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ICLR to hold webinar on homes impacted by Hurricane Irma

November 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) will soon be hosting its final Friday Forum of the year, focusing on Hurricane Irma and impacted homes in Florida. The webinar – Hurricane Irma Damage Assessment: Investigating the performance of Florida’s homes

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Insurer exploration of artificial intelligence accelerating: InsurTechTO speaker

November 7, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

It is still “early days” for most insurers in Canada when it comes to employing artificial intelligence (AI), but exploration and use of the techniques is accelerating very quickly, Greg McCutcheon suggested Monday during InsurTechTO in downtown Toronto. “I would

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Allianz trials blockchain prototype for the captive insurance market

November 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

International insurance transactions can be significantly accelerated and simplified, suggests a trial by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) involving the successful implementation of a blockchain prototype for the captive insurance market. “We are currently seeing many blockchain applications in

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California asks US for $7.4 billion for wildfire rebuilding

November 6, 2017 Olga R. Rodriguez - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO – California Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers asked the U.S. government Friday for $7.4 billion to help rebuild after a cluster of fires tore through the heart of wine country, killing more than 40 people and leaving thousands

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Moving dangerous product by rail continues to be popular, despite Lac-Mégantic disaster: speaker

November 6, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Despite the Lac-Mégantic train derailment in July 2013 that claimed the lives of 47 people, destroyed more than 30 buildings and released about 6.3 million litres of oil into the environment, “moving any type of dangerous product by rail continues

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Combined ratio, net loss for Economical Insurance up in 2017 Q3 over 2016 Q3

November 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The impact of strategic investments by Economical Insurance contributed to the insurer witnessing a combined ratio of 116.2% and an almost doubling of net loss in 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3. The combined ratio for the third quarter of

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Echelon Insurance reports near halving of net income in 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3

November 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The B.C. wildfires and losses related to commercial auto and motorcycle contributed to Echelon Insurance witnessing a 42% decrease in net income and an increase in combined operating ratio for 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3. Net income amounted to

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Claims costs in oil and gas industry increasing despite downturn: forum speaker

November 2, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Despite the downturn in the oil and gas industry, claims costs are increasing, a speaker said on Thursday at the Canadian Risk and Insurance Education Forum. “I would suggest that in the upstream oil and gas industry – where most

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MPs debate proposed rail safety laws

November 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Legislation mandating voice and video recorders in locomotives “needs to be better thought out” and it is not reasonable to deny shippers of toxic inhalation hazards access to a proposed long-haul rail interswitching mechanism, opposition members of parliament suggested this

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Insured losses from October wildfires top $3 billion, California insurance department reports

November 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured losses from California’s October wildfires now top US$3 billion – a three-fold increase in just two weeks – according to updated claims loss data from the California Department of Insurance. Fifteen major insurers reported the updated $3.32 billion estimate

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Texas says it needs $61 billion from federal government for Harvey recovery

November 1, 2017 The Associated Press (APR)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas needs $61-plus billion in federal funding just to rebuild public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Harvey, as well as to cover projects to prevent future flooding. John Sharp, Texas’ Harvey recovery “czar,” announced Tuesday that the figure

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MGB Claims Consultants Inc. Celebrates Oktoberfest with Their Clients

November 1, 2017 Malik, Giffen & Burnett Claims Consultants Inc.

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2017 /insPRESS/ – Once again, the lederhosen were on full display at a packed Montecito Restaurant, which played host to MGB’s annual Oktoberfest client celebration on Oct. 19, 2017. MGB would like to thank their clients and