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Top cyber concerns for Canadian business leaders

February 26, 2020 by Jason Contant

Business leaders in Canada are concerned about cyber extortion and social engineering fraud, such as business email compromise (BEC) and email account compromise (EAC), Aon reported. “The last year has seen a tremendous increase in cyber-related claims in Canada,” said

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Desjardins Group reveals cost of 2019 data breach

February 26, 2020 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – The Desjardins Group says last year’s theft of the personal data of its 4.2 million members ultimately cost the co-operative $108 million. The Quebec-based financial institution initially estimated the cost of a malicious employee’s breach – which also

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How IBC plans to keep insurance “affordable and available” across Canada

February 18, 2020 by Jason Contant

Following years of significant commercial insurance losses, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has launched a national task force to examine ways to help Canadian consumers mitigate risk and manage costs. The National Commercial Insurance Task Force will bring together insurers,

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Ottawa eases speed restrictions imposed after Saskatchewan derailment

February 18, 2020 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Transport Minister Marc Garneau is easing speed restrictions placed on certain trains following a derailment in Saskatchewan earlier this month that spilled 1.2 million litres of crude oil and started a massive fire. Garneau says the move is

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Brokers on what would help bring down skyrocketing condo insurance premiums

February 12, 2020 by Jason Contant

Insurance should be mandatory for all condo unit owners in the condo corporation, an executive with the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. (IBABC) told Canadian Underwriter Monday. “Strata/condo building managing councils should encourage their member unit owners to vote in

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Two ways to address rising condo insurance premiums

February 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

One broker association is calling for consultation among all key stakeholders to discuss owner liability in condo corporations, with a focus on proposed achievable legislative action. As condominium (strata) insurance premiums and deductibles continue to rise across the country, the

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Ins and outs of travel insurance amid coronavirus outbreak

February 11, 2020 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Travellers nervous about globe-trotting during the novel coronavirus outbreak may be eligible to receive a refund for cancelling their travels, say insurance experts, but it depends on the destination, their insurance policy and other factors. “I think in

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How active assailant attacks are redefining terrorism insurance

February 10, 2020 by Jason Contant

Attacks involving “active assailants” are on the rise, and brokers shouldn’t assume that a standard property, commercial general liability (CGL), or even terrorism policy will cover the costs of supporting and helping the victims, a specialist insurer said Wednesday. “It

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What’s going on in the Canadian MGA space?

February 6, 2020 by Jason Contant

The managing general agent space in Canada has been busy over the past few months, with the launch of one MGA and the expansion of another. On Jan. 20, three industry veterans – Jeff Hart, Bruce MacKinnon and Tommy Truong

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Intact CEO forecasts how high industry auto rates may increase in 2020

February 5, 2020 by David Gambrill

Intact projects that Canada’s property and casualty industry will be asking for average auto insurance rate increases on the order of 7% over the upcoming 12 months. Intact itself is expected to ask for more auto rate during the next

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New insurance options for B.C. taxi drivers

January 31, 2020 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – Taxi drivers in B.C. will soon be able to purchase the same kind of insurance available to the ride-hailing industry, the transportation minister said Thursday. Claire Trevena said talks are also underway with the taxi industry to ensure

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Can the Novel Coronavirus illness trigger P&C policy coverage?

January 30, 2020 by David Gambrill

News of three documented Canadian cases of 2019 Novel Coronovirus (or 2019-nCoV) has spread like wildfire, and several legal commentators and risk managers are now issuing alerts containing steps to reduce the likelihood of people contracting the pneumonia-like symptoms in