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New opportunities for commercial brokers in cyber

April 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers selling commercial insurance need to ask clients what they use their computers for and what happens if they lose access to that data, an executive with a Bermuda insurer says. Computer security (also known as cyber) risk, “will impact

News Markets / CoveragesTechnology

To cover or not to cover crime on a cyber policy

April 19, 2018 by Jason Contant

Do elements of cybercrime, such as social engineering fraud and phishing scams, belong on a traditional crime insurance policy or should they be part of a cyber policy? The answer to that question depends on which carrier you ask. “There’s

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Southern Alberta community battles overland flooding again

April 19, 2018 The Canadian Press

SIKSIKA, Alta. – A First Nation east of Calgary is working on making roads passable as many rural areas of southern Alberta contend with overland flooding. “Road conditions are showing signs of minor improvement and crews have now begun the

News CatastrophesClimate ChangeInsuranceMarkets / Coverages

Major flood of B.C.’s Fraser River could cause billions in economic losses: ICLR speaker

April 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

A major flood of British Columbia’s Fraser River or a coastal flood between now and 2100 could trigger economic losses of between $20 billion and $30 billion, a recent flood strategy report found. Released in 2016, Phase 1 of the

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Guide to legalization predicts home-grown pot to be “biggest municipal headache”

April 18, 2018 Joan Bryden - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Municipalities will have to grapple with a host of thorny issues once recreational cannabis is legalized in Canada – but it’s the matter of home-grown marijuana plants that’s expected to cause them the biggest headaches. The Federation of

News InsuranceMarkets / CoveragesTechnology

When will brokers, insurers and consumers all be able to connect in real-time?

April 17, 2018 by Jason Contant

With work continuing to enable real-time data exchange between brokers and insurers, the next logical step would be to bring consumers into the fold. Pat Durepos, leader at software vendor Keal Technology, said that he sees consumer access to data

News InsuranceMarkets / Coverages

When policy exclusion wording intersects with fraud

April 17, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has decided, in a divided ruling, that title insurance coverage would be “nullified” if one title insurer had its way on a claim. In 2014, Karl Nodel agreed to lend a person $1.1 million.

News Markets / CoveragesTechnology

Tips from an insurer for brokers selling cyber policies

April 17, 2018 by Jason Contant

Listening to clients’ exposures before offering them a cyber policy could go a long way in selling the right coverage, a cyber insurer told Canadian Underwriter Monday. “By asking the question: ‘What keeps you up at night and what do

News Earnings / RatingsInsuranceMarkets / Coverages

Two factors that may be contributing to ICBC’s poor fiscal performance

April 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

The combination of an unfriendly environment and “misguided provincial government policies” have contributed to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) dismal financial performance, the Fraser Institute said in a new report. The report, titled The Decline and Fall of

News InsuranceMarkets / CoveragesMergers and Aqcuisitions

Why brokerages looking at M&A should consider management buy-outs

April 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

The market for property and casualty insurance brokerages continues to be intense, with books of business attracting prices from three-and-a-half to five times commissions – and even more for online business, Mike Berris, partner and practice group leader with Vancouver-based

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Ontario auto insurance rates up in first quarter of 2018

April 16, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Auto insurance rates in Ontario increased in the first quarter of 2018, putting the Liberal government further away from its promise to cut rates by 15 per cent. The numbers released Friday by the Financial Services Commission of

News Markets / CoveragesTechnology

What you need to know about the evolution of ransomware

April 14, 2018 by Jason Contant

Brokers need to stay on top of constantly emerging cyber threats, as cybercriminals continue to adapt their techniques, particularly around ransomware. Criminals are still very successful, says Matt Hartley, vice president of global services and intelligent engineering with cybersecurity company