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Insurers urged to play a role in rebuilding economies after disasters

February 9, 2018 by David Gambrill

Insurers should be giving more thought to planning how to rebuild economies in the aftermath of a crisis, a reinsurance executive urges. “To my mind, what is often seemingly forgotten is the piece of economic resilience,” says Alex Kaplan, head

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Disaster planning: How to get insurance funds to evacuees

February 5, 2018 by David Gambrill

Insurance professionals should be planning in advance how they will get emergency funds into the hands of their insured clients during a natural catastrophe, a senior Intact Insurance executive told the C4 2018 conference in Ottawa Friday. Finding alternative ways

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Why insurers aren’t rushing to offer earthquake insurance in Quebec

February 4, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadian insurers are not rushing in to correct a gap in earthquake coverage in eastern Canada right now, primarily because they have a lot of risk on their plates already, an industry representative told the C4 2018 conference in Ottawa

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Is storm-ravaged Alberta insurable?

February 4, 2018 by David Gambrill

Alberta has experienced a disproportionate share of the extreme weather catastrophes in Canada over the past decade, causing insurers to question whether the province is a viable place to do business. The question was raised Friday at the C4 conference

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Industry seeks government help to deal with homes in high-risk flood areas

February 1, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadian property and casualty insurers cannot be the sole financial backstop for homeowners who build their homes in high-risk flood areas, a senior industry executive told a catastrophe risk conference in Ottawa. “We have to resolve the issue of high-risk

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Insurers urged to share cat models to help map flood risk

February 1, 2018 by David Gambrill

Catastrophe models that Canadian insurers use to predict flood damage should be open-sourced, free and accessible to everyone, says the chief executive of an open source cat modelling platform. A common theme at the C4 conference in Ottawa, organized by

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Natural disaster recovery: Who owns the risk?

January 31, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadians are not fully aware of their exposure to natural catastrophe risks, triggering a conversation at the C4 2018 conference in Ottawa about who is responsible for shouldering the heavy load of mounting disaster recovery costs. Organized by Catastrophe Indices

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Fort McMurray embraces plan to bolster wildfire prevention in region

January 31, 2018 The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Lawmakers in Fort McMurray have approved a plan to help prevent destructive wildfires such as the one that ravaged the community in 2016. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo council says the five-year mitigation strategy includes

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How 2017 hurricanes could affect Canadian insurance prices

January 24, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian property insurers could face reinsurance rate hikes this June as an indirect result of recent California wildfires and North Atlantic hurricanes, a ratings firm analyst predicts, echoing the opinions of several commentators in the Canadian property and casualty (P&C)

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Your commercial client’s biggest exposure in 2018

January 19, 2018 by Jason Contant

Business interruption will be the top risk for companies in Canada this year, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) Allianz Risk Barometer 2018. “Business interruption (BI) can be a consequence of many of the other risks identified in

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Was Atlantic winter storm 2018’s first cat event?

January 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

A winter storm that caused storm surges and extensive power outages in Atlantic Canada in early January may not have been a catastrophe event, but it was definitely significant, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) told Canadian Underwriter Monday. CatIQ

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Your only hope to prevent a higher reinsurance bill this year

January 16, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Insurance rates will rise in Canada this year unless catastrophe losses are lower than normal, a speaker suggested to industry professionals Tuesday. “I do expect that as this year unfolds, unless we have a very benign 2018, we do expect