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Economical policyholders reach demutualization agreement in principle

February 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance appears to be a step closer to demutualization, but a conversion proposal has been held over until June 30, Economical said Thursday. A proposal to convert Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical to a stock company was originally due to the

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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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Look for ICBC to ‘behave more like a private sector company’: IBC

February 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With its cap on minor injury awards announced Tuesday, British Columbia’s government monopoly auto insurer is moving towards a model used by other provinces that have private auto insurance systems, Insurance Bureau of Canada says. Awards for pain and suffering

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Oil and gas fuel Hub’s latest acquisition

February 9, 2018 by Jason Contant

Diversification into oil and gas partially fueled Hub International‘s recent acquisition of Kindersley Insurance, the company told Canadian Underwriter Thursday. Keith Jordan, president and CEO of Hub Manitoba, said acquiring the shares of Kindersley Insurance was beneficial for both companies.

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Average Canadian company faces $3.7 million in cyber exposure

February 9, 2018 by Jason Contant

The cost to recover from security breaches in Canada averages $3.7 million in direct and indirect costs per organization, including network down time, employee work days, lost files and compromised information, according to a new survey. Of that amount, the

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Dispute erupts between Quebec and Ottawa over personal cultivation of pot plants

February 9, 2018 The Canadian Press

QUEBEC – Ottawa’s plan to legalize marijuana is causing a rift with Quebec over how many plants are allowed to be grown at home. The federal government’s bill allows Canadians to cultivate up to four pot plants, while Quebec doesn’t

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Total Textile Solutions appoints Stephen Lowe as National Sales Manager

February 9, 2018 Total Textile Solutions

Burlington, ON, Feb. 9, 2018 /insPRESS/ – Total Textile Solutions is pleased to announce that it has appointed Stephen Lowe of Burlington, Ont. as its new National Sales Manager. Mr. Lowe has more than 20 years of experience in sales, success

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Why your most engaged employees may be planning an exit strategy

February 8, 2018 by David Gambrill

Engaged employees are typically considered a feather in the cap of any insurance organization, but a new study suggests that employers could lose one out of every five of their most motivated employees because of burnout. “The many positive outcomes

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Mixed responses to bullying in home insurance policies

February 8, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Home insurance can cover parents of alleged bullies who are sued by their victims, but policy wordings vary from insurer to insurer, a lawyer told claims professionals Tuesday. Cyber bullying encompasses many activities, including defamation, promoting hatred against people and

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When drone damage could trigger a home insurance claim

February 8, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

When consumers fly unmanned aerial vehicles as a hobby, will their home insurance policies cover them for any lawsuits arising from property damage or personal injury caused by the drones? For the most part, aircraft is excluded in the wording

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This week in P&C employment changes

February 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

Co-operators senior executive to retire The Co-operators announced Thursday the retirement of Bruce West, its executive vice president, finance and chief financial officer (CFO), effective June 1, 2018. West joined The Co-operators in 2007 as CFO and over the past

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Why are electronic pink slips being held up in Ontario?

February 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

Ontario’s insurance regulator, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), is still examining some of the complexities surrounding electronic proof of auto insurance (EPAI) before approving their use in the province, offering no timetable to launch EPAI in Ontario. “As