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What this direct writer learned by starting up its own broker channel

March 14, 2019 by David Gambrill

We’ve all heard about multi-channel insurance companies that sell through the broker channel while at the same time beefing up their direct channel. But how about CAA Insurance, a direct writer that has become a multi-channel writer by building up

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Top court sides with insurer in unidentified vehicle coverage dispute

March 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released today means Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company does not have to cover a claimant who says he drove off the road to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Andrew Funk was injured after he drove his

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How recreational cannabis has created numerous challenges for insurers

March 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Cannabis legalization is making things more complex for auto insurers and increasing risk for some commercial property clients, A.M. Best Company Inc. suggests in a recent report. About 25 insurers, most of whom are non-admitted, provide coverage for cannabis risks

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Cannabis: Top 3 insurable risks — Part 2 of 2 [podcast]

March 14, 2019 Canadian Underwriter

You have a potential new client base — cannabis-producing operations. Fresh after the legalization of marijuana in Canada, these new businesses cultivate, produce, pack, and then transport the cannabis product to the customer or retailer. What specific insurance needs do

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What insurtechs can learn from hackathons

March 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated. A previous version incorrectly stated that duuo was launched at Slice Labs’ launch studio in Toronto. CU apologizes for the error. If you want to develop a new digital insurance product, it shouldn’t

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How your client can save money by detecting plumbing problems

March 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian property clients could soon get an insurance discount by installing products from water flow sensing vendor Triple Plus Ltd. Triple Plus recently announced a pilot project in which American clients of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD can get lower property insurance

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Renowned independent broker returns to the big stage with a new brokerage

March 13, 2019 by David Gambrill

A big name in Manitoba’s independent brokerage community, Peter Leipsic, is making a return to the scene as a senior partner at a new brokerage called Dimensions Insurance Management Inc. He was executive vice president at Horizon Insurance (the province’s

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This global reinsurer is applying for a Canadian branch office

March 13, 2019 by David Gambrill

Validus Reinsurance Ltd., a Bermuda-based reinsurer acquired by AIG last year for $5.5 billion, is looking to establish a Canadian branch office. Validus intends to file an application with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) on or

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Recurring back pain and auto liability: how this court applied the two-year limit

March 12, 2019 by David Gambrill

If an injured cyclist in an auto liability action declares feeling better after treatment, takes a year off work, and then feels debilitating back pain after returning to work three years after the accident, does the two-year statute of limitations

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30 Forensic Engineering Appoints Dr. Rob Parkinson as Vice President & Practice Lead, Biomechanics & Personal Injury

March 12, 2019 by -30- Forensic Engineering

TORONTO, ON, MAR. 12, 2019/insPRESS/ – 30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rob Parkinson B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. as Vice President & Practice Lead, Biomechanics & Personal Injury. Rob will be responsible for

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Storm Insurance Group to Acquire Sheppard Insurance Service and Risk Management Ltd.

March 12, 2019 by apreidinsurance

DARTMOUTH, NS, MAR. 12, 2019/insPRESS/ –  Storm Insurance Holdings Inc. (“Storm Insurance”) announced today its upcoming acquisition of Sheppard Insurance Service and Risk Management Ltd. (“Sheppard Insurance”) effective May 1, 2019. Sheppard Insurance will be the latest brokerage to join the Storm

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Institute serves up a new look to insurance education

March 12, 2019 by David Gambrill

Perhaps you have noticed something different lately about some of the course materials for your Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation? If you open up your new textbook for the CIP course, Underwriting Essentials, for example, you will notice something new