutualization vote

February 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An all-policyholders’ vote on demutualization is scheduled this spring, Economical Insurance announced this week. “The process for getting this meeting on the calendar is on track,” said John Bowey, chairman of Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical, in an update posted Feb. 22

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Origin of Excel & Y Insurance Services features renowned Alberta brokers

February 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Lundgren & Young Insurance is forming a new Alberta brokerage, Excel & Y Insurance Services, as a result of a partnership with Excel Insurance Group Inc. “We remain an independent brokerage wholly owned by myself and my family,” said Robyn

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ICLR’s Paul Kovacs honoured with lifetime achievement award

February 8, 2021 by David Gambrill

Paul Kovacs, executive director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), has received the Joseph Scanlon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet). CRHNet is a not-for-profit organization established in 2003 to share hazards research

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Accenture appoints lead for advancing cloud technology in Canada

February 5, 2021 by David Gambrill

To help Canadian organizations accelerate their digital transformations and rapidly become ‘cloud-first’ organizations, Accenture has appointed Jennifer Jackson as Cloud First Lead for Canada. “Jennifer plays a vital role as head of our technology practice in Canada,” Jeffrey Russell, president

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How Economical could demutualize in 2021

December 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance is aiming to have an initial public offering (IPO) of stock in 2021, making it the first ever property and casualty mutual in Canada to demutualize. “If we receive required approvals from the [federal] Minister of Finance on

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How La Capitale and SSQ came up with its post-merger brand name

December 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

La Capitale and SSQ Insurance, two Quebec-based mutuals that merged this past July, announced Thursday they plan to go to market as Beneva. “Beneva is an invented word. You won’t find it any dictionary,” said Jean-François Chalifoux, CEO of La

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Why the impact of an Intact-RSA combo would vary by province

November 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Things could get interesting for brokers in Atlantic Canada if Intact takes over RSA’s Canadian operations, a Saskatchewan broker told Canadian Underwriter Friday. That being said, he felt if the proposed deal announced Thursday goes through, it would still leave

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Intact and Tryg preparing a joint offer to acquire RSA

November 5, 2020 by David Gambrill

A consortium composed of Intact Financial Corporation and Nordic property and casualty insurer Tryg A/S is preparing a cash offer to acquire RSA plc for £7.2-billion (about Cdn$12.3 billion). Intact is Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer, with a market