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Executive Outlook 2020 | Silvy Wright, Northbridge

December 27, 2019 by David Gambrill

Silvy Wright, President, CEO, Northbridge Financial Corporation The industry’s top priority should be helping our customers effectively navigate volatile market conditions. The challenges being faced in both commercial and personal lines are considerable, from rising auto repair costs, required auto

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Executive Outlook 2020 | Rowan Saunders, Economical

December 27, 2019 by David Gambrill

Rowan Saunders, President, CEO, Economical Insurance Insurers across Canada are exploring new ways to embrace digital and improve customer experience in the middle of a hard market. This necessary transformation is the most important issue we face. Within the context

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Executive Outlook 2020 | Martin Thompson, RSA

December 27, 2019 by David Gambrill

Martin Thompson, President, CEO, RSA Canada Disciplined underwriting is the anchor that the P&C industry needs right now. The insurance industry is currently experiencing some pain. Investment returns have been following a general downtrend over the last two decades, from

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Alberta strikes panel to review auto insurance, won’t bring back rate cap

December 27, 2019 Dean Bennett – THE CANADIAN PRESS

Alberta is reviewing auto insurance in the province to ensure that the industry can remain viable and drivers can get affordable coverage. Finance Minister Travis Toews says Albertans are paying some of the highest rates in Canada but are having

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Sonnet launches group insurance offering

December 26, 2019 by Jason Contant

Online insurer Sonnet Insurance has launched a group insurance offering, already signing on Deloitte to offer a group home and auto discount to its employees across Canada in the near future. “As Sonnet considered various approaches to scaling a profitable

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Wet, cold, and dark: Environment Canada names Top 10 weather events of 2019

December 26, 2019 Bob Weber – THE CANADIAN PRESS

Wet. Cold. In the dark. And puzzled. That about sums up how the weather in 2019 left Canadians feeling, says David Phillips, Environment Canada’s chief meteorologist. “It’s almost as if normal doesn’t happen any more.” What do you make of

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Which policies does Santa need?

December 23, 2019 by Jason Contant

Businesses large and small need all types of insurance coverage, and Santa’s elf workshop is no exception. Below are some of Santa’s top North Pole policies (condensed from a recent infographic from specialist insurer CFC Underwriting): Kidnap & ransom –

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What Santa delivered to Ontario auto insurers

December 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Sugar plums are likely dancing in the heads of at least some Ontario auto underwriters as a result of a series of developments over the past year. When the government released its budget this past April, it included a bunch

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O come, let us demutualize

December 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If any of your clients have Economical Insurance policies, changing to a stock-owned company could make them joyful and triumphant, especially if they have mutual policies. “O come all ye policyholders” is something the industry could hear soon from Waterloo,

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Aviva Canada’s quirkiest claims of 2019

December 23, 2019 by Jason Contant

In the last year, Aviva Canada has handled thousands of property and auto claims, including a few quirky and unusual ones. Here are some of the quirkiest: Chaotic kitchen kitties: Two home alone kittens accidentally turned on the kitchen faucet,

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Last tanker cars to be removed from site of derailment in Saskatchewan

December 23, 2019 The Canadian Press

LANIGAN, Sask. – Canadian Pacific Railway says it expects the last of its damaged cars will be removed by the end of the week from the site of a fiery derailment in Saskatchewan. It also says in an email that

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Top 5 Canadian court rulings of 2019 for P&C insurance

December 20, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Tragedies, mishaps and financial disasters often lead to court disputes, resulting in rulings from judges. Sometimes judges disagree with one another and appeals get filed with higher courts, but the end results often provide lessons for the industry. Here are