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Adjusting Calgary’s hailstorm: The rationale for bringing in U.S. Cat adjusters

August 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

During the hail storm this past June that damaged tens of thousands of Alberta homes, adjusting firm CRU Group struggled to find enough qualified independent catastrophe adjusters in Canada, and wound up resorting to bringing in people from the United

News Associations

How Fairfax is addressing anti-Black racism

August 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The corporate parent of Northbridge Insurance has formed its own anti-racism committee and joined a new Canadian organization that aims to create opportunities for visible minorities and indigenous people in the industry. “We have formed a Black Initiatives Action Committee,”

News AssociationsBrokersEmploymentInsurance

What back to the office looks like for Canadian brokerages

August 20, 2020 by Jason Contant

As businesses across the country continue their staged approach to reopening in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, many brokerages are looking at what this “new normal” means for their company and staff. Some brokerages plan to reopen in

News AssociationsInsuranceLegislation / Regulation

Retiring CAMIC president reflects on the mutuals’ biggest issues over three decades

August 14, 2020 by Jason Contant

After nearly three decades as the head of Canada’s national mutual insurance association, Normand Lafreniere, who announced his retirement recently, talked to Canadian Underwriter about his work on three major files — income tax reductions, demutualization, and limiting banks’ and

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IBAO updates awards program to salute community leadership during the pandemic

July 30, 2020 by David Gambrill

Shortly after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus to be a global pandemic, when Canadian P&C insurance industry employees first started to work from home remotely to avoid the spread of the virus, Canadian Underwriter asked brokers in

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COVID-19 sparks debate about U.S. adjuster use in Calgary

July 3, 2020 by David Gambrill

COVID-19 appears to be kindling proud sentiments about employing Canadian adjusters, after social media posts triggered an age-old debate about using U.S. adjusters to handle catastrophe claims in Canada. Twitter was abuzz with comments after Global News posted a piece

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How COVID will impact the AGM of Canada’s national broker association

June 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC)’s annual general meeting, originally scheduled this September in New Brunswick, will not be conducted in person. “We all know that we are in the throes of a global pandemic that hasn’t been experienced

News AssociationsBrokersInsuranceTechnology

Carrier exec calls for BMS vendors to move away from developing third-party rating tools

May 22, 2020 by David Gambrill

Broker management system (BMS) tech vendors need to move away from spending time, effort and money on developing third-party rating tools used for comparison quoting, an insurance company executive said at a recent webinar on broker-carrier connectivity. Instead, they should

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Covid-19 Webinar (Part 1): Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 12, 2020 by Canadian Underwriter

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PACICC ups insolvency benefits to consumers

April 20, 2020 by David Gambrill

Canada’s property and casualty insurance companies have upped the benefit amounts they will pay out to policyholders in the wake of an insurance company insolvency. In addition, they have broadened coverage for some commercial specialty lines customers who were previously

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Canada’s P&C carriers respond to calls for major premium relief

April 8, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canada’s property and casualty insurance companies have answered the call from brokers and customers for stepped-up relief measures to help cope with the financial impact of COVID-19. “It’s a very unusual set of circumstances, but in spite of that I

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Broker conferences shelved due to virus concerns – are more to follow?

March 13, 2020 by Adam Malik

The Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta (IBAA) and the Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba (IBAM) are the latest organizations to hold back an event, as threats from COVID-19 are forcing industry organizers to rethink, postpone, or outright cancel events. In